As the winter chill sets in, little pockets of our capital cities come to life, enticing with exceptional restaurants, cosy wine bars, charming theatre and incredible vistas. Here are four neighbourhoods we can’t wait to explore over the coming months and all the reasons why.
Surry Hills, Sydney
Surry Hills is one of inner Sydney’s most vibrant suburbs. Only 2km from the CBD, it’s an area that has a distinct local feel, character oozing from the many cafes, bars, theatres and vintage stores that line its streets. A stroll down Crown and Bourke Streets presents a myriad of enticing venues, many of which specialise in brunch, that wonderful meal perfect for lazy mornings. Try Bills for its famous buttermilk hotcakes, Bourke Street Bakery for delectable baked goods, or Shenkin for moreish Israeli dishes and strong coffee. Once the sun goes down, settle in to cosy wine bar 121BC, enjoy a special dinner at Nomad or combine one of the above with a show at Belvoir Theatre, famous for exceptionally talented alumni including Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush. The next morning? Wake up and do it all again, moving from one cosy venue to the next. To secure a room with perfect placement, book a stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Surry Hills.
Bondi Beach, Sydney
Bondi is arguably Sydney’s favourite destination suburb, its beautiful beach attracting thousands of visitors every year. While summer might seem like the logical time to visit somewhere famous for its slice of ocean, we’re about to let you in on a little secret: it’s just as great in winter. While the waters might be a little chilly for a swim – unless you have a wetsuit – the beach is far more picturesque, boasting large expanses of vacant sand and impressive swells populated by the odd experienced surfer. The rest of Bondi is crowd-free as well, meaning you can waltz in and out of the cafes, bars and restaurants at ease, enjoy the coastal walk without getting stuck behind fellow wanderers, and peruse the market stalls at a very leisurely pace. This is the Bondi most locals fell in love with and we’re pretty confident you’ll fall under its spell too. Book a stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach and see for yourself.
With a focus on food and art, Melbourne’s laneways are made for winter adventures. Admire Rankin Lane’s famous murals from the warm confines of Manchester Press, shut out the cold with a degustation at Movida, indulge in handmade pasta at Trattoria Emilia, sample unusual wines at Embla and warm your insides with the city’s best ramen at Hakata Gensuke. If theatre’s more your style, you’ll be pleased to find two of Melbourne’s best venues – Regent Theatre and Princess Theatre – standing proudly nearby. The Book of Mormon, My Fair Lady and The Bodyguard are playing this winter, guaranteeing hours of first-rate entertainment and cosy heating. AFL, Melbourne’s favourite sport, is also playing all winter long at the MCG and while it might get chilly in the stands, you can always warm up with a well-timed Mexican wave and a thick scarf in your team’s colours. Put yourself within easy walking distance of all of these things by booking a room at Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne on Flinders.
South Yarra, Melbourne
If there’s one thing this Melbourne suburb does exceptionally well, it’s shopping. Chapel Street is lined with the city’s best boutiques and the world’s most celebrated brands, each shop a welcome escape from the cold. You can secure yourself almost anything here, from tried and tested wardrobe basics to statement jewellery, beautiful homewares and vintage furniture. You can also pick up everything you need for a cosy dinner back in your fully equipped Adina Apartment by making a stop at Prahran Market on your way home. Choose from incredibly fresh seafood, crisp organic vegetables, handmade pasta, creamy cheeses and decadent desserts. On second thoughts, maybe you’ll be eating in a couple of nights during your stay.