Four Memorable Days in Sydney
9AM: Brown Sugar, a popular local haunt, is perfect for a hearty breakfast that will banish your inevitable hangover. It’ll be difficult to surface by 9am, but try to be there early, as the place really fills up for breakfast. Try the sourdough butter milk pancakes with bananas, berries and bacon, the basil and feta scrambled eggs and the asparagus and Parmesan eggs.
10AM: After breakfast, head to Bondi Beach Public School, where the Bondi Beach Flea Market is held every Saturday and Sunday. On Saturdays, the stalls sell fresh food, while local artisans set up shop and sell everything from vintage clothing and handmade jewellery to soy candles and organic soap on Sundays.
11.30AM: Shake off the remains of that hangover as you set off on the beautiful Bondi to Coogee cliff top coastal walk. Walk along the craggy cliffs from Bondi to Clovelly to take a dip in the sea baths. Or, if you’re up to it, go all the way to Coogee.
Take breaks at Tamarama Beach, which is considerably smaller, less crowded and more private than the popular Bondi Beach, as cliffs on both sides cocoon it, and at the cliff-side Waverly Cemetery, which has elaborate tombstones that date back to the 19th century. I’ve got to admit, the folks here get quite the view!
If you do make it to Coogee, drop in at Old Dave’s Soul for some well-deserved wood-fired pizza and local music.
4PM: If, however, you gave up part way, grab a late lunch at the uber-trendy Mamasan, which has a delectable selection of Asian tapas. If the beach is more your style, you can go to Bucket List Bondi for a typical afternoon “Sunday Session”.
If there’s one thing Aussies love, its their “Sunday Sessions”, which basically entails hitting a bar with your mate and grabbing a drink (or 20) before tottering home, because there’s work the next day. Bucket List Bondi, a chic beachside bar and restaurant, is one of Michael’s favourite places at which to dive straight into this tradition, and is decorated with pops of colour that complement the ocean in front of it. Relax on a deckchair with a sangria in one hand, and a sangria in the other. Having mates with you is optional, because you will make them soon enough!
If you aren’t a drinker, end your day, and your time in Sydney, with a slice of culture at the experimental Belvoir Theatre in Surry Hills. Once housed in a tomato-sauce factory, this venue’s jam-packed timetable offers something to pique everyone’s interest. It’s a great way to bid goodbye to this fantastic city.