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Sydney Harbor, photo by Isaac Marshall

With pristine beaches, an infamous harbor (and bridge) plus heaving city splendour, Sydney is a triple threat destination and the epitome of a resort season escape – after all, it is currently summer in this sunny city across the globe. Apart from her eponymous landmarks, Sydney is a girl who doesn’t give it all away on the first date. To truly appreciate her beauty, you’ve got to know where to go and who to see. So, we’ve compiled our list of favorite places – consider this your official cheat sheet to Sydney.

SEE

It wouldn’t be a trip to Sydney without a visit to the famous five… Cliched, full of tourists, but nonetheless breathtaking.

1. Sydney Harbour & Harbour Bridge
2. Sydney Opera House
3. Taronga Park Zoo
4. Bondi to Coogee Walk
5. Manly Ferry

EAT

Taking inspiration from far and distant lands, Sydney knows food. An abundance of choice dining will beckon, but here are some top picks for you to refuel on.

The Forresters, photo by Caroline Garcia

China Doll
Something a little fancy to splurge on with offerings of exquisite modern Asian cuisine and unmatched views from scenic Woolloomooloo.

6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo

The Forresters
No trip to Australia is complete without a traditional Sunday Roast. This is your go-to for some quality tucker and all-round good vibes.

Corner of Foveaux and Riley St, Surry Hills

Ms G’s
Where the fried chicken comes with Sriracha mayonnaise and the bubble tea is spiked. A three-story house of delight.

155 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Bourke Street Bakery
Never without a long queue, this Boulangerie is part of any carb-lover’s daily vernacular. Get patriotic and indulge in one of their famous meat pies.

Potts Point, Alexandria, Surry Hills, Marrickville

Gelato Messina
Voted as Australia’s best gelato, Messina has ice confection down pat. With more mouth-watering creative combinations than you can imagine, don’t even try to resist the Pannacotta with Fig Jam and Amaretti Biscuit.
The Star, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills

SHOP

As garment and style crazy as their Northern Hemisphere counterparts, Aussies like to think they’re spoilt for choice. With boutiques and local labels a’plenty, there’s no reason not to take a little flair home with you.

Capital L, photo by Ken Hughes-Perry

Tuchuzy
International and local handpicked sartorial dreams in one location.

90 Gould Street, Bondi Beach

Capital L
An array of emerging and established Australian and New Zealand labels, Capital L reigns supreme for homegrown cloth acquisitions.

100 Oxford St, Paddington, 2021

Trilby Phoenix
A smorgasbord of accessories from international designers that will leave your purse light but fingers heavy.

Shop 2, 168-174 Oxford St Paddington 2015

Sass & Bide
As important to Australia as the Lamington, Sass & Bide never fail to produce collection after collection of must-have wardrobe staples and stunners.

Paddington, Sydney City, The Strand, Chatswood, Bondi

Bassike
This classic-cut label is anything but basic.

26 Glenmore Road, Paddington

SIP

If there’s one thing Australians know, it’s partying. While the temperatures are high and the hemlines are short, join your friends for some cold beverages and make it as classy (or filled with debauchery) as you like.

The Ivy

The Anchor
Tequila is always the order of the day at this South Bondi establishment. Wash down the liquor with the ravishing menu of summertime treats.

No.8 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

The Flinders Hotel
Entry into the Flinders Hotel comes with a guarantee that you won’t leave the dance floor until the sun rises.

65 Flinders St, Darlinghurst

Opera Bar
You’d be hard pressed to find a bar with a more stunning location. ‘Neath the white bows of the Opera House and shadowed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it’s always Mimosa time!

Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse level

The Ivy
It’s all glamour at the Ivy’s resident Pool Club. Brush shoulders with Sydney’s glitterati and sip on something delicious.

330 George Street

The Newtown Hotel
As wild and diverse as the suburb it lies in, The Newtown never disappoints. Anything goes, and well, there’s nothing better than that.

174 King Street, Newtown

DO

Enough shopping, eating and drinking, it’s time to get the feel for the culture of Sydney.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Take a surfing lesson.

The skies are blue and so is the water. Take the plunge and enroll in a few surfing lessons. If you actually master standing up on the board, you’ve gone a step further than most of us Aussie girls. But hey, it’s fun to try. Plus, the instructor will most likely be your dream man.

Drink a cappuccino.

Saturday morning is reserved for one thing, and one thing only: a leisurely long breakfast and a landslide of cappuccinos with friends in a sunny and green suburb. Read the paper, and watch the world go by. Trust me, the rest of Sydney will be doing the same.

Attend a music festival.

Our summertime is packed with music festivals. From electro-pop to rock, revelers wear obscene amounts of fluro and oversized sunglasses for a day in the scorching heat with friends.

Check out Summerdayze, Big Day Out and Shore Thing

Get arty.

Our galleries are some of the best in the world. Don’t miss Brett Whiteley’s exibit at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Art Gallery Road, Sydney

Glebe Markets
Discover the weird and wonderful trinkets and treasures offered by the colourful crew in the narrow inner-city streets of Glebe.

40 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

Credits: Broadsheet, 4bars, Sydney-City.blogpost.com, inthemix