Ah, yes. Sydney. That place where all the journalism jobs are.
I'd only been there once before this past weekend, and it was almost a decade ago. It's common for Brisbane kids to move to Melbourne or Sydney for their jobs, and I've always seen this as kind of an inevitable part of my career path. That being said, I'm still very torn on whether I'd prefer to work in Melbourne or Sydney.
We arrived on Friday afternoon, so didn't do too much. We trekked over to Sydney Harbour and had a few drinks at the Opera Bar before wandering around in search of a meal. We ended up at a restaurant called Vizio Caffe e Cucina and it was honestly one of the best meals I've ever had. It was also the best service I've ever experienced. We booked as we were walking there and unfortunately the booking had only just gone through when we arrived. However, the very kind staff plied us with wine and arancini until our table was ready. No complaints here.
The next morning we went Pablo & Rusty for breakfast. There's actually one in Brisbane city, and it's now on my list of spots to try out. My mum, sister and I all got the same meal because it just looked so damn good, and we were not let down. Honestly, you can't really go wrong with tomato and avocado on toast and this was gourmet tomato and avocado on toast. I'm not sure if they have the same menu in Brisbane as the Sydney cafe, but it's still worth checking out.
My mum and I are suckers for old buildings, so we walked around our hotel and explored the streets. My mum insisted I take pictures.
Look how cute my mum is.
After that, Mum and I went for a stroll through Hyde Park. This section of Sydney, with St Mary's and the Barracks, is what I remember most from my trip to Sydney when I was a teenager. I'm just a sucker for that kind of stuff. It's a place I could happily visit over and over again, and definitely something you should see if you're visiting Sydney.
One of the main things mum wanted to do in Sydney was check out Vivid, specifically the lights on the Opera House. So we headed down there in the afternoon and killed some time at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Honestly, we got a bit confused and really meant to check out the Art Gallery of NSW. But oh well. The MCA had nice floors. We also sat down at a cafe by the harbour and shared a piece of cake and some tea, because we're civilised like that.
We walked around the rocks while we waited for Vivid to start, and ended up getting our dinner from the food vans parked there. We sat down and watched a band play some Romani music while we ate, and honestly the most entertaining part about that was watching every little kid get up and dance. Kids are the cutest. They just have zero inhibitions and I love it.
Later in the night, we walked down to the harbour so we could see the lights on the Opera House and it was pretty, yes, but also one of the most chaotic and crowded places I've ever been. But overall it was a pretty good night.
On our last day, we had to check out of our hotel pretty early and decided to get some breakfast before just wandering around the city.
One of the places we'd wanted to check out but hadn't been able to earlier in our trip was The Grounds of the City. Definitely a place you should book a table at! We ended up booking our table the night before so that we could go, but didn't realise that our booking was too late for us to eat breakfast there. There's always next time. I'd love to check out their original venue, The Grounds of Alexandria, too. This was definitely one of the coolest places we went on our trip, and reading up on the detail of the decor was pretty amazing.
Overall, I had a really good time in Sydney. It's definitely different to how I remember it, but I guess that's what almost a decade does to a place.