Maybe you’ve only planned for a 2 day trip to Sydney, or maybe that’s how long your layover is, or maybe you’re only here for the weekend. Either way, you’ve only got 48 hours to visit Sydney, so here is my advice on how to see the best of what Sydney has to offer in this small time frame!
Start off your morning by heading into the city to the Grounds in the City. You may be surprised but the CBD is actually home to some of Sydney’s best coffee, catering for everyone from the suited workers to tourists. The Grounds in the City is a cute cafe that has a sort of industrial garden vibe in the middle of the city. To complete the Sydney experience order yourself some smashed avo on toast and a flat-white coffee.
For your morning activity take a stroll around the CBD and get a glimpse into the city life. A few places you’re going to want to check out are the Strand shopping centre, Pitt Street Mall, and the Queen Victoria Building. And yes, they are shopping destinations with beautiful architecture.
For the afternoon take a stroll down to Circular Quay, where you will find WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo & SEA LIFE Sydney. From here, you’re going to get those iconic views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge; it’s truly Instagram-worthy! Grab bite at Opera Bar where you can take in the views of Sydney while sipping on cocktails and dining on the freshest seafood.
From Opera Bar make the short walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Circular Quay. The museum not only showcases the best of Australian and international contemporary art, but also showcases Indigenous Australian art.
The Opera House is a beautiful architectural icon; however why not take it one step closer and book into a show! The Sydney Opera House plays host to a wide array of events from ballets, operas, comedy shows, inspiring talks, to pop concerts. No matter what you’re looking for, at one point Sydney Opera House will have it!
If you’ve booked yourself into a show, have a pre-theatre dinner at Bennelong which is at the forefront of the Opera House. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a pre-show dinner.
Start your morning off with breakfast in Paddington with breakfast at Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore where you can browse around the book collection, and take in the morning paper with some breakfast.
Follow up breakfast, with a walk down Paddington’s Oxford Street where you’ll be able to check out Australia’s hottest designer threads like Alice McCall, Zimmermann, and Sass & Bide.
For the afternoon, make your way down to the infamous sands of Bondi Beach. If you’re new to Sydney, check out the Bondi to Coogee walk where you can get a beautiful vantage spot for capturing that perfect moment. From the top of Bondi Icebergs you’re going to see the beautiful aquamarines of the water, the yellow sands, and the scattering of people on the beach.
Once done with your walk, head on down to Bills for lunch. Bills is famous for their ricotta pancakes so that’s my pick! Then head on down to laze around the beach.
Dinner this evening is served at Chippendale’s Spice Alley. Spice Alley is home to all different types of Asian food from Chinese dumplings, to Korean bibimbap. If you’re craving Asian food, this is the place for you as you’ll be spoilt for choice and they’re all reasonably priced. The lanterns and the atmosphere aims at emulated the food stalls of Asia. Keep in mind that Spice Alley is cash-less so you’ll need a card.
For an evening activity check out the neighbouring Chinatown! On Friday’s there are night markets that feature all types of gizmos, foods, and snacks. Then head up to K1 for a karaoke session! The rooms have LED lights, a fun drinks table, and are completely soundproof so you’re free to sing as loud as you can!