As the executive editor at Harper's Bazaar in New York City, Laura Brown has sent The Simpsons to Paris and America's greatest designers to Sesame Street. But as often as she can, she sends herself back home to Sydney. We asked for her hometown essentials.
1. Best Way to Start the Day
Breakfast at the Poolside Café by Boy Charlton Pool
1C Mrs. Macquarie's Rd., The Domain; +61-2-8354-1044
Absolutely heavenly. Watch the swimmers and have a mango frappe.
2. Favorite New Neighborhood to Explore
Alexandria and Surry Hills
Very arty, and a coffee shop every three steps.
3. Favorite Shop
Aussie Army Disposal
The best! Great for designer hits.
4. Aussie Designer Boutiques
138 Oxford St., Paddington; +61-2-9356-2233
Camilla and Marc
8/2-16 Glenmore Rd., Paddington; +61-2-9331-1133
Sass & Bide
5/32 Ralph St., Alexandria; +61-2-9667-1667
120 Dunning Ave., Rosebery; +61-2-9697-9988
5. Can't Miss Art-portunity
Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George St., The Rocks; +61-2-9245-2400
Incredible building, inspired exhibits.
6. I've Loved This Since I Was 10
Fish and chips, sitting on Manly Beach
Manly Wharf; +61-2-9977-1088
7. Favorite Beach
And have lunch at Le Kiosk (1 Marine Parade, Manly; +61-2-9977-4122).
8. Best Places to Eat
Literally any Thai restaurant. I think Sydney does better Thai than...Thailand. And Chiswick (65 Ocean St., Woollahra; +61-2-8388-8688), a gorgeous restaurant in Woollahra surrounded by Chiswick Gardens.
9. Eataly, Australian-style
6 Cowper Wharf Rd., Woolloomooloo; +61-2-9368-7488
The Woolloomooloo Bay Wharf spot is the best for Italian with a light hand and a great view.
10. Best Place to Meet My Old Mates
1 Notts Ave., Bondi Beach; +61-2-9365-9000
An incredible restaurant overlooking Bondi Beach. With a glass of Champagne, there is nothing better.
11. This Spot Makes Me Wish I Still Lived in Sydney
Mrs. Macquarie's Chair
Mrs. Macquarie's Rd., The Domain
A famous point in Sydney Harbour where you can see everything from the Harbour Bridge to the horizon.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Inset Photos, from top: Photo courtesy of Poolside Café at Andrew 'Boy' Charlton.