As the most popular city in Australia, and one of the most popular destinations in the world, Sydney is a celebrity magnet for several reasons. The beauty of the city and its people, its magnificent shoreline, amazing views like that of the Sydney Opera House and the high entertainment, art, tourism and commercial value all add to the appeal of Sydney.
If you have plans to visit Sydney and spot a few celebs, here’s a list that will help you zero in on the high-flying crowd’s most favored restaurants. The culinary delights will satiate your taste buds and tummy, while the good-looking celebrities will make sure your eyes have a feast too!
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW, 2025
Travel to the suburbs of Sydney and you will find Chiswick tucked away in a beautiful setting near Paddington. Simple, elegant and sophisticated all at the same time, the restaurant’s looks will blow you away. Though this joint is popular more as a neighborhood restaurant, it also attracts the occasional celebrity thanks to the wonderful balance of food and ambience that it strikes. Open, warm and inviting, few restaurants manage to fill visitors with a sense of absolute comfort the way Chiswick does and the food here does absolute justice to the setting. The concept the restaurant’s kitchen works on is amazing too – it simply backs up whatever the garden outside comes up with, and then conjures magical dishes out of the produce. Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan are chefs that work beyond the ordinary and this particular place of theirs is testimony to their spirit of thinking differently. The light dishes inspired by the garden are amazing, and so are the others that depart from the original concept. Catering to every foodie’s needs, it’s no wonder that this place is a favorite with celebrities too.
5th floor, Customs House, Alfred St, Circular Quay
Classy, modern, sophisticated and new age to the core, Café Sydney is a celeb magnet and just one look at the restaurant will tell you why. If someone is famous and looks good too, they would probably want to be seen in the smartest of places and this outlet certainly lets them do just that. The interiors of the restaurant match up to the best places around the world and with an amazing view of Circular Quay to keep the wonderful interiors company, the café is a visual treat. The restaurant’s been around for more than a decade and a half and is now an integral part of the city. The wine, the cocktails, the beautiful desserts and the lip-smacking dishes from around the world on the A La Carte menu all come together to complete a brilliant experience. The Wood Grilled Swordfish is a hot favorite and don’t blame yourself if you miss a few celebrities walking by while you’re concentrating on eating!
21 Yurong St, Sydney NSW 2010
Pink compared the dining experience here to the best in the world and while that should sum up the celebrity quotient of Beppi’s, the restaurant is a perfect destination if you love Italian food. Warm and inviting, the restaurant has been around since 1956 and that says a lot about its consistent quality as well as commitment to innovation. To be around for so many decades and still be considered among the world’s finest is indeed an honor and the staff at the restaurant will make sure you know why they deserve it with impeccable hospitality. The history of the restaurant is as alluring as its menu, and as long and winding too! If the long Italian names on the menu confuse you, simply ask the friendly waiters for suggestions. You are sure to end up with a table full of tasteful fare this way, minus the stress! Authentic food, valued service and a legacy to boot, you just cannot go wrong with Beppi’s.
1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay, Sydney 2000
Some say even the mesmerizing view of the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House on a brilliant day cannot come close to the dining experience that Aria offers. If you consider the long list of celebrities that make it a point to visit the restaurant every time they are in Sydney though, the balance would surely tilt in the favor of the view. An institution for food lovers, this one has Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan at their best. The restaurant made news when it came into being just before the turn of the century and makes headlines even today. The reviews of almost every diner here is a notch above excellent and particularly popular is the professional yet friendly service. The restaurant is among the few with two hats and is a surefire hit with all those who manage to get a table here. Knowledgeable staff, great food, an amazing view and celebs for company – can it get any better?
8/6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
A short cab ride from the Sydney airport is all it takes to get to Otto’s, so if you’re lucky you just might find the famished celebrity satisfying his culinary urges here. You can do the same too as most diners at the popular restaurant swear by the amazing food here. A little pricey, it’s all acceptable when you consider the amazing combination of great food along with a great view. Though some find the service to be a bit rushed, it isn’t unusual at places where everyone wants a table! Even the vegans have been quite happy with all that Otto’s has to offer while the meat and fish lovers have much more to celebrate. The entrées, the mains and the desserts form a long list of mouthwatering dishes, making the experience a wholesome one from beginning to end.
The restaurants in this list are a haven of mouthwatering dishes, sparkling drinks, and wonderful desserts – in the same spirit that Sydney embodies as a city. Add to the mix a bevy of celebrities and your day is complete!