Food and Wine
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the NSW Government has announced that all non-essential businesses will temporarily shut down. Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas and casinos closed from midday Monday 23 March. Restaurants and cafes should now offer takeaway only.
Sydney is Australia’s flavour capital. You’ll taste authentic cuisines from around the world, thanks to the rich multicultural heritage in the beautiful harbour city. Deliciously tempting experiences range from waterside dining to neighbourhood ‘eat streets’, fresh produce markets and towering sky bars.
There are hidden delights, too. Tucked away in the city centre is Angel Place, a meandering series of laneways with a paved area lined with charming restaurants and outdoor tables. Above the dining laneway is Forgotten Songs, an extraordinary artwork canopy of birdcages with recorded bird songs.
You’ll be delighted with the mouth-watering choices. Enjoy gourmet dining in acclaimed restaurants such as Sixpenny and Bennelong, which is inside a white sail of the Sydney Opera House. Discover rising chefs’ innovative cuisine in the hottest dining precincts, such as Chippendale and Barangaroo.
Sydney is ideal for outdoor dining all year. Popular harbourside dining locations include the heritage-listed Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo and vibrant Darling Harbour, where you can also visit a zoo and an aquarium. Milsons Point, Lavender Bay, Rose Bay and Watsons Bay are all popular as well.
For ocean views, check out the beachside cafes, bars and restaurants. North Bondi Fish overlooks the sand and waves at Bondi Beach, Australia’s most famous beach. How about combining harbour and ocean views? Well, you can with a scenic Rose Bay seaplane flight to waterside restaurants.
There are more tasty adventures. An enchanting way to experience sparkling blue Sydney Harbour is on lunch or dinner cruises. Or explore various ‘eat streets’, including Dixon Street in Chinatown, Kensington Street in Chippendale, Church Street in Parramatta, and John Street in Cabramatta.
Stylish bars, whizz mixologists and heritage brewers are drawcards, with some bars offering spectacular views of iconic Sydney attractions and beyond. Blu Bar on 36 is perched on the Shangri-La Hotel’s 36th floor in The Rocks, and Nick and Nora’s is a 26th storey rooftop bar in Parramatta.
Food and wine tours are popular. Australia’s oldest wine region is two hours’ drive north of the city, or visit the Urban Winery in Moore Park. For fresh produce, browse colourful markets and hop on the light rail for the bustling Sydney Fish Market, one of the biggest seafood markets in the world.