• Maria Masutti


Updated: Jul 13, 2019

When most people think of Sydney, they probably conjure up images of our glistening harbour, the iconic Opera House & surfing at Bondi Beach!  We are certainly blessed with some natural and man made marvels, but people tend to be less aware of our city’s thriving cultural heart. 

As summer fades away, the winter chill sets in and outdoor pursuits become a little less enticing, it’s a perfect time to explore our city’s more alternative side…   

So if I could plan my perfect Sydney Saturday in winter, it would go somethiing like this;

Grab some breakfast & stroll the artisanal produce at Eveleigh Farmers Market – perhaps I’ll catch celebrity chef Kylie Kwong manning her dumpling bar?  Check out a contemporary exhibition at Carriageworks next door – Sydney’s largest mixed use art space housed in the impressive Eveleigh Railway buildings..

I’d then stroll through nearby historical Sydney Uni to reach Glebe Markets, a mecca for the young & beautiful who like to offload their second hand clothes, relax to buskers around the grassy lawn and take in the bohemian vibe..

A short walk up Broadway would lead me to Chippendale – recently labelled Sydney’s hippest suburb.   Known for it’s cutting edge architecture, creativity and cool cafes, Chippendale was once Sydney’s most putrid slum but has now become Sydney’s most rapidly gentrifying suburb. 

Catch the latest show at White Rabbit Gallery – one of the world’s most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art.  If hunger strikes I’d grab a bite from nearby Asian inspired Spice Alley, currently adorned with posters by famed American Street artist Shepard Fairey, who recently exhibited in nearby Kensington Street – home to some of Sydney’s best restaurants. 

If friends are visiting I will always take them for a Saturday stroll along Paddington’s beautiful boutique lined backstreets.  This neighbourhood is Australia’s best preserved Victorian era neighbourhood, with it’s immaculate English style terrace houses.  Many Australian fashion designers had their start at Paddington Markets, and it’s still a great place to grab some quality souvenirs and artisanal finds..

If a spot of exercise calls, I’d pop up to nearby Centennial Park and hire a bike to tour the 5km circuit of it’s beautiful parklands and lakes.  Always a nice way to get the blood pumping on a cold winter’s day!

Then perhaps it’s time for some Black Star Watermelon Cake, created in Sydney, and currently the world’s most instagrammable cake!  Followed by an artisanal Gin at Poor Tom’s in Marrickville, housed in a run down warehouse but manned by barmen that look like they’ve come straight from a Calvin Klein shoot!

I’d end the day with some super tasty Sezchuan food at Newtown’s Dumpling Master (get there early to avoid the queue!).  Perhaps grab a quick beer at Young Henry’s Brewery, tucked away down an Enmore side lane, then finish with a spontaneous gig at the nearby Union Hotel or Moshpit on King Street..”

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