It’s hard to find a more stunning city than Sydney, with its beautiful beaches, people, and views. Aussies love their brekkie—and their Instagram, and we all know I love a good, girly, Instagrammable spot. If you’re looking for a gorgeous shot, a great cocktail, and a place with a femme, festive vibe, look no further than these three spots in Sydney. And, yes, they’re worth the 16-hour flight. Take me back to warm weather & Spritz cocktails, please.
Iceberg’s Bondi Beach
Iceberg’s, with its famous oceanfront lap pool that descends seamlessly into the ocean, is surely one of the most Instagrammed—and Insta-saved vistas on the ‘gram. The complex—from the pool to the clubhouse to the restaurant at the top of the tower—is all simply known as Iceberg’s. The Sunday brunch at Iceberg’s is the place to sip, see, and be seen—Sydney’s most fabulous seem to flock to the restaurant for special occasions, despite its popularity with tourists. The views from the balcony to the pool and beach below are simply breathtaking. The Spritz cocktails and the brunch prix fixe were divine—particularly the pastries. Put it on the top of your list. And, be sure to shop in Bondi after. Read the brunch review, here.
Iceberg’s Bondi Beach,1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
The Butler, Potts Point
Potts Point is a posh little neighborhood in Sydney, with tree-lined streets of row houses located on a hilltop. From the front, The Butler looks like a small, but charming, house with its name etched simply in gold letters on the window. But, pass through a tropical tiki bar and inside, down the stairs, lies a gorgeous, spacious, and tropical restaurant decorated a la 1950s Polynesian resort. There are palm trees, rattan chairs, mod & glam gold light fixtures. What’s more: because the restaurant sits at the top of the city, the balcony overlooks the Sydney skyline and was absolutely beautiful at our sunset dinner.
The menu of tropical cocktails with cheeky names is expansive—and the libations come served in stunning, vintage-inspired glassware. Best of all, the restaurant offers two cocktails by the pitcher. The rosé sangria, with rosé, chambord, lime, seasonal fruit, and soda, and the “Ladies Who Lunch,” with Absolut vodka, elderflower, lychee, lemon, mint, pomegranate, and soda. As we’re Bitches, we chose the Rosé Sangria and were not disappointed.
The menu is focused on Ibero-American, with flavorful seafood dishes and inventive starters, which suits me just fine. The oysters, Hamachi crudo, and over-the-top eloté nachos make for a delicious and exciting dining experience.
The Butler, 123 Victoria St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
This Must Be the Place
This Must Be the Place is a well-respected cocktail bar in Sydney that’s known specifically for its Spritzes. Located in Darlinghurst, This Must Be the Place—which goes by its acronym TMBTP—is unassuming from the outside—just a bar on a street filled with other gritty bars on the main thoroughfare. Inside, it is cozy and casual, yet charming, with vintage images framed on the wall and casually placed potted plants. Toward the back lies the precious tiki bar. The owners, dressed in chambray aprons, act as mixologists and waiters, which is great as they’re rather handsome. The Spritz selection is inventive and the cocktails well executed. We worked our way through most of the menu and enjoyed every sip.
This Must Be the Place, 239 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia