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The Best Kept Secrets In Sydney
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The Best Kept Secrets In Sydney

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Known for its Opera House, pristine beaches, and the Harbour Bridge, Sydney is one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. Often many of the beaches and hotspots are awash with tourists, so we have compiled some restaurants and beaches that are off the beaten path.

The Baxter Inn

The Baxter Inn is ranked the 7th best bar in the world. Although well known this bar is elusive to find, which only adds to the allure. Located on a nondescript alleyway, there are few signs that point to the bar. Be prepared to walk down a bare set of stairs to open a plain door and enter. Once you find the bar, sit down and enjoy a cocktail in their elegant ambiance, since you’ve seriously earned it – they’re famous for their wide selection of whiskeys (more than 300 varieties!) so you’ll have plenty of choices.

Address & Phone Number: Basement, 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Redleaf Beach

Redleaf Beach is a local favorite. The beach cannot be seen from the road; instead you must stroll through some gardens and find a set of stairs that lead down to the beach. Once at the beach, there is a large safe swimming area perfect for children, a wrap-around pontoon perfect for an afternoon stroll, and a café on the hill. This hidden gem is the perfect place for a relaxing day at a beach.

Address & Phone Number: 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay NSW 2028, Australia. +61 2 9327 8813

Glenmore Rooftop

The Glenmore Hotel contains a large 3-story pub – the gourmet food and cocktails are not to be missed, but even better is their rooftop bar. The rooftop bar offers 180-degree views of Sydney’s Harbour and the Opera House. Come here for a casual night out with friends. Be prepared to get here early to snag a spot on the rooftop, as it can get pretty crowded with locals and tourists on the weekends.

Address & Phone Number: 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia. +61 2 9247 4794


Ready for a quiet, tranquil day spent amongst locals, without all the crowds? Stop by Bronte. Bronte is a suburb of Sydney located about 15 minutes away from the center of town, with a beautiful, far less crowded beach. Be sure to visit Iggy’s Bread of the World – locals come here every morning, and they usually sell out extremely fast, so be sure to get here early.

Address & Phone Number: Bronte Road, Bronte, Waverley, New South Wales, Australia.

Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street

Come to Fratelli Fresh for some of the best Italian food in Australia – their specialities are seasonal cuisine and homemade pasta. The ambiance is casual, but elegant, and be prepared to walk down a set of stairs to enter the underground restaurant. There are very few signs for the restaurant itself, so keep your eyes open for a sign that says “benvenuto”, then find the stairs.

Address & Phone Number: 11 Bridge St, CBD. +61 2 8298 2700