DISCOVER SYDNEY LIKE A LOCAL

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Last weekend, our RUBY designer Deanna was lucky enough to experience the best of Sydney in 72 hours. With a sister based in Sydney, Deanna was pretty apprehensive that she hadn’t already been introduced to all the best spots in Sydney. It wasn’t until she was introduced to the very cool, arty suburb ‘Chippendale’ and the brand new QT Bondi that she realised there was a whole lot more to this already top-notch city.

We have put together a RUBY guide of unmissable spots so that you can discover Sydney like a local….

Plus, find out how you and a friend could win Deanna’s trip to Sydney below - courtesy of Qantas and Destination NSW

The Old Clare Hotel

From the second we walked into The Old Clare Hotel, we were instantly taken by its colonial warmth and charm. Set in an expanded 19th-century pub situated in Chippendale, one of Sydney’s most exciting and up-and-coming neighbourhoods, The Old Clare was the perfect spot to soak up the culture. The rooms are modern and functional and the high ceilings and natural light were a delight to wake up to. Diving into the heated rooftop pool delivered exactly what was needed after a busy day of galleries and dining. This refined boutique hotel is only a quick walk from Central Station and Darling Harbour.

Old Clare Hotel

QT Bondi

QT Bondi

The latest addition to Bondi, the QT has made itself right at home with its quirky and colourful aesthetic. Upon entering you are greeted with 80’s beach culture, smiling faces and a seriously chilled out vibe. It’s spacious and sun-beaten rooms were a dream to walk into. Situated on the doorstep of North Bondi beach and surrounded by the coolest stores and amenities, it’s the perfect spot to check in to check out.

Culture Scouts

This is hands down the best way to uncover Sydney’s creative side, especially if you are into contemporary art galleries and great coffee. Culture Scouts took us through the back streets of Chippendale and Redfern where we got to admire the works of some of Sydney’s finest street artists including Scott Marsh. Our favourite stops were the White Rabbit Gallery, and a beautiful private gin tasting at Moyas Juniper Lounge in Redfern.

Culture Scouts

East Sail Sydney

Setting sail on Sydney Harbour is the perfect way to spend a sunny day. We boarded our private 36-foot yacht expecting to see Sydney’s iconic sights, but were also entertained and educated the entire journey. Before we knew it, we were taking the wheel thanks to our patient and very experienced skipper, George, and we left planning our next jaunt on the harbour.

EASTSAIL

Porch and Parlour

No trip to Bondi is complete without heading to this institution. Greeted with great coffee and an unrivalled selection of breakfast bowls, Porch and Parlour offered the perfect start to the day. The infamously Instagrammed green breaky bowl is more than just a pretty picture. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Porch & Parlour

The Grounds Alexandria

Established by two Sydney gastronomic entrepreneurs, The Grounds of Alexandria were created to cater to foodies, families and locals looking for more than just good coffee. Once a warehouse, the garden-to-table ethos of The Grounds lends a lovely uniqueness to the area, and this haven in the middle of an industrial suburb is a visual delight from the moment you walk into its lush settings. Remember to grab a Nutella filled doughnut on your way out!

Alexandria Grounds

Icebergs

You cannot beat an afternoon spent at Icebergs, Bondi’s most iconic bar and restaurant. From the moment we arrived, the service was impeccable. With panoramic sea views and a killer Margarita, it’s far too easy to drink away the afternoon. When visiting Icebergs, be sure to try the Burrata and cured meat entrée - we’re still dreaming about it!

Icebergs

Kensington Street Social

The first dinner on our Sydney sojourn was Kensington Street Social. Originally one of Sydney’s largest breweries, the recent arrival to Chippendale has quickly become a local favourite. KSS has seamlessly integrated elements of the original interior with modern accents of brass, steel and oak. The highlight of our meal was a fragrant Earl Grey infused cocktail, and a pulled lamb and ricotta flatbread – delicious! Check out more of Kensington Streets hotspots here.

Kensignton Street Social

Spice Alley

After a hectic day pounding the pavements, there was no better way to enjoy Chippendale’s Asian cuisine than a stroll through the new Spice Alley. Inspired by Singaporean street food markets, Spice Alley is home to over a dozen of carefully curated Asian stalls. Sitting under strings of red lanterns and bustling with locals, the atmosphere is alive and buzzing. This BYO destination is a must do on anyone’s Sydney hit list.

Spice Ally

Hotel Palisade/Henry Deane

Henry Deane, the zenith of Hotel Palisade reveals the building’s sophisticated character. Spread across two floors, this upmarket cocktail lounge provides breathtaking Sydney scenes, every way you look. Watching the sunset on a Sunday evening was perfectly complimented by sesame crusted Kingfish tataki and harissa roasted cauliflower.

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Qantas and Destination NSW for an unbeatable weekend in Sydney. We don’t imagine it will be hard to find another excuse to jump across the ditch again soon.

YOU AND A FRIEND COULD BE HEADING TO SYDNEY THANKS TO QANTAS

You and a friend could be in to win Deanna’s amazing trip to Sydney with Qantas and Destination NSW. To be in the draw, simply enter here and you’re almost on the plane! Goodluck #RUBETTES.

Entries close at 11.59PM on 27th September, 2016 and the winner will be announced on the 3rd October, 2016. You must be over 18 to win. Terms and conditions apply. Head to sydneysidersguide.qantas.com to find out more.

Goodluck #RUBETTES x

My City: Marina Didovich

The beautiful sister of our RUBY Designer and talented fashion stylist & consultant Marina Didovich currently resides in Sydney with her photographer fiancée Steven Chee!

Marina has amazing taste, so we think she's the best person to let us in on a few of the best places to shop, eat and drink in Sydney.

My favourite thing about Sydney is that I live across the road from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!

Marina Didovich

  1. Flying Fish

    My absolute favourite restaurant in Sydney! The food here is amazing and the views are breathtaking. To top off the experience, catch a water taxi from the Rose Bay Wharf. Your driver can take you under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past Kirribilli House and the Opera House. It's a fantastic way to see Sydney before being dropped off at Flying Fish for a delicious lunch or dinner.

    Flying Fish

  2. Kinokuniya

    I can literally spend hours here. Kinokuniya has the most amazing collection of books of every genre imaginable. A great place to find inspiration.

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  3. Sydney Antique Centre

    This is an antique furniture/jewellery/clothing fiend’s paradise. It's an absolute treasure chest! Housed in an old industrial warehouse, this place is a must-do if you're a lover of vintage & antiques.

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  4. Jackies Cafe, Glenmore Road

    My favourite breakfast spot. The Parmesan scrambled eggs are a must!

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  5. Centennial Park

    If you visit Sydney towards the end of summer, make sure you check out their outdoor cinema - so much fun!

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  6. MAP Vintage

    A vintage (by appointment only) store, MAP houses designer vintage clothing & accessories - I try to avoid it at all costs if I'm on a spending ban! They also have an online store which I highly recommend you check out!

    MAP Vintage

  7. Camp Cove

    When I can't face the hustle & bustle of Bondi Beach this is the place to go.

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  8. Doug Up On Bourke

    Anatomy posters, printing presses, taxidermy camels, antique garden tools, vintage stamps, church pews, old school cash registers, medieval armor suits….. this store is ideal for collectors of all things unique and eclectic.

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  9. Seaplanes

    Seaplanes are such a great way to see Sydney. There are several reputable companies that will collect you from one of Sydney’s wharf side locations and fly you to some Sydney finest restaurants. I highly recommend Jonah’s in Whale Beach as a destination!

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  10. The Corner Shop, Strand Arcade

    The team at The Corner Shop do such a great buy, stocking premium designer collections from around the globe. You'll find key pieces that you no longer need to travel overseas or shop online to score!

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We asked Marina what she's loving from our autumn/winter collections...

I’d have to say anything in RUBY’s silver metallic fabric! The Liam Sway Gown is divine and I love the RUBY Wolfy Stoles, in every colour.