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Things to do in Circular Quay

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Circular Quay. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Circular Quay attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Circular Quay to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Circular Quay.

  • Hemmesphere

    Probably the swankiest bar in the city, Hemmesphere, part of the complex that also includes the Establishment Hotel, has killer cocktails and plent... More
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

    Tucked down along the waterfront of the Rocks district, this hip modern museum has a strong Aussie bent. Although the permanent collection includes... More
  • Opera Bar

    With regular live music and stunning Harbour Bridge views, Opera Bar draws a steady crowd of opera and theater patrons and foot-weary tourists. The... More
  • Sydney Opera House

    Don’t let the name fool you—there’s a lot more than just arias going on under the swooping, cantilevered roofs of Australia’s most famous architect... More

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