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The Best Restaurants in Sydney

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to dine in Sydney, both international gourmet and good Australian choices.
Our Team to Sydney are professional European travelers.

They love the land “down under”, and they love Sydney, the first British colony and the most populous city in Australia, with its shimmering harbour, ocean beaches and lush parks, hip bars, grungy pubs, breezy cafes and glass-walled restaurants.

Tourism is a major industry. A must for tourists are the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Watsons Bay, The Rocks, Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Sydney is a top global city, one of the most liveable cities in the world and one of the top fashion capitals. The major world fashion brands make the inner-city an unsurpassed shopping experience. Stock up on boots, party frocks or unique pieces of jewellery in stylish shopping centres and boutiques across the city.

In the city centre, Pitt Street Mall is the fashion hub encompassing several retail centres across two city blocks and Westfield Sydney presents four floors of fashion favourites. And check out Myer and David Jones, Australia's two largest department stores.

Shopping at an outdoor market is where you'll pick up great vintage items or the next big fashion name. Clothing and accessories are a strong element at Saturday's Paddington Markets in fashion-forward Oxford Street. Paddy’s Markets at Haymarket are the original and biggest markets, with 1000 stalls with toys, CDs, novelty items, plants, clothing, accessories and souvenirs. And head to The Rocks Markets on weekends to enjoy a colourful market scene – more than 200 stalls are packed with local prints, homewares, jewellery, leathergoods, arts and craft.

You’ll find it all at Sydney’s eclectic markets, so come and enjoy living.

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The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Restaurants:
Tetsuya’s is located in the centre of Sydney; just minutes walk from Darling Harbour and the Sydney Town Hall.

Tetsuya’s Restaurant is located in the centre of Sydney at. Tetsuya Wakuda has refurbished a heritage-listed site, with influences of traditional Japanese-inspired style, to create a serene dining enclave in the city.

Tetsuya’s serves a degustation menu. The degustation is unique, based on the Japanese philosophy of using natural seasonal flavours, enhanced by classic French technique and utilising the freshest possible ingredients. Tetsuya has designed his own on-site “test kitchen” within the restaurant to enable him to create the constantly evolving and inspiring dishes on which he has built his esteemed international reputation.

Tetsuya’s offers a very comprehensive wine lists - also available by the glass.

Outstanding cooking and very knowledgably service.

529 Kent Street
ARIA is located at Circular Quay, on the very edge of Sydney Harbour and provides a dining experience with striking Sydney harbour views, at lunch when the bustling harbour and quay is at its best, or by night when the Sydney Opera House glows white against the lights of vessels on the water.

This incredible restaurant is an intimate and elegant dining room managed by owner and Chef Matt Moran and Head Chef Ben Turner. The Chef has created menus featuring fresh seasonal ingredients, precisely cooked and brought together on the plate to create balanced and elegant dishes. Outstanding Cusine.

ARIA has one of Australia’s most awarded wine lists that showcases an extensive selection of both well-known and boutique producers, both from the wine producing regions of Australia and around the world.

Formal, but very charming service.

1 Macquarie Street
est. est. is centrally located just a 10 minutes stroll from Circular Quay wharf.

Set within a beautiful heritage romantic dining room with soaring white columns and luxurious accoutrements, est. delivers dining on a grand scale.

Executive head chef Peter Doyle is renowned for his trademark contemporary Australian food, which is uncluttered, seasonally driven and executed with French-influenced precision.

est. presents a personally selected and acclaimed wine list, and highly professional but relaxed service.

To dine at est. is a dining experience not to be missed and long remembered. Top cuisine.

252 George Street
The Boathouse at Blackwattle Bay is, of course, located on the waterfront of Blackwattle Bay, a modern and nice restaurant, with magical views across the bay to the Anzac Bridge and Sydney Fish Market.

The New Zealand born Chef Tony Papas and executive Chef Colin Barker presents award-winning fish-dishes. They are especially passionate about Australia’s wonderful array of local fish and seafood, freshly caught every day.

Chef Colin Barker is a keen fisherman, and has a passion for seafood and enjoys seeking out the more unusual species of fish, preparing them in unique combinations with seasonal ingredients. Oysters are one of the obsessions.

This is the right place for fish-lovers. Start with a plate of oysters in the bar while you are exploring the daily menus, and watch rowers gliding by.

An excellent wine list, handpicked to match the excellent fish-dishes.

Excellent Cuisine, excellent service.

123 Ferry Road
Lucio’s Italian Restaurant is located in Paddington and enjoys a remarkable reputation for exceptional Italian food and magnificent Australian Art. The walls are covered with the owner Lucio Galletto's favourite fine-art pieces.

“Food and art for me is like the air that I breathe,” says Lucio Galletto. “The combination of great food, great service and great art on the walls is, in my view, one of the best dining experiences you can imagine.” We do agree!

Lucio’s menus feature an Italian cuisine with focus on the freshest of seasonal produce available. Chef Logan Campbell turns out the sort of food that has made this place so distinctive – Northern Italian cuisine, fresh pasta and modern touches to classic dishes. Renowned for our exceptional seafood and daily in-house made pastas, he also offers daily specials to supplement the menus which are kept updated with changes as they occur.

The extensive wine list has over 200 well-bred Australian and Italian wines, about 30 by the glass.

Excellent cuisine, warm service.

47 Windsor Street

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