The DEPARTURES Guide to Sydney

Where to stay, what to eat, and what to do while you're in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney has long been famous for its beautiful harbor and stunning beaches, but it's much more—an international fashion and culture capital as well, turning out top-notch design, Oscar-winning actors, and world-class restaurants. Here, our picks for the best seaside dining, boutique shopping, and exclusive, bespoke experiences in this city.

Where To Stay

Sydney's Best Hotels
These hotels and resorts in and around Sydney offer the best of the area: mountain retreats, harbour views of the Opera House, and glamorous decor. See the Slideshow»

Sydney's Best Neighborhoods
Where to stay and what to see in Sydney's hippest and up-and-coming hoods. See the Article»

Great Escapes from Sydney
Sydney makes an ideal jumping-off point for exploring the remote corners and islands and the lushtemperate rainforest of Northern Queensland. See the Article»

Where to Eat & Drink

Sydney's Top Bars and Lounges
Discover everything that Sydney's nightlife has to offer at these gastro pubs, swanky speakeasies, and waterfront bars. See the Slideshow»

Best Restaurants in Sydney
Sydney's dining scene boasts some of the best food in the world: prime Wagyu steaks, internationally acclaimed Japanese cuisine, and as much fresh seafood as you can eat. See the Slideshow»

A view of Sydney from above

What to Do

Shopping for Womenswear In Sydney
A newly confident fashion and design culture is establishing itself in Sydney, especially when it comes to womenswear. See the Article»

Museums And Galleries To See In Sydney
Get a feel for the latest in contemporary Chinese art, enjoy hip-hop performances and sculpture exhibitions, and view paintings by Aboriginal artists at these Sydney museums, galleries, and arts spaces. See the Slideshow»

Best Shops and Boutiques in Sydney
Peruse colorful beachwear, glittery, liquid-like diamond jewelry, and custom-made shoes at these Australian boutiques, shops, and ateliers. See the Slideshow»

VIP Experiences In Sydney
Nibble on petit-fours at high tea at the Queen Victoria Building, take a whirlwind chauffeured fashion tour, or charter a yacht for unbeatable views of the harbor sights. See the Slideshow»

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