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I'm excited to be going to Sydney over the Christmas holiday 2012/13. It's one of my favorite places, but it has been too long since I've been there, so I'm making a list of some things I'd like to do while I'm there.
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6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
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A leisurely walk from Sydney's bustling CBD and inside a historical wharf (constructed in 1910 as an industrial wool and cargo handling facility), you find one of my favorite Sydney hotels, the Taj Blue. Located near the botanical gardens–right on...
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1 Notts Ave, Bondi NSW 2026, Australia
Andrew Crabbe serves up honest, scrumptious food at The Crabbe Hole. People watching at this little poolside cafe is equally delicious. Have breakfast here for a real slice of everyday Icebergs. You don't have to pay the pool fees to eat here....
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Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
Paddington, located about 3 kilometers from the CBD (Central Business District), is one of Sydney's many bohemian inner-city suburbs. The land is associated with the Aboriginal Cadigal people, but traces of their roots are hard to find nowadays....
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Australia’s most famous beach has played many roles throughout history. In 1907, a group of local swimmers became the world’s first lifeguards; during World War II, it was fortified by barbed wire and iron stakes; and over the last few...
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Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The largest and most storied of the Sydney Harbour islands, Cockatoo was once an Aboriginal fishing ground, a naval shipyard, a girls' reform school, and a gruesome prison. Today, it offers fascinating walking tours, a casual café, and a...
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241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
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A scoop of Italy in Sydney, this gelato mecca has foodies and bloggers queuing up all week. Go for the salted-caramel-and-white-chocolate gelato, one of the store’s best sellers, or try the “Poached Figs in Marsala” flavor,...
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119 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Old Candy Shop in Summer Hill.
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1/2-8 Dixon St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Our visit to Australia was coming to a close, so we thought we'd wander over to the harbor for some fresh fish. On the way there, we just happened to glance down a side street and saw a sign proclaiming "Uighur Cuisine." The Uighur people of China...
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Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Since Surry Hills was an industrial and commercial center early on, it seems like there’s a pub on nearly every corner. The Norfolk recently got a makeover. It’s a funky little place with great photos on the wall, an internal courtyard, tacos on...
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2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
The final home and workplace of the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley is now a museum that holds rotating exhibits of Whiteley’s work shown on weekends as well as monthly events such as poetry readings and classical music performances....
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357 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
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This spot is an oasis of greenery in the middle of the city. Chef Richard Francis and his wife, Rainey [a server at Red Lantern], run this café in Richard Unsworth’s garden store. The result is a warm sanctuary where you can have good food and...
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199 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Commonly known as Oldman Saltbush, this plant is native to Australia and adapts well to arid environments with saline soil. Grain, the new bar at Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel, serves up the fried twigs, and you better believe it: they're...
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Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
The guy who runs Mao and More, John Williams, must have been Asian in his past life. His eclectic shop is full of Asian artifacts, including traditional silk Chinese lanterns, Shanghai sofas from the ’50s, collectible porcelain pieces, and antique...
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50 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
The Argentine restaurant that took Sydney by storm in 2010—and even rose from the ashes of a fire that originated in its charcoal grill—finally outgrew its Cleveland Street Surry Hills digs and reopened on Holt Street in late...
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60 Riley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Luke Nguyen says:“Our restaurant’s dining room is rustic, and we hope it feels warm and inviting, like you’re visiting our home.” 545 Crown St., 61/(0) 2-9698-4355, redlantern.com.au See all ofsydney-surry-hills" target="_blank"Luke Nguyen’s...
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Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
The restaurant Wafu has closed.

Yukako Ichikawa, who runs this Japanese restaurant, is all about minimizing food waste and educating people about how to eat more conscientiously. But you must be a member of the Wafu club to dine at her restaurant....
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49 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) have been revamped to create the new designer hotel, QT Sydney. Its interiors feature edgy art and installations, even in the elevator. Bold colors and quirky...
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11 Bridge St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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A really nice casual Italian eatery for lunch or dinner. It's connected with the retail store, one of four in Sydney. Can be easy to miss, it's downstairs. Chef Brendan Wale serves up some fantastic pasta.
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98-104 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
Part motorcycle shop, part surf lifestyle brand, Deus ex Machina is hard to define, and that’s how owner Dare Jennings likes it. 98-104 Parramatta Rd., Camperdown, 61/(0) 2-8594-2800. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image:...
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1/85 Dunning Ave, Roseberry NSW 2018, Australia
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In a warehouse eatery, chef Mike McEnearney devises a new menu every day based on what he finds at local farmers’ markets. Weekend breakfast might include sourdough pancakes with lemon curd or baked beans with bacon and poached eggs. 85 Dunning...
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Harbourview Cres, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia
North of the harbor on Lavender Bay, Clark Park is an ideal spot for a picnic away from the bustle. On the western end, curious visitors discover the garden Wendy Whiteley created from a landfill. 5- to 10-minute walk from Luna Park. This appeared...
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1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
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Overlooking iconic Bondi Beach, Icebergs is arguably Sydney’s most scenic restaurant. The food, from local shrimp to braised beef cheeks, lives up to the setting. 1 Notts Ave., Bondi Beach, 61/(0) 2-9365-9000. This appeared in the August/September...
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245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
The brick-and-iron warehouses of the old Eveleigh Railway Workshops now host a diverse lineup of experimental music, theater, film, and fine art. Located on the border of Redfern and Waterloo, Carriageworks was restored to keep the historical...
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1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018, Australia
The design showroom of power couple Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky sells their custom furniture as well as a range of housewares made in Australia. Koskela also runs such craft workshops as coil weaving, screen printing, and shibori dyeing. ...
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Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Sydney’s 158-acre botanic garden, which hugs the harbor between Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Sydney Opera House, is home to nearly 9,000 plant species. Depending on the season of your visit, you might seek out spring peaches and wisteria or...