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Best Design Guides | Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city, set on a stunning harbor it’s climate is envied all over the world and it’s cultural diversity makes this one of the most exciting places to visit and live in. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why a “g’day” is better than a “good day”.

Top 5 – Hotels

Sydney Park Hyatt 

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The location and service levels in the Park Hyatt are second to none, all rooms have spectacular harbor and Opera House views. The rooms are modern, yet luxurious and elegant, opt for one of the signature suites.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
Tel: +61 2 9256 1234
Fax: +61 2 9256 1555

Quay Grand Suites Sydney

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Elegant and spacious, the suites are true five-star luxury with excellent appointments and an ambience of designer attention to detail. With stunning suites, designed to take maximum advantage of the spectacular views.

61 Macquarie St
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9256 4000

Shangri-La Sydney

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The suites are really spacious, earthy toned interiors with large marble bathrooms and spectacular views all around. Be sure to try the indoor warm pool, one of the best in Sydney.

176 Cumberland St
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9250 6000

Sheraton on the Park

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Don’t be fooled by the Sheraton brand, this stay transpires grandeur and sophistication. Keep in mind the suites are not brand new but still very modern with marble bathrooms and new furniture. Friendly service and excellent location.

161 Elizabeth St
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9286 6000

The Darling Hotel

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All suites have water views from floor to ceiling windows, are beautifully furnished and have all the modern luxuries. The 16-room day spa is exquisite; it features Sydney’s first hammam and offers a variety of treatments to please any discerning spa aficionado.

The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
NSW 2009 Australia
+61 (0)2 9777 9000

Top 5 – Restaurants



One of Australia’s most respected Restaurants, Quay is a magnificent setting for the highest culinary endeavor with a true sense of occasion. The harmony of flavours and textures combine to create a sensual dining experience.

Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal 5 Hickson Road, The Rocks
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9251 5600



Sepia’s corporate-luxe dining room is the ultimate in contemporary cuisine with a Japanese twist. The exquisite a la carte and degustation menus that can be perfectly paired with an extensive international wine list.

201 Sussex St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9283 1990



The menu contains many Asian influenced ingredients and textures that are true to it’s philosophy of “balance and harmony”. Highly professional service ensures Rockpool will continue to be a mainstay amongst Australia’s best restaurants.

66 Hunter St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 8078 1900



Faultless service and flawless food that bears freshness and precision. Appropriately set in one of Sydney’s most luxurious boutique hotels, it remains one of the city’s most impressive dining destinations.

1, Establishment/252 George St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 3000



Tetsuya refurbished an heritage-listed site in the city to create what has been described as a high temple of gastronomy. Once inside, guests feel removed from the intensity of the city, and are welcomed into a serene and intimate setting which certainly rates among Sydney’s greatest dining experiences.

529 Kent St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9267 2900

Top 5 – Shops

Jac + Jack Strand Arcade

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This store encompasses all aspects of contemporary wardrobe with pieces that are made simply and with integrity. The overarching style of the clothing is modern, with a considered simplicity, with pieces working effortlessly into a customer’s existing wardrobe.

412-414 George St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9232 4199

Cosmopolitan Shoes

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Double Bay’s Cosmopolitan Shoes is one of the world’s most sublime stores which stocks the best of the best including Balmain ready-to-wear clothes, Givenchy bags and Robert Cavalli accessories.

Shop 1-5, 2-22 Knox Street, Double Bay
NSW 2028, Australia
+61 2 9362 0510

Courtesy of the Artist

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Offering Sydney it’s most dynamic collection of contemporary jewellery and objects, Courtesy of the Artist continues to be at the forefront of the collectable jewellery movement since launching in 2004. It offers many pieces handcrafted exclusively for the store and in limited runs.

Shop 124, Level 2, The Strand Arcade
412 – 414 George Street Sydney 2000

Swiss Concept

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Swiss Concept is a large watch boutique in Sydney specializing in luxury Swiss timepieces. Their success has been built on offering a comprehensive choice of brands, and the most professional, personal service.

90 Pitt Street, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9221 6288

Pierre Winter Fine Jewels

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Pierre Winter specializes in fine and designer jewelry collections, ready-to-wear ranges as well as one off commission pieces which are on display at the Paddington showroom.

78 William St, Paddington
NSW 2021, Australia

Top 5 – Art & Culture

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

1Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world. It is housed in the Art Deco-style former Maritime Services Board Building.

140 George St, The Rocks
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9245 2400

Art Gallery of NSW

2Art Gallery of NSW

A pleasure to visit any time of the year, the AGNSW is more exciting than ever now that it’s showcasing the best and brightest of contemporary art in its John Kaldor Family Gallery.

Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9225 1700

Casula Powerhouse

3Casula Powerhouse

The Casula Powerhouse is an arts centre within the City of Liverpool with seven galleries, 326-seat theatre, three artist studios, and a lively year-round programme of events and shows.

1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula
NSW 2170, Australia
+61 2 9824 1121

White Rabit

4White Rabbit

A state-of-the-art, four-floor wonderland of 21st century Chinese art hidden on a backstreet in Chippendale.

30 Balfour St, Chippendale
NSW 2008, Australia
+61 2 8399 2867

2 Danks St

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Set within the food and arts precinct of Waterloo, the creative arts complex of 2 Danks St offers Australian and international contemporary art. Home to ten Contemporary Art Galleries, a Fine Arts Dealer and a working contemporary jewelry studio, 2 Danks Street also holds regular panel discussions.

2 Danks St Waterloo
NSW 2017, Australia

Top 5 – Night Life

Chinese laundry

Chinese Laundry

One of Sydney’s biggest and longest running nightclubs, and was recently rated the number 1 club in Sydney and 67 in the world. The Laundry creates a sense of mystique, and has the ability to tranport lovers of electronic music into another dimension.

111 Sussex St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 8295 9999

Hugos Lounge 

Hugos Lounge

Has maintained its reputation as one of the best nightspots in Australia winning best nightclub in 2007 and 2008. Friendly service, award winning pizza and fmous mouth watering cocktails are all part of the well known and loved Hugo’s experience.

33 Bayswater Rd, Sydney
NSW 2011, Australia
+61 2 9357 4411

Ivy Bar

Ivy Bar

A sophisticated urban playground. This purpose built bar has intimate corners for private chats and relaxed lounging plus lots of space for dancing the night away. With world class design and service, Sydney has never seen anything quite like it.

1/330 George St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9254 8100

Oxford Art Factory

Oxford Art Factory

Provides a fresh new meeting place for inner-city residents to catch for a drink after work, as well as creating a forum for Sydney’s art crowd. The Art after Dark Bar would trade six days a week with the aim of reaching both the after work crowd and a second wave of night-time trade to coincide with The Live Art Space.

38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
NSW 2010, Australia
+61 2 9332 3711

Pontoon Bar

Pontoon Bar

If you are looking for a great time out, then make The Pontoon Bar your destination. By day or night, rain or shine, it’s a great place to be! Since opening, The Pontoon Bar has quickly established itself as one of Sydney’s most well-known venues. With its futuristic interior decor, stunning water views and its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Darling Park,Cockle Bay Wharf/201 Sussex St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9267 7099

Top 5 – Events

Newtown Festival


One of Sydney’s largest community events, Newtown Festival encapsulates the spirit of Newtown’s vibrant creative, conscientious, and inclusive community. The Festival is presented annually by the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, raising funds to support the invaluable work it does with the local community.

9th November
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
1 Bedford Street
Newtown NSW 2042



Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia.  Carriageworks engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists.

25 & 26th October
245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
NSW 2015, Australia

Sydney New Year’s Eve


Every year a new theme is created and a Creative Ambassador is invited to bring the theme to life through their own vision. This makes every Sydney New Year’s Eve unique.

31st December
Balls Head Road
Waverton, 2060

Sydney Festival


Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque circus to Chicago rap to Dutch theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice.

Level 5, 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000

Sydney Good Food Month


This month-long celebration will showcase the best Sydney and regional restaurants, cafes, bars and producers with a series of venue-based events and offers.

10 – 27th October

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