Sitting quietly beside the more boisterous neighbourhood of Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay in Sydney’s East laps up some incredible views across the harbour and the city skyline. It’s a suburb that packs a serious punch when it comes to convenience, so when locals descend from their high-rise apartments, they only need to stroll up the street to be among all the action or quietly perched on the harbours edge.
Sally O’Neil (aka the Fit Foodie) has spent the past two years living here, taking in everything that not only Elizabeth Bay, but surrounding Potts Point, Rushcutters Bay and the city has to offer. She gives us a round-up of her favourite local hangouts.
Q&A with Sally
Tell us some things you love about living in Elizabeth Bay?
- Being a foodie, Elizabeth Bay keeps me surrounded by great restaurants. There’s also a good local farmers market nearby.
- There’s a good amount of gyms and yoga studios to choose from if fitness is your thing. From boutique Pilates and spin studios to commercial, expansive gyms. There’s something for every mood.
What keeps you living in Elizabeth Bay?
Good transport links, proximity to the harbour bridge, parks, the water views, the farmers market, boutiques, good coffee and lots of trees.
What is an Elizabeth Bay local gem?
Frank’s Coffee Shop (officially called Two Ants) on Elizabeth Bay Road. Frank is a local legend, knows everyone’s coffee order after just one visit, and offers excellent banter to anyone who passes his store.
What has become a weekend ritual?
Working out on a Saturdays morning at Fitness First in Kings Cross, then grabbing a coffee and walking throughKings Cross Farmers Marketto buy flowers and veggies for the week. Often, I’ll meet friends there and hang out in the grass in the sun. The perfect start to the weekend!
Your local tip?
Book a tennis court at Rushcutters Bay Park for a fun afternoon with the girls. There’s a good cafe next door for post-tennis lattes.
You know you’re a local when ...
You walk barefoot to Beare Park to eat dinner on the grass after work.
"I love that it’s so leafy. Nature keeps me calm and grounded."
Favourite place for..
The Lookout at Beare Park at the end of my street. The coffee is good (almond milk too) and the views are beautiful.
Fountain Cafe. Best spot for drinking a coffee and people-watching on a busy street corner.
Room 10. The avocado toast is next level.
Joseph Hyde.The menu is thoughtful and uses awesome ingredients. Grad a table outside and watch the world go by over a bowl of something delicious.
Lunch on the go?
A smoothie or yoghurt from Joe & The Juice.
The Fish Shop for the oysters, market fish and salad.
The best cheap eat?
Fresca on Bayswater Road. Freshly made salads and sandwiches to eat on the go.
Fancy dinner to impress?
Cho Cho San. The food and interiors are divine.
After work drinks?
The Butler - perfect views and atmosphere to chill out after a long day.
Local date night?
Picnic at the local park at sunset
Gazebo on the terrace for share plates and good tunes.
A DIY protein bowl at The Farm Wholefoods.
Health Nuts in Kings Cross. It’s a health food store located underneath the Coke sign that does awesome Wholefoods to eat in or take away. I love the Paleo Quiche.
Rushcutters Bay to the north point of Yarranabbe Park.
Where do you go to..
Find a last-minute dress?
Fashion, Music, Friends.A cool pop-up store with cute dresses, knits, denim and accessories.
Get away from it all?
The basketball courts at Woolloomooloo. Not a place to hang out at night on your own, but daylight b’ball with some rad tunes, there is an awesome way to switch off from the world.
Hang out with the girls?
I love walking with my gals to catch up on life. A walk to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair with a coffee from inside the Ovolo Hotel is my current favourite.
Joe & The Juice has just opened around the corner, and the interiors are beautiful. The retro hip-hop soundtracks are enough to keep me there for a few hours.
Get your hair done?
I’m a loyal fan of Jaye who heads up the incredible Edwards & Co. I move between Surry Hills and Alexandria salons to get an appointment with him.
Get your nails done?
OS Nails + Beauty, Macleay Street
I have facials every two weeks from Tilly at aNo. 13 Beauty Avenue.The perfect way to relax and unwind.
Shop for fresh produce?
Harris Farm or the weekend farmers market.
Stock up on ingredients?
Harris farm and Health Nuts.
"The best way to spend a Sunday would be a morning workout, followed by an avocado toast breakfast with friends at a favourite cafe and a stroll around the farmers markets."
Best way to spend a weekend?
Coffee overlooking the water, flower shopping at Poho Flowers, a game of mini golf at Holy Moly, and a picnic in the park for sunset, then a movie marathon on the couch before bed."
Place for a Sunday session?
I don’t do Sunday drinking sessions, but on the occasion I go to hang out with friends, they’re at Sweethearts Rooftop having Mexican bites and drinking cocktails.
Kept secret in Elizabeth Bay?
McKelhone Reserve. A beautiful little park with views of the harbour and maintained lawns with Koi Fish ponds.
Local coffee spot and what to order?
Almond Piccolo Latte from The Lookout or a Goats Milk Flat White from Two Ants (trust me!).
Places to eat as a couple?
Farmhouse restaurant. There’s no menu - just whatever is fresh on the day and it’s all served on a long-table to be shared with fellow diners.
Places to eat with the girls?
Apollorestaurant for beautiful tapas.
Beare Park for outdoor gatherings, picnics, BBQs and weddings!
Locals farmers market and what do you pick up when there?
The Kings Cross Farmers market is just a 5-minute stroll away. The Açai bowls are super. I also pick up veggies for the week, flowers, nuts, spices and a pot of my favourite Turmeric Hummus from the vegan food stand.
For a formal meal, Yellowrestaurant is incredible. My favourite casual wholefoods restaurant closed recently - Wholefoods Department - so I’m on the hunt for something new.
Fitness First in Kings Cross, and One Hot Yoga, Body Mind Life, and Savage Training – all in Potts Point.
Outdoor places to workout?
Rushcutters Bay Park, Beare Park or my roof space.
Beach/beaches come summer time?
I love hanging out at Kutti Beach - a little-known spot not too far from my place.