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From the daring to the raring, there are any number of adventurous things to do ​on a  Sydney holiday. Round-the-clock good times will take you from bars to boutiques, stage shows, shopping and all the way back around again. Sydney’s eclectic food scene is exactly that, eclectic. No matter what you crave and however niche or novel, there’s a dining establishment to satisfy, and before you even get as far as food a slick city watering hole will have already served you the perfect aperitif. From small bars with big personalities, to glitzy rooftop hangouts and secret basement bars even the locals can't re-find, if you have a thirst to quench, Sydney has a tipple to fill your tumbler. After the drinking and the dining comes the dancing, and for that you’ll need a new frock. Or steazy ensemble. Reforming shopaholics always fall off the wagon in Sydney. Satisfy your Sydney Holiday needs ​with our best packages and deals.  

As Australia’s premier shopping mecca there’s an opportunity to max-out your credit card at every corner; the weekend Rozelle Market serves vintage treasures on a plate, so if you’re in the - excuse the pun - ‘market’ for retro steals, make tracks to this little treasure trove. Without doubt, Sydney has a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ for everyone; a playground for families, a laid-back hangout for couples, it’s popular for a lad’s weekend and a favourite pick for gal-friends looking for fun. With The Sydney Opera House and its full program of annual shows, as well as Vivid Sydney and the infamous Mardis Gras season, letting your hair down is more than easy in a city as sassy as Sydney. All this for a few hundy and a 3.5 hour flight. Oh go on then. 




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Sydney dining

Sydney's ultimate what’s hot dining list 

Variety is the spice of life. It also describes Sydney’s eclectic food scene. No matter what you crave and however niche, novel or barely heard-of it is, there’s a dining establishment to ​discover From the classic to the contemporary, and absolutely every variant in between, here are our top five dining recommendations for what’s oh-so-hot right now.

Archie Rose Distillery, Rosebery
Like anywhere these days with an industrial heritage, Rosebery is replete with former warehouses flourishing into cool, urban dining venues. The incredibly slick Archie Rose Distilling Co features a range of spirits, beers and wines, amongst many other high-percentage gems. Take a tour and observe the entire distilling process, or simply sit in the bar, surrounded by aging whisky barrels and bar staff keen on conversation; they’ll tell you anything you want to know about their extensive range of liquor. A few shots of Archie Rose gin later and we bet you’ll be chatting theatrically too!

Moon Park and Cuckoo Callay: Redfern vs Newtown
It’s the X-Factor of Sydney ‘burbs, with every neighbourhood offering a little somethin’ somethin’ to set themselves apart. Redfern is winning a host of fans with its modern Korean restaurant, Moon Park. Sydney is certainly no stranger when it comes to Korean fare but this contemporary addition transforms traditional recipes into modern masterpieces. From mussel pancakes to fragrant smoked eel, Moon Park is causing quite the Redfern frenzy. Ten minutes west and you’ll find Cuckoo Callay, the café oozing with hipster cool and a hangout that’s full of illustrations, even the cardboard coffee cups are a work of art. But of course, this is Newtown; the realm of the kooky and creative. Food matches the interior in terms of knocking your socks off and they’re generous to a fault; order breakfast and dig deep for your eggs, they’ll be in there somewhere - possibly under ​a mountain of maple bacon.

LP’s Quality Meats, Chippendale
If you like your dining with an extra dose of gnarly, LP’s Quality Meats in Chippendale is all about the smoked meat. With a genuine Southern Pride Smoker shipped in from Tennessee, it has an edgy Deep South vibe that doesn’t apologise for its gruffness. From deep fried chicken to beef ribs smoked for a formidable fifteen hours, head chef Luke Powell has tapped into a growing trend for straight-up, no-frills dining. There’s nothing fine to be found here, albeit a damn-fine slab of meat.

Ester, Meagher Street, Chippendale
Sticking with Chippendale, Sydney’s inner south is also home to Ester, the Meagher Street haunt that has already been named the city’s best new restaurant several times over. Thanks to the wood-fired oven and an assortment of tasty treats that come from within, the creative offerings are causing quite a stir in the world of Instagram food selfies. The perfect balance of classic and contemporary, try something as simple as roast chicken with garlic, or dial up your experimental levels and go for something more unusual; Ester’s signature roasted half-head of cauliflower, paired with almond sauce and mint will not only satisfy your stomach, it’ll also wow your Insta-fans.

Bodhi Yum Cha Garden: 2-4 College Street, CBD
Think vegan food is all bean sprouts and soggy tofu? Nope. That’s because no one’s thought that for a long time. Not since inventive dining establishments such as Bodhi Yum Cha Garden enlightened the world with vegan flavours to set your taste buds alight. Growing since 1988, this inner city gem is still somewhat a secret. Camouflaged within parkland and hidden behind leafy trees, Bodhi is open all day, but it’s the yum char you really come for. Using locally grown produce which is both fresh and organic, the pan-Asian menu is ever changing, but the crispy wanton wings made from corn, carrot and mushroom are a speciality to look out for. Meat, you’re officially dismissed.




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