Sydney Food and Wine Tours
Savor the Multicultural Melting Pot Cuisine of Beautiful Sydney
After a marathon flight to Australia, the sunsoaked city of Sydney welcomes you with its dazzling harbor, sandy surf beaches, cosmopolitan lifestyle and world-famous attractions. It’s difficult not to fall in love with a metropolis so glamorous and modern, yet breezy and casual at the same time. The center can be explored on foot or by water, with several ferries, cruises and whalewatching excusions running daily. Journey back in time at The Rocks, site of the first European settlement in Australia. Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral and enjoy some fresh air in the Royal Botanical Gardens, home to over 7,500 plant species. Marvel at the spectacular Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House, one of the most famous works of expressonist architecture in the world. Ferry over to Manly Beach, perfect for swimming, surfing or scuba diving. Then visit the artistic neighborhood of Chippendale, and Sydney’s oldest, colonial-era buildings in Parramatta. Learn about Australia’s rich biodiversity at Taronga Zoo or one of the national parks nearby. For an unforgettable experience visit the underwater Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Catch a rugby match in the wintertime or cricket in the summer, Australia’s most popular sports. And for some world-class shopping, visit the Queen Victory Building, a beautifully maintained 19th century structure housing over 400 stores.
Sydney is home to a diverse melting pot cuisine and everchanging restaurant scene that makes it the ideal destination for adventurous foodies. Traditional dishes introduced by British settlers (fish & chips, English breakfast, meat pies) are uniquely supplemented with Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at a waterfront café on Coogee Beach; order poached eggs with corn fritters, a typical Australian “brekkie”. Or, try a slice of toast with vegemite, a locally beloved paste made from yeast extract. Organic coffee culture is also very popular, so don’t miss out on artisanal brews. King Street in Newtown is known for its fantastic bars and Thai restaurants, specializing in curry with rice. While there, visit Mary’s, a popular burger joint and neighborhood institution. Or get your burger the Australian way with beetroot, bacon and fresh pineapple. Cantonese yum cha (dim sum) in Sydney’s Chinatown is a great choice for lunch, while tasty wok noodles and Chinese fried rice makes for a delicious dinner. For mouthwatering Indian dishes, such as chicken Vindaloo and palak paneer, visit Harris Park (Sydney’s Little India). Recently, there has also been a growing interest in indigenous bush food (native species consumed before the arrival of Europeans). Brave travelers may want to try grilled kangaroo or emu. Perhaps some witchetty grub? Anybody?
Sydney also boasts a dynamic dessert scene, which includes artisanal gelatos, creative donuts, macarons and cakes. Or for something very traditional, try a lamington, a sponge cake coated in chocolated and grated coconut.