Check out that sunset!
Technically it’s not a weekend but my Mum had a few days off work so we decided to spend them up in Sydney – yay!
Sydney has always been one of my favorite places in Australia because to me it has the joys of a big city while still having a great, relaxed Australian vibe.
So here’s a recap of our 3-night trip!
Day 1 – Sunday 25th of September
- Arrival at 20:30 (Greyhound bus)
- Check-in at Rydges Sydney Central
- Dinner at Mamak
- Drinks in Chinatown
Day 2 – Monday 26th of September
- Breakfast at Le Monde Café
- Shopping in Surrey Hills
- Lunch at Hawker
- Drinks at The Rocks
- Dinner at The Fish Shop
- Ice cream
Day 3 – Tuesday 27th of September
- Brunch at The Boon Café
- Shopping in the City
- Ferry to Manly
- Dinner at The Glenmore
Day 4 – Wednesday 28th of September
- Breakfast at Reuben Hills
- 14:30 bus back to Canberra
One of my absolute favorite restaurants. Ever since I found this place, I’ve never been to Sydney without coming here!
They serve authentic & fresh Malaysian food at affordable prices. Super popular, you will almost always have to queue up out front but service is quick and people don’t tend to hang around too long after their meal so you shouldn’t have to wait more than 15-20 minutes unless it’s opening hour. While you’re waiting, you can watch the cooks in their glass-panelled kitchen preparing rotis, a spectacle if you’ve never seen it before!
I recommend: roti canai (must have – pictured), kari kambing, ayam goreng.
We discovered this lovely place for breakfast in Surry Hills, not far from where we were staying, and were quite impressed!
In a lovely sunlit setting, we had great coffees & fancy eggs at affordable prices. I recommend the crunchy potato rösti (pictured) which comes with a poached egg and smoked salmon.
This is the sister restaurant to Mamak. Opened recently by the same team, they focus on Malaysian street-food, spanning from Penang down to KL.
First of all, the restaurant is brand new and – in my opinion – captures the idea of street-food (open kitchen, low tables, stools) quite well but in a bright, clean, modern setting. There really is something to be said about cleanliness, because it’s pretty far from what I experienced with actual Malaysian street-food in Penang ;)
Unfortunately what we wanted to order wasn’t available so we chose another option quickly and ended up with pork rice (great) & Kam Heong squid (both pictured). Honestly, you’d be hard pressed eating an entire plate of the squid, which was nice but quite overpowering.
Instead, I’d suggest trying the Char Kway Teow or the Assam Laksa which both seemed popular and delicious!
From the rooftop of The Glenmore at The Rocks, you get a beautiful view of the harbour and the bridge (pictured).
Mostly populated with locals, it’s just far enough out of the way for you to be able to rock up and snag a table without too much wait. You will have to book ahead if you want a dinner-time or sunset table on the harbour side though!
The food is decent if a bit overpriced but the vibe is good and, well…did I mention the view?
Another one of my Sydney favorites!
Delicious seafood restaurant in Potts Point serving fresh, local food in a warm and cozy setting. If you eat early you should be able to just show up, but the place gets quite busy and you can easily just book online.
One mistake to avoid is ordering only fried foods and feeling a bit too greasy – this time we broke it up with their cos, radish & cucumber salad which was super fresh.
Must haves: school prawns (yum, yum, yum – pictured), beer-battered fish & chips, anything on the daily board.
I almost never order dessert, but sometimes – once I’ve walked dinner off – I’ll stop for some ice-cream. I always get the same thing: 1 scoop of mint choc chip & 1 scoop of whatever catches my fancy.
Ordering the same thing makes it easy to compare between shops & the conclusion here is: delicious!
Unfortunately the place was packed and I didn’t get any photos but I spotted this dragonfly on the way out. In the background you can see awesome cakes.
Fresh, modern Thai food is served in this bright and cheery café, which has an annex Thai supermarket where you can find authentic products.
The food was good but adapted to Western tastes with far less chili than you would get in Thailand – great for people who don’t like their food too spicy! Seating is limited so you’re best coming early.
If you’re just after a coffee, their Thai iced coffees are delicious!
Honestly, I’m not a fan of Manly, and we only went there to get the ferry back at sunset. However, I am a fan of beer, especially craft beer!
I ordered the tasting set of 4 of their craft beers, and they were pretty good!
This place has a lovely view right next to the jetty.
Oh my God, this place was so good. Great vibe, great food, great coffee.
We ordered soft baked eggs & jámon and the broken omelette roll (though it’s more of a burger if I do say so) with a flat white and a cold brew which were all just delicious.
The spanish/mexican flavors really shine through in the dishes we tried and there was a great balance of sweet and savoury in the broken omelette roll.
Here is my capsule for the trip! Chic but comfortable and warm just in case.
And, needless to say, some shopping was done in Sydney! This is what I ended up with:
Black Elk wedge sandals (179$AUD)
Pointed black flats (on sale 120$AUD, similar)
Vintage denim jacket (49$AUD) from Cream on Crown in Surry Hills
Can’t wait to go back!