Double Bay tends to fly under the tourist radar, but this harbourside enclave is worth exploring. You’ve got chic shopping, quiet sandy beaches, lovely parks and delicious restaurants, cafes and bars. The charming heritage architecture, from semis to grand residences, and tree-lined boulevards make it one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in Sydney’s east.
Things to do
The boutique shopping along leafy Bay, Knox and Cross streets help create a buzzing community. If you have money to burn, Jan Logan’s exquisite designer jewellery and Nerida Winter’s bespoke millinery are favoured by film stars and then there are the lust-worthy accessories at Cosmopolitan Shoes. Don’t miss the smaller boutiques in side streets and arcades.
Stroll northeast to arrive at picturesque Seven Shillings Beach, a stretch of soft sand that includes Redleaf Beach and Murray Rose Pool, an enclosed tidal swimming pool with two floating pontoons and a walkway around the pool. It’s one of the prettiest and most accessible harbour beaches in Sydney.
Adjoining the beach is Blackburn Gardens, a sweet heritage garden whose manicured lawns and Sydney Harbour views make the perfect picnic spot. Explore the sundial, water feature and secret garden within the Gardens. You’re just 15 minutes from the Sydney CBD but it feels like a world away.
Eat and drink
A fresh produce market is held Thursdays in Guilfoyle Park. Alfresco cafes, restaurants and wine bars dot the boulevards and laneways, including the popular Indigo. Bibo Wine Bar dishes up elevated Portuguese cuisine and Matteo serves up a mean Neapolitan-style pizza and great pasta.
The Royal Oak Hotel is a heritage corner pub popular with locals for the last 149 years while The Golden Sheaf is a more modern, breezier pub with a younger crowd and great beer garden. Pelicano and Mrs Sippy are where the beautiful people party late into the night and Stillery is a gin bar at the InterContinental.
The InterContinental is a luxury, five star hotel in the heart of the action. It does a mean high tea, the rooftop bar serves up Perrier-Jouët and has spectacular harbour views and guests have exclusive use of the rooftop pool. For a budget-friendly option, the Savoy Hotel in Knox St is a clean, comfortable stay.
A scenic ferry ride on one of the great natural harbours in the world is a memorable way to travel to Double Bay. You can hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and you’ll arrive at Double Bay Wharf in less than 20 minutes. You can also catch a bus from the CBD or take the train to Edgecliff station and then a short stroll down New South Head Rd.