I rarely need an excuse to jump on a plane to head Down Under (thank you polar vortex) to visit family and friends and check out the latest new finds in my hometown. The journey began (and ended, quite frankly) with me ensconced in the lap of Qantas inflight luxury, sporting their signature Kangaroo pajamas and my mouth watering for freshly-caught seafood…and yes, fine, vegemite.
First stop was the sublime Felix, a posh bistro from the über talented Hemmes family restaurant empire situated right in Sydney’s Ash Street. The wall-to-wall tile interior and French ambiance and cuisine (the Barramundi is a must) transports you to the romance and culture of Paris. It reminded me of my favorite Parisian-esque bistro, Balthazar, in New York. My mates and I also sidled up to the newly-opened Nomad for Australian authenticity in its purist form. The dishes were infused with local ingredients and the expansive list of curated cocktails packed just enough of a punch to cure my jet lag.
An ode to Palm Beach's “no shirt, no shoes, no problem” mantra, Cranky Fins is a tongue-in-cheek beachside café & bar, boasting outstanding fresh dishes, Australian wines, and local beers on tap. Try the massive bucket of prawns — perfect to dive into with your best mate, or in my case, niece. Trust me — this place was made for Instagramming.
Naturally I took a moment (or two) to research Sydney's newest boutiques — if only to report back to my loyal readers! The creative melting pot of Sydney suburb, Potts Point, besides being my go-to coffee neighborhood, is also home to one of my favorite finds, Becker Minty. The ultra-mod homeware store offers a well-curated trendy collection of fine furniture, art, antiques, jewelry and more from around the globe, including some of my favorite Kelly Wearstler pieces, perfect to give your living space a little extra pizzazz.