Blackbird Cafe, Darling Harbour

I haven’t been to Blackbird Cafe in years and when we strolled in recently, the place seemed a lot brighter than ever before (thanks to more neon lights mostly). In fact, the whole place has been given a bit of a face lift to make it more funky and youthful. The open layout makes the most of its harbourside location and views, with beats playing in the background to get a vibe going on a Friday night.

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Brewtown Newtown, Newtown

I’ve heard a lot about Brewtown Newtown, especially the variety of cronuts which they are known for. We tried visiting last month with a large group of 7 and were told there was a one hour wait, so we left, but I decided to come back another time in a smaller group. This time just 2 of us visited at 1pm on a Sunday and there was still a half hour wait but it wasn’t too bad as we stood outside soaking up the sunshine.

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Cafe del Mar, Sydney

For a little slice of the Mediterranean in Sydney, head to the top level of Cockle Bay Wharf for the lavishly decked out Cafe del Mar. The original Cafe del Mar on the gorgeous Spanish island of Ibiza is well known for its view of the sunsets on the island, with beats playing in the background. It seems that the Sydney restaurant is set to continue the tradition with the restaurant’s stunning views over Darling Harbour providing the perfect backdrop to watch sunsets over the water.

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Ormeggio at the Spit, Mosman

Stunning waterfront views over Middle Harbour? Check. Two hats for the contemporary Italian cuisine? Check. Romantic ambience and fantastic service? Check.

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Swine & Co, Wynyard

Swine & Co has taken over the old Bavarian Bier Café site on O’Connell Street, glamming things up with a more luxe fit out than its predecessor, although the structural bones of the restaurant have stayed the same. As befits its name, the focus of its menu is pork, pork and more pork in all shapes and forms.

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