“According to a Local” is a series of guides for different cities around the world. This time, we asked a random Couchsurfing member/ fellow travel blogger questions about the city she calls home, Sydney! Christine has graciously provided us with some great advice to make your trip to Sydney, Australia perfect. We aim to keep it simple so you can get all the info without taking all your time. Here is an INTERACTIVE MAP of all her suggestions. You can also check out Christine’s blog here!
1. Favorite Bar:
Favourite bar to take a visitor is O Bar and Dining. It is in the middle of the city, on the 47th floor and has panoramic views of Sydney from above.
It’s good to check out the small bar scene including Barber Shop, Lobo Plantation, Baxter Inn and Grandma’s which are in the CBD.
2. Favorite Restaurant:
There are so many great restaurants in Sydney as it’s such a multicultural city Some of my favourites are Sokyo at The Star (Japanese) and for a cheap feed, Chat Thai in the CBD (Thai). For modern Australian, you can’t go wrong with Chiswick in Woollahra and Nomad in Surry Hills.
3. Favorite coffee shop:
Another tough one as Sydney has some great cafes and generally really good coffee. One would be Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills.
4. Favorite thing to do outside:
Going to the beach to relax or to do an activity (whether it be swimming, surfing or stand up paddle boarding) and doing a coastal or harbour walk.
5. Best spot for a view:
So many great vantage points in Sydney but my favourite is Cremorne Point. It is not touristy, has a great view of the harbour and you can go swimming at Maccallum Pool.
6. Some of your favorite local drinks/food:
Sydney doesn’t have a local drink or food as it’s such a multicultural place.
7. Where to get these local drinks/food:
We don’t have local food as such as Sydney is super multicultural. However, there are areas you go to for specific food. i.e. Leichhardt or Haberfield is known as “Little Italy”, Cabramatta is known for it’s Vietnamese food, Eastwood and Strathfield for Korean food, in the CBD there is “Thai town”. Good food exists everywhere in Sydney!
8. What you wish tourists knew coming to your home:
Don’t expect blonde hair and tanned skin here – although that’s the Australian stereotype, that is very wrong. Sydney is a multicultural city so you are bound to find someone from every country in the world and the food scene reflects this.
Sydney can be a very touristy place if you don’t know anyone so reach out to the locals, hang where they would and don’t hang around the backpacker scene.
It is a relatively expensive city but if you know the right places to go, you can get amazing food at decent prices.
9. Does your home have any good sweets (ice cream, chocolate, candy, etc.)? If so, where is a good place to get these sweets?
Cow and The Moon in Enmore won the Gelato World Tour title in 2014. Messina (various locations) is also very popular with the locals.
10. Fun local activity for tourists to try (disc golf, surfing, hiking, cliff diving, etc.)?
Surfing and stand up paddle boarding is a must! Go do day trips outside of Sydney – Blue Mountains, Royal National Park to name a few to go hiking and swimming. Do a day trip to the Hunter Valley to taste award winning wine.
11.When is the best time of year to visit?
Sydney has good weather all year round so it’s great to visit all year round. However I would suggest Autumn and Spring are the best times to beat the crowds but to still enjoy warm, sunny days. Come from Feb to April or September to November.
12. Do you have any names of local recipes you would recommend cooking up?