The Monocle Travel Guide series reveals their favourite places in each city we cover, from the ideal route for an early morning run to the best spots for independent retail. Full of surprises and quirks, they also feature detailed design and architecture pages, neighbourhood walks to get you away from the crowds and their favourite places to eat everyting be it tasty food or something truly celebratory.
It is hard not to feel drawn to Sydney – after all, it’s a coastal crowd-pleaser replete with beaches, bays, barbecues and bronzed bodies. Throw in an enviable climate and high quality of life and it’s little wonder that Sydneysiders are such a relaxed and informal bunch. But the charms of Australia’s most populous city go beyond its natural assets and easygoing lifestyle to include world-leading restaurants, keen retailers and more than a few top-notch independent hotels.