Spontaneously packing your bags and jumping on a plane isn’t always possible, so the next best thing is a staycation i.e. packing your bags and holidaying somewhere closer to home. Sydney is replete with options, but we’ve found one of the best spots for a relaxing and indulgent Sydney staycation: Barangaroo.
Barangaroo is the city’s newest neighbourhood. Its CBD location means it’s easily accessible, plus it’s absolutely brimming with mouthwatering food and drink options, boutique shopping, health and wellness activities and luxurious accommodation options.
Where to stay
First stop on your Barangaroo staycation: West Hotel. The hotel, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, delivers charm and service in droves. Its design is clean, contemporary and welcoming; a style which carries from its in-house bar and restaurant, Solander Dining & Bar, up into the well-appointed rooms. Though West Hotel has 182 rooms, it has the warmth and atmosphere of a boutique hotel.
The high-rise Sofitel Darling Harbour also makes for a solid accommodation choice. It even has a rooftop infinity pool if you’re inclined to begin your staycation with a few sky-high laps.
Come 1 November, the new Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour will also open in the area, offering even more premium accommodation choices for a premium Sydney staycation.
Where to eat and drink
Sit back on the plush velvet lounges and kick off your stay with a drink at Solander Dining & Bar. The menu is botanical-inspired, with cocktails like the rose martini and mandarin dewdrop hard to look past.
Untied is another stellar option for drinks; the rooftop bar is the ideal spot to watch the sun go down over Sydney with a cocktail in hand.
Barangaroo’s diverse dining options means you can still travel to all corners of the globe without actually having left Sydney.
Spiced by Billu’s takes you on a journey to India, with fresh, warm naan dunked into rich daals; biriyani spiced to perfection; and melt-in-your-mouth gulab jamun for dessert…
If a hair of the dog is on the cards (and what would brunch be without it), head over to Wild Sage. Sister venue to the original Cammeray location, Wild Sage Barangaroo offers a solid beverage menu along with a food menu that ranges from the light and nourishing (Healthy Bowl) to rich and indulgent (Ox Tail Ravioli).
Coffee lovers will want to check out Devon Cafe; the extensive range of filter variations available is fantastic. As far as food goes, Devon’s offering is quite distinct. The Asian-infused menu features dishes like a Korean fried chicken sandwich with ssamjang sauce, kimchi mayo and cabbage; a bacon and egg katsu sandwich with Japanese BBQ sauce; and Japanese omelette. The cafe is also running a truffle menu at the moment, which includes a truffle toastie that’s very difficult to say no to!
What to do
While eating and drinking your way through Barangaroo is an entirely legitimate way to spend your Sydney staycation, there are a range of other activities you can do to round out your weekend.
For those who want to balance the indulgence with some wellbeing, check out the Space Studio for a yoga, pilates or barre class. Otherwise, a simple stroll on Wulugul Walk along the ever-stunning Sydney Harbour does the trick too.
There’s something for everyone in the shops of Barangaroo. Head to TITLE if you’re a book, music or film fiend. BELANCE is a luxury men’s tailor that offers a premium made-to-measure service, as well as a range of high-end lifestyle brands. Barangaroo is also the site of the first David Jones boutique concept store. It features a curated selection of Australian fashion brands and designers, as well as a tight range of premium make-up counters. Book an appointment for a personal styling session and make-up application and you’ll be ready to head out for the night!
Flowers For Everyone is great if you want to take home a unique souvenir from your Barangaroo staycation. The florist offers a range of tasteful arrangements and gifts. Plus, you can also book a private workshop to craft your own flower crown to take home with you!
Find out more: thestreetsofbarangaroo.com