The Best of Sydney According to Hidetaka Tanaka

Hilton Sydney's assistant chief concierge takes us through the city's best restaurants, beaches and running tracks.

What is the must-try Sydney restaurant?
I might be slightly biased but glass brasserie, located within our hotel, is a must-try! Chef Luke Mangan is arguably one of the most highly recognised chefs in Australia. His cuisine is clean and contemporary, focusing on local and seasonal ingredients. I particularly like some of his Japanese-influenced dishes such as the crab omelette, which is available lunch or dinner.

What is your favourite beach to escape the crowds?
Milk Beach in Vaucluse is one of the ‘hidden gems’ in Sydney. You can get there by taking the scenic Hermitage Foreshore Walk from Rose Bay. This beach is located within Sydney Harbour, which means less big waves—ideal for families and kids. It overlooks the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and occasional seaplanes—what more could you want!

What is the best running track in Sydney?
As a keen marathon runner, I really love Sydney because we can run almost every day. The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney via Mrs Macquarie’s Point is amazing; the views are so beautiful you will want to stop to take a few pictures. If you wish to run a long, beautiful and vast track, Centennial Park is ideal. It is only 15 minutes away from the city and has duck ponds, horse-riding facilities and sporting grounds. It is hard to believe this spacious park is only a short distance from the heart of the city!

What has been the most exciting opening of 2019?
I am crossing my fingers that the long-awaited Sydney CBD Light Rail will be open in December. Once completed, this modern rail service will connect tourist spots such as Circular Quay, Queen Victoria Building and Chinatown and as far as Randwick Racecourse. This network will change how locals and tourists move around our city.

Kirsty Sier
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Editor of WhereTraveller Australia (Sydney and Melbourne).