If Sydney was somewhere other than Australia, its locals would be insufferable—high on their good fortune for living in one of the world’s loveliest cities, where surfers and top chefs rub elbows at the farmers’ markets, and seemingly everyone has a water view. But, of course, these are laid-back Aussies, who will happily share their long summers and mild winters, rock pools and beaches, incredible restaurants, and vibrant arts and culture scene with the rest of the world.
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Yum Cha at Fisherman's Wharf Seafood RestaurantGoing for yum cha is a Sydney tradition, with locals and visitors alike savoring delicious Cantonese treats with tea.
The NewportThis iconic Northern Beaches spot began as a humble pub—it's now a sprawling indoor-outdoor restaurant with an embarrassment of dining options.
Circa 1876A farm-to-fork philosophy rules at Circa 1876, the rustic-romantic restaurant at the Convent Hunter Valley Hotel.
Muse RestaurantThis destination restaurant at the mouth of Pokolbin, in the heart of Hunter Valley, draws foodies from near and far to sample its pretty plates of indigenous-meets-Asian food.
The Lookout Echo PointTreat yourself post-trek at one of the Lookout's three dining venues overlooking the Blue Mountains—we like Restaurant 1128 for the stellar views from its wraparound terrace.
Valley Bar & Terrace LoungeThe bar may be intimate and cosy, but the views are epic and sweeping at Valley Bar & Terrace Lounge, part of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. Grab a glass of Australian white from the 150-bottle strong cellar and head straight for the veranda.
Rising Sun WorkshopCatch up with friends at this funky second-story cafe, where every “coffee drunk, cookie dunked, and noodle slurped” supports the ground-floor motorcycle club.
Celsius Coffee Co.Just a seven-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay and set above the aquamarine waters of Kirribilli Wharf, Celsius is the perfect way to start your morning, Sydney-style.
Showbox Coffee BrewersThe tourist hordes heading to Manly’s ocean beaches don’t pass by this way, so expect an intimate crowd of hip young locals and caffeinated Sydneysiders sipping beans at this small, industrial-style café.
Brewtown Coffee RoastersRegulars come for the cracking coffee, tasty food, and cool interiors, including eye-catching hexagonal white-tiled tabletops.
Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar & RoasterySurry Hills is full of media, hospitality, and fashion types—and they're all hooked on this next-level caffeine.
Mecca CoffeeThis industrial-chic warehouse is frequented by serious coffee drinkers, who drop by to refuel on seasonal house blends, espresso blends, and coffees sourced from Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Rwanda, and Ethiopia.
Single O Surry HillsFormerly Single Origin Roasters, but renamed Single O after customers shortened the name, in true Aussie style, this Surry Hills corner café has been pouring quality coffees since 2003.
Paramount Coffee ProjectSydney’s alternative movers and shakers, as well as in-the-know globetrotters, seek out PCP for its exceptional roster of both Australian and international roasters.
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