One of the prettiest suburbs in Sydney’s east, Double Bay oozes glitz, glamour, and sophistication in this harbourside enclave. Discover high-end fashion boutiques and classy restaurants, along with idyllic harbour beaches, a beautiful rooftop bar and leafy streets lined with charming heritage architecture.
Things to do
Double Bay is renowned for its designer shopping. Join the well-heeled along Bay, Knox and Cross streets. If you have high-end tastes, Jan Logan’s exquisite designer jewellery and Nerida Winter’s bespoke millinery are favoured by film stars. You’ll also find iconic Australian brand Scanlan Theodore, and don’t miss the chic boutiques in the side streets and arcades.
Stroll northeast to arrive at the scenic Seven Shillings Beach, a stretch of soft sand, leading to sparkling ocean and boats bobbing in the harbour. Next door is Redleaf Beach and Murray Rose Pool. At this equally picturesque spot, enjoy a swim in the enclosed tidal pool, relax on one of the floating pontoons or go for a stroll along the walkway that wraps around the pool.
Adjoining the beach is Blackburn Gardens, a sweet heritage garden whose manicured lawns and unforgettable Sydney Harbour views make the perfect picnic spot. Explore the sundial, water feature and secret garden within the gardens. You’re just 15 mins from the Sydney CBD but it feels like a world away.
Treat yourself and stay at the luxury InterContinental, a five-star boutique hotel, with a day spa and harbour views, that puts you near the heart of the action. For a budget-friendly option, the Savoy Hotel in Knox Street is a clean and comfortable stay.
Eat & drink
Double Bay’s tree-lined streets house elegant cafes, restaurants and wine bars. Dine al fresco at Indigo, enjoy top vinos and Mediterranean share plates at Bibo Wine Bar or elevated pasta and pizza at Matteo. Get your fix of Chinese cuisine at China Diner, while Little Jean serves a gourmet brunch. There’s also a fresh produce market held every Thursday in Guilfoyle Park.
The Royal Oak Hotel is a heritage corner pub that’s been a favourite with locals for over 150 years, while The Golden Sheaf is a lively pub with a younger crowd and great beer garden. At the InterContinental, enjoy an elegant high tea, a glass of champagne at the chic rooftop bar or authentic Shanghainese dishes at the restaurant Lotus.
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 20min, passing Clark Island. You can also catch a bus from the city centre or take the train to Edgecliff Station and then it’s a short stroll down New South Head Road.