How to travel Sydney like a local

Travel like a local in Sydney

So, you’re looking to explore Sydney like a local? Well, my friend, you’ve come to the right place.

There’s a reason people prefer to live here than somewhere like Brisbane or Melbourne (that’s not a fact, that’s just a bit of Sydney-centric bias).

Strap yourself in and prepare to learn all about the hidden gems Sydney has on offer.

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Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a must see


A real local would go to great lengths to avoid booking accommodation in Sydney’s CBD, and most would rather not leave the house at all than to stay somewhere in overcrowded Bondi.

Don’t panic – it’s not all doom and gloom, in fact, we have three unusual locations you should try if you want to get a taste of the real Sydney (and you’ll probably save a buck or two going for the accommodation less travelled).

If you are someone looking to explore a younger, more vibrant or (excuse the cliché) ‘hipster’ type of area, you can’t go past the Inner West. Look at booking an Airbnb in places like Summer Hill, Newtown or Glebe. It will feel like there’s a new adventure on every corner, and the colourful locals can’t be ignored.

If you’re looking for more of a beachy vibe while you’re visiting Australia’s favourite city, try looking at accommodation in Clovelly beach or Manly beach. You’ll get everything you’re looking for minus the crowds of Bondi.

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Now, this indeed is a tough one, because if there is one thing that Sydney-siders do best (besides complain), it’s eating good food. However, there are more than a few eateries tucked away in our fair city that will knock your taste buds out.

Looking to try the best pho in the entire City of Sydney? Well, you’re in luck because the infamous, ‘no frills’ Pho 236 in Newton not only is it fantastic but it’s also very affordable.

If Italian is more your style, then you’ll love the all-day Italian diner, Caffé Bartolo in Surry Hills.

Maybe you’re keen for something different… something, dare we say, Instgramable? Daisy’s Milk Bar in Petersham is for you. Daisy’s serves up Australiana classics that will leave your stomach feeling nostalgic. Spag bol jaffa, anyone?

More Tips from the local


Nobody does a weekend market better than Sydney. We hear you Melbournites about to argue, but have you been to Glebe Markets? The best food, the best clothes, the best arts and crafts – and don’t even get us STARTED on Marrickville Markets, a must for every foodie.

If markets don’t float your boat, then maybe you’d prefer an out of the box evening activity.

Nothing beats a good giggle, right? And what better way to get a laugh in than a night of stand-up comedy, Sydney has plenty to choose from (but get in early before the locals take all the good seats).

Some of the city’s best-hidden comedy haunts include Thursday night’s at Friend in the Hand Pub from 8pm, Green Lights Comedy nights The Gaelic Club, Surry Hills from 8pm on a Friday or Happy Endings Comedy Club in Potts Point from 8pm on a Friday or Saturday.

Now go forth, and experience the joys Sydney has to offer its locals.

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Holly Royce (1)

Holly Royce is a Sydney based writer and a Pop Culture connoisseur. She's previously written for Vice,, Bauer Media and more.

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