[AUSTRALIA] SYDNEY TRAVEL GUIDE – Things to do, Places to Eat and Visit (Part 1)

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Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, there are lots of places to visit and many things to do in one of Australia’s largest cities. Here in this post, we are going to share another travel guide consists of recommended things to do also places to visit and eat in Sydney.

Update: Check following link for the 2nd part of Sydney Travel Guide https://anakjajan.com/2016/03/31/australia-sydney-travel-guide-things-to-do-places-to-eat-and-visit-part-2-end/

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Out of many cities, AnakJajan received the most recommendations for Sydney, many of you are very kind and sweet to prepare a very long and thoughtful list of recommended places to eat in Sydney. We cannot thank each and every one of you enough for recommendations, we just want you to know that we really appreciate it. I think thanks to the recommendation, we gained the most weight in Sydney hahaha.


WHERE TO STAY
AnakJajan stayed at Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney. It is located in conveniently in the heart of Sydney’s CBD area, the nearest train station is Wynyard station around 6 minutes walk. The room was spacious, bed was comfy, we had a great quality of sleep. Major loveeeee for the bathtub with amazing city view.

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view from our room
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Talking about the hospitality, we gave Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney two thumbs up! During our stay, the hotel indulged us with many sweet surprises including sparkling wine. It is such a great place to stay.

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Address:
Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
11 Jamison Street, Sydney 2000
Phone: +61296962500
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TRANSPORTATION
For public transportation, AnakJajan used bus the most followed by train. We purchased OPAL card at closest convenient store, it is some kind of smart card ticketing system where you load value onto and use on all public transport. The card is valid on all bus, rail, light rail and government ferry services in Sydney and the Central Coast, Hunter Region, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Illawarra areas. On Sunday, using Opal Card you only need to pay AUD 2.50 for the whole day for all public transportation.

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Carriageworks Farmers’ Market
If you happen to visit Sydney on Saturday, don’t forget to visit Carriageworks Farmers’ Market.

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The market itself is situated in a vintage nineteenth century building that was originally a busy railway carriage and blacksmith workshop. The local farmers’ market features more than 70 regular stallholders that offer various seasonal fresh produce. It is a great place to get the local food market experience.

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Address:
Carriageworks Farmers’ Market
245 Wilson Street Eveleigh NSW
Phone: +61285719067
Operational day: Saturday 08.00 – 13.00


Newtown
Newtown is a suburb area of Sydney that is worth to visit. The area of Newtown has this kind of charming old town ambiance, we enjoyed our time exploring it.

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Other than the town’s ambiance, Newtown also has large number of famous and interesting restaurants, coffee shops and cafes for example Cow and Moon, Black Star Pastry, Brewtown Newtown, etc. I suggest you to have a full of half day trip to Newtown.
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Culture Scouts
Besides the old town ambiance, Newtown is also famous for its street arts, for you guys who are interested in street art, here is one of the interesting activities that you can do, Culture Scouts.

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Culture Scouts is a two hours guided walk tour around Newtown area exploring the interesting street arts in the area and rounded off with a session of craft beer at local craft brewery. We explored many street arts in the back street area and learned a few information about the street art scene there, it was quite an interesting and new way to explore the city.

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Barmuda
We were planning to have a breakfast at the famous Brewtown Newtown, but it was packed with customers so we moved to this place called Barmuda located just beside the famous Black Star Pastry.

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Barmuda serves various all day breakfast and all day lunch dishes. I had the Ricotta Hot Cakes AUD 14.50, soft fluffy hot cakes served with maple syrup and blueberries, it was pretty delicious. Overall their breakfast dishes were hearty and enjoyable, it’s a good place to enjoy breakfast like locals.

Address:
Barmuda
283 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Phone: +61295163341
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Cow and Moon
A place that every ice cream/ gelato lovers must not miss! The winner of World’s Best Gelato, Cow and Moon.

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AnakJajan had a quick visit to Cow and Moon, we ordered the award winning flavors Strawberry Balsamic and Mandarla Affogato (AUD 5.50 Small, AUD 7.50 Medium and AUD 9.50 Large) and both were extremely delicious! The gelato has a great smooth, creamy and rich texture, it keeps me wanting for more, we just couldn’t agree more that this place is one of the best places for gelato in the world.

Address:
Cow and Moon
181 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9557 4255
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Black Star Pastry
Visiting Sydney wouldn’t be complete without having a slice of Strawberry Watermelon Cake by Black Star Pastry. We have been curious about this highly raved cake and finally had a chance to try it.

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Strawberry Watermelon Cake AUD 7.5/slice

The cake was extraordinarily delicious! It was not overly sweet and nor overly heavy thanks to the use of fresh strawberry and watermelon. So soooo good!

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Address:
Black Star Pastry
277 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9557 8656
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Campos Coffee
For coffee lovers, Campos Coffee is a simply must visit. AnakJajan had a quick visit to this small little coffee shop for take away and we enjoyed it very much. The coffee left a very comforting and smooth after taste in our mouth, it was one of our favorite coffee in Sydney.

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Address:
Campos Coffee
193 Missenden Rd, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Phone:+61 2 9516 3361
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Brewtown Newtown
Brewtown is a very popular local cafe in Newtown that is famous for their coffee and cronuts. AnakJajan highly suggest you to visit this place during weekday because it is usually super packed during weekend.

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AnakJajan visited Brewtown again during weekday for brunch and it was not too crowded. We ordered some breakfast menu and cronut to share, the coffee was undoubtedly good! While the brunch dishes and cronut was nice but not memorable for us.

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Address:
Brewtown Newtown
6-8 O’Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
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Mecca Espresso
Coffee game in Australia is strong! Australians certainly pay serious attention to their coffee.
To learn more about coffee, AnakJajan had a private coffee cupping session to taste the profile of coffee beans. They usually arrange a coffee cupping session for public on weekday too if you are interesting. Mecca espresso offers various coffee blends and modern Australian cafe meals, the place itself is very cozy and trendy with exposed brick walls, wooden furniture and huge window.

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Address:
Mecca Espresso
646 Harris St, Ultimo
Phone: +61 2 9280 4204
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Anita Gelato
I don’t know why but all gelato I’ve tasted in here were all wonderfully delicious. I think the great quality of milk in Australia plays a big part in making the gelato here delicious.

Anita Gelato is also one of many recommended places for gelato, they are famous for gelato and also frozen yoghurt.

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Hazelnut + Pistachio Gelato AUD 8
The gelato has a great selection of flavors, I love the fact that their gelato is not as sweet as other places, it makes it more enjoyable.

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Frozen Yoghurt AUD 7
The frozen yoghurt was creamy yet light tasting, and here in Anita Gelato, they give you UNLIMITED amount of toppings for frozen yoghurt, you can just simply choose as much as you can, the Cookieman Sauce was crazily delicious, it was pure bliss!

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Address:
Anita Gelato
Ground Floor, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Phone: +61 2 8097 8508
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Koi Dessert Bar
Koi Dessert Bar is also one of many recommendations we received. Located in Chippendale near Anita Gelato and right beside Spice alley, it is a dessert bar opened by Arnold and Reynold Poernomo (the dessert prince of Masterchef Australia).

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Since we had a dinner reservation afterwards, we only ordered two cakes from the display to share, Little Garden and Tropical Mousse, both cakes were pleasant and not overly sweet. I think for more complete experience, you should try the degustation menu.

Address:
Koi Dessert Bar
42-44 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9212 1230
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Spice Alley
Spice Alley is a ‘kopitiam’ inspired outdoor street food market located in Chippendale just right beside Koi Dessert Bar. It is some kind of food court that offers various Asian dishes such as Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice, stir fried flat rice noodle ‘char kwaytiau’, etc.

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Address:
Spice Alley
18-20 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
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Nick’s Seafood Restaurant
Overlooking Darling Harbour, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant is great place for a luscious seafood dining experience.

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Nick’s Seafood Platter for Two AUD 160
The platter for two consists of fresh cooked lobster, freshly shucked Sydney rock ouster, sald and pepper baby calamari, fresh king prawns, blue swimmer crab, golden tempura king prawns, avocado, potato salad, chips. The seafood was definitely fresh and sweet, for me personally the portion was sooo huge it is more suitable for 3 or 4 persons.

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Overall all of the seafood were fresh and sweet, food was enjoyable, the view was great, we enjoyed our time dining at the open-air waterside restaurant.

Address:
Nick’s Seafood Restaurant
The Promenade/Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: +61 1300 989 989
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is a large recreational and pedestrian precinct that is situated on western outskirts of the Sydney central business district. Here in this area you can find many cafes, restaurants, souvenirs and fashion shops, beside that during our visit on Saturday afternoon, there were free public art performances. The best day to visit Darling Harbour would be on Saturday afternoon until night as you can enjoy spectacular firework display on 9 pm for free.

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Address:
Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Sydney Harbour National Park – Watsons Bay
This is one of our favorite places, a wonderful national park with beautiful natural landscape walk path and picturesque cliff view. Just right across the street, you can see a beautiful harbourside of Watsons Bay, you can get a ferry ride to Watsons Bay from Circular Quay.

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Address:
Sydney Harbour National Park
Manly NSW 2088, Australia
Phone: +61 1300 072 757

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Watsons Bay Beach Club Restaurant
Watsons Bay Beach Club Restaurant is one of Sydney’s iconic waterfront dining with a great view of Watsons Bay. The restaurant has a fresh decor with touch of mint-green color, the foods offered are more international cuisine.

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We ordered Prawn Spaghetti AUD 30, Salad, Grain-Fed Rump Salad AUD 29, Fish & Chips AUD 24.5, Spicy Wings AUD 20 and Fresh Watermelon Salad AUD 22. The dishes we ordered were pretty good, seasoned nicely and flavorful, my most favorite dish were the super refreshing watermelon salad, very fresh and delicious with the sherry vinegrette, it was perfect for hot summer day.

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Address:
Watsons Bay Beach Club Restaurant
1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9337 5444
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Aqua S
Every ice cream lovers just cannot miss having Aqua S at Sydney. Famous for its innovative pastel blue sea salt soft serve ice cream, the soft serve ice cream game is strong there!

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Other than the signature Sea Salt flavor, they change two seasonal soft ice cream flavors every two weeks. The flavors available were coffee and grape along with the signature sea salt flavor, the soft serve ice cream was so soooo good, extremely smooth, soft, creamy and rich, our favorite flavors definitely is the sea salt, it has this kind of addictive sweet salty flavor combination.

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Address:
Aqua S
27/501 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: +61 2 8668 5957
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For more recommended places to visit and eat, check our Sydney Travel Guide Part 2 https://anakjajan.com/2016/03/31/australia-sydney-travel-guide-things-to-do-places-to-eat-and-visit-part-2-end/. Let’s Travel!!

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If you guys are interested in visiting these places but you prefer a hassle free trip, you can check Avia Tour website http://www.avia.travel/ for more offer since Avia Tour is collaborating with Tourism Australia for special trip/tour offer to Australia

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