The Lemon Tree, Sydney CBD

If in Sydney Mon-Fri, crash post-work drinks at The Lemon Tree; here I ordered the top of their list, a Lemon Tree Martini but earlier in the evening there was a Prosecco that gave a hint of sweetness to a monsoon-like evening. Certainly test out the Italian cuisine, pasta is made fresh daily.

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Pottery Green Bakers, Gordon

Excellent North Sydney breakfast to be had at Pottery Green and a nice cool escape from the humidity in Gordon. Fantastic coffee, single origin Toby's Estate; the only cafe I have come across that has extracted the most robust flavour from Toby's roast, even Toby's Estate cafe itself.

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Metro St James, Sydney CBD

Metro St James is delightfully embedded in Hyde Park and enjoys a roaring trade through it's ability to channel a city dweller's need for green spaces and provide them with cool drinks and tasty Mediterranean fare at the same time. Mobile workers, this is the spot to plonk your laptop, work for the afternoon and refuel with a few rounds of iced coffee.

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The Fine Food Store, The Rocks

This gem is in a small shopping complex in The Rocks surrounded by Australiana tourist traps, so any hipster worthy of the name could be forgiven for walking on by. But stop at The Fine Food Store and pick up a latte because it. is. good. Their coffee gets an 8.0 on Beanhunter and the comments are an indication of how seriously TFFS take their coffee.

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Fratelli Fresh, Sydney CBD

Melburnians are spoilt with such a multi-cultural community and the culinary benefits this provides. We have good Italian, some of the best pizza chefs in the world; D.O.C. is a personal favourite for fresh pasta. We know quality when we see it and Fratelli Fresh certainly fits the bill. While we went to Bridge Street, the restaurant has expanded to several locations, including one in Melbourne's Alfred Place. We were celebrating running a massive conference at The Sheraton, we were exhausted and, looking at the map now, I don’t know how we managed to walk that far, but walk we did. Cutting through a few alleyways certainly gets a Melburnian interested; throw in an amazing old building, rustic décor, fabulous food and we feel right at home.

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Pablo and Rusty’s, Sydney CBD

I struggled through my hotel butchering Di Bella before I found this espresso haven. Reminiscent of Mister Mister and De Clieu, if you weren’t taking advantage of the people watching opportunities you could be forgiven for thinking Pablo and Rusty’s was an inner urban coffee paradise instead of right in the centre of it all on Castlereagh Street. Settle in for a couple of coffees and some eggs before work.

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Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining, Sydney CBD

Marked above by a single white hat, the Rabbit Hole had me at ‘mysterious’. Melburnians have a flair for quirky bars (Carlton Yacht Club) and this cocktail mecca does not disappoint. We were treated to some hefty burgers and Heston-esque cocktails – I asked our attendant what she would recommend and she interestingly sold me on the one that the bar tenders both love and hate to make: a wild concoction of spherified pearls of pama pomegranate in Jansz and fairy floss called Persephone’s Pain and Pleasure. You can disappear into this basement all night and never get bored.

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Angel Place, Sydney CBD

A location rather than a single restaurant, Angel Place is home to several Merivale venues. I loved it because it’s a Melbourne-style laneway with a beautiful street art installation called Forgotten Songs. I have had lots of fun at Felix (fancy French) and Palings (beer garden with cocktail jugs and Thai street food), and adore Lorraine’s Patisserie.

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