Restaurants

Alberto’s Lounge

Restaurant

Come here for a playful, subtly Australian-inflected take on Italian cuisine.

Esteban

Restaurant

A moody Mexican laneway diner in an old CBD printing shop. The upstairs restaurant serves tacos al pastor, a one-kilogram Wagyu rib eye and a sweet potato dessert. Downstairs there's a bar with more than 200 mezcals and tequilas.

Bar 83

Restaurant

This '70s-inspired cocktail lounge on the 83rd floor of Sydney Tower is the highest bar in town. Cocktails come from an ex-Baxter Inn and Hubert bartender whose drinks will almost distract you form the 260-degree views.

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Ho Jiak Town Hall

Restaurant

At this restaurant-bar, chef-owner Junda Khoo experiments with regional Malaysian specialties. Plus there are tiki-inspired cocktails and a fun wine list.

Cafe Sydney

Restaurant

A Sydney dining institution that serves a menu that’s (almost) as spectacular as the view.

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Show Neua

Restaurant

A CBD northern-Thai diner channelling the late-night tapas dishes of a famous Chiang Mai market stall.

Cafes

Picco Leo

Cafe

At this offshoot of CBD diner Restaurant Leo, it's all about pastries by day and aperitivi by. Head into the laneway for innovative cocktails paired with oysters, anchovy-and-sage scrolls and parmesan custard.

Industry Beans

Cafe

One of Melbourne’s most celebrated coffee roasters' first Sydney outpost is in the CBD.

Mo’st

Cafe

Traditional northern-Chinese food such as rou jia mo, which here are twice the size of your hand.

St Dreux

Cafe

At the cutting edge of coffee in Sydney.

June’s Shoppe

Cafe

Go here for coffee, “toppers” and sunshine.

Aqua S

Cafe

A heavenly ice creamery has opened in Regent Place.

Bars

Old Mate's Place

Bar

You’ll need to locate the discrete ground-level entrance and then climb four levels of steep, narrow stairs to reach this indoor cocktail bar and adjoining rooftop bar.

Bar Ombre

Bar

From the team behind Salt Meats Cheese, a rooftop bar (with glimpses of the Sydney Harbour) serving barrel-aged Negronis and antipasto.

Jackalberry

Bar

A cocktail bar serving food and drinks from around the world. Head to Mexico with a spiced agave drink, and New Orleans with a muffuletta sandwich.

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Reign

Bar

Wines from some of France’s most renowned producers, available by the glass until 2am.

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Little Felix

Bar

Little Felix channels Paris of the 1920s, has towering platters of cheese and wine served from magnums.

Bar Topa

Bar

A standing-room-only tapas bar with mini cocktails and Spanish snacks.

Shops

Fabbrica

Shop

A deli, wine store and by-the-gram pasta shop from the Ragazzi team. You can also take a seat inside for a quick aperitif and sandwich.

Wholegreen Bakery

Shop

People with coeliac disease and those who have to avoid gluten, rejoice. You can get it all here: gourmet pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, pasta, loaves, chocolate eclairs and croissants.

Growing Friends

Shop

The Royal Botanic Garden is huge, so you can be forgiven if you’ve never noticed this small retail nursery set on the eastern boundary, near Woolloomooloo. Outdoor plant seedlings are the thing here – more so than full-grown specimens, anyway – with prices starting from as little as $5. The stock is largely propagated from the RBG’s own collection and those of its counterparts in Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains. That means rare and exotic flowers, shrubs and creepers often pop up for sale, alongside a steadier supply of natives.

Double Monk

Shop

A good shoe can take as long to make as a luxury car.

Josophan's Fine Chocolates

Shop

The chocolates at this city shop are made by hand in The Blue Mountains.

Gorman

Shop

The iconic Melbourne womenswear label that's all about prints and bright colours.