5 Sydney Bars, Shops and Restaurants You Have To Visit

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Sydney is one lively city, with some of the best bars, restaurants and shopping experiences not only in Australia, but in the whole world. We’ve whittled down our favourites for this month, to provide you with a guide on what you should be heading to as soon as possible!

A bar named after the celebrated film director has opened in Sydney on the aptly named Stanley Street, which was supposedly a mere coincidence. A clean-cut, abstract venue that leans towards a more feminine appeal with no mahogany in sight, food comes in the way of oils, breads, cheeses and charcuterie meats while the wine list is short but enticing. The design is aesthetically pleasing and relaxed, which transports you right out of East Sydney and into a chic New York-style Italian café.
79 Stanley Street, East Sydney

Café Lounge
A small bar turned performance space, Café Lounge is fit to burst when comedy, DJs and live music pay a visit every night of the week. Open until midnight Monday – Saturday and 10pm on Sundays, this bohemian cave is tucked away from the bright lights of Surry Hills, but comes alive with visitors enjoying The Comedy Lounge every Monday, $5 burgers and $5 beers on Thursdays and DJs spinning the tunes every weekend from 8pm.
277 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills

Josephs Shoes
Perfect for the well-dressed gentleman looking for that finishing touch to his outfit, Josephs Shoes stocks respectable and extremely sought-after brands including Sebago, Lloyd and Moreschi, as well as their own Josephs label. Every design is chosen because of its perfect precision and timeless quality, using the finest leathers, materials and shoemakers. Located in Strand Arcade and on Pitt Street, find your next pair of stylish boat shoes for the bay or dress shoes for your next dinner outing.
Shop 5, Strand Arcade, Sydney
249 Pitt Street, Sydney

Art & Life Work Shop
Ever fancied yourself as the next Mary Berry or thought about learning to beatbox like the best of them? There’s one place you can do all that and more, as the Art & Life Work Shop runs classes on all sorts of hobbies and crafts. Previous lessons have been in street art, African drumming, film direction and life drawing, and, head down this April, and you can take part in ‘Ukulele for Newbies’, ‘How to be a Rapper in Aus’ and ‘Intro to Astrology’.
80 George Street, Redfern

Cipro Pizza Al Taglio
Sydney’s best new restaurant for good food on a budget, pizza by the slice and slick monochrome walls, Cipro has become the talk of Alexandria. If you don’t fancy melt-in-the-mouth pizza with a crunchy base, the breakfast baguettes, marinated chicken and delectable desserts are just as beckoning. From mousses to cakes and muffins and biscuits, a tasty treat with unique ingredients and a secret recipe is perfect. Pay a visit Tuesday – Sunday, 10.30am – 9pm.
Shop 9, 21 Fountain Street, Alexandria