Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sydney Dreams

One day I will call it home. A city filled with abundant sunshine and joy.

The beaches, the cafes and the restaurant culture. The cosmopolitan lifestyle, the parks, the views and the nature. The sunshine, the ocean and an utter love for the weekends. Pure Joie de Vivre.

I’ve been lucky enough to explore Sydney on several occasions already but my most recent trip left a distinct mark and I have now begun dreaming…

Although my writing demonstrates a high level of passion for the city, I don’t know Sydney well enough to give you ALL of the insider tips. I can, however, highlight my favourites so far, which will, no doubt, be appreciated by anyone living or travelling there.  Here are my favourite:

  •         Day Activity
  •         Breakfast Spot
  •         Brunch/Lunch Spot
  •         Dinner Spot

Day Activity:
One of my favourite parts of the weekend was hiring bicycles at Circular Quay and jumping on the ferry to Watson Bay. The ferry is fast and cheap (leaves from Pier 4) but gives you a scenic ride, which you would normally pay a ridiculous ‘tourist’ price for if anywhere else. We cycled through beautiful neighbourhoods (Rosebay) and past dreamy houses all the way down (and up – there were a few killer hills J) to Bondi Beach. Bronzed, beautiful bodies, travellers, locals, longboards, shortboards, runners, cafes, smoothies, ice cream vendors, boutiques, and the list continues. A neighbourhood which provides a lovely blend of coast, beach, culture and style. Yet another upside to living in Sydney is that no one seems to work on a Friday! The beach was filled with people and most were definitely not tourists. I guess it is called Poets Day after all – Piss off early, tomorrow’s Saturday. The attitude that one feels in Sydney is that people understand the balance that is needed between work and play, a concept that can easily be forgotten in the Western world. Those that do work on a Friday are mainly based in the few high rise buildings in the CBD and they all stream to the bars around George Street after work to enjoy a few drinks with their colleagues. George street was buzzing with lots of chatter and laughter, which leaves you wanting to be amongst the crowds as well. On a sunny day, a perfect place for an after-work drink is the Opera Bar, a bar located right next to the Sydney Opera House, directly facing the Harbour Bridge. A spectacular view.

Breakfast Spot:
If you end up staying in the Bondi area whilst in Sydney, make sure to stroll over (or jog for those that love being active) to Bronte along the coastal cliffs. Another beautiful beach with an abundant supply of cute cafes. The Bogey Hole is a winner – their granola with yoghurt and fruit for breakfast…YUM!

Orto Trading Co.

Brunch/Lunch (or Dinner) Spot:
If you’re strolling through Surry Hills, a very cute area just out of the CBD area, make sure not to miss the adorable and tasteful cafĂ©/restaurant – Orto Trading Co.  The set up is beautiful, the food is tasty and the presentation is amazing. One of those places you want to Pinterest about!

Orto Trading Co.

Amazing Crumpets with Ricotta at Orto Trading Co.

Dinner Spot:
Looking for a great meal to end a fantastic day in Sydney? Check out Sake Restaurant in The Rocks, a Japanese gem.  Shaun Presland is the head chef -  he is famous, handsome and very talented at what he does.  The food is fresh, healthy and full of flavor and I wholeheartedly recommend the experience. I actually saw Shaun present on Masterchef Australia a few months before my trip over there and instantly jumped on the web to make a booking. My anticipation was high and expectations were definitely exceeded.

One day my Sydney Dreams will become a reality. Until then I will continue taking Europe by storm…

Until next time Sydney!


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