G’day Sydney!

Hey there from my hometown of Sydney!

I’ve lived in this quirky little (ha, not so little at all, actually really big) city all my life but I feel like the older I get the more I can explore and the more I appreciate how blessed I am to live here.

Sydney is well-known world-wide and is a hot spot for tourists, seriously just venture into the city, they are everywhere, every season, at any time of day. So if you’re reading this from abroad or even in Australia, you’re probably most familiar with the headline tourist attractions like the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour etc, though I’m not gonna use this post to babble about these hot shot spots, I’d like to post about my favourite hang out spots in Sydney 🙂 So here’s a low-down on the best places to chill in good ol’ Sydneytown (according to yours truly!)

1. Newtown

Newtown is an upcoming trendy area in Sydney, it’s located in Sydney’s inner-west and is always full of hustle and bustle!

How to get there?

Getting to Newtown is pretty easy, you can drive but you have to pay for street parking, alternatively there are trains and Newtown train station is placed conveniently at the start of King Street (the main strip), or there are a number of buses coming in from the city centre.

Best things to do here: 

Roaming along King Street is your best op, King Street is the main strip and is even playfully termed ‘Eat Street’ due to the abundance of cafĂ©s and restaurants.

My favourite places to eat are: Beach Burrito Company, Cafe Newtown, Twelve, Sadhana Kitchen, The Pie Tin and Moo Burgers!

Right down the road from Newtown venturing into Enmore is the suburb home to the Enmore Theatre, one of my favourite gig venues.

Here’s a pic of Jinja Safari’s gig that I went to recently. Jinja Safari are a quirky Aussie band who originated in Byron Bay, NSW.

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Other perks of Newtown include the bookshops, op shops and vintage clothing shops!

2. The Museum of Contemporary Art 

The MCA is one of my go to places if I’m feeling bored and looking for something to do. The MCA is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists. It was recently revamped so be sure to check it out. It also features a nifty rooftop bar with world class views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


How to get there? The MCA is located in Circular Quay. It’s right near the ferry wharf, there is also Circular Quay train station and lots of buses that head down that way. Driving is not recommended.

Here are some snaps of the MCA and the works displayed.

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3. White Rabbit Gallery

White Rabbit Gallery is a Sydney based gallery featuring contemporary Chinese art. The White Rabbit Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art.

How to get there? 

The gallery is located in the inner-city suburb of Chippendale – it’s a breezy walk from Central Station or Broadway.

One of my favourite things about White Rabbit Gallery is the nifty teahouse! Being a lover of tea, this is my ultimate chill spot.

Here are some snaps of White Rabbit Gallery and the teahouse.

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The White Rabbit Tea House is a great place to stop before or after a wander around the gallery—or just for lunch or a quiet morning cuppa. Delicious dumplings and snacks, wine and beer, and a wide range of authentic Chinese and Taiwanese teas make it a unique resting place in the heart of the city. Open Gallery hours, Thursday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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4. Surry Hills

I love breakfast/brunch. And the trendy inner-city suburb of Surry Hills is hands down one of the best locations for good breakfast/brunch date (or just general good food) in Sydney!

How to get there? Central Station is your best op. Crown Street is the main strip and it’s about a ten minute walk from Central Station.

Best places to eat: Four Ate Five, Chur Burger, Cowbell 808, Kawa, MoVida, Reuben Hills, Me and Art, El Loco, Bourke Street Bakery, Trinity Bar (best Schnitzel) and most importantly do not miss out on amazing gelato from Gelato Messina!

Here are some snaps of these places:

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So these are my ultimate hang out spots in Sydney off the top of my head.

Hope you venture here and enjoy them as much as I do!

Love, M. x

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Wishlist: Turkey!

Merhaba Turkey!

I sit here in my modest abode in Sydney, Australia day-dreaming about my travel wish-list. So my mind wanders and ah Turkey! A cultural and historical wonderland! A glorious nation, skies scattered with minarets, extraordinary mosques, mouth-watering food, grand bazaars, the resting place of the extraordinary poet Rumi and don’t forget the cats of Istanbul!

Let me provide you with the highlights of Turkey and the things I am absolutely dying to see!!

The Blue Mosque

The Sultanahmet Mosque, the official name of The Blue Mosque, was built in 1609 by Sultan Ahmed I, it features a main dome, eight secondary domes, and six minarets, and is considered the pinnacle of two centuries of Ottoman mosque development. The beautiful Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is a historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. The Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I.

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The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and, certainly largest covered markets in the world. When the market was built, in 1455, Istanbul was the crossroad between Europe and Asia, and the bazaar soon became the hub of trade between the continents, so it had to be spectacular.

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time.

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Turkish Food

Yummm! Turkish food is probably one of my favourite cuisines even here in Sydney but I could only imagine that having authentic cuisine in Turkey would just be absolutely incredible! Just the atmosphere, authenticity and the fact that I would be in Turkey would be absolutely thrilling.

Here are some of my favourite Turkish foods that I can’t wait to try in Turkey!

 Pide!

Soft, slightly chewy flat bread known throughout Australia as pide or Turkish bread. It’s typically shaped into a large rectangle or oval, and the top is marked with parallel rows of indentations and sprinkled with black nigella or sesame seeds. The same dough is used to make the long, open-faced pide pies with all manner of savoury fillings.

Oh my gosh yum, my mouth is watering at the thought of it.

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Baklava!

Incredibly delicious for any sweet-tooth (or not)! Baklava ( is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of philo pasty filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.

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Turkish Delight!

Turkish delight is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel; traditional varieties are mostly gel, generally flavoured with rosewater, mastic, Bergamot orange or lemon.

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Ayran!

Ayran is a cold yoghurt beverage mixed with salt. It is considered a national drink.

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Cats of Istanbul!

You may have heard of Istanbul’s less well-known sights – its omnipresent street cats. I love cats so the idea of them just chilling on streets is so cute. I would love to able to meet some whilst exploring the streets of Istanbul!

There’s even a blog page – Cats of Istanbul – dedicated to these adorable little felines! Here are some cute snaps.

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I hope you may now want to explore Turkey as much as I am longing too!!

I’ll just sit here and day-dream some more about it.

Until next time, M x