Founder, Anna Murray, has had a bit of love affair with Sydney since she lived there in her formative mid 20s. With a daughter now residing there and a growing Australian retail base, she visited Sydney a couple of weeks ago. Here she shares her old favourite haunts with her newly discovered places.
“For me, no pilgrimage to the sun-kissed city would be complete without embarking on the timeless ritual of an early morning stroll from Bondi to Bronte and back”, says Anna. This coastal promenade remains an unchanging backdrop of ethereal beauty. While the procession of walkers has grown, and the cliffside abodes have elevated architectural allure, the sunrise continues to bestow its endless charm and the sense of a perfect day ahead.
We fully acknowledge Melbourne's hallowed status as the reigning sovereign of coffee culture within Australia. But Sydney's burgeoning coffee scene also allows you to discover multiple java havens. Edition in Haymarket has recently emerged as Anna’s new coffee destination. “Walking a path from the city centre to this Japanese-inspired concrete bunker, I was rewarded with one of the best coffees I have had in a long time. Truly worth the hike.”
Sydney's bar culture, with many of the good ones within close proximity, presented Anna and her daughter with an irresistible opportunity for post-business, end of day exploration. They started at Old Mates Place, ensconced on the fourth floor of a Clarence Street building. “I advise any discerning visitors to opt for the lift, particularly during the exodus,” says Anna.
The pair then descended upon The Baxter Inn, a subterranean enclave replete with a beguiling brick-clad aesthetic evocative of a bygone era's sporting retreat. Celebrated for its eclectic whiskey selection, you can also choose from one of their whiskey-infused cocktails, and bowls of pretzels are at each table, their supply dutifully replenished by incredibly friendly staff.
Then, Anna advises to take a leisurely stroll to Maybe Sammy, where you can admire the craftsmanship ( and sense of humour!) of the mixologists as they create their bespoke cocktails. Her bar-hopping night finished at Uncle Ming's, a sanctuary shrouded in dim, moody hues, evoking a sense of transported nostalgia to 1950s Shanghai. A perfect place to end the evening with a glass of wine and their dim sums.
To eat? They were fortuitous enough to secure a reservation at the newly unveiled Clam Bar, an offshoot of the esteemed Pellegrino 2000 with its New York Grill ambience exuding a mid-century vibe. Anna indulged in steakhouse classics such as the meticulously prepared steak tartare, prawn cocktails and a succulent marriage of spaghetti and clams.
On another evening, Surry Hills played host to a new culinary revelation, Beau—an establishment conceived by the trailblazers at Nomad. Within its minimalist, yet inviting dining room, you can discover a pantheon of wines curated to delight even the most discerning connoisseur. If you visit, Anna highly recommends the padron peppers, Olasagasti anchovies and fried bread.
For this trip Anna stayed at The Intercontinental in the city. “Being right in the city, it gave me easy access to trains and ferries, and fabulous morning walks around the Botanical Gardens or Barangaroo”. However, the next trip to Sydney is with friends and Anna will be looking to stay at one of the apartments in Three Rooms in Potts Point by McMullin & Co, MCM House or Sarah Ellison, three well know interior or furniture designers.
Anna’s Sydney Packing List
"I always try to pack a small, mix and match neutral wardrobe when travelling. It makes it so much easier to put outfits together quickly and only take carry on luggage" - says Anna
Ava Pant – I love that I can wear this pant on the plane and go straight to meetings with no crushing. Then I can throw on some trainers for walking around the city and some heels for dinner out.
Lauren Cashmere Cardigan (Almond) – Perfect with jeans and a t-shirt and it was great for layering under a jacket on the unseasonably cool Sydney mornings.
Mia Silk Shirt (Pearl) – A great look when worn with jeans and doubles as the perfect going out shirt.
Sam Cashmere Crew (Almond) – I love wearing cashmere on the plane as I often find the cabin cold, and then I have the perfect lightweight luxury knit for during the day and cooler nights.
+ my favourite pair of Toteme Jeans, lightweight trench, Celine loafers, Adidas trainers and Tibi sandals