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With fresh seafood to one side and farm-fresh produce to the other, Sydney enjoys a serendipitous location when it comes to dining. It’s a city where celebrity chefs create their own foodie trends (Adriano Zumbo for sweets, Bill Granger for breakfast), Southeast Asian food is seen as practically local cuisine and good coffee is pretty much a religion. Needless to say, if you like to travel with your taste buds, you’re in for a treat! Here are just some of the places we recommend trying:

Circular Quay for fine dining

Congregated around Sydney Harbour, the Circular Quay area is home to the city’s finest hotels and restaurants, each making the most of their million dollar views. Cuisine here ranges from oysters to pan-Asian, and signature Australian.

Our pick: For a special treat, you can’t beat dinner at Aria for spectacular food and even better views.

Bondi Beach for seafood

Whether you opt for fish and chips served wrapped in newspaper on the beach, or a fresh seafood platter served with white napkins and silver wear, Bondi is a fantastic place to sample Australia’s best seafood.

Our pick: Celebrity Chef Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar and Grill.

Surrey Hills for coffee and brunch

The trendy home to some of the city’s best boutiques and cafes in the city, Surrey Hills enjoys a buzzy atmosphere, especially on the weekends. To mingle with the locals, head here on Saturday or Sunday morning to enjoy a Sydney institution: brunch and coffee.

Our pick: The line for breakfast at Bills is worth it.

The Rocks for a drink

Perfectly located next to Circular Quay, the historic neighbourhood of the Rocks is beloved for its cobblestone paths, private art galleries and cosy pubs. When the weather calls for it, The Rocks is also home to a number of rooftop and balcony bars.

Our pick: Spend a sunny afternoon on the rooftop of the Glenmore Hotel. 

Other recommendations from our Experts

“Make sure you try the local food when you’re in Sydney. I love the savoury meat pies from Harry’s Café de Wheels in Wooloomooloo Bay. They make for a yummy lunch after a morning wandering through the Botanic Gardens.” Angela Sweeney, Australia Holiday Manager, Brisbane Head Office 

“For the ultimate sundowner cocktail spot, you have to visit the lounge bar at the top of the Shangri-La Hotel. Get there in time for sunset and admire the stunning views and really tasty cocktails.” Rebecca Berzins, Australia Holiday Manager, London Head Office