Sydney, Australia
Allie, 32
Tourism Professional
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What are the Sydney spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Circular Quay for the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Make sure to see the beaches in the Eastern Suburbs and/or Northern Beaches. If you don't want to shell out for a fancy harbour cruise, take the ferry from Circular Quay out to Watsons Bay or Manly - it's a great way to see the city.

Do’s and don’ts in Sydney: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Tipping is not ever expected or required, so don't feel obligated. Sydney is super safe, but be respectful and take the usual precautions. Aussies are very easy going, but it's important to be polite and considerate of everyone around you! Also - if you're taking busses and they say "pre-pay only" that means you need an opal card or a ticket you've already bought. If you've got some money on an opal, you're good to go for all public transit around town. You can also pay by credit card on public transit now - just tap on and off like an opal card.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I do sales and marketing in the travel and tourism industry. There are few things I love more than travelling and exploring new cities, so being lucky enough to work in that space as well is a dream.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Sydney is not cheap, unfortunately! If I'm heading out for a nice dinner and following it up with drinks, I could easily spend around $150-200 AUD.

Which Sydney shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Witchery, Seed, Sheike and Portmans are solid Aussie brands for women's clothing. If you're looking for more high-end designers, head over to Paddington for loads of excellent boutiques.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Hard choice - I'd say either Newtown or Paddington. Very different vibes (Newtown is more eclectic and Paddington is more high-end), but both have an array of boutiques, bars and restaurants. Great areas to wander and hang out at any time of day!

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Sydney?

Sultan's Table on Enmore Road! Their kebabs are the best in town. They only do them in a wrap if you're getting them to go, so if you're drunk make sure you just order at the counter.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

The Butler, I love everything about this place. The design, the views, the food and the drinks - you can't lose. It's one of the best.

Your perfect night out in Sydney includes:

Dinner with friends at one of the city's many outstanding restaurants followed by drinks at a chic, intimate cocktail bar or heading to a venue for a comedy show.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Chinatown/Haymarket tends to be the most affordable. Eating World is a great Asian food market - super cheap and the portions are huge!

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