Time Out says
You’ll find (green) tea and sympathy in beautiful Balmain
Inside a nondescript sandstone terrace on bustling Darling Street hides Ryokan Gojyuan, a two-room Japanese guesthouse that’s an oasis of calm. Hostess Linda Evans’ deep appreciation for the Land of the Rising Sun comes through in every detail, from the gorgeous yukatas (house robes) you’ll wear in your room to the authentic hinoki bath, where you can unwind over a glass of sake. Sit on the porch of the Matsunoma (Pine Room) and unwind over a cup of tea in front of the beautifully curated courtyard garden as shakuhachi (flute) music plays and the waters of the nearby koi pond gently burble.
When you wake up... A Japanese breakfast comes with your stay. (Do not fear the greens with mustard miso!) But for a pre- or postprandial pick-me-up, try Kafeine’s coffee tonic: cold-drip java, tonic water and citrus peels served on ice.
During the day... Bring your trainers and go for a picturesque run along Balmain’s hilly streets and down to the eastern end of Darling Street, where you’ll find the wharf and great views of the Harbour Bridge. Or just pack a book and while away the day reading in Gladstone Park.
After dark... It’s a 20-minute walk and technically in Rozelle but The Welcome Hotel won our 2014 Pub of the Year gong for a reason. Grab a chair in the mellow main room to enjoy craft beers and excellent eats from the bar menu – which took out our Best Pub Food gong, too.
Time Out stayed as a guest of Ryokan Gojyuan.