Sydney with Friends
Collected by Francisco Aguilar
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.
186-188 Victoria St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
Betel leaves are used as a stimulant, an antiseptic, and a breath freshener in Southeast Asia. At Jimmy Liks, they are how you eat a chicken and smoked eggplant bite-size starter. The little amuse bouche comes with a chili and eschalot relish....
Queens Square, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Since opening in 1819, Australia’s first barracks has housed British convicts, female immigrants, destitute elderly women, courtrooms, and government offices until it was finally declared a museum in 1979. During a twice-daily tour, or with...
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Housed inside the Maritime Services Board building and a modern addition on the western side of Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is the country’s leading institution for modern art. While access to touring...
Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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...
110 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000, Australia
Splendid Sandwiches caught my eye as I made my way to the Observatory on the hill. The silver tables and chairs scattering the outside and inside of the small cafe shop weren't quite full at noon. And I wasn't terribly hungry yet for lunch, but my...
Cowper Wharf Rd & Brougham St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
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...
4/256 Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Speakeasies and secret bars are an ongoing trend in Australian cities, namely Melbourne and Sydney. Down an unassuming alley off Crown Street, behind an equally unassuming doorway, lies Shady Pines Saloon—if it weren’t for the...
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...
9-13 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Market City is a wonder of a shopping and eating combination. Sitting on a block on the edge of Sydney's Chinatown, it was the original fresh food market that served the city. There's still a food market on Thursday to Sunday where you can get...