Sydney: Passport!

My life has a motto: Drinking is not a solution, unless we are talking about martinis. Fortunately, many folks in Australia’s crown jewel Sydney agree with me. Not to mention, Oprah Winfrey held one of her last talk show broadcasts in the lovely city which got Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman so excited that he decided to enter the stage via a zip wire from the top of the towering Opera House. No, Jackman didn’t die but O certainly thought he might. And though I’m sure your trip will be much safer, here are some ideas of places to eat, drink and stay down under.

Stay: The harbor view is one so frequently seen it’s burnt into the psyche but in reality is a vista that can only be appreciated in person. Still, it can come at a hellish price tag. The compromise is to hit the various hostels which sneak in the view but with a less painful bill. The Sydney Harbour YHA ( 110 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000) does a great effort in mocking those next door at the Park Hyatt shelling out major change for the same location.

Check out: A cliché is a cliché for a reason so I won’t apologise for suggesting a trip to the steps of the Sydney Opera House, which look like bent out of shape surfboards lent haphazardly against the harbour edge. It’s a once in a lifetime sight that never gets old. Also, dodge the over confident pelicans at the Sydney Fish Market (Bank Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia, 13 1314) and sample the freshest produce in the country at the largest market in the southern hemisphere. Vegetarian? Maybe give it a miss.

People Watch and Drink: Wall Street bore you? Try the Establishment (252 George Street, Sydney, 2000) where the Sydney city boys enjoy a cocktail or 6 in the high ceiling building with an epically long bar. If you can’t get the Harbour’s view out of your head then head to Ember (Wildfire, Overseas Passenger Terminal Circular Quay W The Rocks 2000 NSW) and sip a martini alongside arguably one of the most famous sunsets on earth.

Eat: Australians love a pie. For an authentic and welcoming experience with a nod to 1950’s American diners hit Harry’s cafe (Corner Cowper Wharf Roadway & Brougham Road Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011) where the entertainment is people watching on the nearby boardwalk. Sydney also hosts a stunning international food fair highlighting the vast diversity of the immigrant strong nation including the popular Mamak (15 Goulburn St, Haymarket, Sydney T: (02) 9211 1668 F: (02) 9211 1669) where you can watch your chilli sambal and curried chicken as it’s prepared through the glass fronted building. Fresh and spicy just like down under.

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