Admittedly, my Australia trip is already a few weeks ago, but all good things are worth waiting for it hmm? So now start the last posts of my time in Down Under. The beginning is about the first half of a city guide for Sydney. It should give you a good overview of my favorite recommendations for this metropolis. Tomorrow follows a second part (with an overview map, as in all my city guides), which I will then naturally link below.
But first I want to tell you one simple fact: Sydney blown me off! Originally I just planned to stay five days, but because I was so surprised after the first hours here I extended to eight days really quick. Too beautiful were the beaches, too exciting the different districts and too good the coffee in the many cafes that I discovered.
The first café I want to recommend is located on the border between the hip neighborhoods of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. The Reuben Hills has good coffee and delicious food. I enjoyed the rustic atmosphere here with the unplastered bricks, lots of concrete and wooden furniture. While the first floor is about drinking coffee the second floor is used to roast the coffee. I also liked the art installation of neon tubes here and the open flair of the rooms, which is created by the open gate (see picture below) and some recess in the false ceiling.
Anyone who appreciates good pastry should not miss the Bourke Street Bakery in Sydney – it is said to have the best bread and cakes in the city. The bakery now has more than ten stores, but the most popular is the original one in the name giving Bourke Street. A great spot for breakfast!
Bourke Street Bakery
Something special for coffee fans is Neighborhood by Sean McManus. Despite a few seats, the name “Café” is perhaps a bit exaggerated, but a very coveted place, which looks a little bit like a hole in the wall, in anyway. In addition to coffee, I think that the special atmosphere here is made from the people around. Owner Sean McManus knows everyone from the neighborhood – office workers, creatives … Since the environment mostly consists of offices, the café itself is, incidentally, only open from Mondays to Fridays. During my time in Sydney by the way, I noticed that many of the café owners I met have been Barista at Single O – the café I’ve introduced to you some time ago – this applies to Sean McManus too.
While I still discovered a few croissants at Neighborhood, the specialty coffee focus at my last café recommendation for today is one number more extreme: Just coffee, nothing else. But the coffee here is particularly good and the two founders of the Artificer (in German “Creator”) are standing behind their concept with much conviction and talent. Even the interior of the café, which is located in a quiet area, is minimalist – true to the motto of high-class coffee without distraction.
Attention lovers of beautiful paper products and graphic design: At Beautiful Pages on Oxford Street I have felt hours to browse through several beautiful travel guides, books and independent magazines you can buy here. There are also posters and DVD’s. Walking along Oxford Street is also worthwhile because of many more beautiful shops, which are located here.
Last I would like to tell you today where I slept while I was in Sydney: at Sydney Harbor YHA - The Rocks - a hostel named after the surrounded harbour district. It is not a typical party-backpacker hostel, rather a family friendly place. During my days here it was visited by a mixed audience, which I found very pleasant.