Sydney

Le Cafeier, Balmain, SYDNEY

This cafe was such a gem to find along Darling Street in Balmain. Sift through the alfresco cafe culture and go for something a little different- Turkish flavours for a simple brunch. I had the Turkish breakfast board, with sujuk, eggs, ricotta, olives and a blueberry compote. A truly flavoursome breakfast, each element in perfect harmony. I was taken back to my recent trip to Morocco, a place that celebrates the very same flavours. A little pricey, but that’s brunch in Balmain.

 

 

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Scenic World, Katoomba, Sydney 

Scenic World, Katoomba is a classic tourist activity in the Blue Mountains. I recommend it to visitors because it showcases Australia’s natural and social histories, amongst a beautiful ecological park. The funicular railway is very fun; so steep and not for the faint of heart! The cable ways give you stunning views of the valley and the walkway at the bottom of the forest provides information on the local history and geography of the area.

This activity is, however, rather pricey and the queues can be quite disheartening. The whole experience is very well set up, but you need to figure out your motivation is for being there. If you want to experience natural beauty, then take a walking track from Echo Point. There are other, less expensive and time draining ways to experience the Blue Mountains. I support local businesses, however this feels like are tourist trap. 
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The Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia

The Blue Mountains is probably my favourite place to visit, ever. The villages there, like Wentworth Falls, Blackheath, Leura and Katoomba are quaint, with unique oddities with which to amuse yourself. Do your research in each town; there’s more to see than the train station. In Wentworth Falls you’ll find excellent hiking trails, waterfalls and lookouts like Govetts Leap. In Leura you’ll find boutique shops; homewares, cafés, old fashioned lolly shops and The Everglades. In Blackheath there are fantastic antique shops and book stores. Medlow Bath brings you the Hydro Majestic, an art deco hotel overlooking panoramic views of the Megalong Valley. 

Of course, Katoomba can’t be missed for it boasts the shining gem in the crown of the mountains- Echo Point and the Three Sisters. Katoomba is quite touristy, so try the cafés down the end of the main street for a local experience and consider self guiding to the Three Sisters. 

Plan ahead. If you go around March/April and you’ll get the internationally celebrated blues, folk and jazz festival. Go midyear and you’ll get Winter Magic for the winter solstice. 

Just know that the Blue Mountains is so much more than just Katoomba.

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The Long Goodbye, Darlinghurst, Sydney

The Long Goodbye is one of Sydney’s hidden gems. A small doorway to a secret flight of stairs takes you to a candlelit bar, with red velvet chaise lounges. It’s a quaint little place with an air of elegance; perfect for winding down, or a special occasion. I didn’t see a drinks menu at all, but I told the bartender what I liked and he whipped up a mysterious concoction that was absolutely delectable. My friends and I were very happy to sojourn here for the night with our whiskeys and cocktails.  Definitely recommend to all. 



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Gingerbread House, Katoomba, Sydney

The Gingerbread House in Katoomba is a quaint café worth visiting in the Blue Mountains. They have all things gingerbread, sweet and locally made, which they sell in their shop and serve in their café. I had a fragrant chai tea with local honey, and the most delicious raspberry and vanilla jam on my croissant. Been here several times and love the small business supporting other small businesses. 



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Soirée Café, Milsons Point, Sydney

Soirée truly is a hidden gem. This adorable little cafe is on the other side of the tracks at Kirribilli, so I don’t often see too many people in here as it’s not part of the main restaurant strip. It’s worth the visit, however. Their hot chocolates are artisan, with attention to detail and subtle flavours, like Persian fairy Floss and orange blossom syrup.  Their desserts are gourmet, I recommend the raspberry and passionfruit tart for a lip smacking treat. Channeling baroque vibes, this café is unpatronised and perfect for afternoon coffee dates.