Little Black Book

Laura Brown's 11 Sydney Essentials

by Laura Brown
Manly Beach. Photo: Matt Morton-Allen / Flickr

As the executive editor at Harper's Bazaar in New York City, Laura Brown has sent The Simpsons to Paris and America's greatest designers to Sesame Street. But as often as she can, she sends herself back home to Sydney. We asked for her hometown essentials. 

Poolside Café

1. Best Way to Start the Day

Breakfast at the Poolside Café by Boy Charlton Pool
1C Mrs. Macquarie's Rd., The Domain; +61-2-8354-1044
Absolutely heavenly. Watch the swimmers and have a mango frappe.

2. Favorite New Neighborhood to Explore

Alexandria and Surry Hills
Very arty, and a coffee shop every three steps. 

3. Favorite Shop

Aussie Army Disposal
The best! Great for designer hits.

4. Aussie Designer Boutiques

Josh Goot 
138 Oxford St., Paddington; +61-2-9356-2233

Camilla and Marc
8/2-16 Glenmore Rd., Paddington; +61-2-9331-1133

Sass & Bide
5/32 Ralph St., Alexandria; +61-2-9667-1667

120 Dunning Ave., Rosebery; +61-2-9697-9988

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney

Photo: Ben Simmons / Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Limited

5. Can't Miss Art-portunity 

Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George St., The Rocks; +61-2-9245-2400
Incredible building, inspired exhibits. 

6. I've Loved This Since I Was 10

Fish and chips, sitting on Manly Beach
Manly Wharf; +61-2-9977-1088

7. Favorite Beach

Shelly Beach
And have lunch at Le Kiosk (1 Marine Parade, Manly; +61-2-9977-4122).

Chiswick Restaurant

Photo: Courtesy of Chiswick Restaurant

8. Best Places to Eat

Literally any Thai restaurant. I think Sydney does better Thai than...Thailand. And Chiswick (65 Ocean St., Woollahra; +61-2-8388-8688), a gorgeous restaurant in Woollahra surrounded by Chiswick Gardens.  

9. Eataly, Australian-style

Otto Ristorante 
6 Cowper Wharf Rd., Woolloomooloo; +61-2-9368-7488
The Woolloomooloo Bay Wharf spot is the best for Italian with a light hand and a great view.

10. Best Place to Meet My Old Mates

Bondi Icebergs
1 Notts Ave., Bondi Beach; +61-2-9365-9000
An incredible restaurant overlooking Bondi Beach. With a glass of Champagne, there is nothing better. 

View from Mrs Macquarie's Chair

View from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Photo: Zhang Wenjie / Flickr

11. This Spot Makes Me Wish I Still Lived in Sydney

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair
Mrs. Macquarie's Rd., The Domain
A famous point in Sydney Harbour where you can see everything from the Harbour Bridge to the horizon.


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Inset Photos, from top: Photo courtesy of Poolside Café at Andrew 'Boy' Charlton.

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