For the sophisticated foodie, eating transcends the mere satisfying of a physical need for nourishment. In fact, when done properly, it can be almost akin to a religious experience. Of course, the first and foremost step on this journey is a delicious meal, but that’s far from the only factor. Aesthetics play an important role – that is why the presentation of a dish is just as important as the taste and texture of the food. A premium culinary experience is truly elevated by eating in beautiful surroundings. Sydney, this modern metropolis with an iconic skyline, is by no means lacking in spectacular views. Many Sydney restaurants offer not only first-class food, but also gorgeous sights on display. Here is our choice of the top five that have raised the experience to a whole new level.
Get dizzy at Altitude
Perched at the top of one of the city’s most luxurious hotels, the Shangri-la, the Altitude is truly a premium experience. If you are looking for a place to savor a special occasion, it doesn’t get any better than Altitude. The interior is tastefully decorated in an expensive, sophisticated style, but the décor plays second fiddle to the breathtaking view of one of the most iconic harbors on the planet. With floor to ceiling windows, your gaze is immediately drawn to the lights of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House below. The restaurant serves fine Australian cuisine.
Discover one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets at the Butler Potts Point
For a charming gem, visit the Butler Potts Point. It is a rare find, a green oasis in the city. The eclectic interior is bright and warm, decorated with plenty of plants, and a botanical print adorns the walls in the high-ceiling space. The windows offer not only a sense of a wide-open space, but also stunning views over the water, all the way to the high rises of the city. The food is excellent, whether you are just looking for a snack or a full meal. What truly separates the Butler from many other Sydney establishments is the laidback vibe and friendliness of the staff.
Listen to the waves at Bondi Icebergs
The Bondi Icebergs Club is a bit of a legend, centered around the historic Bondi Baths. Among its facilities, the club boasts a Bistro which serves seasonal modern Australian dishes, fresh seafood, and special request items like vegetarian and gluten-free. You can enjoy your meal inside or out on the balcony, and both seating options provide a stunning view of the world-famous Bondi Beach, and further out, the expanses of the Pacific Ocean.
Fine dining at Aria
The Aria has a bit of a theatrical flair – eating your dinner in the dimly lit room feels like having a first-row seat at the cinema while a live stream of the Opera House and the Harbour is projected right before your eyes. The restaurant is centrally located, in the Circular Quay. The culinary delights offered on the menu are the work of Matt Moran, one of Sydney’s most renowned chefs. With a carefully crafted menu, and extensive wine and cocktail lists, Aria is sure to provide an otherworldly dining experience.
The world in the palm of your hand at 360
The 360 is hands down the tourists’ favorite. However, don’t be fooled thinking it’s just a tourist trap and not worth your time or money. As its name suggests, the restaurant, perched at the top of Sydney Tower, offers a 360 view of the entire city. It just doesn’t get any better than enjoying the sprawling view of the twinkling city lights 305 meters above the ground, while feasting on refined modern Australian delicacies.
Nowadays, with the world literally at our fingertips, we are getting harder and harder to impress. However, a culinary delight and an impressive view of one of the world’s most beautiful cities is sure to do the trick and knock you off your feet.