Syd­ney's hottest precinct

From fab­u­lous food to beau­ti­ful park­lands, Barangaroo is the place to be in Syd­ney.

Where Sydney - - Contents - By Roshan Sukhla. For more in­for­ma­tion visit

CEN­TRALLY LO­CATED CLOSE to the CBD, Dar­ling Har­bour and The Rocks, is Syd­ney’s hottest precinct, Barangaroo. The plethora of cool new restau­rants and bars all lo­cated here means just one thing, this is where the locals love to go.


The Barangaroo South din­ing precinct is home to world-class restau­rants and ca­sual din­ing favourites. The oh-so-hot-right-now Barangaroo House, is a three-level venue by well-known Aus­tralian chef Matt Mo­ran. The House Bar is on the ground floor and is the per­fect spot to sit and sip on a sea­sonal cock­tail as you peo­ple-watch. Bea Restau­rant on the mid­dle level of­fers a fresh mod­ern Aus­tralian menu, while on the top floor you’ll find Smoke rooftop bar.

Chow down on chicken at the famed Belles Hot Chicken, with heat lev­els rang­ing from South­ern to Re­ally F**kin Hot, there’s a spice level here for every­one. Ume Burger is a must-try for burger fa­nat­ics with their Ja­panese-in­spired menu in­clud­ing the Menchi burger (pork katsu) and the Fish Katsu burger.

The famed Lo­tus chain has a restau­rant here too serv­ing de­li­cious con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese—you can’t go past the dumplings. For ca­sual Viet­namese head to Phomo, while Zushi of­fers tasty Ja­panese dishes.

Ban­skii serves up a mod­ern Mediter­ranean menu along­side a wide range of ver­mouth in­fused with Aus­tralian botan­i­cals.

Mod­ern French awaits at Été, or take your taste­buds to the next level at Cir­rus Din­ing.

The Meat & Wine Co of­fers Africanin­spired cui­sine, then head up­stairs to NOLA for drinks with a view or try the ded­i­cated dessert bar at 12-Mi­cron.

Plus there’s also Ana­son, a Turk­ish meze­bar;, a pop­u­lar seafood restau­rant; and Spiced by Billu’s, of­fer­ing con­tem­po­rary In­dian cui­sine.

Grab some gourmet pro­duce from Bel & Brio, while Devon Café is a favourite for break­fast and lunch. Try a fresh juice from Joe & The Juice, then fin­ish your meal with an ice cream cone from Ri­vareno Gelato.


With an abun­dance of of­fice tow­ers in the area, there’s now also some great shop­ping op­tions, and they are not all just for of­fice work­ers.

David Jones has a Barangaroo branch which is com­pact, but full of all the es­sen­tial goods in­clud­ing beauty, fash­ion and ac­ces­sories. Peter’s of Kens­ing­ton has an out­let here, of­fer­ing a wide range of home­wares, ap­pli­ances, and gifts.

Shirt Bar, as the name sug­gests sells exquisitely tai­lored shirts and is also a small bar spe­cial­is­ing in whisky.

In Scotch Row, you’ll find Col­lec­tor Store and The Wait­ing Room both cater­ing to fine tastes with a range of de­signer clothes, bags, home­wares and jew­ellery. Get a mani-pedi at Cal­i­for­nia Nails, then check out the fab­u­lous Ti­tle store with its huge range of qual­ity mu­sic, films and books.


Head to Barangaroo Re­serve for a slice of green­ery and park­land peace, but be­ware the con­struc­tion zone that is now well un­der­way on the city’s new ho­tel and gam­ing com­plex, Crown Syd­ney, as well as the con­struc­tion of the new Syd­ney Metro line, so you’ll have to fol­low the signs from Barangaroo South around the con­struc­tion site to get to Barangaroo Re­serve.

Ex­plore the re­serve and watch the water splash against the sand­stone blocks at Nawi Cove. Fol­low Wu­lugul Walk around the water’s edge or head up the stairs (or via the lift) to the Stargazer Lawn. See the An­zac Bridge to one side, and the mag­nif­i­cent Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge to the other. The Re­serve it­self is fully ac­ces­si­ble, so check their web­site for more in­for­ma­tion and help­ful hints on get­ting here.

Var­i­ous cul­tural events, fes­ti­vals and mar­kets take place at Barangaroo Re­serve and in the vast Cut­away open-air hall through­out the year. Be sure to visit the Barangaroo web­site for up­com­ing events.


It’s so easy to get to Barangaroo. From Dar­ling Har­bour, walk around Cockle Bay past the SEA LIFE Syd­ney Aquar­ium, along King Street Wharf, and you’ll shortly ar­rive at Barangaroo South. From The Rocks, you can en­ter Barangaroo Re­serve through Munn Street Re­serve or via Towns Place. If trav­el­ling by train, get off at Wyn­yard Sta­tion and take the new Wyn­yard Walk tun­nel to Barangaroo. There is also a newly opened ferry wharf lo­cated at Barangaroo, right out­side the din­ing strip, which makes get­ting home af­ter a meal even easier with fer­ries to Mil­son’s Point and Cir­cu­lar Quay.

BEST OF BARANGAROO (From top) Barangaroo Re­serve, photo: Roshan Sukhla. House Bar. Ana­son, photo: The Streets of Barana­ga­roo.

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