What T+L spotted from the Harbour Bridge’s 287-foot-high viewing platform overlooking the Rocks and Circular Quay.

By Frances Hibbard
November 06, 2013

1. St. George Open Air Cinema: No cineplex can compete with the waterfront backdrop at this outdoor theater in the Royal Botanic Gardens. First-run screenings begin next month.

2. Café Nice: Serving classic Provençal dishes—including a niçoise salad mixed right at your table—this new brasserie brings a sliver of Côte d’Azur cool to Sydney’s harbor.$$

3. Bulletin Place: A den of locally sourced iniquity: fruit-driven cocktails are made with the best of the day’s produce. Try the nectarine rickey or white-grape collins.

4. Rockpool: Chef Neil Perry was a culinary icon of 1990’s Sydney. Now he has moved his original Rockpool restaurant to the heart of the financial district—and weekday power lunches are back on the menu. $$$

5. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: Fresh off a $50 million renovation, MCA presents “War is Over! (if you want it),” a Yoko Ono retrospective, on view through February 23.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

It's modern art a-go-go at the MCA, Sydney's chicest art museum with a top harborside spot in the Rocks. A striking 1952 sandstone building with a cuboid black, white, and gray 2012 extension, it displays contemporary Australian, indigenous, and international art. Take in the free permanent collection or crowd-pulling exhibitions starring big names such as Anish Kapoor, Yoko Ono, and Grayson Perry (fees apply), with optional guided tours. The rooftop café boasts wow-worthy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House (unless a pesky cruise ship blocks the horizon) and the shop stocks stylish souvenirs. Thursday late nights draw a hip crowd.

Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney

Celebrity chef Neil Perry opened this restaurant in a grand Art Deco building. The kitchen specializes in wood-fired grills and house-aged beef.