I’m so happy to post this interview about a City I dream of but I’ve never visited yet, in a Country that… is like home to me! I’m talking about Sydney, where the lovely fashion blogger Allison Smith leads us through.
Ready to discover a stylish and lively city waiting for you Downunder?
I’m Sydney born and bred and I truly love my hometown. I have travelled extensively and I am still very proud to call Australia home.
Tell us something about a special place in Sydney!
The epicentre of Sydney is our magnificent harbour. You can catch a ferry, kayak, climb the bridge, take a helicopter ride, scuba dive or simply take in the magnificent views from one of the fabulous waterside restaurants or bars.
What about “eating like a local”?
Sydney is a very multicultural city and we are blessed with some of the best produce in the world so eating out is a culinary treat. I love Boom Boom Thai in Panania, Jamie’s Italian in the CBD, Opah for Greek in Cronulla and Chinta Ria (Malaysian) in the city to name a few.
Where do you like to have shopping/spare leisure time and why?
Shopping in Sydney is a delight. Try Westfield Sydney and the surrounding streets for top end, think Gucci, Prada, Louboutin and the like. My favorite mall is Wesfield Bondi Junction where everything you could possibly need is under one roof.
Try the outlets at DFO to grab a bargain and the boutiques in Paddington are a great spot to find something unique.
My blog Sydney Fashion Hunter is a wealth of information on shopping in Sydney and every month I post a roundup of what I have been buying.
And what about ‘drinking like a local?’ 🙂
Could you tell me the name – and address is possible – of a place where they serve good wine / beer / cocktails made to art or a typical alcohol drink where you like to go and that is very popular among locals?
Aussie’s most defiantly like a drink. In fact, it is a bit of a national pastime so it’s no surprise that the city is littered with watering holes.
Try Zeta Bar in the Hilton hotel for fabulous cocktails, the Opera bar for the best view around, sample a drop of local wine at Wine Odyssey or a craft beer at The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel.
Could you short list me the most ‘touristic’ things to see? Do you like them?
Could you tell me if there is, in your opinion, something that is overrated by tourists?
Many tourists choose to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I have done it twice and the experience is not to be missed. It’s a little pricey so chose to go in off peak times to save a few bucks.
Do you know any ‘mysterious’ place populated by legends and strange stories?
One of the more unusual things to do is a ghost tour in The Rocks one of the oldest parts of Sydney.
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Are there any things that you think is worth visiting that is not part of the common tourist routes?
Many tourists spend a week in Sydney and never venture outside of the CBD which is a mistake in my view.
Can you give us some secret to have an amazing “like-a-local- experience?” (shhhh, it’s a secret!!)
For a day at the beach take a train to Cronulla and soak up the rays or venture even further west and visit the breathtaking Blue Mountains. A day at Taronga Zoo is always a pleasant way to meet the locals, including of course a Koala or two.
An overnight trip to NSW wine country in The Hunter Valley about 2 ½ drive North of Sydney is another great option.
If you want to experience Sydney like the locals read this first.