Sydney Part 3: Sights and Sounds

This is where everything else from my Sydney trip — yes, it took place last August — goes. So if you were missing my artistic photographs of the Opera House, well, wait no more. I cover all the touristy sights and sounds in the Harbour City in this blog post.

A Possible Itinerary

Sydney is a repository of markets and part of the trouble was narrowing down which ones we wanted to go to. In the end, we decided on the Eveleigh Farmers’ Market (245 Wilson St, Eveleigh), with its artisanal produce and all, to satiate our hunger pangs. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, though seeing Kylie Kwong (the television chef) set off some celebrity alarm inside my head.




We decided to cut through the University of Sydney on the way to our next stop.



Then we were off to the Glebe Markets (Glebe Point Road, Glebe) — 200 stalls of pre-loved anything-you-can-think-of. I found a gorgeous Topshop peplum dress for AU$5. The three of us also bought silver daisy rings to commemorate our eternal friendship; fast-forward five months later and I am willing to bet one of us has lost hers.




Satisfied with our shopping, we took a train to Circular Quay where we finally got to see the most famous of Sydney icons… the Sydney Opera House.


We killed some time at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where I found myself mesmerized by Tabaimo’s MEKURUMEKU exhibition. The Japanese artist hand-draws her video animations and takes viewers into surreal worlds: we stand in between train carriages where strange things happen (a man severs his arms without his fellow commuters showering him any attention); we sit in a large empty room only to find that Tabaimo has “hidden” an ocean and sea monsters, thanks to some visual manipulation.



It was approaching dusk when we left the museum to get a better view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.



Other Sydney Highlights

We managed to get seats at this tiny corner-shop, the Bourke Street Bakery (633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills), which is also on just about every list of food recs in this city. It’s pricey, but then again, so is everything in Sydney. At least the pastries live up to the hype.



Then there’s Devon Cafe (76 Devonshire St, Surry Hills), which is also on Everyone’s List. Great brunch food (try the blini!), but be prepared to wait.



Beyond food, there’s Westfield Sydney, an upscale shopping complex, for those who have the sudden desire to swipe their credit card over a whole host of couture items.



And that ends this speedy, chapalang post about Sydney — leaving the slate empty for my Spain trip (I promise they’ll be more timely than this). Until then, here’s a photo of my unintentionally model-tastic BFF.


Read the meatier stuff about the city here and here.



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