The Best Of Sydney’s Hippest Urban District


While Sydney is by far Australia’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, people outside the country truly realize all the cultural and urban assets that this place possesses (with the exception of the iconic Opera House of course!)

There are many corners of this sprawling metropolis that will seduce you with their unique combination of street life, architecture, and killer boutiques, restaurants and bars, but there is one that the first time visitor to Sydney should make great pains to hang out in during your time there.

That neighbourhood is known as The Rocks, which is within easy reach of many amazing Sydney hotels,  such as these Accor owned hotels, making it simple and easy to experience the many parks, art galleries, markets, shops, and restaurants that are present here in abundance.

With all that is going on here though, it can be hard to know where to begin.  To get you going on your explorations in this amazing place, we have prepared a sample itinerary of how you can spend a fulfilling day within one of Sydney’s grandest neighbourhoods…!

9 AM: A luxurious breakfast at Baroque Pantry

A choice place to enjoy a truly amazing first meal of the day is by taking a seat at the Baroque Pantry.  Serving pastries that are handmade every day, cooking up an excellent variety of egg-based breakfast dishes, and putting on a brunch buffet that stretches on until 3 pm on weekends, this spot is an excellent location for filling yourself up with quality foodstuffs for less than $20, which is no small feat in a pricey city within a pricey country!

11 AM: Get up high above Sydney Harbour on the BridgeWalk

If you’re not one to shrink away from vertigo-inducing heights, then the Sydney Harbour BridgeWalk is an experience that you should tackle during your action-packed day on The Rocks.  If you’re still a bit nervous, no worries – a bridge leader will suit you up with safety gear and lead you expertly from the deep bowels of this landmark, straight up to the apex that will grant you a view of the city centre that will be unrivalled by any others that can be had in the area.

Those that are too phobic to make the climb will be pleased to know that you can also walk across the bridge deck and still get excellent views from its centre.

2 PM: Grab a mid-day snack at Foodies Market on Fridays, or the Weekend Market on Saturdays or Sundays

After scaling the massive Sydney Harbour Bridge, your tummy will likely be rumbling again.  If you’re here during the weekend, then Foodies market offers diverse treats like lamb kebabs, BBQ’ed salmon, and paella to name a few.  Similarly, at the Weekend Market, one can pick up other treats, and other times of the week, various stalls stand ready to quiet your inner protestations!

4 PM: Go ride some bikes

Cycle around many highlights of this historically and naturally rich area, as your guide will take you to places such as Royal Botanic Gardens and Darling Harbour, among others.  Work up a sweat and enjoy the sights, as this activity will work up your appetite for the evening’s proceedings…

8 PM: Dinner and drinks at BAR100

Spread over four floors in a tastefully restored heritage building, BAR100 is an excellent place to wind down your action-packed day on The Rocks.  Dine on food that changes by season, while enjoying a diverse array of entertainment, from acclaimed DJ’s to talented local live music!

The Rocks: A perfect place to spend a fine day in Sydney

When you find yourself in an urban entertainment district as incredible as The Rocks in Sydney, it can be hard to know where to start.  With this itinerary, don’t feel like you have to do everything suggested here, but start with a few of them, and you’ll find that the best days that you spent in this city was had here.

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