Where to Shop
If you're in town for one of the seasonal Finders Keepers Market days, GO! There's so many fun emerging designers showcasing their goods. Look for handmade dresses, bags and jewelry.
Blood Orange. French inspired, with a Balinese flavor, this little shop is quirky, quaint and full of labels like A.P.C, Lover and Daryl K.
Get local with a stop at Sportsgirl, Australia's version of Zara or Mango. Stock up on funky basics.
Where to Eat
The Winery. Go for tapas and wine, stay for the cozy and eclectic vibe. It's Paris in the 1960's meets the Secret Garden. We like Lobster Tuesdays.
Bourke Street Bakery. There's several dotting the city, and each location churns out the best bread we've had. Go for the croissants or the sourdough.
Spice I Am. Some of the best Thai food in the world is in Sydney. Go for the green curry chicken stuffed with apple and pea eggplant, or the crisp pork belly with chili jam and cherry tomatoes.
What to Do
Make the walk from Bondi Beach down to Bronte Beach. The views are absolutely stunning, and you can meander along the paved walkway taking in the sea salt spray and stopping along the way. Stop at the Bondi Baths and take a mid-walk swim. If you're really adventurous, stop at the Waverley Cemetery near the end of the walk – it's really the most scenic burial ground in the world.
Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The bridge spans the city center to the North Shore and it's a steel beauty, providing form and function to the cityscape. Should you be a bit more on the daring side, you can always sign up for the BridgeClimb, and scale up to the summit. Buyer beware: do not party the night before, they breathalyze everyone before you can climb, and they'll boot you for anything more than a .05!
Sign up for a foodie class at the Sydney Fish Market's Seafood School. In two hours you can learn to make sushi and sashimi, learn how to barbecue seafood or make a rockin' plate of paella. The Sydney Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world outside of Japan and is renowned for its cooking techniques and fresh fish. Taking a class is a superb way to get connected to the local scene and to meet other people!
Where to Stay
Bondi Beach: A gem of an apartment, with a garden and beach access. $200/night.
Oooh, or this amazing newly renovated spot with a gorgeous deck and it's four minutes from the sand. $105/night.
What to Wear
Sydney style centers around outdoor activities and being in that ever-present sunshine. Be sure to pack light weight tees, urban-style shorts, and a mini dress that will take you from strolling on the beach to dancing the night away by simply adding a pair of killer stilettos.
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