Centrally located close to the CBD, Darling Harbour and The Rocks is Sydney’s hottest precinct, Barangaroo, whose plethora of cool new restaurants and bars attract all the locals.
The Barangaroo South dining precinct is home to world-class restaurants and casual dining favourites. The oh-so-hot, newly opened Barangaroo House is a three-level venue developed by well-known Australian chef Matt Moran. The ground floor, home to The House Bar, is the perfect spot for sipping seasonal cocktails as you people watch. On the middle level you’ll find Bea Restaurant offering a fresh modern Australian menu, while on the top floor you’ll find Smoke rooftop bar.
Chow down on chicken at the famed Belles Hot Chicken, with heat levels ranging from "Southern" to "Really F**kin Hot," there’s a spice level here for everyone. Ume Burger's Japanese-inspired menu is a must-try for burger fanatics. Menu items include the "Menchi Burger," made with pork katsu, and the "Fish Katsu Burger."
Banskii serves up a modern Mediterranean menu alongside a wide range of vermouth-infused with Australian botanicals.
Grab some gourmet produce from Bel&Brio, while Devon Café is a favourite for breakfast and lunch. Try a fresh juice from Joe and the Juice, then finish your meal with an ice cream cone from Rivareno Gelato.
Shop Up a Storm
With an abundance of office towers in the area, there are now also some great shopping options and they are not all just for office workers.
David Jones now has a Barangaroo branch which is compact, but full of all the essential goods including beauty, fashion and accessories. Peter’s of Kensington has an outlet here, offering a wide range of homewares, appliances and gifts.
Shirt Bar, as the name suggests, sells exquisitely tailored shirts and doubles as a bar specialising in whisky.
In Scotch Row, you’ll find Collector Store and The Waiting Room both catering to fine tastes with a range of designer clothes, bags, homewares and jewellery. Get a mani-pedi at California Nails and then check out the fabulous Title store with its huge range of quality music, films and books.
Head to Barangaroo Reserve for a slice of greenery and parkland peace, but beware the construction zone that is now well underway on the city’s new hotel and gaming complex, Crown Sydney, as well as the construction of the new Sydney Metro line, so you’ll have to follow the signs from Barangaroo South around the construction site to get to Barangaroo Reserve.
Explore the reserve and watch the water splash against the sandstone blocks at Nawi Cove. Follow Wulugul Walk around the water’s edge or head up the stairs (or via the lift) to the Stargazer Lawn. See the Anzac Bridge to one side, and the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge to the other. The Reserve itself is also fully accessible.
Various cultural events, festivals and markets take place at Barangaroo Reserve and in the vast Cutaway open-air hall throughout the year.
From Darling Harbour, walk around Cockle Bay past the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, along King Street Wharf, and you’ll shortly arrive at Barangaroo South.
From The Rocks, you can enter Barangaroo Reserve through Munn Street Reserve or via Towns Place. If travelling by train, get off at Wynyard Station and take the new Wynyard Walk tunnel to Barangaroo.
There is also a newly opened ferry wharf located at Barangaroo, right outside the dining strip, which makes getting home after a meal even easier, with ferries to Milson’s Point and Circular Quay.