"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home."
- ABORIGINAL PROVERB
Great people. Great food. Great coffee. Great vibes! Sydney is fantastic, a beautiful city right on the water with lots to offer and lots to see. Allie and I flew in Saturday morning and didn’t waste a moment.
We stayed in the quaint Harbour Rocks Hotel. Conveniently located across from the famous Sydney Opera House and minutes away from the Circular Quay. Public transportation throughout the city is easy and quick. Your best (and cheapest) option is to get an Opal card (a free smartcard ticket). Load the card with an amount you see fit, depending on how much local travel you intend to do and how long your stay is (we put the minimum of $10 on initially), and voilà! Unlimited use of the buses and trains in Sydney will cost you a total of $2.50 for the day.
Walking around the Harbour is a must, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House being the obvious attractions to check out. The Opera House Bar is a great option to enjoy a drink and the spectacular views, especially at sunset!
Limitless options of café’s and restaurants stretch the Harbour, but I strongly recommend Méjico Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Fresh gourmet Mexican dishes with a twist! Without a doubt the best meal we had in Sydney, specifically the freshly smashed Guacamole and Corn Lollipops.
30 minutes from the Sydney Harbour and you find yourself at Bondi Beach! A definite tourist attraction, Bondi Beach is busy and beautiful. Full of shops, café’s and restaurants we quickly spotted Cali Press. Basically across the street from the beach, Cali Press, although small, is filled with delicious and nutritious options to go or to stay. We both decided on one of their 100% raw, organic cold pressed juices and a soy latte to go. Their motto is “live clean, live large, love life” so how can you really go wrong?! The Bondi to Bronte coastal walk was a must, a bit busy but easy walking (1.5hrs) and with incredible views.
For lunch we decided on Bills Restaurant. Although known for the breakfast their lunch spelt tagliatelle bowl with zucchini, edamame, kale and pistachio pesto was amazing. And right next door is Gelato Messina, which may be arguably the BEST gelato I have ever had!
To get to Manly we hopped on a ferry from the Circular Quay in Sydney Harbour. Using our Opal cards, the ferry costs about $7 each way and takes 30 minutes. Arriving at the Manly Warf and starving, we ventured up Belgrave St. and straight into the Belgrave Cartel Restaurant for their highly recommended breakfast. It did not disappoint! I ordered the baked bacon and egg avocado smash on toast with pistachio pesto and it was incredible. Next stop: Manly Beach, similar to Bondi but with a more local feel. Manly was my favorite area to visit while in Sydney. Next time I’ll stay longer!
→ Sea you later x
Partner in Crime : Allie Bertram