Ask the Concierge: Sydney

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28 July 2008

Michael Anderson, Observatory Hotel, Sydney

The restaurant that best shows Sydney off is…
Catalina, at Rose Bay, which, in the right weather, can be reached via water taxi.

For designer fashion, I steer guests towards…
William Street, in Paddington, for an obligatory stroll. It is Sydney’s fashion jewel in the crown – what Carnaby Street was to London in the 1960s.

For the perfect gift/memento…
I’d go to Flame Opals (119 George Street, The Rocks). 

To see some great art, I’d go to…
The Art Gallery of NSW. It has a world-class collection, including seminal works by great Australian artists. My favourite is Sidney Nolan. We have four Nolans hanging in the lobby of my hotel – I could gaze at them for hours.

When friends were last in town, I took them for a drink at…
The Argyle Hotel, in Argyle Street, The Rocks. They adored the design concept and relaxed vibe.

Sydney’s best-kept secret is…
Sydney Observatory.

Source: Qantas The Australian Way March 2008
Updated: July 2008

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