We’re looking forward to spending the sunnier days trailing our sandy feet off Coogee Beach and into the recently opened Coogee Wine Room. The fact that you can flit across the menu and get half-bottles of vino, rather than committing to the whole thing, is enough to get me over to the east, pronto.
Spring is about new beginnings and Balmoral Bathers’ is having a doozy of a fresh start. It’s had a total refresh, including a cafe, restaurant and bar, plus a gun new team. And for the first time its beachfront terrace is open to the public, doing oysters and champagne on Sundays.
It’s not news that Sydney has a thing for burgers. While vegans weren’t particularly well-catered for until recently, it seems that the city’s venues have caught on. Mary’s Pitt Street is riding on the success of its Circular Quay counterpart and doing its entire menu – burgers, chicken and mashed potato and gravy included – vegan.
You might remember Jacks Newtown from the masses of people queuing for its Shake Shack-inspired burgers circa 2015. It all got a bit much, and in 2017 quietly closed. It’s returned, though. This time to Rose Bay, and we’re assured this go-round, it’s ready for the crowds. It does only two burgers – and one of them is vegan.
It’s perfect in-between weather for exploring our city, and I’m keen to have a nosy through the more than 80 buildings opening to the public – some for the first time – for Sydney Open. Over the first weekend of November I’ll be looking through a disused train station (through which bodies bound for Rookwood Cemetery were ferried until 1938) as well as Sydney’s oldest synagogue and the Newington Armory. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see the bits of our city we might usually bypass in favour of, say, the new Golden Century spin-off at Darling Square.
And if you’ve never visited Chippendale’s White Rabbit Gallery, stop by anytime between now and January 26, 2020. This year it celebrates its 10th anniversary, with an exhibition of more than 60 key pieces from its first exhibitions. The gallery’s founder Judith Neilson has been hand-picking the works since the beginning of the 20th century, and now has more than 2500 pieces in her collection.
This story originally appeared in print issue 20.