Sydney

The Opera Bar

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸΉπŸΊπŸ½

Location: Circular Quay on the lower concourse under the Opera House.

Why so awesome? W😍W views of the harbour, bridge, opera house & back to the city.

Vibe: Really chill, mix of tourists but also locals go especially for after work drinks.

Prosecco price: 🍾

Food: Good πŸ˜‹

Last visited /photos taken: 2015

Review roundup: This is one of my most favourite happy places. I try and go my first day or night because after a long flight you sit in awe that you are actually in Sydney! The vibe isn’t overwhelming though it can be busy. They don’t take bookings after lunchtime but I’ve always lucked out. If not there’s the wall of the harbour you can take your drink and sit at. I like also that locals go – we even had a big group spontaneous dinner before a friends wedding. Good music, great weather and chilled. It’s a must for newbies to Aus and why wouldn’t you go all the time if you live there!

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Blue Bar

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸΈπŸ₯€

Location: Level 36 of the Shangri-la Hotel at Circular Quay

Why so awesome: The views – it really is the iconic Sydney landmarks laid beneath you.

Vibe: Sophisticated

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food: Bar snacks

Last visited /photos taken: 2015

Review roundup: Another all time personal favourite. I like to arrive before sunset and watch the lights change. Stunning. 😍 The cocktails are gorgeous and staff lovely. The only snag is getting a window seat as you can’t reserve. But if you wait long enough you can usually bag one as it’s very much a transient place – for the view!

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The Boat House

Best for: 🍽 β˜•οΈπŸ₯‚

Location: Palm Beach

Why so awesome: It’s the exterior set for Home and Away – Aussie soap opera!

Vibe: Cafe seaside chill

Prosecco price: 🍾 (also BYO for bubbles and wine! 😎)

Food: Great Aussie brunch.

Last visited /photos taken: 2015

Review roundup: I adore this place and not just cause am an old school U.K. Home and Away fan but it has that laid back Aussie brunch vibe with awesome food. The location is idealistic with gorgeous beaches and a good hike up to the light house to walk off your food after. Tho as you can’t book it can be crazy busy to be prepared to wait! Check opening timings too as currently only open for breakfast & lunch.

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