Local vibe: Working the waterfront

Among historic sandstone cottages and cutting-edge modern architecture, an expansive seafood market takes pride of place alongside world-class museums and a glittering casino.


Take in the harbour views from Jones Bay Wharf at Flying Fish Restaurant & Bar over a lunch or dinner of impeccable seafood. The Star casino is home to world-class restaurants, such as New York chef David Chang’s Momofuku Seiobo, glamour grill Black by Ezard, modern Japanese Sokyo and Balla – Stefano Manfredi’s bright and breezy Milanese fine diner.

For casual Italian fare, head to Tappo Osteria for great pizza and Italian craft beers. Or let your belt out at Signorelli Gastronomia, with its generous cucina rustica menu and fantastic food store, complete with cheese room. Sample one of many craft beers at the Quarrymans Hotel, or taste authentic Taiwanese at Blue Eye Dragon.


Immerse yourself in the interactive wonders of the Powerhouse Museum. At The Star casino, book in for a show at the Lyric Theatre, or indulge in a little flutter. Take a self-guided tour of Darling Island, or a Steamin’ Mondays Cruise with the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Flex your cooking muscles at a class at the Sydney Seafood School, or just relax with a picnic or barbecue at the stunning Pirrama Park.


Spend the first Saturday morning of the month loading up on local wares at the Growers’ Market at Pyrmont Park. Situated in a sandstone terrace, Urban Oasis offers curated fashion and homewares, while St Frock, located in an 1857 sandstone cottage in Union Square, is the go-to place for the latest fashion. And don’t forget to pop into celebrity patissier Adriano Zumbo’s macaron mecca at The Star casino for a sweet fix.

Last updated: Thursday, 6 August 2015