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EAT, DRINK, SHOP: Sydney’s culinary spectrum runs from a 70-year-old harborside trailer vending hot dogs, sausage rolls and pies with pea sauce (the near-legendary Harry’s Café de Wheels) to a riverfront restaurant, the Berowra Waters Inn, in pristine bushland, accessible by boat or 30-minute seaplane ride from the Central Business District.
Then there’s Tetsuya’s, whose lavish menus offer west Australian marrons with truffle mayonnaise, marinated fillet of trevally, tataki of venison, ocean trout confit and double-cooked deboned spatchcock, which kept the eatery in Restaurant magazine’s World Top 10 list.
Some of the city’s best-known restaurants are around the harbor, like Guillaume at Bennelong, under the “sails” of the Sydney Opera House, whose chef Guillaume Brahimi is renowned for his basil-infused tuna, scallops with cauliflower puree and wagyu fillet with red wine jus.
On the southern tip of Bondi Beach, Maurice Terzini’s Icebergs Dining Room & Bar offers expansive Pacific Ocean views and six years after opening is still considered the city’s most glamorous restaurant.
At Bondi’s north end sits Terzini’s chic new trattoria, North Bondi Italian Food, adjacent to Speedo’s Café, named for the Speedo swim brand born on Bondi Beach in 1928.
Shopping is also a sport here. The city’s flagship department stores David Jones and Myer offer Australian designers like Collette Dinnigan, Zimmermann, Sass & Bide, Easton Pearson, Akira, Josh Goot and Yeojin Bae.
With a swag of stores from Willow and New Zealand’s Zambesi and World, The Intersection in the terrace-dotted suburb of Paddington is the buzziest new retail strip. Belinda Seper, Australia’s premier multibrand retailer, has 12 stores in three Australian states and one in Johannesburg. But The Corner Shop in Paddington with a second store in the Central Business District’s Strand Arcade, is Seper’s new talent incubator. With a flea market vibe, and cool shopgirls, The Corner Shops’ labels include newcomers Dion Lee, Konstantina Mittas and Antipodium, fresh from Australian Fashion Week debuts in May, and Australia’s edgy Ben Pollitt, who designs the Friedrich Gray line — he was discovered driving Seper’s delivery van.