As you may have noticed if you follow I Spy Plum Pie on facebook or instagram I spent a long weekend up in Sydney visiting my sister for her birthday. It was a weekend filled with eating, a few drinks and thankfully a whole lot of walking to balance out the eating!
I thought I’d share some of my weekend adventures with you all today, but make sure you have something to eat first otherwise you might end up rather hungry by the end of it!
We started our weekend of eating with a tour of Sydney’s Inner West, an area I had only visited once before so we were eager to get exploring. We had a delicious breakfast at Daisy’s Milkbar in Petersham, an old-fashioned style cafe with retro candy, milkshakes and amazing looking cakes. I’ll do a full review of our meal soon, but needless to say I’d recommend a visit! We then headed down the main street, popping into an incredible 70s style vintage store along the way, and stopping to pick up some of the famous Portuguese tarts from Sweet Belem to snack on later.
Next up we headed to Newtown and wandered through the Saturday market (picking up some amazing socks each!) and exploring some more vintage stores, as well as a food market and all kinds of interesting produce stores. We then walked all the way to Carriageworks, an amazing contemporary arts space housed in former rail yards in Redfern and checked out the visual art installations on show at the moment. They were all pretty amazing, although some definitely fell into the realm of slightly creepy as well! After stopping for a glass of wine in Redfern to avoid the rain we then walked back to Darlinghurst and rested our weary legs before heading to the pub for dinner and to watch a whole host of sports on tv – an excellent first day, that’s for sure!
Day 2 was my sister’s actual birthday, and the real day of eating (day 1 was just a warm up!), so we kicked things off with coffee and chocolate croissants before heading to Bodhi for delicious vegan yum-cha with our aunty (which also deserves a post all of its own!)
We followed that up with a bottle of wine in the sunshine, then stopped off for a scoop of Messina, which was definitely a want not a need at this point! Sticking with the celebratory birthday theme, I took my sister out for a cocktail at Black Penny in Redfern before we met her friends for dinner, and it was definitely a lovely way to spend some time on a Sunday night (particularly given I didn’t have to work on the Monday!).
Dinner was at Napoli Nel Cuore, also in Redfern, and home of the famous 1 metre long pizzas, so we ordered two of them (well, there were 8 of us!). They had a whole host of vegetarian options, all of which were delicious, and the base was thick but spongy and incredibly tasty. Some of the table (not me!) managed to find room for dessert, including this nutella doughnut which I managed to sneak a few mouthfuls of. It was a mighty tasty birthday dinner and an excellent way to end a successful day of eating!
Day 3, and the final day of my eating tour of Sydney, started with a breakfast of corn fritters, avocado and tomato with my sister before she had to head into work. I then spent the morning exploring the gardens, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and the Rocks before meeting Chrissie & Jim from Mr & Mrs Romance (and Hair Romance of course!) for lunch at Bar Luca. Burgers & beer were the order of the day, with the veggie option a chickpea and kumara patty which was super tasty, and came with free fries which is always a plus! Thankfully that was my last meal of the weekend as by this point I was well and truly full, so it was off to the airport for me!
And that drew my weekend adventures in Sydney to a close, and what an excellent weekend it was! I think it’s salads for me for the next week or two though!