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April 26, 2013

Q Insider: 24 Hours in Sydney

Whether you’re here in Hong Kong or jet-setting around the globe, we know you like to be up to date on what’s new, what’s next and what’s best. So starting this month, we’re partnering with global concierge extraordinaire Quintessentially Lifestyle to bring you the ultimate insider itinerary for an action packed day of adventures and indulgences in the world’s best cities.  First on the hot list is Sydney, so slip on your oversize sunnies, pack your opera glasses and bring your board shorts, we’re taking you down under…

Q Insider: 24 Hours in SydneyBreakfast – Surry in a Hurry
There’s nothing Sydneysiders love more than a fabulous brunch…superb produce made into scrumptious platters, combining a little bit of Anglo-Saxon heartiness with Middle Eastern spice and Italian sophistication. The hip inner city suburb of Surry Hills offers a dizzying array of choices, from addictive loafs and pastries at Bourke Street Bakery (+61 2 9699 1011) organic goodies at Kawa Café (+61 2 9331 6811), legendary coffee at Single Origin (+61 2 9211 0665) hip geek culture at Robocog (+61 2 9281 2880) and celebrity chef led indulgence at Bills (+61 2 9360 4762 ) where dishes from ricotta hotcakes to corn fritters promise to start the day off right.

Late Morning – Unique Boutiques 
To stretch your legs and give your Amex a little exercise too, head to Oxford Street and walk along all the way to Paddington. The Darlinghurst end – with its sex shops and 24-hour bars filled with colourful characters – is a bit of a shock first thing in the morning, but soon unfolds into a wave of hip and happening boutiques including internationally adored Aussie labels Alannah Hill, Collette Dinnigan, Sass & Bide, Charlie Brown, Napoleon Perdis, Peter Alexander and Dinosaur Designs.

Lunch – Get a Pizza This
All that shopping left you ravenous? Stop off for a slice (or four) of gourmet pizza at Love Supreme (+61 2 9331 1779), or for a lighter bite, take a seat by the conveyor belt of Toko (+61 2 9380 7001), the smaller branch of the contemporary Surry Hills sushi restaurant. If it’s a Saturday, make your way over to the Paddington Market, and graze at stall after stall of artisanal tasty treats.

Afternoon – Life’s a Beach
Melbourne may have the cool street culture, but Sydney has the beaches. Grab a cab and head to Coogee to begin a languorous coastal walk. On a sunny day, this is simply the best way to take in the glories of the Sydney beach scene. The walk will take you via tiny Gordon’s Bay, the concrete heavy but family friendly Clovelly, historic Waverly Cemetery, Bronte Beach with its sea water filled lap pool, and Tamarama Beach, before ending at the world famous Bondi Beach. Stop off for a dip in the piercingly blue and remarkably clean waters or simply soak in the sun and views of the incredible surfers below.

Dinner – Modern Marvels
Sydney’s fine dining reputation is well deserved, and there are plenty of dazzling Mod Aus options for an elegant dinner. For a quintessentially Sydney experience, book well ahead for a table at either Quay (+61 2 9251 5600) or Aria (+61 2 9252 2555). Sitting on either ends of Circular Quay, both restaurants are amongst the city’s best, while offering stunning views of the harbour and the iconic Opera House.

Late Night – Dance Floor Lure
Sydney has traditionally been known for its mega-clubs, and The Ivy (+61 2 9254 8100) is by far the most decadent dance spot in town. Owned by the reigning king of hospitality, head to this multi-storied complex for your choice of several luxe dance floors, multiple glamourous bars, an exclusive VIP Den and even a rooftop pool to splash the night away.

Watch out Sydney, here you come…

For more tips and insider access to hotspots around the globe, contact Quintessentially Lifestyle at: or +852 2540 8595.

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