Sydney Travel Guide
The archetypal Aussie hotel (really just a pub with a few rooms to stagger upstairs to), the Australian has a charming brick exterior, terrific beer, and a lively atmosphere.
The hospitable Young sisters deliver on their promise of “coffee couture” in this white-and-robin’s-egg-blue space. Their rich, smooth brews are from beans finished in their sleek black roaster.
If you didn’t get a chance to visit Sydney’s fantastic Aboriginal art galleries, there’s still time to see some great indigenous arts and crafts.
The busiest airport in the nation, Sydney Airport has three passenger terminals and provides flights to 48 international, 23 domestic, and 28 regional destinations. The airport is a major hub for Qantas and serves as a secondary hub for Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways.
What to Expect: The curve of the bay and the rocky outcroppings called Ben Buckler and Mackenzies Point make the waves just right for surfing here at Sydney’s beloved beach, whose name rhymes with the Aussie greeting “G’dye.” Laid-back surf-an
Popular with the business crowd, this intimate wine bar is part of the Bambini Trust Restaurant, located on the ground floor of the 1923 St. James Trust Building.
A converted factory housing 10 independent art galleries, this complex is one-stop shopping (or at least hopping) for the contemporary art-walk set.
A Sydney stalwart known for its tightly edited international collections (Marc Jacobs, Isabel Marant, and Benah).
Home to the Woollahra Sailing Club, this eastern harborfront is packed on weekends with sailing yachts, outrigger canoes, and kayaks. From October to May, paddle into the harbor in your rented kayak.
Join the New Cocktailians at this 2010-opened bar, already a legend for its speakeasy vibe, vintage bar paraphernalia, and killer Dark & Stormies (spiced rum and ginger beer).
This local accessories specialist is renowned for its line of moderately priced bags, jewelry, and hair accessories that are always one step ahead of the trend curve. Stop in to get your signature bag for the season or a simple hair clip that just seems to tie everything together.
Specializing in homemade Middle Eastern desserts, this cash-only Lebanese pastry shop is located 30 minutes southwest of Sydney in the suburb of Bankstown. Set in a small shopping center, the no-frills space contains glass cases lined with baklava, ladyfingers, and coconut waffles.
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 architectural landmark.
This latest night-owl haven is part of a multilevel complex with 18 bars, a ballroom, and rooftop cabanas.