Quintessentially’s guide to Sydney. As the temperature rises in Hong Kong and the heat gets a bit too much to handle, a trip down under may just be the thing to get you away this summer. Sydney is a great place to visit right now – the temperature averages around 8-18Celsius andit’s cool and crisp except for the occasional showers.
Quintessentially’s guide to Sydney tells you where to shop, stay, dine and party in Sydney.
photo source: Collette Dinnigan
Where to shop?
William Street, Paddington
You’ll be spoilt for choice – William Street is home to some of the most diverse boutiques in Sydney. This small strip boasts top Aussie designers such as Collette Dinnigan, Tigerlily, Ginger and Smart as well as the international boutique Belinda.
Sydney’s most famous beach is home to some of the trendiest fashion boutiques, bookstores and bikini shops. For an eclectic mix of jeans, t-shirts and knits, check out Bondi Institution Tuchuzy. Zabriskie Booksellers has a fantastic range of fashion photography books while Me and Moo sells cult brands such as Nolita, JBrand and Velvet.
Where to stay?
The Wharf at Woolloomooloo, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Sydney – (61 2) 9331 9000
Blue is a boutique hotel located on the Wharf at Woolloomooloo, with spectacular views of the Sydney central business and shopping district, harbour and Royal Botanical Gardens.
5 Bridge Lane, Sydney – (61 2) 9240 3100
The Establishment is an intimate luxury hotel providing 33 guest rooms and two penthouse suites. It’s located within Sydney’s financial business district and close to the harbour, opera house, museums and shopping centres.
Where to eat?
West Esplanade, Manly Cove, New South Wales – (61 2) 9949 9011
The recently refurbished Manly Pavilion is a quintessentially Sydneysider experience not to be missed, offering an exquisite Mediterranean menu, superb wines and commanding water views from an iconic heritage listed building.
LL Wine & Dine
42 Llankelly Place, Potts Point – (63 2) 9356 8393
This chic, Asian-inspired wine bar is located on Llankelly Place Laneway in the vibrant inner-city locale of Potts Point. LL Wine & Dine is the perfect place for an intimate dinner or after work drinks with friends. The chilli and coconut martini is a must try!
Where to party?
Eau de Vie
229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst – (61 2) 9332 2011
Eau de Vie is a small modern bar nestled at the back of the Kirketon boutique hotel. Walk through a discreet doorway and enter one of Sydney’s newest cocktail bars boasting over 500 different spirits, as well as a solid selection of boutique beers and craft wines. The crew is fronted by Barry Chalmers (UK Bartender of the Year 2005) – the live jazz band adds a suitably speakeasy feel.
The Victoria Room
Level 1, 235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst – (61 2) 9357 4488
The Victoria Room cocktail bar offers a staggeringly comprehensive wine list and an extensive range of award-winning cocktails. If you fancy a late night snack, ask for their bar menu – it’s excellent!
Corner of Kings Cross & Darlinghurst Roads, Potts Point – (61 2) 9356 8238
Nestled beneath the Coca-Cola sign at the top of William Street, the Piano Room’s sophisticated décor and subtle lighting make this supper club and lounge bar one of a kind.
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