Oh hey remember me? Dropped off the face of the earth a few weeks back now? I had every intention of blogging whilst I was in Australia, but instead I just didn't feel the urge to sit down at my laptop. Usually, that's something I'd feel guilty about, but instead I decided to just embrace some time off, to refocus and recenter, and (hopefully) return inspired! What better way to return to your screens than with a mini Sydney City Guide! Here's a curated round up of my Sydney faves to eat, drink, shop and sunbathe!
Starting strong with probably the best dinner I've eaten in my life. You'll find Mjølner hidden behind an inconspicuous wooden door, devoid of branding, in the centre of Redfern. Descend into the basement of an old tobacco factory to find a nordic restaurant reminiscent of Valhalla. You'll be greeted with a shot of honey, mead and vermouth, 'skal', served in a small glass horn, as you toast to your impending meal. What follows is a feast fit for a norse god, pick your birds and beasts, have your beer served in a horn, and you'll even have the opportunity to pick your own knife for the meal, from a selection fit for a king, god or worthy viking.
We tried the corn fed chicken, served with buttermilk and wild brassica, the short rib, where the bone literally fell off as we moved the plate the meat was so soft, the lamb chump, and a selection of sides - my personal favourite was the roasted carrots with carraway and yoghurt. All delicious, perfectly cooked and if I ever find myself back in Sydney, I'll certainly be returning.
267 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016, Australia
A stones throw from Green Square station, this gem is worth the trip out of the city for. A small coffee shop on the corner of a residential side street, not only is Portman's serving up good strong coffee (the perfect place for your Aussie Flat White fix), if you can grab a table for breakfast you won't be disappointed. We indulged in the omelette bowl, an open egg omelette topped with halloumi, heirloom tomatoes, edamame, honey cured bacon, avocado, mushrooms and a delicious tahini dressing.
2 Portman St, Zetland NSW 2017, Australia.
Camp Cove Beach
Possibly my favourite spot in the whole of Sydney, Camp Cove Beach is a secluded national park in Sydney Harbour. It's blissfully peaceful, with little waves, gorgeous white sand and a view of the city skyline in the distance. Bring a snorkel, paddle and drink fresh mint lemonade from the kiosk. You'll forget you're near the city at all.
Camp Cove Beach, New South Wales, Australia.
Fika Fika Swedish Kitchen
A name so good you'll say it twice. Fika Fika is a little slice of Swedish heaven, a stones throw from Manly Beach. I had the eggs and mushroom on sourdough, as well as a fresh watermelon juice, and it was delicious! Try their coffee too, and if you're in town a while sign up for their Swedish language classes!
5B Market Pl, Manly NSW 2095, Australia.
After you've filled up at Fika Fika, take the short walk along the parade at Manly to reach Shelly Beach. Smaller and more secluded than it's sandy neighbor, the beach in this small cove is quiet and sheltered from the strong currents that hit the main stretch of Manly. Spend the afternoon enjoying the sunshine and calm waters, and a beer or two in The Boathouse.
Marine Parade, Manly NSW 2095, Australia.
We used our one rainy day in Sydney as an excuse to check out outlet shopping mall Birkenhead Point, a short 20 minute drive from the city centre. It's pretty easy to lose a day here, with big names such as Nike, Calvin Klein, Converse, Nine West, Coach, Levis and Michael Kors to name a few. I got particularly excited in Bed Bath and Table, dreamy discounted homewares - yes please!
19 Roseby St, Drummoyne NSW 2047, Australia.
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That's it for part one of my Sydney City Guide! Check back at the end of the week for part two!
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