Sydney Travel Guide

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).

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.

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.

Probably the swankiest bar in the city, Hemmesphere, part of the complex that also includes the Establishment Hotel, has killer cocktails and plenty of low-lit lounges for li

The bionic baristas at this java mecca in Newtown can turn out over 200 perfect coffees an hour without missing a beat. And how can you not love a place where the Obama blend—a mélange of beans described as being “syrupy with an uplifting finish”—is one of the best sellers?

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables you to claim a tax refund on goods purchased in Australia.  

To claim a refund you must:

Head to this encyclopedic drugstore for pre-flight essentials, such as paracetamol (Tylenol), eye drops, lotion, and dissolvable Berocca tablets, Australia’s hangover miracle-cure (trust us, it works!).

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The Woolloomooloo neighborhood location of Bambino Trust Restaurant has an old-world interior with ornate, wrought-iron chandeliers and stone floors. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, this eatery focuses on European fare and has an extensive wine list including 40 by-the-glass choices.

At the separate Qantas Domestic Terminal, check out the slick, Scandinavian-style (but all-Aussie) designer stationery and gifts chain.

Part fresh produce retailer, part dry goods warehouse, and part café, this is the store Sydney foodies flock to for superbly fresh gourmet ingredients.

Men shouldn't miss this downtown boutique with its updated classics, including easygoing suits, shirts, and sweaters.