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Drop a pin in: The City

Go searching for hidden treasures in Sydney’s vibrant city centre and southern fringes

Google Signature Searches: The City

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'sFrom 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. 

Tried it? Share your picture of the Matcha Lamington on social media using #foundongoogle and you could win big.

 



While you're here...

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Things to do

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Waterfalls, weeping willows, lily pads, pavilions and sculpture make this garden a charming and calming place to visit

Prince Alfred Park Pool
Sport and fitness

Prince Alfred Park Pool

This 50m beauty is the first fully accessible outdoor heated pool in the city. We love the 'green roof' with 35,000 plants 

Freda's
Bars

Freda's

Chippendale's neighbourhood party bar is tucked out of sight off Regent Street

Single O CBD
Restaurants

Single O CBD

The coffee is excellent but we're taken with the NLTs – Next Level Toasties – including a croque monsieur and a beef brisket

Still hungry?

LP’s Quality Meats
Restaurants Book online

LP’s Quality Meats

It's Sydney’s clubhouse for carnivores

Book online
Boon Café at Jarern Chai
Restaurants

Boon Café at Jarern Chai

 Thai sandwiches by day, Isaan cuisine at night

Spice World
Restaurants Book online

Spice World

Spice up your life at this peculiar, playful hot pot spot

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Brickfields
Restaurants

Brickfields

Some of the best bread in the city is sold here

Users say
4 out of 5 stars

Signature Searches

Discover more
Restaurants

Discover more

We've hunted down five truly one-of-a-kind dishes that no Sydney food fan will want to miss

Win vouchers to try all five unique eats for free
Restaurants

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  

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Before you leave...

White Rabbit Gallery
Art

White Rabbit Gallery

White Rabbit is a a state-of-the-art, four-floor temple to 21st century Chinese art hidden on a backstreet in Chippendale

The Old Clare Hotel

The Old Clare Hotel

This vintage-styled cocktail bar lies beneath a slick boutique hotel, complete with rooftop pool 

Book online
Chinatown Night Market
Shopping

Chinatown Night Market

Every Friday from 4pm, the main strip of Chinatown transforms into a vibrant night market selling street food, desserts and gifts 

Users say
3 out of 5 stars
Grandma's Bar
Bars

Grandma's Bar

This rum-loving basement bar was one of Sydney's first small bars when it opened back in 2010, and still going strong