My Favourite Spots In Sydney Right Now
One of the coolest things about Sydney is that no matter how many times I visit, I always find new cafes, restaurants and stores that I didn’t know existed.
During my visit at the end of last year and my visit again last week for Jo Malone London, I discovered a few new restaurants and boutiques that I think you might love and want to add to your “Sydney directory”.
Food-wise, there’s a super cool Japanese restaurant in Potts Point called Cho Cho San that I love for dinner with girlfriends; the interior is white and minimalist and the cocktails are amazing. The food is best shared and the eggplant is legendary. Likewise for Sushi E in the CBD, a Japanese sushi bar and restaurant housed a few floors up in The Establishment building. Grab a seat along the white marble counter and watch the chefs prepare dinner less than a metre from your plate.
For those not a fan of Japanese cuisine, how about some classic French dishes and live jazz? The ambience and charm of Hubert in the CBD is almost as good – if not better! -than the food. Think beef tartare with french fries, pan fried choux pastry with parmesan cream and, of course, bread for days. P.s. the bar has just as much character as the restaurant if you’d rather focus on the wine list.
If you’re health-conscious like I am, make a visit to one of Orchard Street’s two locations: their tiny space in Paddington or their larger cafe in the heart of Bondi. When I land in Sydney I always want to stretch my legs and usually walk to the Paddington store to grab one of their green juices (plus an extra one to keep in the hotel mini fridge). My favourites include the Green Gaia which is a fruit-free, alkalising juice and the Green Lassi which is filled with things like coconut yogurt, chamomile, aloe, and something called “slippery elm” which is known for it’s tummy soothing qualities. I feel like a health goddess just thinking about it.
Brunch-wise, I’m a creature of habit and can’t go past Jackie’s in Paddington. The coffee and eggs are exactly what you’d expect from a city that loves to eat.
When you’re finished at Jackies, take a left at the intersection and visit my favourite Aussie jewellers at Baby Anything. Founder by Lucie Ferguson, the store is filled with Lucie’s hand-made superfine jewellery, crystals and candles. One of my first “presents” to myself after I launched The Twenties Club was the Juliet Ring. Also on the topic of shopping, if you’re a vintage lover (think Harley Davidson tees and Fila tracksuits rather than pre-loved Chanel bags) make a stop at Storeroom Vintage in Surry Hills. Like with any vintage store, it’s really up to luck and patience if you want to find something worth buying but I like the challenge.
On my trip to Sydney last week I stayed down by The Rocks for the first time and found so many new gems. Shopping-wise, there’s Cosette for high-end designers like Isabel Marant and Chloe, and on the other side of the main road is Sardis Boutique which stocks Aussie favourites like Bec and Bridge, Zimmermann and Zulu & Zephyr.
If you’re staying in the city near The Rocks and after some exercise, there’s a nice walk just off Hickson Road. Cut down to Pier One and weave your way around the Second and Third Pier, past the Sydney Theatre Company all the way to Pier 8 for a coffee. Save it for a sunny day and you’ll get the most beautiful view of the harbour.
And that’s it! Those are my favourite Sydney haunts right now. I’ll keep you posted if I find any other treasures.