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Home Again, Home Again: The Sydneyside Selection

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After spending three years in Boston, Mass., I returned to my home town of Sydney, Australia in December of 2013. Here is the wanderlist that catalogues the rediscovery of the city I left three years ago.
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68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
For Australians, afternoon tea is part of the daily doings. Whether it's a cuppa with the neighbours, or a pastry with friends, the "arvo tea" is a staple in the Australia lifestyle. One spot that does it well is the Swissôtel in Sydney, where a...
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Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011, Australia
Nestled between Rushcutters Bay and Wooloomooloo Bay, Elizabeth Bay (or, more affectionately, 'Lizzie Bay') is a mecca of visual, cultural, and culinary delights. Encompassing stacks of cute cafes, an abundance of great Asian restaurants, boats on...
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Cowper Wharf Rd & Brougham St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
The meat pie is synonymous with Australia, and no place is more iconic in Sydney than Woolloomooloo's Harry's Cafe de Wheels. What started out as a simple stand turned into one of the first food trucks when local ordinances dictated that mobile...
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Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Colored paper lanterns and twinkling Christmas lights set the stage for the hawker-style Night Noodle Market—the centerpiece of Sydney Good Food Month, held every October. More than 50 stalls selling dumplings, noodles, buns, rolls, wraps and...
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381 Clovelly Rd, Clovelly NSW 2031, Australia
It's almost definitively orthodox to have fish and chips when you go to the beach, as much a part of the beach culture as sunscreen and sandwiches heavy on the "sand." The Clovelly Hotel in Clovelly is only a skip from the beach, and offers a...
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Coogee NSW 2034, Australia
Coogee Beach is a quieter stretch of sand, situated between Clovelly and Maroubra. Being less of a surf beach, Coogee is a great spot for families and young children, and is a hot spot for tourists and backpackers as well. The beach itself offers...
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Every year, Sydney hosts the incredibly immersive Sydney Writers' Festival. A collection of events--many which are free--are located all over the city, but the majority of the events take place at the home base: Walsh Bay. With a view of the...
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563 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Abdul's falafel and pickled turnip combo is quite possibly my all-time favourite. The homey, family restaurant is a mecca for delicious Lebanese goodies. Whether you're in the mood for some hummus, kafta, or cinnamon tea, you can't go wrong....