Prepare to fall for central Sydney’s stunning waterfront scenery, peaceful gardens and incredible cafés and restaurants
Sydney Central is a food lover’s paradise, drawing in locals for some of the city’s freshest produce and most exciting restaurants. Explore Chinatown’s bustling food courts; head to Din Tai Fung for the best xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings) in Sydney. Organise a weekly yum cha brunch with classmates, but don't forget to book a table as restaurants fill up quickly with locals devouring dim sum and drinking Chinese tea. If you prefer to cook for yourself, you’ll find all you need to make authentic Asian treats in Haymarket stores like Lucky Thai Groceries, and bag delicious local produce at Pyrmont Grower’s Market.
Spend a relaxed afternoon chilling out in Glebe, a friendly suburb packed with specialist shops and cafés. Catch up with friends at Well Co. Café and tuck into all day breakfast or a tasty sharing plate.
Walk through the nearby CBD to Sydney Harbour to check out famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. Spend sunny Saturdays wandering around Darling Harbour watching tour boats dock. Take in the view from Pyrmont Bridge, then sit by the fountains in Tumbalong Park, or explore the nearby Chinese Garden of Friendship.
There’s more to this part of town than the harbourside, so drop into The Powerhouse Museum and discover fascinating science exhibitions that delve into the city’s development and culture. After dark, catch a show at Lyric Theatre or the historic Capitol Theatre or take your pick from the city's many nightime hotspots, packed with bars, restaurants and clubs, all within a short walk or cab ride from Sydney Central.