A quick trip down south full of fun, food and shopping. There’s really nothing better.
We stayed at the Ovolo Darling Habour. It’s a renovated woolstore, so the rooms are super funky with their exposed walls and graffitied bed-heads. It’s only a ten minute walk into the CBD, and is right next to the harbour. Plus, the minibar is topped up on the daily. Score.
Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, located at The Rocks. It’s free and is always featuring interesting and mind-bending exhibits. Explore the Powerhouse Museum and Museum of Sydney for educational fun – they often host fascinating exhibitions from around the world. Head to Taronga Zoo – hands down a highlight – for an insane array of animals, and a breathtaking view of Sydney and the Harbour. Take a ferry ride around the Harbour to see an amazing view of the Opera House. Have a drink at the Opera Bar and watch the sun set over the Harbour Bridge. Do a lap at Bondi Icebergs, and catch some rays after. Cafe-hop around Surry Hills for hours.
We ate at more ace places than I can begin to even type. Bread and Circus was one of my top picks, and the Grounds of the Alexandria was great also. The Beachhouse Balmoral gets extra points for amazing atmosphere, and Great Aunty Three was some of the best Vietnamese I’ve ever eaten. Kansas City Shuffle is an awesome hole in the wall for a cute coffee date.
We all know by now that Oxford Street is the best hub for local and imported design talent. Sass and Bide and Zimmermann are nestled in together with the likes of Acne and Scanlan and Theodore. The CBD is jam-packed with all the big designer brands and high-end labels, and the Rocks also has some cute boutiques along the Gallery strip. My must visit shops are Incu (Oxford Street and CBD), Hansen and Gretel (Oxford Street), and Tuchuzy (Bondi Beach).
Comfy walking shoes, a good jacket (nights on the water get chilly), and not too much else – you’ll want room for all that shopping.