Explore Sydney's City Centre and discover how much the CBD has to offer, from fantastic shopping to delicious restaurants and much more.
Sydney’s CBD has undergone a transformation in recent years and become a vibrant hub filled with great cafes, fantastic small bars and cool restaurants. It also boasts UNESCO World Heritage sites, fashionable shopping, exciting theatre, wonderful galleries, intriguing museums and lots more.
Things to do
Its location in the middle of the action means you're spoiled for choice with marvellous attractions. The city centre fans out from Circular Quay, near the Sydney Opera House, through the central business district south to Chinatown and Haymarket, and west to Darling Harbour. On the eastern side, you’ll find the Royal Botanic Garden, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum and Hyde Park.
Step back in time at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum in the historic Macquarie Street precinct. Designed by convict architect Francis Greenway, it housed criminals between 1819 and 1848. Pretty Hyde Park has the art deco Archibald Fountain and the ANZAC Memorial, with its evocative sculpture, Sacrifice.
Take Art Gallery Road through the Domain to get to the Royal Botanic Garden, a tranquil oasis with more than 8,600 plant species found in over 75 different countries. For a breathtaking panorama over the whole city and all the way to the Blue Mountains, head up to the 250m high observation deck of the Sydney Tower Eye. Afterwards, relax with a drink at the sky-high Bar 83.
Take home a fashionable souvenir thanks to Sydney's excellent shopping scene. Wander the historic Queen Victoria Building or stunning Strand Arcade for a boutique browse and find high street favourites in Pitt Street Mall and .
Eat & drink
There's no chance of going hungry, with the CBD boasting a range of restaurants for every taste and budget. Vegan dumplings are on the menu at Bodhi, for modern cuisine in chic wine-bar surroundings head to Monopole or indulge in award-winning fine dining at Tetsuya's.
Upstairs at Westfield, you’ll find a selection of restaurants, including Babylon, a sprawling Middle Eastern rooftop bar, and Sky Phoenix for yum cha. Angel Place and the surrounding alleyways house a range of venues including the French brasserie Felix, the pasta bar Ragazzi, Italian eatery Restaurant Leo, modern Asian-focused China Lane and Long Chim, which specialises in Bangkok street food.
Getting your caffeine fix is easily done, with a range of seriously good cafes. The Grounds of the City is opposite the Queen Victoria Building, Hills Bros is in Martin Place and Regiment is a small, bustling space nearby on George Street.
YCK Laneways is a new bar precinct. The laneways around York, Clarence and Kent streets between Town Hall and Wynyard are home to some of the city's best small bars such as Grandma’s, The Baxter Inn, Since I Left You, Papa Gede's, Stitch, The Lobo, Uncle Mings, Esteban, Cantina OK! and more.
The City Centre is one of Sydney's major transport hubs, making it a great base to explore on public transport. Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations have many connections, including light rail, trains and buses, which will take you all over the city.