By Time Out in partnership with Google
While the layout of the CBD and its surrounds may not be on a neat grid, this means the area has many sneaky nooks for hidden gems. Between those towering office buildings and pedestrian-packed streets you’ll find sunken cocktail caverns, great coffee haunts (Single O will make you a guaranteed-great coffee) and even lush parklands (the Chinese Garden of Friendship is a tranquil oasis amid the hubbub). Some of Sydney’s most exciting suburbs begin on the city’s southern fringes, and surrounding neighbourhoods each have their own unique identity. There's Haymarket/Chinatown, complete with karaoke rooms and delicious dining – try Spice World, a truly quirky and delicious hot pot spot. Then there's Redfern, where South Sydney begins; if you’re a night owl you should head to Freda’s, a party bar that hosts diverse dancefloor antics, welcoming both George Michael cover bands and underground noise artists; or the Old Clare Hotel for impressive cocktails in an architecturally arresting space. If you’re more of a morning bird, then grab some just-baked bread and cookies from Brickfields, or Thai sandwiches and a cold-pressed juice from Boon Café.
If you're the one for the in-between hours, then wander through White Rabbit (Australia’s leading gallery for contemporary art from China) or take a dip in Prince Alfred Park Pool. Just a stone’s throw from here you’ll find Café Oratnek, located in a sunny terrace house. These guys were some of the first folk to introduce our fair city to matcha, baking up their signature green tea flavour lamingtons, tiramisù, and also doing lattes and iced matcha drinks. If you’re still hungry you can follow this up with a jaffle at classic basement bar Grandma's. From hidden gems to quirky icons, these establishments and their own ‘signature searches’ represent the character and diversity that make each part of Sydney so special.
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Win vouchers to try all five unique eats for free
For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we partnered with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some delicious dishes and the local heroes who made them and locked in a shortlist of one-of-a-kind dining experiences worth searching for. Now, we want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all five dishes (worth $350) for free! Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended) Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot. Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept