Exploring Sydney – Eat, Drink and be very Merry

July 2, 2002

Sydney Harbour – soak it up

Sydney is synonymous with individual style, a place where absolutely anything goes. But there’s a lot more to Sydney than surfing and sun. This week we’re exploring some of Sydney’s best-kept secrets in search of fine food, great coffee and a great night out. Join us on our whirlwind tour of eating and drinking in the grooviest parts of Sydney.Newtown is a magnet for passionate people from all walks of life. A place where it’s cool to be straight or gay, pierced or ponytailed, Newtown offers a fantastic, friendly mix of cultures and lifestyles.

King Street is the backbone of Newtown

Double espresso or soy latte?

and no visit to Sydney is complete without a leisurely weekend walk down this famous thoroughfare, where you can window shop or just marvel at the carnivalesque vibe of the street.If food’s your thing your tastebuds will be tantalised by the endless choices of cuisines from around the globe in this gourmet Mecca. From African to Turkish – in fact 20 different ethnic foods are represented and over 70 different unique eating experiences to savour! Yum!

If you’re after something more of the liquid variety, you can’t go past The Bank Hotel – a favourite haunt for Newtown locals, offering a

Flirty cocktails…

cool cocktail, delicious Thai restaurant and al fresco drinking at it’s best. Mingle with the decidedly mixed crowd from builders to businessmen to body piercers. You’ll have a ball! Don’t miss The Imperial for a real taste of ‘pink’ Sydney – and a peek at the pub that was the starting point for drag-road-trip Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.Woolloomooloo is the latest Sydney suburb to get a well-earned facelift. Starting out life as a rough and ready shipping hub at the bottom of Kings Cross, Woolloomooloo, with it’s enviable harbourside location is fast

Fine dining, great views

becoming the place to be for Sydney’s cool set. And with a stunning range of eating and drinking venues, it’s no wonder!The refurbished Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo is home to some of Sydney’s best restaurants and bars, and is practically a village unto itself! Stroll down the promenade in the afternoon and grab a coffee and a naughty sweet thing from the divinely wicked Laurent Patisserie. Watch the sun set on the harbour and then head into the super-cool W Hotel and their famous cocktail bar for a pre-dinner drink before settling in to an exquisite meal and wine –

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels – pies to die for!

Otto, Manta Ray and more, you’ll be in good hands.It’s almost a criminal offence to come to Sydney and not sample the famous pie and mash combos from Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. A Sydney institution, you can chomp on the best pie you’ve ever had and rub shoulders with Sydney’s elite – or just as easily the cab drivers that service them!

Heading over the Harbour Bridge and towards the seaside suburb of Balmoral brings with it a whole new world of tastes to indulge in. Continue the seaside theme and order up big

Beautiful Balmoral…

at what is arguably the best fish and chip place in Sydney, the Bottom of the Harbour Fish and Chips?If you’re after the ultimate in seaside dining, the divine Bathers’ Pavillion should not be missed. The smell of the sea will awaken your appetite and the stunning food and atmosphere of this impressive establishment will leave you completely satisfied. If it’s memorable dining experiences you’re after you can’t go past the famous Watermark Restaurant that has been wowing diners from around the world for years. The sublime view of Sydney Harbour is perfectly complemented by the sumptuous Modern Australian

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food served up in style. 

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