Today I am sharing a recap from part 2 of my honeymoon in beautiful Sydney. Mr & Mrs Smith helped me to plan my ultimate honeymoon. This part of the trip was focused on Sydney and the surrounding beach towns. Below is a video recapping our trip. Scroll down for more photos and details on what we did at the end of the post. Hope you enjoy!
HOTEL // We stayed at the QT Sydney. A super hip boutique hotel in Downtown. What I loved about the location was that is was walkable to the Circular Quay which is the huge port where all the ships go in and out as well as the famous Sydney Opera House. The hotel itself was alive with people checking in and out. We ended up checking in SUPER early because of our flight and I asked the staff at who helped check out luggage for some suggestions. Let me tell you, they sent me to some of my FAV spots in the city. Love that all of their staff is on the pulse of what you must see and do in Sydney. The room was large and spacious and we spent move late afternoons taking a little siesta and ordering a little room service because of the time change. I loved the little cafe at the bottom of the hotel called Parlour Lane Roasters. We would usually grab an avocado toast and flat white to start our morning. We also went to the restaurant, Gowings Bar & Grill for dinner which was EXCELLENT. Always bubbling with tons of people this place was definitely a place to be. Tasty cocktails (I always enjoyed an old fashioned) and a great variety of fresh eats. Even if you don’t stay at this hotel, be sure to check out their food spots. Worth checking out.
FOOD // Food in Sydney was INCREDIBLE everywhere. I have to say the people in Australia were on a whole, lovely and friendly. I am going to breakdown food by neighborhoods of some of our must see places.
Reuben hills: Located in Surry Hills, this was one of my favorite small neighborhoods to walk around in. Loved the vibes inside with the shared communal table and open air back to the restaurant. This coffee saved me from my jet lag and the food… we came back twice!
Bondi Icebergs: THE spot to overlook the famous Bondi Baths that have been a landmark of Bondi Beach for over 100 years. Either enjoy a more casual drink at the bar or make reservations for the restaurant. We did both! We stopped in before our reservation to grab a cocktail and overlook the pools. We then headed into the white table clothed restaurant with beautiful views of the horizon and all the Bondi surfers. More high end style restaurant but worth the spurge for fresh seafood. We shared some oysters and a pasta dish. The Spaghetti al Nero e Granchio was to die for topped with blue crab. Perfect lunch portion for two.
ACME: My favorite restaurant in Sydney. One of the best meals I have had in a LONG time. Eclectic and rustic on the inside serving up Italian dishes with an Asian twist. Some of the most unique flavor combinations I have had and I am drooling as I think about everything we ate here. The pasta dishes… insane. Every dish had such surprising flavor. It’s share plate size so you can order more to taste test. I am just sad I have to get on a plane to go enjoy this food again. YOU MUST COME HERE. But you must make a reservation, this place is always booked. We made our reservation at the beginning of the trip to ensure we would get in.
Opera Bar: A must for cocktails at sunset. Great spot to just sit and soak in the salt air and watch all the boats and ferries floating by.
Doyles Restaurant (On the Beach): This little gem right off the Ferry in Watsons Bay. Right on the Bay, you could throw your napkin right onto the sand. With both inside and outdoor seating, it’s a great spot to grab lunch. We tried their famous fish and chips and a little sampler of raw goodies. Great seafood spot with panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour.
Uncle Mings: A opium den inspired cocktail, whisky and dumpling bar. If you like dumplings and whiskey, you have found your heaven. You walk downstairs into what seems like a basement and walk through the red hanging beads into this intimate dark and moody gem. If you are into Asian cuisine, such a great little casual find.
ACTIVITIES // Sydney is a city for exploration. We spent most of our time on the go. A few of our favorite day trips are below! My biggest recommendation in general is to get on a ferry to anywhere. It’s a great way to get a birds eye view of the city and experience Sydney the way most of the locals do. We also just walk around whenever we come to a new place. It’s really the only way to stumble upon hidden gems in town.
Ferry to Watsons Bay: Like I said above, Watsons Bay is a great little escape from the city. A little port town with fresh seafood restaurants and panoramic views of Sydney’s downtown. I loved visiting the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. they made me my favorite flat white of all time… with a dusted cocoa palm tree. If you ask really nicely, they might just make you one! You know how I feel about good latte art. You can also stray off the main road and head for a little nature walk along the coast.
Ferry to Manly Beach: Manly Beach is another big beach destination in Sydney. Surfers everywhere and total sea salt vibes. The weather wasn’t that great while we were here but we still sat on the sand for about an hour or two to take it in. Would love to spent more time here than we did.
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk: MUST do. We took a cab to Bondi and started the Coastal walk right past the Bondi Baths and headed to Bronte. Make sure to wear good walking shoes even though the path is paved your feet will thank me. The path wraps the coast line from one town to the next. The water is so blue there I can’t even describe it. Worth the hike!
Walk around the Circular Quay: Head down to the Circular Quay to watch all the ferries take off. Tons of little bars and restaurants to sit down for a drink or snack. I loved walking around the Opera House while we were down there. Such a beautiful sculptural building. Great place to people watch!
These are all just a few of the highlights from the trip. I can’t wait to come back and explore Sydney.
This post is a collaboration with Mr & Mrs Smith
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video editing by Felicia Lasala