With far more to see than a harbour, and far more to do than climb a bridge, Sydney is a city that you could spend an age exploring. New places to eat, drink, shop, and stay are popping up all the time, so we’ve teamed up with MINI and taken a MINI Clubman for a spin around town to some of our favourite spots. Whether you’re only visiting the city for a few days or you’re a local keen to try somewhere new, the following places offer quality products and experiences worth seeking out.
Eat & Drink
Tramsheds Harold Park
1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
Tramsheds is a hub of fine food and drinks, all set within the historic Rozelle Tram Depot. The space still has a cool industrial feel to it, but it’s been renovated to become a modern spot that hosts a variety of eateries and community events. In addition to being able to eat your way through Artisan Lane, you can also take part in fun workshops like pasta making, whisky appreciation, and even burger building.
31a Mallett Street, Camperdown
An initiative by Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL club and supported by Inner West Council, Camperdown Commons is quite a unique concept. Found in the city’s inner-west, it’s a community and recreation hub that’s designed to encourage locals and visitors alike to connect, eat, learn, and relax. Camperdown Commons is home to acre eatery, which sources much of its produce from the on-site farm run by Pocket City Farms. You could easily spend a few hours here, whether enjoying a leisurely lunch on the deck, taking part in a community workshop, or simply ambling around the beautiful green spaces.
58 Epsom Road, Zetland
Having crossed the sea and made it to our shores, New Zealand’s Allpress has found a home in Sydney’s Zetland. They’ve brought their unique roasting technique with them too; the Hot Air Roast Method. This gives their coffee its signature sweet and smooth taste. The Zetland cafe is a nice spot to sit down and enjoy a well-made coffee, freshly roasted at the on-site roastery out back. A selection of gourmet sandwiches are available if you’re after lunch too, as well as some moreish pastries to accompany your coffee.
Kensington Street, Chippendale
Nestled away in a part of inner-city Sydney that used to be quite industrial, Chippendale’s Kensington Street in recent years has become much more of a cultural centre. The street plays host to a multitude of shops, unique art, and a plethora of food and drink options. Try different varieties of Asian food at the hawker-style restaurants at Spice Alley, or opt for some fine dining at Automata. The village-like atmosphere of Kensington Street is unlike anything else in Sydney.
26 Bourke Road, Alexandria
Mecca Coffee’s Alexandria warehouse plays host to their roastery out the back, and spacious cafe at the front. As you’d imagine, they take their coffee seriously here so, no matter what your preferred brew is, it’s bound to be outstanding. The cafe’s breakfast and lunch menus are varied and delicious as well, offering more than just your standard cafe fare. The space itself is large and open, with natural light bouncing off its clean white brick walls. An ever-changing rotation of unique plants makes this cafe an Instagrammer’s nirvana.
Edition Coffee Roasters
265 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
For good coffee with a side of minimalist design, head to Edition Coffee Roasters in Darlinghurst. The cafe’s clean interiors feature a stunning palette of crisp white with light timbers mixed throughout. It’s inspired by a blend of Nordic and Japanese design, which also extends to the cafe’s menu. Think fares like katsu burgers and miso pumpkin on Danish rye. They offer all kinds of different coffee brewing methods like batch brews, Japanese drip, and pour-over, while the tea selection is impressively varied too.
50 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Unlike conventional wineries, Handpicked doesn’t just stick with one region for their wines. Their range spans a variety of different styles, from a variety of different regions around the world. It’s an interesting concept that means they can offer a bigger selection to their customers. The Handpicked Wines Cellar Door in Chippendale is a nicely designed space, where you can peruse the range, try what takes your fancy (with a side of cheese and snacks, of course), and take home a bottle or two as well.
44 Sydenham Road, Marrickville
Batch Brewery, in the inner-west suburb of Marrickville, is a great place to come with some friends to relax and enjoy a couple of beers. The warehouse location gives the space a very industrial vibe, which is aided by all the brewing equipment that’s visible from the bar area. There’s always an interesting rotation of beers on tap, from classic lagers to coconut infused brown ales and even pickle juice flavoured beers. Private brewery tours are also available for those who enjoy learning about the art behind their pint.
2/406-410 Crown Street, Surry Hills
French brand A.P.C opened their first Sydney store a couple of years ago, in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills. Reflecting the brand’s aesthetic of minimalist and refined design, the store features a very pared-back look; cement floors, walls left bare, simple timber shelves and rails. It’s a really well-thought-out design that allows the brand’s pieces to be front and centre. Head to Crown Street to check out A.P.C’s current collections, or to simply admire the sleek fit-out.
The Waiting Room
Corner Shipwright Walk & Scotch Row, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
With a quality offering of some of the best Scandinavian, American, and local brands, The Waiting Room is a must-visit if you’re in around Barangaroo. Tucked away in the newly revitalised precinct, the store aims to deliver a shopping experience that you can’t get online. Brass, timber, and marble are the primary materials used in the store’s design, giving it an overall premium look.
L08/180-186 Campbell Parade (entry via Gould Street), Bondi Beach
Where could be more fitting for a Saturdays NYC Sydney flagship store than Bondi Beach? The coastal vibe of the brand seems like it was just about made for Sydney’s most popular beachside suburb. Found mere steps from the sand, the store is open and spacious with floor to ceiling windows bringing in tonnes of natural light. Many of the materials used for the fit-out were locally sourced, plus the in-store cafe uses beans from local roasters Artificer.
76 Gould Street, Bondi Beach
If you love grooming and cleaning products that are made from natural ingredients and beautifully scented, Bondi Wash is the place to go. Their flagship store is located on Gould Street, moments from the beach. It’s an inviting space that allows customers to test, spray, and smell all the products available. The formulations include a slew of Australian botanicals like paperbark, banksia seed oil, and Sydney peppermint. The store’s fit-out reflects the clean and natural characteristics of the products.
The Old Clare Hotel
1 Kensington Street, Chippendale
As its name suggests, the Old Clare Hotel sits at the site of what used to be the Clare Hotel pub in Chippendale, as well as the old Carlton Brewery Administration Building. The boutique hotel retains elements of these heritage buildings, but at the same time is a totally modern space with premium facilities. Check out the buzzing Clare Bar for a craft beer or cocktail, or head to the rooftop pool for a swim above the city. It’s a nice, uniquely Sydney place to stay in the city.
6 Beach Road, Bondi Beach
The beauty of QT Hotels & Resorts is that each one is designed to reflect the location that it’s in. The rooms in the Bondi hotel mirror their beachside area through the use of light timbers, white linens, and bright furniture. Surf-inspired art and imagery is found throughout as well, including an impressive piece by Shaun Gladwell in the lobby. Surrounded by some of the best food and drinks Bondi has to offer, it’s a great choice if you want to be immersed in the sun-soaked lifestyle.
This guide was produced by Hey Gents in partnership with MINI Australia.