Best of Sydney 2017

Best of Sydney 2017

We’re never tourists in our own cities, but perhaps we ought to be. Often there are things that stop us in our tracks — a snazzy bit of street art down a hidden lane; a perfect bowl of noodles with just the right amount of bite; the sky looking a certain way at a certain time of the day as the sun sets over the harbour; a dirty ibis crouched on top of a bin, pecking at the remnants of lunch.

BEST BOUTIQUE BOOKSTORE – ARIEL BOOKSELLERS

A creative hub since 1983, this bookstore is a literary institution, consistently ranked among Sydney's top ten bookstores. The well-manicured shelves house books of eclectic and quirky brilliance, so pop in to find an unexpected gem or a unique coffee-table book. Along with an appreciation of art, design, architecture, and interiors, there's also a wealth […]

BEST EGYPTIAN – CAIRO TAKEAWAY

Cairo Takeaway, at first glance, is a pretty non-descript and minimalist place, but don't be fooled –  the food is fresh, flavoursome, vibrant and punchy. Located on Enmore Road, Cairo Takeaway pays homage to Egyptian food. So that means plenty of felafel and ful medames. Casual eatery and cafe during the day, the place serves […]

BEST FUNKY NIGHT OUT – FREDA’S

Freda’s is full of awkward cool intercity types; braless and knitted jumpers, wearing velvet and round glasses – the kind loved equally by Gandhi and Trotsky. There are eclectic beats, funky jams and an indulgent menu with items like a cheese platter for people who can stomach eating in a pulsing venue where everyone’s squashed […]

BEST HIGH TEA – BURNT ORANGE

High tea at Burnt Orange on a wrap around verandah overlooking the sea is equal parts charming and delightful. Life goes slower when you’ve got a cuppa in your hands and your finest china out on display. Burnt Orange exudes an Australiana feel with its white door frames and wooden floor boards. Enjoy the relaxing […]

BEST ETHICAL SHOPPING – THE CRUELTY FREE SHOP

The Cruelty Free Shop is your friendly neighbourhood vegan supermarket. Stop by for a much needed snack after reading up on Peter Singer’s 'Animal Liberation.' You can stock up on milk free chocolate that tastes exactly like Nutella; gelatine free pillowy marshmallows; or vegetarian sausages courtesy of Suzy Spoon’s. Whether it be for those lactose […]

BEST BOULDERING – 9 DEGREES

Bouldering is a form of indoor climbing that does not require ropes – so it’s a freer and more sociable experience. Unleash your inner Spider-man at 9 Degrees, a climbing space that is open and airy, and inviting. Unlike other gyms in Sydney which often focus on power and strength, the movement problems at 9 Degrees […]

BEST CHOCOLATE – KAKAWA

Kakawa is a chocolate shop that sells a no frills approach to indulgence. With nowhere to sit in front of the display of luxury chocolates, it is a shop for those cynical of places trying to recreate the Willy Wonka experience (we’re looking at you, large mixing chocolate vats at Max Brenner). What is distinctly […]

BEST LOCAL PUB – THE LORD ROBERTS HOTEL

The Lord Roberts Hotel is an allrounder. You will find your classic schnitties, parmas, fish & chips and burgers alongside cheese platters and delicious chef specials. With the grill flared up, snacks to nibble on and a pint in hand, this Darlinghurst hangout is excellent if you’re looking for a laid back night. Weekly Trivia […]

BEST PUB FOOD – THE PALACE HOTEL

The Palace Hotel on George Street was first established in 1877, so these guys know a thing or two about tasty food. It’s no surprise to find then, that their menu is top-notch. Pub food is often hearty, but it’s not always first-class degustation. The Palace Hotel has gone that extra mile, though. With an […]