Yes, I know what you thinking.... Sydney's topic du jour at the moment is it's not so desirable weather. Out of control winds and torrential downpour, sounds like a great time to visit doesn't it? Compared to my last visit a few weeks ago where I was greeted by a glowing 28 degree sunny Sydney this weekend was not exactly ideal to squeeze in another weekend trip but as I type this in tune with the downpour outside- I can confidently say I survived.... Several pairs of soggy socks did not.
Thrown together at the last minute, this trip was for work but I was lucky enough to score the weekend here and see a bit more of what Sydney has to offer. Last time I had only gotten a taste, but it had left me wanting more. Whilst Melbourne is a city known for its style, from what I had seen last time Sydney’s casual sophistication was right up my alley.
Paddington and Surrey Hills had caught my eye for all the right reasons and I made sure that I parked myself here again. My first priority after waking on Saturday morning was of course brunch and a short walk away from our hotel was the highly recommended Reuben Hills cafe. The menu is a step above your standard fare, a Central and South American influence offers unique twists on the basics and not to mention great coffee.
From here we drive out to Bondi where we braved the wind for a quick glimpse of the beach from above the icebergs pools. But when things started to get a bit too blustery we took shelter in some of the boutiques off the main road. These covered everything from stylish surf ware to higher end fashion boutiques, but my personal favorite was Abode, a small gift store with a great blend of trendy homewares and cute present ideas. Our last stop in Bondi was grabbing a spot of tapas for lunch at Vue Bar Bondi overlooking the beach, before we hurried home to beat the increasingly rough weather.
These were just a few of the moments this weekend I managed to capture amongst the pelting rain and gusty winds. A couple of the other places we visited and I recommend you do too included:
Cliff Dive Bar on oxford street - a Tiki style bar with delicious tropical cocktails and great music (bit of new, bit of old).
Gratia Cafe in Surrey Hills a social enterprise cafe with a contemporary, rustic interior- think raw brick walls with cool industrial statement lighting. Oh, and a top notch brunch menu.