Sydney

Local recommendations

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Dining

  • The Corner House

    This trendy restaurant and cocktail bar is the ultimate in Bondi cool.
    The traditional style pizza is always a favourite, and the cocktails upstairs are mixed to perfection.

    281 Bondi road, Bondi (02) 8020 6698

  • North Bondi Italian Food

    Overlook famous Bondi Beach in one of the hippest and noisiest upmarket ‘cafetaria’ in Sydney. Put your name down for a table, and while you wait, enjoy a campari fresh grapefruit as you watch the sun set. For desert you must try the crunchy orange granita over smooth sweetened cream. Yum!

    118-120 Ramsgate Ave, Bondi Beach (02) 9300 4400

  • Ramen Kan

    This very popular place is known for it’s big bowls of Ramen noodles and soups. It is open for lunch and dinner, and perfect for hungry tummies.

    33 Bronte Rd, Shop 3 Bondi Junction (02) 9386 9889

  • Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

    This is Sydney’s most glamorous and iconic restaurant. The views are as beautiful as the patrons. And if you are coming for a meal or a cocktail, these are as magnificently crafted.

    1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach (02) 9365 9000

  • Sean’s Panaroma

    Enjoy the fresh and bright flavours on this inspiring seasonal menu. This shabby-chic beachside institution. Part of the pleasure is admiring the ‘Bondi Humanity’ strolling by.

    270 Cambell Pde, Bondi (02) 9365 4924

  • Rockpool on George

    Treat yourself to a dining adventure at this three hat restaurant. The food is spectacular, creative, beautifully prepared and presented. The elegant simplicity of the surrounds contribute to the ambience, as does the view of the chefs in action. Attentive and knowledgeable service contribute to this special dining experience.

    107 George Street, The Rocks (02) 9252 1888
    http://www.rockpool.com/sydney/food/

Cafes

  • The Shop

    This small, no fuss, Kiwi run ‘hole in the wall’ café serves up excellent breakfast and lunch, and turns into a busy wine and tapas bar when the sun goes down. The coffee is the best in Bondi!

    78 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach (02) 92652600

  • Brown Sugar

    Brown Sugar has what it takes to pull the locals in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It casually and cleverly transforms from a vibrant breakfast spot, to a cosy and chic dining room which serves fantastic modern cuisine.

    106 Curlewis St, Bondi (02) 9310 1566

  • Jeds

    The casual, laid back Jamaican style café is a popular haunt for the local Bondi ‘hipster’…especially the hung over variety on Sunday morning, who come for Jed’s famous and satisfying Mexican Scrambled Eggs. The portions are generous, and the superb coffee always does the trick.

    96 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach (02) 9365 0022

  • Savta

    Just a stone’s throw away is this comfy and casual Mediterranean café. The food is fabulous, fresh and quick. You must try their Spiced lamb (kefta) burger and Israeli salad. Good size portions and good value.

    Shop 5/4-12 Waverley St, Bondi Junction (02) 9369 4222

  • Triple Pick Coffee

    Enjoy the aromas of the high quality Indonesian Arabica Beans as you read the morning paper. Beans roasted daily, as freshness and quality are this café’s top priority.

    17 Gray St, Bondi Junction (02) 9388 9015

Pubs

  • The Eastern

    A very short stroll from the apartment is this fun local pub. On a sunny day the outdoor area is a lovely place to sit, drink, chat and eat above usual pub standard food. At night the indoors are inviting. Thursday night is ‘young’ night.

    Westfield Bondi Junction Level 3, 500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction

  • The Woollahra Hotel (Bistro Moncur, Back Bar, Pub, Bottle shop)

    The Woollahra hotel is a 20 minute walk (or short cab ride) from Bondi Junction. Bistro Moncur is fine dining with a price tag to match. Upstairs is chilled, with live music on Thursday and Sunday.

    116 Queen St, Woollahra (02) 9327 9777

  • Mill Hill Hotel

    For lunch time specials and $10 steak nights, this Hotel is known for quality and value for money. Enjoy happy hour and cocktail specials. This place is an all round good guy.

    59 Oxford St, Bondi Junction

Bars

  • Bondi Social

    Enjoy a 20 minute walk (or 5 minute cab) to Bondi Beach and you’ll find lots of places to drink. Bondi Social offers great cocktails with great views. Live music, singers and DJ’s can keep you grooving on the large balcony until late.

    Cairo Mansions, Floor 1 38 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach

  • The Bucket List

    Sydney has embraced the lastest ‘pop up’ concept and one of the latest to grace our shores is the Bucket List bar and restaurant. It occupies when of the most prime positions in Sydney opposite the beach on the pavilion. Very popular, and very cool.


  • Ravesi’s Wine Bar

    This popular bar is always full of atmosphere. Downstairs is more casual (perfect for an afternoon coldie), and upstairs is cocktail bar/lounge – ‘Golden Sands’. There is also an elegant dining space that boasts the best views in Bondi.

    118 Cambell Pde (cnr Hall St) Bondi Beach

  • The Rum Diaries

    This vibrant has been proclaimed a hot spot for the hip and lively locals since opening in 2008. And for those who like to be entertained get their on Friday for their Rum Blazor demo at 8pm, Tuesday night 8:30 for their live acoustic show while you enjoy a real cocktail experience.

    288 Bondi Rd, Bondi (02) 9300 0440

  • The Crane Bar

    The Crane Bar is a fabulous sushi restaurant, with two huge bars, and great outdoor spaces.
    Better still the relaxed ambience is available 24 hours a day meaning your sushi levels can always be maintained or cocktail cravings assuaged. Knowledgeable staff help with menu choices.

    32 Bayswater Road, Potts Point, (02) 9357 3414
    http://www.cranesydney.com/

Things to do in Sydney

  • Crimes and Passions Walking Tour of Kings Cross

    Starts 6pm. A 2 Hour guided walk of vibrant, iconic Kings Cross brings insight into the history of this often notorious Sydney suburb. Thrill to tales of fame and fortune, murder and drugs, and mysteries and romances.
    Drink at the Kings Cross bar and enjoy knowledgeable and entertaining stories of the infamous razor gang, villians and bohemians.

    1800 459 388
    http://www.sydneyurbanadventures.com/

  • Australian Centre for Photography ACP

    One of the longest running contemporary art spaces in Australia for free! The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP), a not- for- profit- organisation, is renowned for its interesting and inspirational exhibitions covering local and international photography, new media, and innovative video.

    257 Oxford St, Paddington 02 9332 0555
    http://www.acp.org.au/

  • Sydney Fish Market

    In Bank Street, Pymont, you will find the world’s second largest seafood market. If you’re up for an early rise, the morning auctions are an incredible spectacle to behold. Afterwards, head to one of the many restaurants or (for that zinc injection you’re in need of!), the oyster bar. Of course, you could also head to the bay to enjoy a simple and delicious serve of fish and chips. Other activities on offer include a behind the scenes tour of the market and a cooking class at the renowned Sydney Cooking School.

    Bank St, Pymont
    http://www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/

Events

  • NRL Grand Final

    The NRL Grand Final will be played out to a full house at ANZ Stadium on October 5th.
    ANZ Stadium is easily accessed via train services from the CBD to Olympic Park
    The 2 top sides will battle it out for the glory of the premiership cup.
    The event include an entertainment precinct and lots of pre-match entertainment for all ticket holders.


  • Mardi Gras Festival

    The Mardi Gras is an exciting event that takes over Darlinghurst, Oxford Street and surrounds between February 13th and March 8th.
    The phenomenal Gay and Lesbian Parade takes place on March 7th and we suggest getting there early to see this wonderful parade in all its glory.
    We pride ourselves on offering apartments that are in the thick of all the action so that you won’t miss any of this world class event.


  • Cricket World Cup 2015

    The 2015 Cricket World Cup will hit Sydney at the SCG, with matches taking place between Februay 27th and March 26th with the 2nd semi final.
    Highlights include Australia versus Sri Lanka on March 8th.
    Get your tickets early and head to the Sydney Cricket Ground which is located within close proximity of our Randwick, Bondi Junction and Darlinghurst properties.


  • AFC Asian Cup

    The AFC Asian Cup descends on Sydney between January 10 and January 31 and involves some of the best soccer players in the world. Matches will be played at Sydney Olympic Park which is easily accessible via trains in the CBD.
    Sydney will have the stadium at full capacity especially during the quarter final and semi final all held in Sydney.