Well, nothing like getting the “First Day” post up for Sydney the day before we leave! Better late than never though so I’ll keep it short and sweet since I have a lot of content/pictures/stories I need to catch you up on. I’ll cover the rest of the past week in the next 2 posts or so.
Katie and I arrived on Monday morning around the same time in order to not waste any of our time here in Sydney #timeefficient. First thing first was settling in to our unreal airbnb in Darlinghurst and getting some food in our stomachs, so we strolled over to the local cafe on the corner, Bills (that ended up being our savior every morning for our daily coffee and strong wifi). I highly recommend the “Aussie Fresh” if you’re lookin’ for a healthy breakfast and a long black with a dash of their homemade almond/macadamia nut milk. SO GOOD.
Again, no time to waste, so we wandered around our new hood for the week until we found our way over to the infamous Opera House and view of the Sydney Bridge. Before I get to far, let me just say that in our little area and the surrounding suburbs, going on long strolls/walking around the streets and laneways is by far the best way to see the city. Not even bikes, just walk and walk and walk. Peeping into little cafes and restaurants is the best way to spend time and find the best little hidden gems. I had no idea how charming Sydney would be. It’s a mixture of Charleston, London, and parts of Europe. Honestly have no idea what the architecture here is called but I LOVE it.
The Opera house is so so big in person. I never realized the tile on the roof, nor the fact that they have a cool mad-men era looking bar inside that unfortunately wasn’t open at the time for us to go in and take a look. After taking multiple pictures on the steps we decided to walk back after a ginormous rain cloud started to loom closer and closer to us. But first, we decided to stop at this adorable spot called Petal and Sugar for coffee and pastries because why the hell not and it was the cutest little spot ever.
About 15,000 steps later, drinks were obviously necessary so we stopped at The Butler for a few drinks. Katie ordered a French named drink that said “Oui!” on the top and it was just about the cutest thing ever. Probably top 3 one of the most photogenic spots we’ve been to this entire trip. You’re literally sitting inside a giant greenhouse/jungle sipping cocktails with Rebelution playing in the background looking out on an amazing view of the city below. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
I wish I could say we later got dressed up and ate at the most amazing restaurant in Surry Hills or something bust we were beyond exhausted and ended up ordering Thai food from Uber Eats and falling asleep embarrassingly early. No regrets. First day, done and dusted. I like you a lot, Sydney.