I was last in Sydney 10 years ago. And last in Australia 2 years ago.

Being a slight Instagram addict, I’ve seen so many cafes in Sydney pop up over and over again. And I’ve wanted to visit them for a long time.

I couldn’t make it work two years ago. I was at the red centre and just didn’t have time to pop down to Sydney.

So this time. Enroute to New Zealand – it fitted in perfectly!

I flew from London, via KL. and slept for almost the entire way. Wasn’t expecting that. Time flew by.

I landed in Sydney at 11am on Saturday. After leaving London at 9pm on Thursday. Confusing.

It looked like such a beautiful sunny day. We came into land over the blue mountains, out across the ocean and back around the city.

I left all my luggage at the airport so I didn’t have to drag it around the city ($31 well spent!) and got the train into the city.

It was only a few stops on the train to the Museum stop. I’m staying at the Primus Hotel – recently converted 1930s water board building. Everything was old / modern-old design.

After a shower, time for lunch.

I walked to Surry Hills. A neighbourhood area, seemingly full of Chinese shop houses.

And home to a couple of vegan cafes – I had lunch at Shift Eatery. Really cool. I had a salad of sweet potato, rice, chickpeas, tomatoes and cucumber. And a green juice.

Then onto the next cafe – Nutie donuts. So many different vegan cakes! Overwhelming choice!

From here, I caught the train again, back down into the CBD. Then went for a walk around the botanic gardens, to mrs Macquaries chair – a look out point for a great view of the harbour.

The park was busy. Several weddings happening. Birds darting around the lawn. And a kookaburra sitting on a statue.

After walking around the harbour, I headed into the shopping area. To a couple of shops and supermarkets! Love a foreign supermarket! Stocked up on kombucha!

I had a swim on the roof.

Then despite just wanting to go to bed, I headed back out for dinner.

It was only 3 stops on the train to another neighbourhood – Newtown. With SO MANY vegan cafes. Spoilt for choice.

I had vegan laksa (incredible!), then gelato at a gelato shop I have been desperate to visit for years. It was slightly disappointing – I think I had built it up so much in my head!

By the time I was back in the CBD, it was 8pm and I was unable to stay awake any longer!


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