It’s official. These are officially the best suburbs in Sydney. Did yours make the cut?
Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, this is your suburb. Grab some mates and go white water rafting or canoeing at Penrith Whitewater Stadium for a wild time!
This is one of the places in Sydney where you are guaranteed to find some good-quality Lebanese dishes. Though it started as a humble family-run takeaway shop, El Jannah is now a booming business, famous for its mouth-watering charcoal chicken with garlic sauce, yum!
Get your fascinators out and place your bets at Randwick Racecourse, the best place to spend Melbourne Cup day, unless you’re in Melbourne of course.
If you haven’t tried a Harry’s pie, you can’t call yourself a Sydneysider. Head to where it all started and grab a tiger pie with mash and mushy peas smothered with gravy. Comfort food doesn’t get better than this.
26. Moore Park
Whilst Enmore has some pretty awesome shows, you are always guaranteed a laugh at The Comedy Store where you can chuckle at some up-and-coming comedians or big names such as Wil Anderson and Em Rusciano.
25. Rushcutter’s Bay
Back in 2000, this was where Olympians sailed so it’s the perfect place for a day on the water. East Sail Sailing School is great for beginners and the more experienced sailor can rent a boat for the day and take in the beautiful scenery.
This is the best Vietnamese food you will get outside of Vietnam, seriously. Try the delicious pho at Pho Tau Bay for a truly authentic and delicious meal.
Right by the water, there is no better place to enjoy fresh seafood and buy the best ingredients to take home with you. Although you’re sure to find good seafood wherever you go at the Sydney Fish Markets, you can’t go wrong with fish and chips from Doyle’s.
22. King’s Cross
Famous for its nightlife and the big Coca Cola sign, this is where you wild party animals will feel right at home, despite its controversial lockout laws. Order some cocktails in teapots at The World Bar to trick yourself into being sophisticated.
21. Mona Vale
Tucked away on the Northern Beaches, you’re sure to find a good breakfast/brunch spot. If The Armchair Collective is packed (which it usually is), head to Bronze Kiosk for some equally delicious food right on the beach.
Turns out, this isn’t just a place for uni students. If you’re a lover of art and culture, check out The White Rabbit Gallery for a taste of 21st century Chinese art.
In its day, this was Sydney’s Little Italy so you there’s no shortage of good pizza, pasta and general deliciousness. Bar Italia has been around for over 60 years and will definitely fill you up with their extensive menu.
Chinatown is pretty awesome, but stepping into Chatswood seems like another country. Of course, you will have to try the dumplings at New Shanghai, just don’t be put off by the wait, it is truly worth it.
17. The Rocks
If you love history, then try being a tourist for the day and visit the historical sites of Convict Sydney such as Cadman’s Cottage - the oldest surviving house in Sydney built in 1816.
Mosman may have a reputation of being the epitome of the North Shore, but it’s home to some of the greatest wildlife at Taronga Zoo. Make sure you visit all of the Aussie animals as well as the famous bird show overlooking the harbour.
It’s a fact that Mardi Gras is one of the best nights of the Sydney calendar but if you’re keen for some more LGBT entertainment, Oxford Street is the place to go. Check out the fabulous drag queens at Stonewall Hotel for some top quality live entertainment.
Who doesn’t love a good steak or schnitty? With arguably the best pubs in Sydney, head to Balmain for a lazy Sunday where The London Hotel will be happy to pour you a few beers.
Channel your inner Eastern Suburbs lady/lord of leisure and enjoy the beautiful coastal walks, the best one, of course, starts in Bondi and ends in beautiful Coogee.
Shopaholics, head to Glebe this Saturday or any Saturday from 10.00am-4.00pm to find some secondhand books, clothes and CDs. Or you can just grab some food, listen to some live music and chill.
Not only is this area of Sydney rich with Indigenous art and culture, but you can experience even more artwork and dance performances at Carriageworks which is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia.
It’s a tough call but there has to be a best beach in Sydney, and Cronulla may have to take that title. With plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops surrounding it, you could easily spend the whole day here.
9. Palm Beach
It’s as far north as you can go, but it’s worth a road trip especially in summer for its scenery and the walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Get there during the week and you might even feature on a little show called Home and Away.
8. Potts Point
If you find the Capitol too showy, head to Potts Point for a smaller, more intimate theatre experience at the Hayes Theatre Company. This suburb is truly underrated.
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, it’s always hard to find something on the menu that’s suitable. But Enmore seems to be the home of cruelty-free everything, so try out Sadhana Kitchen where you’ll be spoiled for choice, especially at their afternoon tea.
Baked goods and delicious pastries are in abundance in Alexandria. Be warned though, if you head to The Grounds, you will be struggling to choose which one of their cakes and tarts to eat first!
If you love outdoor activities, then head to Paddington immediately. Not only can you pick up some great finds at their markets, but in summer you can bring a picnic rug and enjoy the open air cinema at Centennial Park.
The beach is obviously the most famous landmark in this suburb, so you have to head to Icebergs for a luxurious cocktail whilst overlooking it. Hey, if it’s good enough for Kimmy K, it’s good enough for anyone.
This suburb isn’t just the capital of the Northern Beaches but it also has some quaint bars that you may not even have heard of. Take a date to Hemmingway’s for some drinks and food all while nestled away behind piles of books.
Ah Newtown, a hubbub of hipster activity. That’s probably why you can always find a bar that is a little bit quirky. Order some soul food and fancy cocktails at Miss Peaches and soak up the chilled ‘Southern’ atmosphere.
1. Surry Hills
Ah, Slurry Hills… a hubbub of hipster activity. That’s probably why its coffee is so excellent. Check out Single Origin Roasters for a cup of delicious and ethically sourced coffee.