The Ultimate Insider’s Guide To Sydney

Must eat, drink, shop & see – inside the fashion set’s little black book

Designers, buyers, models, media, hair and makeup teams are descending on the Harbour city for fashion week. What will they eat? Where will they sleep? Shop? Find their morning caffeine fix? WHAT WILL THEY EAT? Never fear, the marie claire insider’s guide to Sydney is here.


Nicky Briger, editor, marie claire

“Want a carb-laden treat on the go? Churr Burger can’t be beaten – order the pulled pork and slaw. It will take you five minutes: in, order, gone. For something lovely, I recommend Nomad.”

Chur Burger, 48 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 

Eva Galambos, owner/buyer Parlour X

“I’d suggest taking a walk around Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, because the views are fabulous. See the collection, then having worked up an appetite, Matt Moran’s new Chiswick At The Gallery is excellent.”

Chiswick At The Gallery, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW


Pip Edwards, designer P.E. Nation

“Sydney is all about the beach, and I’m all about Bondi, I might burn some energy with a soft sand run, but my secret weapon is the Romans Resistance Session at F45 Training Bondi Beach. All weights, all amazing.”

F45 Training, 147 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach NSW

Emma Van Handel, PR

“You have to take a hot yoga class at One Hot Yoga in Potts Point (34 Kellett St), it’s amazing, like being in a 5-star penthouse basically. In fact the space is so great Christopher Esber is having his Resort show there – although it won’t be hot for that obviously!”

One Hot Yoga, 34 Kellett St, Potts Point NSW


Sherine Youssef, Beauty Associate, marie claire

“My recommendation for a facial is Melanie Grant – she’s the first Australian Chanel skincare specialist, and counts Linda Evangelista as a client. If you are feeling the effects of jet lag or are just in need of bit of TLC, head to the Shangri-La Hotel. The Chi Spa here offers a full body treatment, using Sodashi products – organic, cruelty free and Australian made.

Melanie Grant, 2 Bay Street, Double Bay, NSW // The Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW


Jana Pokorny, fashion director, marie claire

“On Oxford Street, Parlour X is a real destination for designer brands, while a little further up the road, William Street is a favourite – with Poepke, The Corner Shop, Clare Aristedes, By Charlotte, and Sweet William for chocolates. Off the beaten track Blood Orange in Potts Point is a beautifully curated boutique with a mix of No. 21, APC, Araks lingerie and Alexander Wang. Crown Street in Surry Hills is a hub for vintage finds, and Koskela in Rosebery is great inspiration for interiors.”

Clare Press, fashion editor-at-large, marie claire

“For Australian designers, The Intersection (cnr. Glenmore Road and Oxford Street, Paddington) is a must. Here you will find the Ellery, Scanlan and Theodore, Bassike and more.”


Monica Russel, Fashion Assistant, marie claire

“Club 77 in Darlinghurst used to be a fun dive, but has just been refurbished so now it’s fun and chic. Thursday nights are for martinis.

Freda’s in Chippendale is close to MBFWA, which means it’s an easy choice after the doors close. The club often has live music with a different event every evening  – Friday night is party night but if you don’t have a friend to party with – the club has been known to hold a speed dating night every now and then.

Low 302 in Crown Street is a secret gem for excellent cocktails and a fun vibe. Go on Friday night to dance to great DJs, or head over on Sunday for live jazz.”

Tara Morris, Market Editor, marie claire

“SalaryMan in Surry Hills is a cool new place to go for ramen and cocktails – two things that are normally hard to come by in the one joint.”

Tessa and Beth McGraw, designers, McGraw 

“For a low-key dinner with a client we love a glass of prosecco and the pasta special at 10 William Street. For a drink, Hotel Palisade at Miller’s Point is awesome, it looks like this derelict old pub, but you go up top the top in an elevator, it’s plus with pink sofas and this gold bar and the view is spectacular. Don’t tell everyone.”

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