We’re bringing you an Australian city guide highlighting the hottest spots and hangouts frequented by local and visiting celebs. While Fab and Bella will take you through the best fashion and beauty hotspots, we’ll be telling you where the stars like to play. We’re going to kick things off with a guide to the celeb magnets in Sydney — happy spotting!
Ms. G’s: Modern Asian fusion cuisine is having a moment, and one of the leaders of the food movement is Ms. G’s in Potts Point. Located behind Kings Cross station, the dark, moody restaurant specialises in share plates that mean you get to taste a little bit of everything, whether it’s fried chicken with kimchi mayonnaise or prawn toast with yuzu aioli. Some of the cocktails come in cute plastic bubble tea-style cups. As for famous fans? Lara Bingle likes to dine there, and some of the MasterChef contestants recently enjoyed a night at Ms. G’s.
Ms. G’s, 155 Victoria St Potts Point, (02) 8313 1000
The Ivy: Not to be confused with the same-named LA celebrity haunt, Justin Hemmes’ Ivy in Sydney has attracted the likes of glamour girls Kim Kardashian and Miranda Kerr, former party boy Russell Brand and local social scenester Ruby Rose. You’re probably heard of its elusive, Miami-style rooftop Pool Club, but it’s more than just that — Ivy has many bars, restaurants and a ballroom! Perfect for whether you want a Saturday night out or a catch up with friends over a good meal.
Ivy, 300 George St Sydney, (02) 9240 3000
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Bondi Icebergs: When a celebrity comes to town, is their trip complete without a visit to Bondi’s Icebergs Club? Rarely. The latest international stars to enjoy the stunning Bondi Beach location and casual but high quality menu are Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, who dined at Icebergs after the Sydney premiere of Water For Elephants. In fact it’s such a celebrity hotspot that it’s not uncommon to see paparazzi hanging around. Other stars who have enjoyed what Icebergs has to offer include Sienna Miller, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Pink, Michael Clarke and Oprah. If it’s good enough for Oprah . . .
Bondi Icebergs, 1 Notts Ave Bondi Beach, (02) 9130 3120
Beppi’s: When an international star like Rihanna describes you as having “hands down the best food in Australia,” you know you’re doing something right! A huge endorsement from Pink doesn’t hurt either. Beppi’s is regarded as one of the best Italian restaurants in Sydney, with a traditional menu that brings authentic Italian flavours to the Australian palette. Pink is a huge fan of the minestrone (and even tried to replicate it, though unsuccessfully) and others who have experienced the food include Geoffrey Rush, Guy Sebastian and Rob Thomas. But as the joint has been open since 1956 it has also fed big-time names from years past, such as Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey and Neil Armstrong.
Beppi’s, 21 Yurong St East Sydney, (02) 9360 4558
North Bondi Italian Food: It may be known as the younger sibling of Bondi Icebergs but North Bondi Italian Food still counts peeps like Lara Bingle, Teresa Palmer, Gracie Otto, Michael Clarke, Gail Elliot and Alex Dimitriades among its clientele. It boasts a mix of a gorgeous Bondi Beach view, yummy cocktails (the sgroppino, a lemon sorbet with vodka, is a popular pick) and delicious Italian food — no wonder former Young Hollywood couple Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens paid a visit during their Sydney trip last year.
North Bondi Italian Food, 120 Ramsgate Ave North Bondi, (02) 9300 4400
Cafe Sydney: When it comes to fine dining with a spectacular Sydney harbour view, it’s hard to beat Cafe Sydney, which sits at the top of Customs House at Circular Quay. Laura Csortan told new Sydney city guide Lime & Tonic that it’s her favourite Sydney location, Shane Warne commends its “great people and service,” and Gracie Otto says, “It is the place that I always take overseas friends and has always been the venue for family special occasions.”
Cafe Sydney, 5th floor, Customs House, Alfred St, Circular Quay, (02) 9251 8683
Woolloomooloo Wharf: Woolloomooloo Wharf is home to so many great, celeb-visited eateries. For modern Asian cuisine it’s hard to go past China Doll at Finger Wharf, where you can experience food from Japan, Hong Kong, China and South East Asia. For seafood lovers, Manta offers waterside dining and a menu that changes so they can serve the freshest offerings from the Seafood Market. Or if it’s a humble pie you’re after, head to Harry’s Cafe de Wheels — it has been visited Brooke Shields, Adrian Grenier, Elton John, and even KFC’s Colonel Sanders — proving it works for a wide range of tastebuds!
Piano Room: Located under the iconic Coca Cola sign at Kings Cross, Piano Room often plays host to star-studded after parties. It’s co-owned by Kyle Sandilands and made headlines in 2008, when Stevie Wonder gave an impromptu performance after a concert at Acer Arena. With a view of Sydney’s city, a bar ready to serve you classic cocktails, and a piano centre piece (of course), it gives your night out an opulent feel. You could even find yourself rubbing shoulders with the likes of Charlotte Dawson or Brian McFadden.
Piano Room, 1 Bayswater Rd Potts Point, (02) 8324 4500
Taronga Zoo: OK, so it’s not exactly a hotspot in the same vein as the others we’ve been mentioning, but when an international celebrity lands in Sydney for the first time they often make Taronga Zoo one of their first stops post-arrival. Where else can they get up close and personal with a koala? (Oprah’s first time seeing the cuddly creatures was an unforgettable one.) Where else can they see kangaroos hopping around? Avril Lavigne spent time at the zoo when she visited a few months ago, and others who have experience Australian fauna include Nicole Richie, Pete Wentz and the Glee cast. If you happen to time your visit correctly you could end up seeing more than just wildlife!
Taronga Zoo, (02) 9969 2777