Saturday, June 3, 2017

3 Cool Things to Do in Sydney

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There's no sexier city in the world than Sydney, with its hip, lively neighborhoods that border the iconic Sydney harbor. From world-class dining and cooler-than-thou bars to stylish boutiques and gorgeous beaches, these are the 3 best things to do in Sydney now.

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The culinary renaissance that’s taking over Chippendale comes to a head at Automata, an industrial-chic addition to the Old Clare Hotel. The city’s style set gathers under a double-height ceiling, punctured by chandeliers made from radial engines and aircraft piston lights, for modernist, five-course takes on Australian cooking—squat fillet wrapped in Rangers Valley skirt steak; New Zealand hapuku over a cured roe emulsion. Both floors have communal tables, so try and request a seat by the windows if you’re there for date night.

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The prettiest bar in Sydney, which hangs over Circular Quay’s concourse in the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour hotel, is more Cuban than Sydneysider—but we’re okay with that. Taking cues from Caribbean plantation architecture and 1950s Miami, the glassed-in space is awash in garden trestles hung with vines, pink- and mint-hued sofas and armchairs, and huge windows that open out towards the harbor and Harbour Bridge. Drinks match the vibe: think banana-infused pisco sours, “Rye Tais,” and rum-based cocktails swirled with orange curaçao and dry vermouth. Pair your choice with a dish of yucca fries or jerk chicken sliders and Instagram away.
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Looking to shop local? Koskela’s light-flooded showroom in the inner suburb of Rosebery is a bit of a trek from central Sydney, but the journey is worth it. Here, everything from the furniture to the lighting and home accessories was designed and made right in Australia—and with an eco-conscious mindset to boot. Pendant lampshades were made by indigenous weavers, for example, while recycled timber and merino wool are given new life as stylish tables and bed linens. Don’t forget to grab a flat white and light bite from the indoor-outdoor café on your way out.