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24 hours in Barangaroo

Here’s where to dine, drink, play and stay around The Streets of Barangaroo, one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods along the photogenic harbour in the heart of Sydney

NOLA Things To Do Barangaroo Sydney

Those who visit Sydney’s Barangaroo for the first time in a few years are in for a pleasant surprise. The up-and-coming cultural and commercial hub, with its soaring silvery structures above, and harbourside restaurants, bars and boutiques below attracts a cool cross-section of locals who call the CBD home and mix of visitors keen to rubber-neck at Sydney’s shiny new playground. Here’s our guide to spending 24 hours in Barangaroo.

NOLA Things To Do Barangaroo Sydney
SATURDAY
3 pm Check-in at the West Hotel

For those who want to fully uncover Sydney’s CBD, the West Hotel is right in position. Just 400m away from the hip Barangaroo neighbourhood and Darling Harbour, the hotel is a visual indication of the growth the Central Business District is experiencing. We have checked into a King Sussex Suite which is a welcoming space that is polished, modern and bright. The hotel interiors were designed by Woods Bagot and the light-industrial aesthetic is evident in the soft, dark tones, walnut and brass accents and smoked glass fixtures.  westhotel.com.au

NOLA Things To Do Barangaroo Sydney

3.30pm Wander through The Streets of Barangaroo’s fashion retailers
After an hour of lingering in our suite and people-watching (read: spying on residents of a neighbouring apartment block), we head down to the Streets of Barangaroo for some serious window-shopping. The mini maze of streets includes cutting-edge fashion and lifestyle stores such as The Standard Store, The Waiting Room, Collector Store, Shirt Bar and a dinky David Jones concept store. Recommended for lovers of luxe labels, covetable items and stylish new brands.   thestreetsofbarangaroo.com

NOLA Things To Do Barangaroo Sydney
4 pm Visit Blown Lux for a blow-dry

Stepping inside the Blown Lux salon feels like walking onto the set of a shampoo commercial. This place is less hair salon and more like a swanky blow-drying hair spa with a mix of mothers and daughters and bestie brunettes sitting around tossing their sculpted waves, gleaming locks and shiny manes. Given I don’t even own a hairdryer, I don’t immediately feel comfortable in this hair-drying hood. That is until my stylist Emma takes control and gives me a gorgeous sleek bouncy blow-dry. A glass or two of Prosecco and I’m feeling suitably glam for date night with the Husband. blownlux.com.au

NOLA Things To Do Barangaroo Sydney

5.45 pm Pre-dinner drinks at Smoke
A bit of science occurs behind the retro-futurist bar at Smoke, in Barangaroo House, where the staff are even cooler than the clots of cashed-up millennials. Start the night with a few negronis, which are made using smoke-treated liquids, ice, rosemary and cinnamon. If you’re feeling peckish, head chef Cory Campbell’s posh tasting plates will hit the spot: think caviar, fried smoked brisket doughnuts, and sea urchin and orange jam toasties. barangaroohouse.com.au

NOLA Things To Do Barangaroo Sydney

7 pm Dinner at love.fish
Eating fresh fish on the harbour in Sydney is a beautiful thing when you know the new-style chippie in question stands out on the sustainability front. Here, the mission statement is loud and clear: love.fish cares about its customers, ingredients and the bounty of the ocean. The love.fish focus on sustainability also extends to its biodynamic and organic wines and cocktail list featuring native ingredients such as lemon myrtle and wattle seed. Do as the friendly waiters suggest and order Clarence River school prawns, sea urchin taramasalata, WA Cone Bay barramundi fillet and flash-fried brussel sprouts to share.  lovefishbarangaroo.com.au

NOLA Things To Do Barangaroo Sydney

9 pm Cocktails at Nola Smokehouse and Bar
NOLA celebrates Cajun and Creole food such as whole pigs grilled over an open fire pit, slowly smoked beef ribs, southern-style stews, burgers and steaks. But we are not here to eat gnarly New Orleans-style food ­– we have detoured here to have a few drinks.  After finding a cosy nook in the 1000-bottle back bar, which includes 500 American whiskeys, and 180 wines, we settle on Sazeracs, the NOLA variation of a cognac or whiskey cocktail. Although we could spend a couple of memorable hours here, we head back to the hotel to drink in the city views. nolasydney.com

NOLA Things To Do Barangaroo Sydney

7 am Early-morning walk
As a resident of Sydney, on and off, for the past 20 years, this walk is a great example of how it’s possible to find places and spaces where you can still feel like a tourist in your own town. The Barangaroo Foreshore walk is part of the Barangaroo Reserve, a 6 ha multi-level waterfront park that has been designed with more than 70,000 trees, ferns, palms, shrubs and plants native to the Sydney region. After starting at the Streets of Barangaroo, we make our way down Hickson Road and wind up at the North Side for sun-up and a sensational start to the day.

NOLA Things To Do Barangaroo Sydney

SUNDAY
10.30 am Enjoy brunch at Devon
After climbing to the top of Stargazer Lawn, the elevated look-out that offers views over Darling Harbour, Goat Island, Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge, we wander back to the Streets of Barangaroo and its many way stations. Despite the fact the lines stretch out the door, we decide on Devon, one of our favourite Sydney cafes. Once inside, we narrow the options down to a breakfast bowl of sautéed kale and roasted cauliflower and wild rice and eggs blini. For a big, comma-curled slice of hangover-curing heaven, we order the croissant Saint Denis, which includes Ghetto-style crab and salmon omelette.  Devoncafe.com.au
Carla Grossetti was a guest of The Streets of Barangaroo

2018-09-07T13:51:49+00:00