You can drink, dine, dance and sleep at the Establishment Hotel, an achingly hip everything-under-one-roof design destination in the heart of Sydney's buzzy business district. The owner's concept is a big, glam food-and-drink emporium with a host of experiences to choose from, each one captivating and unique in its own way, with a luxe, party atmosphere.
Robbie Williams, Outkast, and the Scissor Sisters have danced, drunk, and slept at this hip destination, and it’s a hangout for Sydney’s in-crowd. Enter from a quiet side street at 5 Bridge Lane and reach the incense-infused lobby. Otherwise you approach from George Street and do a walk of shame, wheeling luggage through the bustling Establishment Bar.
Sydney's CBD (Central Business District) is bustling with great retail therapy. Hot stores in the area include Australian accessories label Mimco (+61 (0)2 9232 2629), at 320c George Street, beside the ivy complex. Cult label Sass & Bide (+61 (0)2 9232 4393) is at Shop 6, ivy, 320 George Street, right nearby.
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Breakfast In The Garden, Establishment Hotel
Walking away from the circular quay on George Street lies a little morning gem that's easy to miss unless you're on the hunt for breakfast. This is how I found Breakfast in the Garden at the Establishment Hotel. For a lack of a better description and because it 's how the sign reads, Breakfast in the Garden is all that it sounds to be. A wonderful respite in the heart of Sydney's bustling CBD. The menu ranges from a $25 continental breakfast, to a handful of hot items ranging from $12-14. I opted for an $8 green juice, $10 Bircher muesli and $4 long black, which came to a decent $22 total. The best part about the breakfast is the atmosphere which is more of an enclosed atrium with exposed brick, bamboo trees, fountain with rare orchids and ancient-looking columns. And while Australia is not known for its service, our waitress was quick and attentive.