Maybe you’ve only planned for a two-day trip to Sydney, or perhaps that’s how long your layover is, or maybe you’re only here for the weekend. Regardless, you can see and experience much of Sydney in 48 hours, and I’m here to offer you insights for using your precious time wisely!
Start off your morning by heading into the city to the Grounds in the City. You may be surprised, but the Central Business District is home to some of Sydney’s best coffee, catering to everyone from the suited business people to tourists. The Grounds in the City is a cute cafe that has an industrial garden vibe in the middle of the city. To complete the Sydney experience, order yourself some smashed avo on toast and a flat-white coffee.
For your morning activity take a stroll around the CBD and get a glimpse into the city life. A few places you’re going to want to check out are the Strand shopping centre, Pitt Street Mall, and the Queen Victoria Building. All are shopping destinations with beautiful architecture.
During the afternoon, you may enjoy taking a stroll down to Circular Quay. From here, you’re going to get those iconic views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge; it’s truly Instagram-worthy! Grab a bite at Opera Bar where you can take in the views of Sydney while sipping on cocktails and dining on the freshest seafood.
The Opera House is a beautiful architectural icon; however, you can take it one step further and book a show! The Sydney Opera House plays host to a wide array of events from ballets, operas, comedy shows, inspiring talks, to pop concerts. No matter what you’re looking for, at some point, Sydney Opera House will have it.
Start your morning off in Paddington with breakfast at Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore where you can browse around the book collection, and take in the morning paper while you eat.
Afterward, walk down Paddington’s Oxford Street where you’ll be able to check out Australia’s hottest designer threads like Alice McCall, Zimmermann, and Sass & Bide.
During the afternoon, make your way down to the infamous sands of Bondi Beach. If you’re new to Sydney, check out the Bondi to Coogee walk where beautiful vantage spots await to capture the perfect moment. From the top of Bondi Icebergs, you can see the beautiful aquamarines of the water, the yellow sands, and the scattering of people on the beach.
Once done with your walk, head on down to Bills for lunch. Bills is famous for their ricotta pancakes which is always my pick! Then head on down to laze around at the beach.
Dinner this evening is served at Chippendale’s Spice Alley. Spice Alley is home to all different types of Asian food from Chinese dumplings to Korean bibimbap. If you’re craving Asian food, this is the place for you as you’ll be spoilt for choice and they’re all reasonably priced. The lanterns and the atmosphere aim to emulate the food stalls of Asia. Keep in mind that Spice Alley is cash-less so you’ll need a card.
For an evening activity check out neighbouring Chinatown! On Friday’s there are night markets that feature all types of gizmos, foods, and snacks. Then head up to K1 for a karaoke session! The rooms have LED lights, a fun drinks table, and are completely soundproof so you’re free to sing as loud as you can!
Sydney is one of the most exciting cities in the world, we know you’re going to love spending 48 hours there! For all of your discount ticket needs, visit 365 Tickets.