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25.5.2023

A weekend in our home city of Sydney, Australia, from local's best-kept secrets to iconic landmarks.

State of Escape team member Rachel goes on an exploration of Sydney, a dazzling and diverse city, with travel companions in hand.

Breakfast: A.P Bakery

A.P House by All Purpose Bakery is atop Paramount House in Surry Hills. After a rooftop yoga session, fuel up on great coffee, pastries and more - dine in or to go.

Visit: Sydney Modern

Visit the new building Sydney Modern next to Art Gallery of NSW. A new standalone building, public art garden and revitalised historic building brings together art, architecture and landscape in spectacular new ways.

Visit: Art Gallery of NSW

Current exhibition: The Archibald Prize for portrait painting is the country’s favourite and most significant art award. Since 1921, it has highlighted figures from all walks of life, from famous faces to local heroes, reflecting back to us the stories of our times.

A weekend in our home city of Sydney, Australia, from local's best-kept secrets to iconic landmarks.

State of Escape team member Rachel goes on an exploration of Sydney, a dazzling and diverse city, with travel companions in hand.

Breakfast: A.P Bakery

A.P House by All Purpose Bakery is atop Paramount House in Surry Hills. After a rooftop yoga session, fuel up on great coffee, pastries and more - dine in or to go.

Visit: Sydney Modern

Visit the new building Sydney Modern next to Art Gallery of NSW. A new standalone building, public art garden and revitalised historic building brings together art, architecture and landscape in spectacular new ways.

Stay: Ace Hotel

Their very first spot south of the equator and nestled on the edge of the Central Business District in Surry Hills, Ace Hotel strikes the perfect balance between atmosphere (fun) and hospitality (quiet and homely rooms). To experience the sounds of Sydney, new local DJs play in the Lobby every week.

Dinner: Bistro 916

A French bistro in Potts Point with fabulous pink menus and tablecloths. Dine on escargot in garlic butter, steak au poivre and frites. Cheeseburgers and $1 oysters on weekends highly recommended.

Visit: Art Gallery of NSW

Current exhibition: The Archibald Prize for portrait painting is the country’s favourite and most significant art award. Since 1921, it has highlighted figures from all walks of life, from famous faces to local heroes, reflecting back to us the stories of our times.

Stay: Ace Hotel

Their very first spot south of the equator and nestled on the edge of the Central Business District in Surry Hills, Ace Hotel strikes the perfect balance between atmosphere (fun) and hospitality (quiet and homely rooms). To experience the sounds of Sydney, new local DJs play in the Lobby every week.

Visit: Sydney Opera House

Currently celebrating it's 50th year, this destination can be experienced equally well from inside and out. Take a walk around the perimeter to enjoy harbour views, or see a show in the newly renovated Concert Hall.

Lunch: Sean's Panorama

The menu changes each day at this North Bondi institution, in response to what's available from harvests at the chef's farm in Bilpin, NSW.

Drink: Bar 83

Located on the 83rd level of the iconic Sydney Tower, Bar 83 is a 60s styled lounge boasting incredible 360 degree views of the city and beyond. Ideal for wine and cocktails at sunset.

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Dinner: Bistro 916

A French bistro in Potts Point with fabulous pink menus and tablecloths. Dine on escargot in garlic butter, steak au poivre and frites. Cheeseburgers and $1 oysters on weekends highly recommended.

Visit: Sydney Opera House

Currently celebrating it's 50th year, this destination can be experienced equally well from inside and out. Take a walk around the perimeter to enjoy harbour views, or see a show in the newly renovated Concert Hall.

Lunch: Sean's Panorama

The menu changes each day at this North Bondi institution, in response to what's available from harvests at the chef's farm in Bilpin, NSW.

Drink: Bar 83

Located on the 83rd level of the iconic Sydney Tower, Bar 83 is a 60s styled lounge boasting incredible 360 degree views of the city and beyond. Ideal for wine and cocktails at sunset.

All images were photographed by our Content Manager in Sydney in 2023.