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Sydney's history and beauty are well known, but this city's contemporary culinary culture, its hip bars and distinct neighborhoods, and its cutting-edge art scene may surprise you. Celebrate the past and embrace the contemporary—that's what Sydney-siders do.
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Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
You can't go down a single street in the Rocks, Sydney's oldest neighborhood, without finding a great pub. Many have quite the history and story to tell. Harts Pub is home to the Rocks Brewing Company, which offers craft brews on 12 rotating taps....
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Harbourview Cres, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia
Wendy Whiteley's secret garden is an unexpected treat tucked away just behind Luna Park near Lavender Bay in Sydney. The enchanting garden is not your run-of-the-mill city park. It has a certain magic that took passion and love to create. The land...
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Shop 11, The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
This bite-size coffee stand in the Victorian-era Strand Arcade building downtown is perfect for a midday lift. Run by the team behind Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville, Gumption serves coffee and only coffee (no food). Six single-origin bean...
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245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
Located in Darlington, Carriageworks is both an experience in art and space. The building has been restored with an exceptional sensitivity to keep the historical roots intact and visible. In addition to housing contemporary arts practitioners,...
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Cowper Wharf Road &, 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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140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
The Museum of Contemporary Art is located in the Rocks, the oldest neighborhood in Sydney. The museum houses amazing collections of art from top Australian modern artists and features traveling shows from creatives all over the world. Be sure to...
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1d Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is a breathtaking vantage point from which to see Sydney's beautiful harbor in its entirety. The chair, carved of sandstone, is famously significant for being the vista point of Elizabeth Macquarie, wife of the governor of...
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296-300 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Some Sydneysider foodie friends recommended Spice I Am, a little gem in Darlinghurst, as the best Thai food in the city. It didn't disappoint; our lunch was fantastic. Chef Sujet Saenkham serves some of my favorites.
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633 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Located in the hip neighborhood of Surrey Hills, Bourke Street Bakery has the best baked goods and coffee. Packed at 2:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, the Australian Pies and Quiches are to die for. Order at the counter and then find a place to sit...
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152-156 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Sydney’s small bar epidemic is at its peak, and no lane or alleyway is safe from its symptoms. Needless to say, Sydneysiders are finding it hard to keep up with the dizzying number of small bars opening after recent changes to the city’s...
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George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
The Rocks is undoubtedly one of Sydney's most beautiful areas. Follow George Street until the very end and it’s almost like you’ve stepped back in time—there are cobblestones under your feet, quaint stores to browse, and great pubs to visit. One...