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The Glenmore Hotel

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The Glenmore Hotel
We’ve been lucky enough to already have had a few visitors in our first couple of months in Sydney (a friend from London, my Aunt and Uncle from South Africa and a friend from Melbourne). Although the accommodation for our guest pioneers has been a little basic (a mattress on the floor – we really should assess our spare room situation), we have been so excited to show them around our new city and do some exploring with them.

Recently I took my friend from Melbourne to The Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks. This old Aussie pub was built in 1921 but I’ll have to admit, we didn’t visit for the history. It’s the rooftop bar we were after, which happens to have one of the most stunning views of Sydney and is a perfect location for a sunny afternoon drink. It overlooks Sydney Harbour and also has some great views of the city.

I plan to bring a lot more people back here, the music was great, the vibe was fun and above all, who isn’t a sucker for a great rooftop bar? There’s nothing like having a drink with a beautiful view.

Glenmore Hotel View

The Glenmore Hotel

The Glenmore Hotel
Website: The Glenmore
96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney

Barefoot Coffee Traders

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Tourist traps. Ugh, I hate them. I want to see all the sights a city has to offer but I just cannot stand the eating establishments that surround them. I want to venture a few roads away and see the places that are the real deal. The places with a bit of character that show you the true colours of the city you are in.

This inspiration came from a friend we visited in New York two years ago. Whatever attraction we went to see that day, she would say to us: if you are hungry or thirsty when you are done, go left down this road, turn right down the next, go straight and then you will find this great spot (something along those lines). So, we did, we headed a few roads away from the attraction, away from all the tourists; and we felt like we got to know New York, rather than just see her sights.

So it is with Manly in Sydney, that Corso, it’s just too touristy for me. But, when you get to the New Brighton Hotel, turn left into Sydney Road and there a whole new world of independent (non-chain!!!) restaurants and cafes await.

Today I visited Barefoot Coffee Traders. Another teeny little coffee shop serving another great cup of coffee. Sydney, you are definitely not disappointing me. There are little tree stump stools so if you do fancy sitting you can, if there is a spare spot. Luckily for me, there was and I stopped to read my new book for a while, sipping my flat white and taking it all in (minus the tourists!).

Barefoot Coffee Traders
18a Whistler Street, Manly