Tea Gardens Café (Sydney)

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Outdoor bliss

by Dan

The sun is shining. The harbour is glistening. People are smiling. It’s another beautiful day in Sydney, with perfect conditions for visiting the ever popular Watsons Bay. It’s a bit early in the day for the iconic Doyles fish ‘n’ chips, so I decide to try Tea Gardens Café for brunch.  [Read more…]

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Escape the city rush – Sydney walk

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Rushcutters Bay and surrounds – by Dani!photo-7

If you’re new to Sydney or just here on holiday, the perfect way to really discover it is by foot. There is obviously a lot to see in the city itself, but if you walk a bit further, your breath will be taken away, and not just from walking up the hills!

The destination of this walk is McKell Park, Darling Point. This is one of my favourite walks in Sydney. It’s only 4km from the city, so it will take around 2 hours return. You can either pack a picnic to have in the park or stop along the way at amazing cafes and/or restaurants. Starting in the city, walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens towards the Art Gallery of NSW.

On the left of the gallery, you’ll find a pathway down to Woolloomooloo Bay. Check out the Finger Wharf if you have time. Walk along Cowper Wharf Roadway until you get to Brougham Street. Just near the corner, you’ll find the very steep McElhone Stairs (I dare you to try run up these!).

You’re now in Potts Point, the Manhattan of Sydney. Once on Victoria Street, turn left and then the first right into Challis Avenue – take note of The Fish Shop. This is a really good lunch or dinner option on your way back. Turn right into Macleay Street and left into Greenknowe Avenue.

Walking down Greenknowe Avenue, you’ll see a few inviting coffee place but if you’re a coffee snob like me, go to Elizabeth Bay Café on the roundabout . This is the ideal place to people watch (as well as watch Sydney drivers try use a roundabout), otherwise grab a takeaway coffee, and continue your walk.

Keep walking down the hill, turning right on Holdsworth Avenue. The stairs in front of you provide a gateway to Rushcutters Bay – a playground of cricket fields, tennis courts, outdoor gym equipment and sailing boats. Meander through the park, along the water’s edge, until you reach New Beach Road.

Turn right into Yarranabbe Road, walk up a hill and then turn left into Darling Point Road and continue until you reach McKell Park on the right.

This little secluded park feels like a secret garden – it has well-manicured lawns from where you can sit and enjoy unique views of the Harbour Bridge and Double Bay. It also has the historic Canonbury House, a Federation house that once served as a hospital in the 1920s, but is now the backdrop of many weddings. This hidden park is the perfect spot to relax away from the crowds while not being too far from the city.

Once you’ve finished relaxing, it’s time to head back to the city. If you’re still feeling energetic, stop off at Elizabeth Bay on the way back (just down Ithaca Road). If you’ve had enough walking and want to get back to the city quickly, catch a train from Kings Cross Station or jump in a cab for around $10-$15.

Start: Royal Botanic Gardens

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Finish: Mckell Park

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This little piggy – Chester White (Sydney)

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photoThis little piggy – by Dani!

I had to think twice about reviewing this place as I’m not sure I want anyone else to know about it. But I trust you won’t tell too many people, right?

If you’re looking for the newest, unpretentious wine bar in town, that is as fresh as a Bourke Street bakery sourdough, then I have two words for you, Chester White.

Tucked away in the back streets of Potts Point, it’s very doubtful that you’ll stumble upon this place unless you’re specifically looking for it, or if you happen to live in the area.

From the same folk who gave us Buffalo Dining Club, Chester White is a small Italian bar with a big emphasis on quality wine (even their house red wine is decent!) and sumptuous cured meat platters.

When you visit, the cured lamb neck is a must, as well as the Carne meat platter (if you’re not sure which meat to choose, the staff will happily make a recommendation). If you want to balance the meal, the kale chips and green olives are a great accompaniment to the meat!

Named after a breed of pigs, Chester White is the perfect bar to go on a first date, or to meet your partner or a couple of friends for a cheeky afternoon wine or a light dinner in the evening.

Please just don’t tell too many people about it, otherwise this little piggy will have none!

Address: 3 Orwell Street Potts Point, Sydney NSW 2011; Phone: 9332 3692; Price: moderately priced, Open: Wed-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 12pm-11pm.

 

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