EAT & DRINK
Royal Hotel Randwick
This stately two-storey heritage listed hotel looks like a country pub. Built in 1887, it’s wrapped by wide verandahs. The downstairs one is the perfect place to sink a ten-buck Frozen Margarita ($10) on a sunny day, watching the people of Randwick pass by.
Queens Park Shed
New is out, converted is in. A disused sports shed in Centennial Park is the latest ‘found café’ to emerge in the fields of Queens Park. The space is modern and airy, while maintaining the integrity of its past through rustic finishes, quirky light fittings, and a gorgeous water station that employs the original pipes.
Lotus Dumpling Bar
Chipping through the brickwork to reveal the Asian heart of Walsh Bay, this new dumpling hot spot is already attracting quite a crowd! The aesthetic is post-industrial Shanghai steampunk, with vintage Edison light globes hanging over a gleaming copper bar, and copper utility pipes echoed in footrests, handrails and shelving.
Spring Street Social
Never trust a charlatan or chunky fries described as ‘skinny’, right? Forget everything you’ve learnt and head to Bondi Junction’s newest underground bar. The Charlatan ($17) is one of their signature cocktails; with vodka, rhubarb bitters, cinnamon-infused agave and lime juice, it’s a tonic you’ll want to self-medicate with.
Proving neatly that you can get crabs, even if you use protection, I gloved up and donned a bib for the launch of House of Crabs. In a flurry of fairy lights and crab pots, they've taken over the first floor of The Norfolk Hotel; and suddenly Sydney has it’s first American seafood boil (common in coastal areas of the United States, like Louisiana and Chesapeake Bay).