Sydney

Sydney Open, 2018

Over one weekend each year, Sydney Open unlocks the doors of more than 60 of the city’s most important and intriguing buildings. Run by Sydney Living Museums, this event provides attendees with access to buildings…

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VIVID Sydney, 2018

Vivid Sydney is on again with a spectacular light show throughout the city and along the harbour foreshore. To mark Vivid’s 10th anniversary, artist Jonathan Zawada has put his own colourful stamp on the Sydney Opera House. Check out VividSydney for a…

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Vivid Sydney 2017

Vivid Sydney is on again with a spectacular light show throughout the city and along the harbour foreshore. The highlight for me this year was the ‘Lighting of the Sails’ by Audio Creatures. Using the Sydney Opera House as…

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Bistrot Gavroche, Chippendale

Bistrot Gavroche is chef Frederic Colin and sommelier Lionel Richard’s Parisian style brasserie in Sydney’s Chippendale precinct. Housed in a beautiful old rum warehouse, Bistrot Gavroche has created a traditional French bistro atmosphere with its…

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The sights of Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour offers so many visual delights. When time permits, I enjoy long walks around the foreshore taking in the sights of Woolloomooloo naval yard and the Royal Botanic Gardens before rounding the bend to see…

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Fossix Coffee, Sydney

Fossix Coffee began life ass the CBD outpost from the team behind John Smith Specialty Coffee in Waterloo. Located in the foyer of a commercial building near Pitt Street mall, at first glance Fossix appears to be a…

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Allen’s Alterations, Sydney

Allen’s Alterations has been one of the go-to tailors in Sydney for a number of years now. Situated in the iconic Strand Arcade since 2008, the new second floor atelier has been beautifully designed by…

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Coastal walk: Bondi to Bronte

The Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, with its combination of beaches, parks and spectacular views, is undeniably one of the best urban walks in the world. Starting out as a state project in the 1930’s, the path now extends…

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Cafe Rumah and 15 Sheets, Surry Hills

Cafe Rumah, ‘rumah’ roughly translating to ‘home’ in Malay, is a mixed-asian influenced cafe serving well-made coffee, tasty food and baked-to-order Madeleines. The space is actually two spaces; one dedicated to the cafe, the other a men’s…

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The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds, rather unpromisingly located in the industrial suburbs of Sydney’s inner south when it opened, continues to impress as one of the most inspiring cafe openings in recent years. It has such an appealing presence with an industrial…

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Coastal photography course

Photographer Paola Talbert runs an excellent Coastal Photography course available through the City East Community College. Known for her surreal underwater aesthetic, Paola has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne over the past decade. This photography course is ideal for learning…

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Cho Cho San, Potts Point

Cho Cho San is a stylish, izakaya restaurant serving modern Japanese cuisine in Sydney’s fashionable Potts Point neighbourhood. Opened in 2014 by the team behind the nearby Apollo, architect George Livissianis has used polished concrete,…

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Take a photography course

This weekend, I took another one of Michaela Clarkson’s excellent photography courses. Michaela is a graphic designer, exhibiting artist and teacher who runs courses ranging from absolute beginners to advanced at City East Community College. Astonishing value at…

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