The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria
Ask any avid feed-flicker: Sydney is insanely Instagram-worthy. With stunning seaside views, a scenic skyline, and one spot more stylish than the next, there are plenty of places to get snap-happy. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on venues.
Around the city, cafes, restaurants and bars are calling on some of the country’s best designers to help them step up their ‘gram game. Here, we round up Sydney’s social media stars – a hit list of the most Instagrammable venues in Sydney. They’re ready for their close up when you are…
At this Lebanese restaurant in Surry Hills, think millennial pink. ‘Nour’ translates to ‘light’, which is fitting given the venue is flooded with natural light, and boasts a dusty pink interior so beautiful, it’s all over Instagram. Decorated by DS17, the 120 seater space features pastel pinks, whites and terracottas, with flashes of copper and oak. Go for bottomless rose (Monday to Friday, 5-7pm), start snapping and sit back as the likes roll in.
3/490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
To keep indulging your love for millennial pink, head to Henry Deane for happy hour. The rooftop bar at Hotel Palisade offers 360-degree views of the harbour and Barangaroo, but don’t be surprised if the plush pink couches, wicker chairs and gleaming marble catch your attention first. Arrive early to score a seat, then sip on a sundowner as you soak up the scenes. May we suggest a glass of rose to match the interiors?
35 Bellington Street, Millers Point
This inner-west sanctuary is as photogenic as it gets, and it’s worth its weight in hashtags. Everywhere you turn, there’s something to snap: from the rustic-chic warehouse café and animal farm (say hi to the resident pig, Kevin Bacon), to the gorgeous garden featuring flowers, native plants, and vintage wooden carts laden with fresh produce. As for the food, it’s farm-to-fork and tastes as delicious as it looks.
7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
Do you love being surrounded by beautiful, lush greenery? Come wine time, make your way to the harbourside Hacienda bar, at the Pullman Quay Grand. It’s a botanical oasis, inspired by Cuban architecture and the vintage hotels of 1950s Miami. Imagine gelato-inspired interiors, soft sorbet furnishings, brass details, and plants aplenty. Oh, and the floor-to-ceiling windows were made for scenic sunset shots.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Level 3, 61 Macquarie St, Sydney
Perched on the waterfront, ‘The Watto’ is one of the best sundowner spots in Sydney – and something of an Instagram sensation. It’s known for three things: its scenic sunset views, its seafood, and its Hamptons-style fitout. Awash with nautical tones and pops of mint, the venue features whitewashed tables, white and blue striped umbrellas, and hand-painted graphics. The palm tree, pineapple and coconut accents add to its playfulness.
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
The most highly anticipated restaurant opening of the year is also an interior design dream. Charge your phone, because you’re going to want to capture every nook and cranny of the space, which occupies the 100-year-old Griffiths Tea building in Surry Hills. You’ll see the neon pink lighting from the street, and inside, the fun continues.
Designed by George Livissianis (who also did The Dolphin), it’s all marble tabletops, blonde woods, duck feather-topped seats.
69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Where gritty meets pretty, Carriageworks is the ultimate urban escape. Located in Eveleigh, the site was a railway carriage and blacksmith’s workshop before being converted into an arts hub. It still shows signs of the bygone era, and the people posing in front of the iron pylons, exposed beams and brick walls point to its popularity. For a scenic start to the weekend, stroll through the farmers market held every Saturday morning.
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
With white-washed benches, nautical accents, and vibrant displays of fresh flowers and produce, The Boathouse is one of Sydney’s most beautiful brunch spots – and that’s not even counting the view. The café is perched right on Balmoral Beach, so you can tuck into bacon and eggs or a burger while watching the water lap against the pier. On weekends, there’s usually a wait, but that’s fine – it gives you time to sneak in a swim!
2 The Esplanade, Mosman
Stepping into a Greek restaurant should conjure up the sights, smells and tastes of Greece, but 1821’s attention to detail is next-level. The entire three-floor fitout was designed in the motherland itself by Dimitris Economou, before being shipped to Sydney. How’s that for authentic? It’s epic and opulent – worth a whopping $3 million – and features towering columns, artworks, and a floor-to-ceiling Greek flag laid out on the bricks. The food is just as Instagram-worthy, as is the upstairs vodka bar.
122 Pitt Street, Sydney