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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WHERE TO STAY IN SYDNEY LIKE A LOCAL
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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WHERE TO EAT IN SYDNEY LIKE A LOCAL
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
“We run our removals service throughout Sydney, this means we are constantly moving. Given the psychically demanding nature of being a removalist, we must ensure we are keeping our energy up and hunger satisfied! This is where our love for delicious Thai cuisines was born.
We believe Sydney has Thai food second to the night markets in Bangkok. Not only is it authentic in variety and flavours it tastes truly delicious. Almost anywhere you venture within Sydney you will be able to source a great Thai food.
Although we have sampled many restaurants, we still find ourselves returning to the shores of North Sydney to visit our favourite “Say Yes Thai Cuisine”. Their lunch special will set you back a mere $8.50 and they serve up best Thai curries you will have the pleasure of tasting.“
– Brett – Waterloo
“If you limit yourself to going out in Sydney’s east or CBD, you are flat out missing out!
North West of the CBD, in Sydney’s Hills district there are some amazing spots if you know where to find them.
Cheddr is no bog-standard cocktail bar that you’d find at a five-star hotel offering Long Island Iced Tea, Cosmopolitans and a bowl of probably urine-tinged peanuts. It’s inventive and every small detail in this joint has been carefully planned and lovingly staged.
The décor is some candle-lit, rose gold gilded, vibe-creating perfection. The guys at Cheddr know that Mojitos and Martinis have their place, but they serve a delicious twist of a cacophony of ingredients (gin lovers won’t be disappointed). The food is also divoon and perfect for sharing – share plates and artisanal cheeses abound.
In short, get yourself a designated driver. Get yourself an Uber. Get yourself to Cheddr.“
Natalie – Hills District
WHAT TO SEE IN SYDNEY LIKE A 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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