Now let’s be honest, 24 hours is not enough time to get under the surface of a city, so location is key. You’ll be pleased to know we have you covered at Hotel Challis in Potts Point. It’s a recently revamped gem: an elegant and timeless Hotel with its recent refurbishments paying homage to its traditional design yet retaining a modern twist perfectly nestled in the trendy area of Potts Point.
What you may remember as dark and seedy ally ways in Kings Cross and Potts Point have spawned into delicious and vibrant avenues, providing endless food and drink possibilities. So to help you out, we thought we would fill you in on our perfect day in the area.
So much to do, so little time. I set my alarm for 6am, feeling motivated to get in a full day of action. As the alarm reliably sets off in the morning I soon realise 6am was highly ambitious. I hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. Don’t judge me – I’m on holidays.
9 AM: Coffee and Breakfast at Room 10, 10 Llankelly Place
On a delicious ally way and only a few minutes walk from the hotel get your day started right with a trip to this pint-sized café. What it lacks in stature it makes up in awesomeness with its Dark Horse blend coffee brewed by local roasters Mecca. Start your day off strong with the ham, hollandaise, egg and chili jam sandwich. Sit outside and take in the fresh morning air. It’s the perfect start to your day.
10AM: Strolling Through the Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney is known for its sights. Lucky for you, you’re just a 6 minute car trip or a short train ride and walk from the gateway that the Botanic Gardens offer to the sites of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge or the NSW Art Gallery. There are always events on at the Botanic Gardens so be sure to check out their website and see what’s happening. The free-guided walks are a highlight, where you can learn about our native flora and fauna in the gardens (these are on every day at 10.30am). Or walk back up the hill and hit the NSW Art Gallery for some culture. Once you’ve had enough of nature or culture, stroll down to the magnificent Lady Macquarie’s chair where you’ll want to take an awful grainy selfie in front of the picturesque Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Walk along the promenade all the way to the Opera House or past it – it’s worth it!
2PM: Lunch Time at Fratelli Paradiso, 12-16 Challis Ave
Come back to Potts Point to avoid all the bumbling tourists around the Harbour and treat yourself to a nice lunch – you deserve it after all that walking around. Take a seat at the famous and perennially changing Fratelli Paradiso – literally opposite Hotel Challis. It’s blackboard specials are a go to, quickly eroding any doubts like “if it’s so special, why isn’t it on the menu?” At Fratelli, all the meals are special. It’s the perfect meal before an afternoon of relaxation as you gear up for the evening.
6PM: The Apollo, 44 Macleay st OH MY GOD It’s time to eat again
If you don’t feel like eating just yet settle in at The Apollo and have a cocktail at the bar. This place gets super busy and they don’t take bookings for less than 6 people so you need to get in nice and early. After your drinks, let the inner Greek in you out. Order the Full Greek – it’s good value and transports your taste buds to Greece in a modern setting. Oh, and it’s just a few minute walk from the Hotel. You’re welcome. If you’ve had enough European food for one day, head to the trendy Cho Cho San just next door to the Apollo for Japanese, or Billy Kwong for contemporary Chinese like you’ve never had it. Alternatively venture a little further down to Ms Gs for a funky modern Asian Fusion restaurant experience.
9PM: Drinks at the Rossevelt, 32 Orwell st
If Teddy Roosevelt were still alive he’d approve of this place. I base that on nothing but what I do know is you need to go there for some nitrogen-chilled boozing after your epic feed. What goes on behind the bar is pure wizadry, with the potions used to make the liquid nitrogen Martini the go-to beverage.
Alternatively, if you feel like some outdoor cocktails in a leafy setting try Gazebo, also a short walk from the Hotel. If you seriously feel like raging, walk up the road to the Tatler and sink some more drinks and enjoy the tunes until 3am.
1AM: Sleep in Jaw-Dropping Comfort
Time to crash, and what better way to do it than stumbling into your luxurious bed. These beds are seriously comfy and the sheets provide the comfort a pokies table does to a gambler, or a mother does to her new born. Sleep well, you deserve it – and see you again soon!