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Guidebook for North Sydney

Eleanor

Guidebook for North Sydney

Food Scene
Flying Bear ​is the closest cafe to the apartment, set on the wharf of a local yacht squadron at the bottom of Milson Park. It's a beautiful waterside spot for coffee, snacks, breakfast and lunch.
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The Flying Bear
76 McDougall St
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Flying Bear ​is the closest cafe to the apartment, set on the wharf of a local yacht squadron at the bottom of Milson Park. It's a beautiful waterside spot for coffee, snacks, breakfast and lunch.
Foy’s ​is probably the absolute closest eating spot to the apartment, and has one of the loveliest views. Walk down High St towards the water, and about 100 metres from the building you’ll find a little walkway and set of stairs that will take you straight down to the water end of Milson Park below. Foy’s is then across the bottom of the park on McDougall St. Set in a newly renovated and reopened flying squadron yacht club right on picturesque Careening Cove, Foy’s has a full modern australian menu and a comprehensive drinks menu. Try to get a spot out on the balcony to watch the ferries go by. Open Tuesday-Sunday, noon-10pm, with live music from 6pm on Thursdays. Phone 9955 8350 ​http://www
FOYS Kirribilli Restaurant & The Flying Bear Cafe
76 McDougall St
Foy’s ​is probably the absolute closest eating spot to the apartment, and has one of the loveliest views. Walk down High St towards the water, and about 100 metres from the building you’ll find a little walkway and set of stairs that will take you straight down to the water end of Milson Park below. Foy’s is then across the bottom of the park on McDougall St. Set in a newly renovated and reopened flying squadron yacht club right on picturesque Careening Cove, Foy’s has a full modern australian menu and a comprehensive drinks menu. Try to get a spot out on the balcony to watch the ferries go by. Open Tuesday-Sunday, noon-10pm, with live music from 6pm on Thursdays. Phone 9955 8350 ​http://www
Cool Mac ​is a fantastic little cafe on Burton St in the heart of Kirribilli village which does great breakfasts and lunch with a Japanese influence. Open every day, 6am or 7am - 3:30pm.
Cool Mac
34 Burton St
Cool Mac ​is a fantastic little cafe on Burton St in the heart of Kirribilli village which does great breakfasts and lunch with a Japanese influence. Open every day, 6am or 7am - 3:30pm.
Street Market: Asian Tapas​ is one of my favourite places to eat – they’re on Fitzroy St close to the corner of Broughton, upstairs from the street. They have a variety of really tasty Asian fusion tapas style dishes but also do Yum Cha from Thursday-Sunday. Open for Dinner 7 nights. Phone 9922 3111 ​www.streetmarketasiantapas.com
Street Market Asian Tapas Restaurant
12 Fitzroy Street
Street Market: Asian Tapas​ is one of my favourite places to eat – they’re on Fitzroy St close to the corner of Broughton, upstairs from the street. They have a variety of really tasty Asian fusion tapas style dishes but also do Yum Cha from Thursday-Sunday. Open for Dinner 7 nights. Phone 9922 3111 ​www.streetmarketasiantapas.com
Fitzroy Food Co. ​is great for a casual Breakfast (try the crab omelette!), Lunch or Dinner. Essentially mediterranean, they do a number of great share plates, bacello for lunch, great woodfired pizzas and also have a cocktail menu. Monday-Sunday 7am-late Phone 9922 3236 ​www.fitzroyfoodco.com.au
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Fitzroy Food Co
31A Fitzroy St
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Fitzroy Food Co. ​is great for a casual Breakfast (try the crab omelette!), Lunch or Dinner. Essentially mediterranean, they do a number of great share plates, bacello for lunch, great woodfired pizzas and also have a cocktail menu. Monday-Sunday 7am-late Phone 9922 3236 ​www.fitzroyfoodco.com.au
Celcius Coffee ​is in a truly fantastic spot, perched literally over the water at Kirribilli Ferry Wharf. From the apartment you can either walk across Milson Park and around the back streets to the wharf, or get on a ferry at the end of High St and take the scenic route - it’s the third stop. From there you can get on another ferry and keep going to Circular Quay, or come one stop back to High St (North Sydney). Anvil does great coffee, breakfasts and lunches, and are open Monday-Friday 7:30-2:30, and 8am-3pm on the weekends. Phone 9922 2245 www.celciuscoffeeco.com.au
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Celsius Coffee Co.
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Celcius Coffee ​is in a truly fantastic spot, perched literally over the water at Kirribilli Ferry Wharf. From the apartment you can either walk across Milson Park and around the back streets to the wharf, or get on a ferry at the end of High St and take the scenic route - it’s the third stop. From there you can get on another ferry and keep going to Circular Quay, or come one stop back to High St (North Sydney). Anvil does great coffee, breakfasts and lunches, and are open Monday-Friday 7:30-2:30, and 8am-3pm on the weekends. Phone 9922 2245 www.celciuscoffeeco.com.au
Batch Burgers & Espresso ​is an American style burger bar on Broughton St, doing great burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, pancakes, sundaes and snacks. They have limited bar seating and a couple of tables on the street but are perfectly located to get take away and go and sit on the grass under the Harbour Bridge near the water. Open 7 days 7am-10pm. Phone 9929 8883 ​www.batchburger.com
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Batch Burgers & Espresso
3A Broughton St
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Batch Burgers & Espresso ​is an American style burger bar on Broughton St, doing great burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, pancakes, sundaes and snacks. They have limited bar seating and a couple of tables on the street but are perfectly located to get take away and go and sit on the grass under the Harbour Bridge near the water. Open 7 days 7am-10pm. Phone 9929 8883 ​www.batchburger.com
Garfish​ is a great award winning seafood restaurant on Burton St, near the corner of Broughton. They do Breakfast and Lunch 7 days, and dinner Mon-Sat. It’s very popular so probably safest to book on 9922 4322. ​www.garfish.com.au
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Garfish
21 Broughton St
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Garfish​ is a great award winning seafood restaurant on Burton St, near the corner of Broughton. They do Breakfast and Lunch 7 days, and dinner Mon-Sat. It’s very popular so probably safest to book on 9922 4322. ​www.garfish.com.au
Ripples Milsons Point​ is a unique place to eat in Sydney, and only a 10 minute walk from the apartment, down underneath the Bridge. They do Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week with spectacular harbour views. Anytime is good to go, but I’d recommend breakfast or lunch to take in the harbour during the daylight. Again it’s very popular especially for weekend breakfasts, so: Phone 9929 7722 ​www.ripplesmilsonspoint.com.au
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Ripples Milsons Point
1 Olympic Dr
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Ripples Milsons Point​ is a unique place to eat in Sydney, and only a 10 minute walk from the apartment, down underneath the Bridge. They do Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week with spectacular harbour views. Anytime is good to go, but I’d recommend breakfast or lunch to take in the harbour during the daylight. Again it’s very popular especially for weekend breakfasts, so: Phone 9929 7722 ​www.ripplesmilsonspoint.com.au
Aqua Dining ​is a fine dining restaurant set behind North Sydney Olympic Pool, nestled next to Luna Park and boasting spectacular views over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Open for lunch 7 days from midday, and dinner 7 days from 6pm. Bookings advisable. Phone 9964 9998 ​www.aquadining.com.au
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Aqua Dining
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Aqua Dining ​is a fine dining restaurant set behind North Sydney Olympic Pool, nestled next to Luna Park and boasting spectacular views over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Open for lunch 7 days from midday, and dinner 7 days from 6pm. Bookings advisable. Phone 9964 9998 ​www.aquadining.com.au
Lavendra​ is a little place on the corner of Walker and Lavender Streets in Lavender Bay (other side of Milsons Point Station). It has a truly spectacular view being halfway along Lavender St, which is probably the street with the best north side views of the harbour. The modern Indian food is good, but it’s worth a trip for the view alone. Phone 9922 2787 ​www.lavendra.com.au
Lavendra
5 Walker St
Lavendra​ is a little place on the corner of Walker and Lavender Streets in Lavender Bay (other side of Milsons Point Station). It has a truly spectacular view being halfway along Lavender St, which is probably the street with the best north side views of the harbour. The modern Indian food is good, but it’s worth a trip for the view alone. Phone 9922 2787 ​www.lavendra.com.au
Thelma and Louise is a great cafe right on Neutral Bay wharf. It's walkable from the apartment, or one ferry stop away. It has idyllic views over Neutral Bay and a great Breakfast/Lunch menu.
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Thelma & Louise
1 Hayes St
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Thelma and Louise is a great cafe right on Neutral Bay wharf. It's walkable from the apartment, or one ferry stop away. It has idyllic views over Neutral Bay and a great Breakfast/Lunch menu.
Drinks & Nightlife
The Botanist ​is a great Bar/Restaurant on the corner of Broughton and Willoughby Streets (opposite the stairs up to the Station). It's a very popular spot, and has a really great cocktail menu and food (great share plates/pizzas/desserts). Open Mon/Tues for dinner, Wed-Fri for lunch/dinner, and Sat/Sun for brunch, lunch & dinner. Sometimes it's worth booking as it does get quite busy. Phone 9954 4057 ​www.thebotanist.com.au
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The Botanist
17 Willoughby St
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The Botanist ​is a great Bar/Restaurant on the corner of Broughton and Willoughby Streets (opposite the stairs up to the Station). It's a very popular spot, and has a really great cocktail menu and food (great share plates/pizzas/desserts). Open Mon/Tues for dinner, Wed-Fri for lunch/dinner, and Sat/Sun for brunch, lunch & dinner. Sometimes it's worth booking as it does get quite busy. Phone 9954 4057 ​www.thebotanist.com.au
Small Bar ​is across the road from Fitzroy Food Co, and does great cocktails and drinks, as well as great small dishes and some mains. Open 7 days from noon-10pm, and from 8am on weekends for breakfast. Phone 9460 4200 ​www.smallbar.net.au/kirribilli
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SBK Sydney
1-3 Broughton St
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Small Bar ​is across the road from Fitzroy Food Co, and does great cocktails and drinks, as well as great small dishes and some mains. Open 7 days from noon-10pm, and from 8am on weekends for breakfast. Phone 9460 4200 ​www.smallbar.net.au/kirribilli
Parks & Nature
This is a fantastic harbour walk from Taronga past Athol Bay, around Bradleys Head Reserve and on to Chowder Bay. To get there without a car, catch a ferry to Circular Quay and back across to Taronga Zoo. The walk starts almost at the wharf and ends at Chowder Bay, where there is a quite secluded beach and a great restaurant, ​Ripples Chowder Bay​.
Bradleys Head Walking Track
This is a fantastic harbour walk from Taronga past Athol Bay, around Bradleys Head Reserve and on to Chowder Bay. To get there without a car, catch a ferry to Circular Quay and back across to Taronga Zoo. The walk starts almost at the wharf and ends at Chowder Bay, where there is a quite secluded beach and a great restaurant, ​Ripples Chowder Bay​.
MacCallum Pool is a bit of a northside secret - it’s a saltwater harbour pool with heritage features set literally into the sandstone of the harbour wall. Here you can have a dip with truly spectacular harbour views, and/or picnic on the grassy promenade of Cremorne Walk next to the pool. Being a harbour pool it needs to be drained and cleaned once a week, which means it’s closed for a few hours on some days. It’s worth checking the council website just to make sure you don’t go at an unlucky time of the week! http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/recreation_facilities/places_of_interest/maccallum_pool
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Maccallum Seawater Pool
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MacCallum Pool is a bit of a northside secret - it’s a saltwater harbour pool with heritage features set literally into the sandstone of the harbour wall. Here you can have a dip with truly spectacular harbour views, and/or picnic on the grassy promenade of Cremorne Walk next to the pool. Being a harbour pool it needs to be drained and cleaned once a week, which means it’s closed for a few hours on some days. It’s worth checking the council website just to make sure you don’t go at an unlucky time of the week! http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/recreation_facilities/places_of_interest/maccallum_pool
For a calm, family friendly and beautifully picturesque beach, try going to our closest beach -​ Balmoral​. This would be a 10-15 minute Uber/Taxi ride away, or longer if you do it by bus changing in Neutral Bay.
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Balmoral Beach
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For a calm, family friendly and beautifully picturesque beach, try going to our closest beach -​ Balmoral​. This would be a 10-15 minute Uber/Taxi ride away, or longer if you do it by bus changing in Neutral Bay.
Shopping
Coco Chocolate is a fantastic local business specialising in boutique chocolates, truffles and hot chocolates. It's a great place to get gifts - their products all look exquisite, and they have some fantastic seasonal flavours like Christmas Pudding and Hot Cross Bun spice. They do chocolate making courses in Mosman, or you can drop in to their Kirribilli store just for an (award winning) hot chocolate.
Coco Chocolate
3a-9b Broughton St
Coco Chocolate is a fantastic local business specialising in boutique chocolates, truffles and hot chocolates. It's a great place to get gifts - their products all look exquisite, and they have some fantastic seasonal flavours like Christmas Pudding and Hot Cross Bun spice. They do chocolate making courses in Mosman, or you can drop in to their Kirribilli store just for an (award winning) hot chocolate.
Kirribilli Markets​ are also definitely worth a visit – they’re on up at the Burton St Tunnel (which runs under the railway near the station). The Art & Design and Fashion Markets are probably the best to go to – they’re on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 9am-3pm. The General Market is on every 4th Saturday from 7am-3pm. They have a great range of food stalls in particular, and the Art & Design markets are great for jewelry, fashion and unique gifts. www.kirribillimarkets.com
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Kirribilli Markets
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Kirribilli Markets​ are also definitely worth a visit – they’re on up at the Burton St Tunnel (which runs under the railway near the station). The Art & Design and Fashion Markets are probably the best to go to – they’re on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 9am-3pm. The General Market is on every 4th Saturday from 7am-3pm. They have a great range of food stalls in particular, and the Art & Design markets are great for jewelry, fashion and unique gifts. www.kirribillimarkets.com
Wild Lotus is a great little shop with a nice collection of womens' clothes, jewellery, childrens' clothes, scarves and other gifts.
Wild Lotus
32 Burton St
Wild Lotus is a great little shop with a nice collection of womens' clothes, jewellery, childrens' clothes, scarves and other gifts.
Arts & Culture
This is a great little theatre just steps from the apartment which offers some ten plays a year with small casts of top notch Australian actors and a really interesting selection of plays. There is a beautiful view over Careening Cove from the bar at the theatre, and a restaurant on the lower level. https://www.ensemble.com.au/
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Ensemble Theatre
78 McDougall St
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This is a great little theatre just steps from the apartment which offers some ten plays a year with small casts of top notch Australian actors and a really interesting selection of plays. There is a beautiful view over Careening Cove from the bar at the theatre, and a restaurant on the lower level. https://www.ensemble.com.au/
The MCA always has interesting exhibitions on, and is very easy to get to from the apartment either by foot or ferry. The cafe on one of the upper levels has an absolutely spectacular view over the Opera House and Circular Quay and has reasonably priced high quality food. A great spot for a drink, coffee or meal.
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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George St
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The MCA always has interesting exhibitions on, and is very easy to get to from the apartment either by foot or ferry. The cafe on one of the upper levels has an absolutely spectacular view over the Opera House and Circular Quay and has reasonably priced high quality food. A great spot for a drink, coffee or meal.
This is one of my favourite galleries anywhere in the world. It features changing exhibitions of contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese art, and has a great Teahouse on the ground floor with a huge selection of teas, handmade dumplings and scones. It's alway interesting, the staff are knowledgeable, helpful and do great tours, and it's completely free. A short walk from Central Station.
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White Rabbit Gallery
30 Balfour St
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This is one of my favourite galleries anywhere in the world. It features changing exhibitions of contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese art, and has a great Teahouse on the ground floor with a huge selection of teas, handmade dumplings and scones. It's alway interesting, the staff are knowledgeable, helpful and do great tours, and it's completely free. A short walk from Central Station.
Our biggest gallery, featuring fantastic changing exhibitions and a fantastic permanent collection of Australian, Indigenous and Asian Art, which is free. There is a great restaurant with views over Woolloomooloo, and a cafe, and it's set within the Botanic Gardens. It's a great walk along from the Gallery to Mrs Macquaries' Chair (for iconic Sydney views). There are programs of talks, comedy, movies and music and it's open late on Wednesday nights with a program of night events.
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Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Our biggest gallery, featuring fantastic changing exhibitions and a fantastic permanent collection of Australian, Indigenous and Asian Art, which is free. There is a great restaurant with views over Woolloomooloo, and a cafe, and it's set within the Botanic Gardens. It's a great walk along from the Gallery to Mrs Macquaries' Chair (for iconic Sydney views). There are programs of talks, comedy, movies and music and it's open late on Wednesday nights with a program of night events.
Sightseeing
This is a very atmospheric Sydney experience aboard a restored tall ship. You can actually see this ship go past alongside the more modern ferries if you’re sitting on the balcony. Probably a sunset cruise would be ideal, and you do need to book: ​http://www.sydneytallships.com.au
Sydney Harbour Tall Ships
This is a very atmospheric Sydney experience aboard a restored tall ship. You can actually see this ship go past alongside the more modern ferries if you’re sitting on the balcony. Probably a sunset cruise would be ideal, and you do need to book: ​http://www.sydneytallships.com.au
Gunners' Barracks is one of Sydney's many restored buildings from the first days of European settlement - once a barracks, and now a function venue and cafe with a great High Tea on weekends with a fantastic view over the harbour and eastern suburbs. Check website for opening times!
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Gunners Barracks
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Gunners' Barracks is one of Sydney's many restored buildings from the first days of European settlement - once a barracks, and now a function venue and cafe with a great High Tea on weekends with a fantastic view over the harbour and eastern suburbs. Check website for opening times!
This is an iconic Sydney sightseeing activity and one worth doing! You can access the starting point after walking across the bridge from Kirribilli, but you may want to save your walking legs and take a ferry from North Sydney wharf instead. It's not cheap, so if you want a cheaper option, you can climb one of the pylons instead (accessible by walking from Kirribilli)
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BridgeClimb Sydney
3 Cumberland St
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This is an iconic Sydney sightseeing activity and one worth doing! You can access the starting point after walking across the bridge from Kirribilli, but you may want to save your walking legs and take a ferry from North Sydney wharf instead. It's not cheap, so if you want a cheaper option, you can climb one of the pylons instead (accessible by walking from Kirribilli)
Entertainment & Activities
This is one of our closest movie theatres - a short taxi or bus from the apartment. It's a grand old building inside with unique art deco features. They show all current movies and have some special events and music on weekends, as well as a lot of restaurants nearby.
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Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
380 Military Rd
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This is one of our closest movie theatres - a short taxi or bus from the apartment. It's a grand old building inside with unique art deco features. They show all current movies and have some special events and music on weekends, as well as a lot of restaurants nearby.
Dendy Opera Quays is another of our closest movie theatres. This is more an arthouse cinema, so may not show all current movies or childrens' movies, but is just a short ferry ride or walk to Circular Quay.
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Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays
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Dendy Opera Quays is another of our closest movie theatres. This is more an arthouse cinema, so may not show all current movies or childrens' movies, but is just a short ferry ride or walk to Circular Quay.