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24 hours in Sydney

From the best place to get breakfast to the city’s must-visit attractions, Global Blue’s guide to Sydney will ensure you make the most of your trip Down Under

Verity Hogan

City Guide

by Verity Hogan



Four Ate Five
Four Ate Five’s breakfast menu is one of the best in Sydney. Crowds are happy to share booths and rub shoulders at the communal tables for a chance to start the day with French toast stuffed with bananas, Moroccan-style baked eggs with feta and ham, and cheese potato hash with béchamel sauce.

Four Ate Five, 485 Crown Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, +61 (0)2 9698 6485,

Sydney’s most daring diners spend their lunch hours feasting on Pinbone’s experimental sharing platters. Flavour combinations are often challenging but always delicious; expect starters such as the descriptively named Cheesy, Smoky, Potato Thing to be followed by mains such as steak served with smoked eel Béarnaise sauce.

Pinbone, 3 Jersey Road, Sydney, NSW 2025 +61 (0)2 9328 1600,

The Tearoom at the Queen Victoria Building
Taking tea in the Grand Ballroom of the Queen Victoria Building is one of the city’s most luxurious activities. Enjoy a glass of Australian sparkling wine alongside a classic combination of finger sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream, served on a silver three-tiered stand.

The Tearoom, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 9283 7279,


Akira Isogawa
With his timeless aesthetic and soft, romantic silhouettes, Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s leading designers. His eponymous Sydney-based boutique offers his full collection, featuring richly embellished pieces crafted from high-quality natural fabrics such as silk and cotton.

Akira Isogawa, 12A Queen Street, Sydney, NSW 2025 +61 (0)2 9361 5221,

Kakawa Chocolates
Visitors with a sweet tooth are sure to fall for Kakawa Chocolates’ myriad of temptations. This acclaimed chocolatier uses only the finest natural ingredients to create a diverse range of chocolates; flavours include mango, strawberry and balsamic vinegar, and chilli and champagne.

Kakawa Chocolates, 147 William Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, +61 (0)2 9331 8818,


Sydney speakeasy Eau-de-Vie transports guests back to the 1930s with its atmospheric dim lighting and jazz-infused soundtrack. Cocktails are expertly mixed and original; choose a Yuzu Mule, made from vodka, honey, yuzu curd and ginger beer or be brave and opt for the Absinthe Frappé served over crushed ice.

Eau-de-Vie, 229 Darlinghurst Road, Sydney, NSW 2010, +61 (0)422 263 226,

The Lobo Plantation
Evoking the spirit of the Caribbean, rum bar The Lobo Plantation has an interior that captures the faded glamour of an island getaway, with an array of historic details and ornate glassware. Order the Cheeki Tiki, which combines Wray & Nephew rum with kaffir-infused Midori, lemon sugar and egg white.

The Lobo Plantation, Basement Lot 1, 209 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 9279 4335,


Those with a taste for adventure can view Sydney’s famed harbour from the arches of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, thanks to BridgeClimb. Ascend accompanied by a climb leader who will impart facts and stories about the bridge before you reach the summit, 134m above sea level. Book a slot at sunset or sunrise for the most spectacular views.

BridgeClimb, 3 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 8274 7777,

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The perfect place to get away from it all in the heart of the city, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney occupies a location between the harbour and the city centre, imbued with natural beauty. Stroll along the walkway by the harbour’s edge, visit the rose garden or relax in more than 30 hectares of open space.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 9231 8111, +61 (0)2 9231 8125 (weekends),


Blue Sydney
Guests are sure to sleep soundly at the Blue Sydney boutique hotel, designed to offer comfort and relaxation. Each of its 100 rooms features a muted colour scheme of brown and blue, while beds feature goose down pillows and duvets and 250-thread-count sheets. Be sure to visit the hotel’s WaterBar with its industrial styling and intriguing cocktail menu.

Blue Sydney, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Sydney, NSW 2011, +61 (0)2 9331 9000,


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