Top Cities: Sydney
The city itself is the
ultimate must-see. For
a glittering view of it all, take a ferry from Circular Quay to Watson's Bay, walk along the cliffs to the Gap ravine, and dine at Doyles fish restaurant (book ahead to ensure
a table at twilight).
A study in contrasts.
The Opera House stages more than 1,500
performances a year,
attracting nearly 1.25
million people. On the other hand, February's Mardi Gras pulled in 450,000 just to see the riotous closing parade.
Sydney is a bona fide
sophisticated food capital. Current faves: Otto, on the harbor and buzzing with Beautiful People; Longrain, for Thai food and high style; and Banc, classy and supremely
That likable accent,
the laid-back charm, and
a natural approach to
service—it's no wonder our readers rate Sydneysiders tops in the world.
If you tire of designer outposts and the Queen Victoria Building arcade, stroll to Oxford Street
on Saturday morning to take in the Paddington Markets, followed by
antiquing in Woollahra.
One American dollar equals almost two
Australian, so good deals are everywhere. Stock
up on Aussie designers like Colette Dinnigan here, before the export tax is tacked on.