June 21, 2018

How to Explore Sydney in 48 Hours

Even though it’s considered a far-off destination by many countries in the world, Sydney is one of the top tourist attractions. Perhaps it’s the fact that’s far away that’s quite exotic and that’s drawing people to visit it, but that’s not important as Sydney indeed has a lot to offer. It’s a metropolis, with everything you’ve always wanted. And sure, 48 hours is definitely not enough to see all the pearls it hides, but if you happen to be passing by and (unfortunately) have exactly 48 hours or less to spend in this spectacular city, take a look at some of the things you simply have to see.

Must see
Among the multitude of landmarks that you can see in Sydney, the first thing should be the Sydney Opera House. Go there, be mesmerized by its beauty and take a couple of selfies along the way – your Instagram will be on fire. Since you’re already there, don’t miss the Harbour Bridge and the spectacular Sydney Harbour where you can do various things (some of them will be listed below). Another thing that is definitely worth visiting is an area of Sydney that’s called The Rocks – you will be fascinated with its narrow streets and The Rocks Market. Quick hint: If you visit this market, you won’t have to look for souvenirs anymore, as you will be able to purchase the best ones here.

Must eat at
Food is equally important in any city, and since you will definitely be eating there (unless you’re a non-eater, but then again how come you’re alive?) it would be very advisable to know where and what to eat. Unless you really want to head to the first restaurant that you see, we suggest that you visit a seafood restaurant in Sydney as eating seafood in this city is an amazing experience. Also note that if you’re opting for seafood, you should eat at one of the many waterfront restaurants that you can find close to Sydney Harbour. Of course, you can always find excellent restaurants in the center of the city as well, but book these for burgers and steaks.

Must have a cup of coffee at
No matter how much time you have for exploring Sydney, either 5 hours, 48 hours or a month, having a cup of coffee goes without saying. And when you do so, it’s always good to do it in the best cafeterias this city offers. One of the best places is the La Renaissance Café - decorated in the French style, it has excellent coffee and delicious pastries. So it doesn’t matter if you’re up for a morning coffee and breakfast or an afternoon tea, this should be the place you want to check. Another place that you can visit is The Tea Cosy, a super cute small coffee place placed in an old building – drink your coffee or tea with a bit of nostalgia.

Must swim at
If you find some time to swim, don’t skip this opportunity. If Sydney has something, that’s beaches, and whatever choice you make you won’t be sorry. However, one of the most interesting ones is Tamarama beach, which is basically a narrow strip of sand placed between two distinctive headlands. Go there, grab a cocktail and either swim or enjoy the magnificent surfers that hang out there. Another great beach is called Bilgola, and if you’re up for something well hidden and precious, make sure to check out this beach which is hidden behind a forest of palm trees.

Must party at
Perhaps this is far-fetched as you only have 48 hours or so to spend in Sydney, but if you’re up for a party, know that you will have so many choices that you might just finish the night in your hotel room still trying to come to a decision. However, if you want to mingle with the young locals, then you should hit the Soho Bar and Lounge, where you’ll definitely have a blast. If this is a bit far away for you, you can always go online and find excellent clubs to party at.

Yes, 48 hours is little time to spend in such a vibrant city, but it’s still better than nothing. In only 2 days you can see numerous landmarks and visit excellent cafeterias and restaurants – but make sure you choose the right ones!

Guest Post by: Peter Minkoff

Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design,  he worked from many local fashion companies as a trend forecaster. Beside fashion, he loves traveling and roaming through vintage stores. He’s future plans are in creating his own styling business. Twitter / Facebook

Thanks a lot for this article Peter!

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