Sydney—The new mecca for foodies

Sydney is a mecca of urban culture, and in the summer and fall, temperatures linger in the 60s and 70s and this sprawling metropolis bursts with fairs and festivals. Modern menus are becoming one of Sydney’s biggest draws—local chefs have cast aside the old-fashioned English cuisine and are maximizing their proximity to Asia, featuring super-fresh fare influenced by the Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese cultures.

French technique meets Japanese elegance around a traditional garden at the upscale Tetsuya’s, while the historic precinct of The Rocks is home to traditional pubs as well as Nobu alum Shaun Presland’s admired Sake Restaurant & Bar. In nightlife haven Potts Point, the hip and irreverent Ms. G’s serves up dishes with spicy eastern influences.

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BLUE Sydney. The name is no coincidence—blue is all over this former factory, now Taj Hotels’ first location in Australia.

Intercontinental. In most cities, I prefer to stay in boutique hotels, but this has a cool feel because it’s partly renovated and partly old. Close to The Rocks and Circular Quay, and the northern beaches are just a short ferry ride. 117 Macquarie St.

Golden Century. Casual Chinese restaurant—any type of seafood and any type of wine should work. 393-399 Sussex St.

Rockpool Bar & Grill. The best wine list in Australia and sublime food—particularly for seafood and steak lovers. Excellent service and a formal dining experience. 66 Hunter St.

Sean’s Panaroma. A relaxed and intimate spot set against Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach with a focus on local products and organic food. 270 Campbell Parade, Bondi.

Whitewater Restaurant. Impressive restaurant with beautiful fresh fish dishes, really generous sizes and an impressive wine list. 35 South Steyne, Manly.

Pilu. Sardinian restaurant in Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches. Try the Porcetto, a suckling pig. Moore Road, Freshwater.

Establishment Bar. Unique cocktails are served at this intimately designed club. The location is excellent. 252 George St.,

Icebergs. The combination of salt air, view and crashing waves on the walk from Bronte to Bondi is invigorating. Finish at Icebergs for a drink as the sun goes down and the surfers catch the day’s last waves. 1 Notts Ave., Bondi Beach.

Photo: Sahlan Hayes at smh.com.au

Opera House. The shows are completely different every week—from classical to opera to symphony. 2 Macquarie St.

Tim Olsen Gallery. A great contemporary art gallery in Paddington. 63 Jersey Rd., Woollahra.

Paddington Markets. On Saturdays, see local designers and artists show off their best.

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