Thinking of mixing romance with a little culture for your next getaway? Take inspiration from one of Australia’s coolest couples, Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, and lap up the best that the world-famous city has to offer…
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Where to… sleep in
Winner of almost too many awards to count, The Darling in the heart of Sydney boasts all the glamour and style of a Hollywood hotel. In other words, it’s made for romantic city escapes.
Where to… have breakfast
The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria is one of Sydney’s most beloved and most gorgeous hangouts, serving breakfasts that you won’t find anywhere else. King crab omelettes, and slow-cooked duck and winter veggie brekkie pans grace the menu, as does a wide variety of top-notch coffees.
Where to… get your morning cup of coffee
With coffee straight from Reuben Hills’ on-site roastery, the Surrey Hills café and wholesaler is a mecca for coffee connoisseurs and Sydney’s stylish locals. The coffee and food menu is inspired by their coffee-buying trips through Central and South America, and features international flavours plus favourites such as ginger and turmeric lattes and Nutella hot chocolates.
Where to… have a long lunch
With the tagline ‘A view to dine for,’ Graze MCA (located on the ground floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia) dishes up views of Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House – and some pretty amazing meals too. Try the signature Grace MCA bouillabaisse-for-two.
Where to… have sundowners
Cruise Bar in The Rocks area is just as breezy and sleek as the name suggests. Find a spot by the water and order something refreshing for instant summer vibes.
Where to… have a romantic dinner
A celeb-style Sydney getaway calls for seriously good food and an iconic location. Bennelong boasts the ultimate Sydney location – in the Opera House – with second-to-none views and fine dining led by culinary legend, Peter Gilmore.
Where to… get a treatment for two
A regular on lists of top 10 Australian spas, QT’s SpaQ fuses utter relaxation with its own quirky style – from the treatments to the curiosity shop-inspired decor. Don’t miss the Suite Retreat couples’ treatment.
Where to… work out
The Bondi to Cooggee coastal walk
The establishing shot for many Australian TV shows, this picturesque walk follows cliffs and bays, passing rock pools and beaches. The who’s-who of Sydney can be seen jogging along this coastal stretch – if you join them, be prepared to be stopped in your tracks by the straight-from-National Geographic views.
Seeing a show at the Sydney Theatre Company
You can’t experience Sydney like Cate and Andrew without seeing a show at Sydney Theatre Company (STC), where they were once co-artistic directors. For pre- or post-show drinks, head to The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf.
Forget Bondi Beach or the Luna Park entrance: for something a bit different visit Carriageworks in the inner-city suburb of Eveleigh. The converted 19th-century rail yard is now home to a contemporary multi-arts centre and is where night markets offer foodie nirvana.Helpful links:Stay: The DarlingPlay: SpaQ // Sydney Theatre Company // CarriageworksEat: The Grounds of Alexandria // Reuben Hills // Graze MCA // Cruise Bar // Bennelong
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