Sydney

Sydney



Sydney might be one of those cities everyone has on his/her bucket list… Think about the city’s famous skyline: the harbour bridge, the stunning Opera House building and legendary Bondi beach.

Of course these are unmissable spots for anyone visiting Sydney for the first time, but the city has much more to offer.

If you look a bit beyond these clichés, you’llfind charming and elegant neighbourhoods and a vibrant foodie scene, but also discover that the city is surrounded by fantastic natural attractions from pristine beaches to stunning mountains and fantastic vineyards which make for perfect weekend getaways.

Sydney also has a very active and well-supported startup community, most probably because Sydney is Australia’s financial capital.

The city’s vibe might be more show-off and less arty or creative than its all-time rival Melbourne but the city definitely has a more international allure.

No doubt you’ll have a fantastic time there.


  • Essentials :

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    You’ll be surprised to discover that in many places paying with a credit card involves a surcharge of up to 3%. Hopefully this changes in the future, but for now be aware of this annoying Australian policy and ask before paying (or check if paying for your hotel online!).

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    In most of in-vogue restaurants, only parties of 5 or more can book ahead. However lots of them offer food service at the bar which rarely requires a reservation: a great option when you’re alone or if there are just 2 of you.

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    Try off-the-beaten-track neighbourhoods like Newtown or Redfern. Still evolving, these promising areas tend to offer more creative alternatives for finding new concept stores, art galleries and cool casual eateries.

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    Public transport is easy to manage. Buy an Opal card from any convenience store and download the free app. It even works with the Sydney Ferries you take at Circular Quay. Good to know if, for instance, you want to get to Watsons Bay by boat.

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    To curb night violence induced by abuse of alcohol, Sydney has enforced 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks at hotels, clubs and bars in the central districts including Sydney CBD and stretching from parts of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst to The Rocks, and from Kings Cross to Cockle Bay. This has had a huge impact on nightlife, triggering the closing of many venues, but the city center is now much safer…

A weekend at the 20th Biennale of Sydney

Sydney - 3 June 2016

20th Biennale of Sydney theme
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A young Australian talent from Sydney. I love the video!

Shopping :

Depending on your taste, these are the best shopping streets in Sydney:

  • Surry Hills: Crown & Elizabeth Streets. For hip boutiques.
  • Paddington/Woollahra: Oxford, William and Queen Streets and Glenmore Road, and around. For upscale shopping.
  • CBD: Georges Street with the historical Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade and the huge Westfield Mall. For high street and international brands.
  • Newtown: not far from Sydney University, King Street. For creative concepts.