Sydney, a place I always wanted to go.
Things to do
When I arrived at Bondi Beach the weather was great, sunny and around 30 degrees. A definite must-do here is: get tanned at the Bondi Icebergs Club, and have a swim in their famous pool as it’s filled by the waves coming in from the ocean. The club offers you a restaurant, bars and a cafe and gym as well. The majority of the people at Bondi Beach are super fit, and very active: either they run, lift weights, or do surfing and skating.
From the Icebergs you can have a very nice Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal walk and I suggest that you do it in the late afternoon. With its nice rocks, walkways and ocean view it gives you a pure feeling of relaxation.
Bondi is also a great spot to be in the evening, as there are many bars and restaurants offering good food, drinks and wines with a view of the beach. Shopping addicts will find small local stores along the main roads offering sexy casual Australian fashion.
One of my all-time favorite restaurants is Bills, directly next to the Adina Bondi Beach Apartment hotel where we chose to stay. I can only recommend Bills as the food is purely organic, everything is very tasty and it reflects the healthy lifestyle of the Bondi peeps.
After two days I decided to move to the Shangri-La hotel at the city centre, where I found a very nice room offering views over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, especially amazing at night to look at.
The best way to enjoy Sydney is to do as I did and split your trip between the beach and the city, so you can have a walk in front of the Opera House, over the Sydney Harbor Bridge, or take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach. The ride takes around 30 minutes and leaves you approximately 15 min walking distance from the beach which is very nice as well and definitely worth spending a day at.
The place is quite touristic and full of souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. Everywhere you can find surfers just waiting to catch the next wave. Food
During my two days in the centre I chose two different restaurants. One was the Aria directly at the Opera House, which is very romantic and a place you might go for if you have a special occasion to celebrate.
The next day I went to the Medusa Greek Tavern and I can assure you the food is spectacular. We had a few starters suggested by the chef, and then the lamb shoulder, which is so far the best lamb I’ve ever eaten in my life. The staff were very friendly, warm and welcoming. Make sure you book a table, as it’s very busy in the evening.
If you like outdoor bars, then the best plan is to go to the riverside in front of the Opera House, where you will find many of them. You can get a very nice view over the Opera House from the Blu Bar in the Shangri-La Hotel on the 36th floor.
The historic area of Sydney is called The Rocks, a great place which never sleeps and is perfect to wander around. There are many restaurants, bars and shops in The Rocks but they are a little bit overpriced.
Luxury brands you can find on George, Castlereigh, and Elisabeth Streets, or in shopping malls like Westfield Sydney, Westfield Bondi Junction, Strand Arcade and Queen Victoria Building. Oxford Street is great if you want to shop for Australian designers.
Sydney completely fulfilled my expectations, and as far as I have seen it’s a city with a very high-quality lifestyle, as well as friendly and open people. A city I would like to live in.