To be honest, my travels in Sydney did not stray too far from the most touristic neighborhoods. My recommendations below, for the most part, reflect this–sorry. I did spend the better part of a couple days trekking through some of the residential neighborhoods around central Sydney. I recommend walking through these neighborhoods if time allows (in no particular order): Pyrmont, Balmain, Rozelle, Glebe, Ultimo and Paddington. You’ll also want to spend some time around the harbor. Sydney has an extensive ferry system which is a great way to see the city, so be sure to utilize it.


On Friday nights, the Night Market takes over Dixon street in Chinatown. Most of the trinkets on offer are standard fare, but the food is quite good. If you can find the Roti or Imagawayaki, try them.

Chinatown Night Market
Dixon Street, Haymarket


Rosie’s is, quite literally, a hole in the wall. It is no more than a window that opens onto Cleveland Street. But, through that window one can buy some tasty pies. The chicken and mushroom pie I had was probably the best I tasted while in Sydney. It appears that this pie window may only be open during the day (information about Rosie’s online is scarce), schedule accordingly.

268B Cleveland Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010


The outback degustation menu is worth the short trip to the Deep Blue Bistro at Coogee Beach. This somewhat casual restaurant overlooks the beach from a high bluff. If the weather is good, take a seat on the terrace. If you go for the degustation menu, you’ll taste multiple courses comprised of unusual, Aussie ingredients that are expertly prepared. Please know that the degustation menu is available only at certain times. Be sure to call in advance and let them know that you want this special menu.

Deep Blue Bistro
56 Carr Street
Coogee Beach, NSW 2034
Phone: +61 (02) 9315 88 11


Okay, The Lord Nelson is full of tourists. Nevertheless, it is worth swallowing your pride long enough to swallow a couple pints of their Nelson’s Blood. This is a strong, dark beer that is well worth the slog to the bar. If you need further enticement, Monday night is pie night–$5 pies with mushy peas and mash!

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
19 Kent St
The Rocks, NSW 2000
Phone: +61 (02) 9251 40 44


Visited 2007-03-09 – 2007-03-18. Pictures on flickr and highinfrequency.com.

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