Saturday, April 03, 2010

Urban Walkabouts: Sydney's Hip Neighborhoods, Hotels, Cafes & Nooks

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In the old days of gay ghettos, we had sneaky hide-outs for safety reasons. Today, for example, Sydney sneakiest hideouts are off-the-beaten track for hip reasons. Find them, and you don't want to tell but your closest friends.

This day, we went walking around Sydney's trendy neighborhoods - Surry Hills, Paddington, and Woollahra - in search of Cafe Nookie for cheap fuel, Sticky Bar off a Crown Street laneway for drinks, and the perfect place for a grass picnic with good grafiti walls at the $10 million restored Paddington Reservoir Gardens. All worth the effort on a autumn-like day.

Fellow explorer and ex-pat, Edmund.

We also canvassed some of the boutique hotels on the route, like Sullivan's Arts Hotel in Paddington and Medina Executive Apartments on Crown St.

PS We needed a Thai foot massage after clicking 10 kms over 3 hours, but we could skip the gym that day.
For more ideas, pick up copies of Sydney Guide Maps for Urban Walkabout Surry Hills & Darlinghurst, Potts Point & King Cross, Paddington & Woollahra, and the Sydney CBD shop-eat-play map.

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