Sunday brunch at Icebergs Dining Room in Bondi Beach; Shopping in the Strand Arcade; Breakfast at Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point
Earlier this month I was contacted by Tourism Australia for a super exciting project. They wanted Mytinerary (the bespoke travel consultancy I run) to come up with a kick-ass, once-in-a-lifetime itinerary for a journalist from one of my favourite magazines in France (call her L.), and her guest (call her S.).
Retail therapy in the Strand Arcade; Dinosaur Designs; the Kit Cosmetics store in Paddington (we also went to the Paddo's markets, Oxford St and Five Ways, where I took my guests to the rooftop of the Royal Hotel Paddington so they could enjoy the panoramic views); the Queen Victoria Building
I mean, seriously?! I was jumping up and down in my living room when I got the phone call - the briefing was too good to be true!
"L. and S. will be all yours for a whole weekend," Tourism Australia explained. "We'd like you to show them the Sydney you love: your favourite shopping spots, up-and-coming designers (L. and S. were invited as guests to the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week), quirky cafes, Sydney's most vibrant precincts, iconic restaurants, cool bars such as Ivy Pool and Icebergs, the Bondi-to-Bronte coastal walk - the whole shebang."
Breakfast at the Andrew Boy Charlton (ABC) Pool in Woolloomooloo; the ultimate chocolate tasting at Boon Chocolates in Darlinghurst; walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens
And we had a fantastic weekend together - we did so many different things and really got along well, it was like spending a weekend in town with my best friends! Well, it was a bit action-packed of course (we basically did in 2 days what you would normally do in 4), but that was the point... At the end of the weekend, they were ready to pack up their stuff, get a job transfer and move to Sydney - so I guess it was mission accomplished!
Saturday morning walk in Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay; Sunday morning in Balmain, with the madatory stop at Adriano Zumbo patisserie; Bondi Beach from Icebergs Dining Room, where we enjoyed a well-deserved brunch after finishing the Bronte-to-Bondi coastal walk
The only thing we didn't get to do was taking the ferry to Manly. We were supposed to do this on the Sunday night, to finish off the weekend with a nice glass of wine, but we were all too tired from everything else we did during the day and gave it a pass... Instead we all opted for an early night so the girls would look good and refreshed for Day 1 of the Fashion Week frenzy.
So what are your thought on our weekend in town? I know there's a million other things we could have done - if only we had 30-hour days! So tell me, what else would you have done?
Saturday night at Sticky Bar & Table for 20 in Surry Hills, after a 'drink with attitude' at Ivy Pool; the Water Bar at the Blue Hotel, Woolloomooloo; late Sunday afternoon cocktail at The Victoria Room in Darlinghurst; and a nice meat pie at Harry's Cafe de Wheels to finish the weekend