Strolling through The Rocks
Only a mere snapshot into the charm that is The Rocks—Sydney's historical suburb. Although sprinkled with expensive boutiques, brand name shops, and high-end restaurants, the cobblestone alleyways, old pubs, and hidden cafes gives a feeling of escape and wonder in the midst of all the Circular Quay craziness. The weekend markets are great to visit with beautiful local jewelry, art, and crafts. If you're a fan of pancakes, Pancakes on the Rocks is a fun place to go for every kind of pancake you could think of. Although the Harbour View Hotel no longer gives the best view of the harbor due to the massive bridge that was built over it, its deck is a great place to sit and have Bloody Marys and watch what's happening down below. Although I recommend visiting The Rocks during the weekend when there's a lot going on, I also highly recommend walking through The Rocks in the early hours of the day before the city really wakes up and the tourists stampede Circular Quay. It's such a magical part of the city and when you're there before the noise, it's like you have the Opera House to yourself.