The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Sydney | @shannon_lawson

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Sydney | @shannon_lawson

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To explore a city to its full potential, sometimes, you have to take a step back and listen to the locals - there's only so much information TripAdvisor and TimeOut can provide you with, right?

Having recently flown to Australia for our #LiftSydney event, we managed to catch up with Instagram influencer, Shannon Lawson for a little insight into the country she calls home. We say 'catch up' in the lightest of terms - conversing during a spin class is harder than it looks...but, luckily for you we managed to find some of the best places to eat, workout and go for a little explore. Thanks Shannon!

Take a read...go on...

DOUBLE BAY

WORKOUT: SHELTER 

Shelter inspires to combine five distinct, yet inter-related wellness concepts, all under one roof. Ultimately, this is about as upmarket as fitness gets - just without the uptight, money-out-of-pocket feeling.

From ice baths, to saunas. Boxing classes, to spin - this new boutique-gym really does have it all. Oh, and did I mention that the juicery here is amazing?!

EAT AT: INDIGO

We, can vouch for it - nobody does tastebud tantalising, Instagram-worthy breakfasts like the Aussies.

Fuelled with fresh market produce, Indigo has the ability to satisfy your craving, whatever it may be. From the ultimate all-day-breakfast, to some of the best coffee you'll ever have the pleasure of drinking - I promise you, it's worth a visit.

DRINKS / DANCE: MRS SIPPY

It's the place that everybody ends up at. I'll leave it at that, haha.

LOCALS TIP: VISIT DOUBLE BAY BEACH

Double Bay Beach is the city's hidden secret. Like most beaches though, the outcome is completely reliant on the weather. Sun, makes for a quick dip and an idyllic sunbathe, whilst the wind - well, I'll warn you, don't expect much more than a beach overrun with seaweed.

BONDI BEACH

WORKOUT: MUSCLE BEACH GYMNASIUM | BONDI - BRONTE WALK

Situated on North Bondi, the Bondi to Bronte walk is nothing short of spectacular. My only piece of advice would be to aim to get there for sunrise, as tourists tend to flock the pathways from 10AM onwards.

EAT AT: NORTH BONDI FISH

Located a few short steps from the sand and surf of one of the the world's most famous beaches, North Bondi FIsh is Bondi, at its finest.

It can be hard getting a table here, so make sure to call ahead. If, on the unlucky chance you end up waiting, I can confirm that there may be a bar offering some delicious drinks...

DRINKS / DANCE: THE BUCKET LIST | BONDI BEACH ROAD HOTEL

It's one of the few places which has no dress code. You can genuinely stroll straight off of the beach to The Bucket List, it's that relaxed. Don't be fooled though, it does turn into a bit of a dance floor later in the night.

LOCALS TIPS: HALL ST. | GELATO MESSINA | BONDI HARDWARE

This may look like a 'stereotypical Aussie-not-Aussie' list, but when it's that good, why the heck not?!

First up: An Acai bowl at Cali Press, Hall St... this place screams health that is genuinely tasty. And, I'm not just saying that, it's incredible.
Next up: Gelato Messina - creamy, creamy goodness. If you've had the opportunity to walk around Sydney, you'll have seen a few of them dotted around the place.
Finally: Bondi Hardware - no, not quite a hardware store, but instead a boujee, rustic-chic eatery.

BARANGAROO

WORKOUT: BARRY'S BOOTCAMP

If you haven't heard of Barry's Bootcamp, where have you been? Google it.

EAT AT: BARANGAROO HOUSE

Barangaroo truly does have some of the best eateries around so, if you're up for a little gander, take a stroll down the strip and find somewhere which takes your fancy. If, like the majority of us, you prefer to head out with a sense of direction, I'd highly recommend the Barangaroo House, by Matt Maron, followed by a visit to the infamous rooftop bar; Smoke. 

DRINKS / DANCE: CARGO BAR

Cargo, to the locals, is an absolute classic and has been for the last two decades! Holding its own, as the venue to drink and dance, you might as well check it out, right?

LOCALS TIPS: CIRCULAR QUAY | HARBOUR BRIDGE | OPERA HOUSE

Visiting Sydney, doesn't necessarily mean sticking to one location. If you've got a day spare, take a trip down to Circular Quay and catch a ferry. In ANY direction. It's honestly magical viewing the city from the water.

My top tip? Take a trip down to Manly; trust me, it has a good reputation for a reason! Only 20-30 minutes away, Manly is filled with a mass of beaches and restaurants just waiting to be explored. If you want to avoid the tourist spots, try Hugo's Manly - it's filled with friendly locals who join together for a sundown drink.

So, there you have it; the Ultimate Guide To Visiting Sydney, by no-other than Shannon Lawson herself...

Know of any other off-the-track places to visit? Let us know in the comments below!

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