24 Hours In... Sydney

Claire and Lani recently did a pitstop trip to Sydney to see Alain de Botton present at The School of Life (see our debrief here). But it doesn't have to be all work, no play – here are our picks of where to go and what to do. And they're all a stone's throw from your hotel room.

the old clare hotel

Stay

The Old Clare

If you’re a fan of well-designed hotels on cool urban streets The Old Clare might just be for you. Expanded across two heritage listed buildings - The Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building - this is a worthy home-away-from-home. The thought given to maintaining the features of both buildings while merging with the new has been done exceptionally well and I dare you not to fight getting out of the bed the following morning.

Eat

Kensington Street Social

Dine in for the full experience or live the life of luxury and order in and have it delivered to your room at The Old Clare. Either way, you’re in for a treat from the team led by culinary director, Jason Atherton. My pick: the sourdough flatbreads for a simple and filling bite to eat and share across the table.

Gilder

This tiny cafe on Kensington Street reminds me of cafes in backstreets of Tokyo. From the white walls to the ceramic mugs, this is a great cafe for the solo diner. Pick a seat towards the back, order a filter coffee and the duck breakfast noodles. Consume at leisure - book to read or notebook optional.

Rabbit Hole Tea

How is the serenity? No really, let the calm wash over you while you sip on Rabbit Hole’s range of delicate teas (maybe paired with a slice of cake from the cabinet).

Din Tai Fung

Dumplings. Need we say more? Conveniently located across the road from The Old Clare and offering take-away, this is a grand option for a rainy night party in your hotel room (yes, I may have done just this). If you’re not sure what to order try this winning combo: Xiao Long Bao, Dan Dan Noodles with sesame sauce and English Spinach with garlic.

Shop

Carriageworks Farmers Markets

Should you find yourself in the area on a Saturday morning, The Old Clare is a wonderfully convenient 20 or so minute stroll to these well-curated farmers markets. Take your time as you stroll through Chippendale’s residential streets and bonus points if you find these two architectural delights. Once you’re on-site (and ensure you’ve brought cash), weave your way through punter and pups to buy fresh flowers, fruit or stop for breakfast pho.

Move

Humming Puppy

Being away from home is often an excuse for letting go of your usual exercise routine. But exceptionally cool Humming Puppy gives you at least 99 reasons to maintain it (and let’s face it stretching pre-flight is worth it!). The luxurious studio is located right next to Rabbit Hole Tea and offers casual classes (and they’re on ClassPass if you’re a member!). I took their Mellow Hum class and left feeling centred, calm and ready to tackle the flight home with limber limbs.

Claire Deane