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Sydney

Sydney Opera House
It goes without saying that Jørn Utzon's sail shaped structure is one of the most famous buildings in the world - if not one of the 20th-century's greatest buildings, but there's a whole lot more going on aside from swooning sopranos.
Sydney Theatre
With the luminescent-skinned Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton as artistic directors, the marvellous Sydney Theatre is Sydney's epicentre for stage magic.
Detour Espresso Bar
A hole-in-the-wall kinda' place, where coffee and chat are very much the order of the day.
Spice I Am
The best beef massamam in the world - better than the beef massamam in Thailand. Impossible, you say? Then check out the queues outside this tiny Thai eatery.
Table for 20
Better hop to it if you want to dine here, because like the name suggests, there are only 20 spaces for bums on seats.
Captain Cook
Hop-on and hop-off Captain Cook for one of the best (and cheapest) ways to explore the Harbour.
The Vanguard
In the heartland of eclectic Newtown amid a vast array of ethnic eateries and second-hand stores lies the Vanguard.
Harbour Beaches
Incorporating a nudist beach on its long stretch of sand, Harbour Beaches offer coastal hideaways that are both pretty and provocative.
World Bar
This four-storey Victorian terrace is sandwiched between the club and bar mosh-pit of Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, which is one of the busiest parts of Sydney's red light and clubbing district.
Wine Library
Got a hankering for fantastic wine and Italian snacks? This slick hole-in-the-wall wine bar is a winner for casual drinks 'n' eats.
David Jones
An upmarket department store where stylish chaps and chicks come to punish the plastic.
Shady Pines Saloon
Get down and dirty at Shady Pines Saloon, a spit-and-sawdust kinda' place with hard liquor behind the bar.
Hugos Bar Pizza
Just downstairs from its sister venue - party palace Hugo's Lounge - Hugos Bar Pizza sits on a split-levelled terrazzo with a view of the passers-by trickling down Bayswater Road.
Small Bar
Forever famous as the first 'small' bar of Sydney's small bar revolution, this cosy city bar isn't as pint-sized as you'd think.
One Teaspoon
Epitomising Sydney style, One Teaspoon says fun, no-frills fashion to laid-back ladies.
Bootleg
Tapas-style sharing plates and a décor styled on New York; what's not to love?
Quincy
Shoes and bags and other trinkets for spend-happy ladies to burn their hard-earned cash on.
Glenmore Rooftop Hotel
If it's a sparkling Sydney day and you want to drink a frosted schooner in the sun on a rooftop, this is the place.
The Lord Dudley
Brits missing their traditional London pubs will feel right at home at the Lord Dudley, a well-loved corner drinkery in the leafy, well-to-do suburb of Woollahra - Sydney's version of Primrose Hill.
Brett Whiteley
Known for his classic Australiana images of the bush and blue waters of Sydney Harbour, Brett Whiteley was one of Australia's most iconic artists.
Nielsen Park Kiosk
With its shaded thicket of trees and grassy slopes, the beautiful Nielsen Park cradles one of Sydney's most stunning harbour beaches, and as the only café in the area, this charming beach house-style kiosk is hugely popular.
Bondi Icebergs Baths
One of Australia's most famous ocean pools, serviced by amenities aplenty.
Museum of Contemp. Art
MOCCA is a small, but internationally respected, gallery with a mandate to showcase and support Canadian artists from the obscure to the established.
Little Ethels
You could never accuse Little Ethels of lacking in character, with eclectic interiors that would put an Alice in Wonderland set in the shade.
Taronga To Balmoral
A two-hour walk that'll take in stunning views of the Harbour, and allow you to stop off at a peaceful, people-free beach.
Sydney Dance Company
A contemporary dance collective, the SDC has been wowing Australians and global audiences for a few decades.
Deus ex Machina
If you've ever lusted after Harleys and Yamahas, Deus ex Machina (meaning 'god out of the machine' in Latin) is your café.
Kirketon
Originally designed by Burley Katon Halliday, this 40-room boutique hotel was acquired by the Eight Hotels group in 2008 who commissioned Edge Design to rework the interiors and conjure up something reminiscent of a Parisian boutique hotel.
Centennial Park
As oasis of calm amid an urban jungle, Centennial Park is the hub of Sydney's green scene.
State Theatre
Preserved by The National Trust of Australia, this gorgeous old 2,000-seat theatre has fabulous acoustics and smacks of old-world glamour.
Beach Burrito
Casual, brightly-coloured and ultra laid-back, sandy feet are almost expected at this cheap and cheerful Mexican snack house.
Black Star
Whether it's sweet treats or savoury stuff you're after, you're guaranteed that pretty much anything at Black Star comes loaded with calories. So worth it, though.
Northern Beaches
There's plenty to see and do on Sydney's Northern Beaches, whether it's engaging in a strenuous activity or simply spraling on the sun before a searing Australian sun.
Enmore Theatre
This grand old dame was built in 1908 and opened as a theatre in 1912, but now hosts everything from rock bands and DJs to international comedy acts and orchestra.
Neutral Bay Bar & Dining
Perched on busy Military Road with its high ceilings, long benches and tawny-coloured high-backed booths, the NBBD is a classy diner.
Porky’s Nite Spot
A no-frills strip joint, famed for seed and sleaze but still very much a must-see place.
Street Art on Cockatoo Island
Urban street art project among the docks of Cockatoo Island...
Pizza e Birra
If you're hankering for pizza, this is one of Sydney's best.
Welcome Hotel
The Welcome Hotel is a casual, no-frills pub with surprisingly high-end food and a cool crowd of fellow drinkers.
Hugos Manly
Hugo's Bar Pizza in King's Cross is a firm favourite for Sydney's glitterati, but Manly got a mozzarella-coated slice of the action when celebrity chef Pete Eva

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