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DRIFT Travel magazine - - Contents - BY: STEVE DRAKE

Where to Stay Swis­sô­tel Syd­ney swis­so­­ney

Lo­cated right in the heart of Syd­ney’s down­town, close to the Syd­ney Opera House and the lush Botan­i­cal Gar­dens the Swis­sô­tel Syd­ney is close to many of the sight and sounds you will want to take in. This lux­ury five-star ho­tel of­fers 369 rooms and suits that are fresh and mod­ern. The ho­tel’s Sig­na­ture Sky­line rooms and suites, all boast breath­tak­ing views stretch­ing from the Syd­ney busi­ness dis­trict all the way to the Blue Moun­tains.

If you are look­ing for a lit­tle pam­per­ing, re­gen­er­ate, re­fresh and re­ward your­self with some well-earned rest and re­lax­ation at Swis­sô­tel Syd­ney’s Spa and Sport. En­joy a care­fully crafted range of sig­na­ture face and body treat­ments.

Are cock­tails more your fash­ion, then make sure to stop by the Cross­roads Bar. This rein­tro­duc­tion to the clas­sic ho­tel bar can ac­com­mo­date large groups or cou­ples look­ing for a cozy corner. An­other op­tion is to or­der the in-room bar and “Build Your Own Cock­tail”.

Where to Eat

The din­ing choices in Syd­ney are al­most end­less, but on this trip I want to find some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. These two fit the bill per­fectly.

Al­ibi Bar & Kitchen al­i­

Night 1 - I headed to the Wool­loomooloo dis­trict to try out a new plant-base restau­rant call Al­ibi. Lo­cated within the Ovolo Ho­tel, Al­ibi of­fers an in­cred­i­ble menu cre­ated by plant-based chef Matthew Ken­ney. Ken­ney’s food phi­los­o­phy is sim­ple, “clean eat­ing need never com­pro­mise on taste”

This evening started with one of their sig­na­ture cock­tails, The God­fa­ther Thomp­son. A mix of Laphroaig 10-year-old scotch whiskey, bar­rel aged whiskey bit­ters, an­gos­tura bit­ters, or­ange and liq­uid ni­tro­gen. Wait for the liq­uid ni­tro­gen to evap­o­rate, then pour the mix­ture in to your glass. Very tasty.

As a true car­ni­vore I wasn’t sure what to ex­pect from a planet-based menu. But fear not, these dishes are amaz­ing. Full of fla­vor, tex­ture and well sea­soned. If fact af­ter only a few bites I for­got for a mo­ment that there was no meat. My fa­vorites, Kim­chi Dumplings and the Lasagna.

Vege­tar­ian or not, you must give Al­ibi a try while stay­ing in Syd­ney.

Spice Al­ley spiceal­

Spice Al­ley is tucked out of the way be­hind the Kens­ing­ton Street lane way in the Chip­pen­dale dis­trict.

This street food meets lane way open air food court takes you on a culi­nary jour­ney through a va­ri­ety of Asian cui­sine. Dine on Sin­ga­porean dishes at Alex Lee Kitchen, Bang Luck Thai Street Food, Old Jim Kee’s Malaysian spices and Can­tonese street food from Hong Kong Diner and that will just get you started. But be­fore you dig in, ven­ture on down the street to Hand­picked Cel­lar Door and grab a bot­tle of your pre­ferred wine. For me, noth­ing pairs bet­ter with Beef Ren­dang and Roti than a Mar­garet River Mer­lot.

Also, make sure you place an or­der at Shang­hai Dumpling Bar. This new ad­di­tion to the Spice Al­ley group pre­pares some of the most de­li­cious dumpling I’ve eaten. Hand­made in unique fla­vored pas­try in­clud­ing pump­kin, spinach and beet­root these dumplings can be cooked pot­sticker style or boiled. Ei­ther way, you will leave want­ing more.

What to Do

Top of the list for most peo­ple, the Syd­ney Opera House. I was no dif­fer­ent, and the best way to view this land­mark is from what is one of the most beau­ti­ful har­bors in the world. Head down to Cir­cu­lar Quay, there you will find dozens of har­bor cruise boats. Or if you want some­thing more per­son try Syd­ney Har­bour Boat Tours (syd­ney­har­bour­boat­ They of­fer 3-hour har­bor cruises, or you can char­ter the boat for the day. With a day char­ter you can tour the har­bor, stop for a catered lunch on a se­cluded beach and then watch the sun­set with cham­paign and canapés.

In for a lit­tle ad­ven­ture, try the Bridge Climb and get an amaz­ing 360 de­gree view of Syd­ney. The Royal Botanic Gar­den, Syd­ney Opera House, Hyde Park, Aus­tralian Mu­seum and Art Gallery of New South Wales all within walk­ing dis­tance and well worth the short stroll.

Don’t for­get the fa­mous Bondi Beach. Just a short cab ride from down­town this beach is an in­cred­i­ble. If your up for a swim stop by the Bondi Ice­bergs POOL and do a few laps in what is likely the most pho­tographed pool in the world. For those not splash­ing around in the ocean, Bondi Beach has lots of shops and restau­rant, some­thing for ev­ery­one.

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