In Sydney for business or a conference? Stumped on what to do when you are not tied up with work commitments? We’ve made it our business to put together a series of ‘48 hour plans’ for however you want to spend your free time in Sydney. Whether it’s getting out and about, sightseeing, or just having some down time. We’ve got the perfect 48 hours for you!
The Late Nighter
You touch down in Sydney at 8am on Friday morning and you are ready for a big day of meetings, negotiating and networking.
It’s now 5pm and dinner is calling. I can only assume you are staying at Mercure Sydney, if this is the case the dinner options are endless! With a central location, you have Surry Hills and Chippendale at your door step. A stone’s throw from the hotel on Chippendale’s flourishing Kensington Street lies a new international culinary talent. Sicilian-born, award-winning chef Lino Sauro’s Olio Kensington Street is showing Sydney why ‘Sicilian is the new Italian’.
Did someone say cocktails? A short cab trip over to Darlinghurst and you’ll find one of Sydney’s small bars serving up big game, and they have the dynamite drinks to back it up. Located on Darlinghurst Road, Eau De Vie is a 1920s-influenced bar with award-winning craft cocktails; leather seats and a vibe that will make you think twice whether you are still in Sydney. Not only do you have a flawless bar team seeing to your drinks, but although it feels expensive, they’re not charging excessive premiums on skill and flair. It’s all part of the package.
A new day and you may be feeling a bit under the weather from over indulging last night, but it was worth it! Thankfully you have breakfast included with your booking, so you wake to a full buffet breakfast to kick start your next 24 hours in Sydney.
After brekkie, it's a half-hour stroll or 5 minute Uber westwards through Redfern's park-dotted streets to Carriageworks. The huge space is today used a ‘left-of-field’ arts centre and is housed inside of a former rail yard. Here you'll find art installations, dance experiments and live gigs. Saturday is always farmer's market day; there are plenty of treats to try including handmade sweet, truffles products and the latest baked goods.
Carriageworks markets, Sydney
Recommended by Alexis, our Sales & Events Executive, make your way to the Tramsheds in Forest Lodge. Only 25 minutes on a tram from Central light rail station, the Harold Park Tramshed is a place brought to life by history, architecture and community – a range of eatery’s and vendors, it is a place to indulge and learn, through the rich and layered history of Sydney.
What’s that…Cocktails…again…ok, lets mix it up though, we all remember that tequila bottle with the red plastic sombrero on it, and you only drink it because it’s cheap and cheerful? Well, you may not find that at this place. Tio’s is Surry Hills’ never-ending tequila bar, they’ve got around 120 different spirits on their books and some of them are exceptionally difficult to get in this country.
Tio's Sydney, Image Credit: Anna Kucera
A range of unique cocktails made with left-field ingredients, Tio’s takes you on a journey through central and South America. You can easily get let the hours soar by to the sound of Mexican surf-rock and the popping noise of the free spiced popcorn being made fresh.
A mid-afternoon flight means you can sleep in and enjoy breakfast in bed – with a range of savoury and decadent sweet items on the room service menu, you will be able to take your time and prep for the trek home. Check out is a breeze with our express check out option, just fill in a form a drop it off on your way out. Trains to the airport operate every 15 minutes from Central Station or you can organise a shuttle from the hotel with our 24 hour concierge team.
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