The harbourside suburb of Elizabeth Bay is within walking distance of Sydney CBD, but moves at a placid pace that is far-removed. Sitting between eclectic Potts Point and picturesque Rushcutters Bay, it combines the best of both, with its comparatively small selection of cafés and restaurants aiming for quality over quantity; local satisfaction over widespread attraction. Here are our picks of the best places to eat, drink and shop in this pretty corner of town.
Located on a sun-soaked jetty overlooking Sydney Harbour, The Lookout keeps things simple with top-notch coffee, a seasonal menu of brunch classics and outdoor lounge chairs that allow you to enjoy a breakfast plate of poached eggs, halloumi and sourdough while the sea breeze gently drifts over you. Sophisticated dinner fare can be found at Kujin, a hidden Izakaya-style bar serving Japanese comfort food in a cosily ambient setting.
The fairy-lit courtyard of Elizabeth Bay institution Gazebo infuses any occasion with a magical, festive atmosphere—but particularly during the summer, when warm evenings lend themselves to al fresco cocktail jugs and generous aperitivo plates piled high with Italian delicacies. Widely regarded as one of the best wine bars in Sydney, Monopole lies just over the Potts Point border—but we'd be remiss not to include it. The magic is in the detail, with every menu item considered to perfection.
A highlight is the multi- award-winning, 500-strong wine list curated by sommelier Nick Hildebrandt.
Paris comes to Elizabeth Bay via AXL BAZAAR, a vintage store focusing on luxury labels from around the globe. Owner Athena Levendi scoured the world's fashion capitals and brought back treasures from brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Comme des Garçons and Issey Miyake, with all items being sold at a fraction of their original price. Opened in 1995 by florist Saskia Havekes, Grandiflora is where you can find artistic floral arrangements by an international rockstar of the business.