We know that Sydney can get real expensive…and Double Bay is no exception. Locally known as 'Double Pay' for its wealthy inhabitants and prohibitively-costly fashion strip, including Jimmy Choo, Prada and Bottega, it might seem that a bargain is naught to be found. But don't despair, we are here to show you how you can visit one of the fanciest suburbs on the Australian East Coast without being nickel and dimed. And trust us when we say, it'll be worth it for the harbour views and exquisite dining options.
Bondi might be the most famous beach…
But the waves (and tourist hordes!) are not everyone's cup of tea. We hear you – sometimes you just want some peace and quiet. Don't fret – you might be smack bang in the middle of Sydney but Double Bay has a secluded hideaway beach. Behind the Woollahra Council Chambers lies Redleaf Beach – a perennial favourite of Double Bay locals but avoided by the masses.
This harbour beach is always relaxing, with an enclosed pool area that is protected by shark nets (just for all you frightened tourists), along with several floating pontoons, perfect for sun-bathing. Fun fact – the pool was recently renamed Murray Rose Pool after the renowned Australian swimmer and four-time Olympic Gold medallist. Another fun fact about Murray Rose – he was vegetarian during his swimming career, earning the nickname 'The Seaweed Streak'.
Let's be honest, you'd left your training run for the City2Surf a little late…
You had every intention of completing the 14 kilometre race but the prospect of scaling Heartbreak Hill makes your legs shake just thinking about it. So why not indulge in a more 'true blue' version of the event – the unofficial City2Sheaf. A much more leisurely 3.1 kilometre run will take you to the Sheaf – one of Double Bay's finest watering holes.
Don't know what type of crowd to expect? Wednesdays at the Sheaf are notorious for attracting the young and the beautiful, while on the weekends, the Sheaf becomes the mainstay for Sydney Roosters rugby league fans. And Tuesdays see the bar become so relaxed, it's almost sleepy with live, smooth jazz to go with your smooth cocktails. No matter what your poison or desired ambience, the Sheaf has you covered.
It's hard to escape the opulence…
So give in a little and explore the finer things in life – like art galleries. Double Bay does it like no other suburb with the Frances Keevil Gallery. With a penchant for contemporary Australian art, especially figurative paintings and sculptures, the gallery serves as a meeting place for those with a passion for the arts on an emotional and spiritual level. Revolving exhibitions feature every type of artist – from established professionals to exciting, emerging talent. The Gallery is open 6 days a week so you are bound to find a time suitable for your schedule to pop in!
Despite being situated in Double Pay…
You certainly didn't Pay Double (see what we did there) for your hotel. But after a day chock-full of activities, you were starving for some quality grub (that's Aussie for food). Before you pick a place to eat, it's important to choose an appropriately 'Gram-worthy' location. Lucky for you we have that all sorted with Pink Salt.
Home to Australian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, everything about this establishment is geared to the bloggers and fashionistas of this world. Nowhere is this more apparent than their signature soft serve ice-cream dessert – where Pink Salt ran a 'Design a Flavour' competition with some of Sydney's most popular bloggers. Even when they aren't courting influencers, Pink Salt is always refreshing their flavour selection. We may have jumped the gun on dessert, but there are plenty of delicious appetizer and main options. Here are just a few of our favourites: grilled octopus, popcorn chicken and barramundi fillet with Brussels sprouts. You can't go wrong!
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