Living in Sydney

An insiders guide for anyone relocating to Sydney.

Top Sydney Restaurants

  • If you are an aficionado of coffee, you will love Grind Into Gear in the inner west suburb of Stanmore. Whether you want a simple latte or a Cold Draught coffee (Yes, you have to taste this to believe it – amazing) the friendly team will make you feel at home and you will want to go back again and again. They are now also doing a Tapas evening menu later in the week.
  • Any of the Fratteli Fresh restaurants are delicious and good value. These include Café Sopra Alexandria, Potts Point, Walsh Bay and the deliciousCafé, bar, pizza, mozzarella bar on Bridge st.
  • Speaking of Fratelli, Fratelli Paradiso in Kings Cross is a favourite, but there are no reservations so get there early say by 7 or 7:30.
  • A new addition to the very fashionable King Street Newtown is the renovated rooftop bar at the Zanzibar. It has been decorated in 1950’s Australian backyard theme , so it is the perfect place to relax and absorb some local history.
  • Across the road on Challis Avenue is a delicious Chinese restaurant Fei Jai.
  • Of course speaking of Chinese restaurants, Mr Wong’s at 3 Bridge Lane in the city is excellent, as is the Golden Century in Chinatown on Sussex st.
  • And staying in Kings Cross our other choices are Apollo, a new Greek restaurant that does not take reservations but wait is not too long, and by the same owners, the Japanese restaurant Cho Cho San.
  • Sushi e, is an excellent Japanese restaurant…expensive but worth it. As Alfredo Gucci once said “ quality is remembered long after price is forgotten”.
  • Bondi Icebergs, fantastic view over Bondi Beach plus unlike most places with a view, the food is delicious.
  • Alimentari, a little gem on Hopetoun st Paddington. An eat in deli where the food is even better than in Italy…so I have heard! Wont break the bank!
  • Panaroma, great food and attitude in Bondi.
  • Coogee Pavillion, fantastic new restaurant on Coogee beach. Very family oriented with panache and style! ping pong tables and on the wall scrabble out the back, and at same time a casual sophistication in a great looking space. Bring the children or not, it really hits the mark. You can get freshly shucked Oysters, delicious fresh fish or a hard to beat burger. Washed down with an Aussie beer on tap!
  • Longrain
  • Otto’s, right on the pier at Woolloomooloo. Great views back over the city.
  • Pu’er , Waterloo
  • Quay, fine dining overlooking Sydney Harbour.
  • Kitchen by Mike for breakfast and lunch in Rosebery
  • The Grounds in Alexandria on Huntley St for breakfast and lunch and a very cool place to wonder around.
  • Sydney Cove Oyster Bar puts you in the heart of the action with great food, wine and atmosphere on Circular Quay. (And yes they have much more than just seafood!)
  • We have heard good things about a new cafe in King Street Newtown called The Three Queens.
  • The Pantry at Manly, right on the beach immerses you in the stunning view of the sand and sea. Polite and professional staff, a delicious menu (the Atlantic Salmon melts in your mouth and don’t get us started on their Banoffee Pie – its out of this world ) . You will need to book most of the time but it is worth the effort. Mains are between $23 – $52 , so there is something for everyone. They also do Breakfast !
  • The Coopers Hotel in Newtown has a brilliant restaurant and regularly have offers like their 2 for 1 Meals on a Thursday Night ! Great food , great atmosphere and convenient location in the middle of King Street.

Sydney Arts Scene

Sydney Shopping

  • Glenmore Road and Oxford St intersection.great selection of fashion stores, plus drop in and have a delicious breakfast/lunch at Jackie’s café.
  • King st Newtown
  • William st Paddington
  • If you like malls, Westfield in City and Bondi Junction have a great array of stores and good eating as well
  • Speaking of eating, the grand daddy or mummy of them all David Jones (a department store) food hall is still as they say “bloody good”. We like the raw bar.
  • Campbell Parade Bondi to buy your swimsuits, T shirts

Sydney Activities

  • walk from Bondi beach to Bronte beach. Sensational walk on the cliffs between the 2 beaches. Can stop and have a swim at Tamarama or keep going to Bronte where there are plenty of places to imbibe refreshments.
  • Swim at Bondi…still good after all these years. At south end you can swim in the pool or bars, and at north end you can get a good “feed” at Speedo’s.
  • Nielson Park is one of Sydney’s beautiful beaches situated on the habourside. You can park there and have a picnic under beautiful old trees or go to the delicious Café overlooking the beach and harbour. A must.
  • Drive to northern beaches, Avalon, Bilgola (a favourite) and Palm Beach.
  • Drive to southern beaches and Royal National Park
  • Harbour Bridge Climb
  • Take the Manly ferry to get a great view of the city and harbor
  • Depending on the season, go and watch a game of Rugby Union or League, Aussie Rules, soccer or cricket. Visit the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) for a cricket match to get the feeling!
  • Camp Cove..a very cool beach at the end of Watsons Bay. Very peaceful but can be hard to find a park. Go early or late.

Shows in Sydney

Miscellaneous Good Stuff

  • Churchill’s butcher shop on Queen St Woollahra and Dave’s Meats in Double Bay are the best places to buy meat
  • Sydney Fish Markets, worth going to look and to buy the freshest seafood.
  • Picnic in the Royal Botanical Garden
  • Swim in city pools Andrew Boy Charlton or Cook & Phillip Park (near St Mary’s Cathedral)
  • Eat in many of the fine Pubs in Sydney such as Four in Hand in Paddington and have a midi or schooner before the meal
  • Each year from about last week of October until the first week of November is the exhibition “Sculpture by the Sea” on the coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama
  • If you are in Sydney on New Year’s eve, take advantage of the stunning fireworks display and secure yourself either a ride on someone’s boat on the Harbour or try and get a good vantage spot on the foreshore.
  • Taronga Zoo – the zoo with the worlds best view !

Sydney Events

October 2015 is the NRL Football Grand Final so if you are a fan of football, head to the ANZ Stadium (formerly our Olympic stadium from 2000).

If sporting events are not your preferred relaxation, how about the Sydney International Art Series at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art. This is also in October and both of these venues are within easy walking distance of the CBD and public transport links.

A visit to Sydney , short or long term, is not complete until you have seen the fireworks around the Harbour on New Years Eve. Arguably the best pyrotechnic show on earth, Sydney brings in the year with an incredible “bang”.

And this isn’t just for those who want to stay until midnight, Sydney has a family friendly fireworks show at 9pm as well. You will however want to stake out your viewing area early in the day as the crowds are huge.

Next along is the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race on Boxing Day (December 26) . This is a spectacular display of racing yachts heading across the harbour and out through the heads on their way to Hobart in Tasmania. Colour, excitement, this Sydney event has it all. There are plenty of vantage points around the harbour but why not book a cruise and get up close to the action. Packages range from a simple lunch through to luxury all day extravaganzas, so there is something for every budget (remember your sunscreen. It is the middle of summer and the Australian sun is unforgiving. 50+ will give you the best chance of avoiding sunburn).

Whilst not an event in Sydney, the Tamworth Country Music Festival in central NSW is am experience if music is your thing ! It is in Summer , it is in the country and it is all things rugged, but an unforgettable experience to those who make the pilgrimage each year. It runs from the 15 – 24th January in 2016.

A comprehensive database of Sydney events can be found at the sydney.com website by clicking here .

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