Sydney's design district, Surry Hills, now doubles as a food destination with new wine bars and restaurantsboth fancy and casualfrom some of the Australian city's most skilled chefs and sommeliers.
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Chef Warren Turnbull of Surry Hills' highly lauded French restaurant Assiette loosens up with this new bistro. The setting is relaxed, but dishes like ricotta gnocchi with smoked tomato are still quite elegant. Must try: Tuna with wasabi panna cotta (right).Courtesy of Porteno
An Argentinean grill with a rock-and-roll vibe and leather sofas in its upstairs bar. The open kitchen allows diners to watch as tattooed chefs Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz (of the cult tapas spot Bodega) cook whole animals over an open fire. Must try: Lamb roasted over fruitwood.
Star chef Mark Best creates what many claim are Sydney's most exciting tasting menus at Marque.
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Anne Hathaway is a fan of this boutique's selection of emerging Australian fashion designers, like Kylie Hawkes. A new upstairs space stocks housewares, furniture and wallpaper. Hot item: Interior designer Tim Leveson's custom teak chairs.Courtesy of Edit
Former Vogue Living editor Sharyn Storrier Lyneham revives old design piecesfor example, by topping a '70s lamp base with a new French floral fabric shade. Hot item: Retro armchair reupholstered in "Hedges" hemp fabric.© Jess Yee
This year-and-a-half-old shop carries a mix of eco-conscious and ethical pieces for the home, both local (cushions from Ourlieu) and global (ceramics from Canada's Paige Russell). Hot item: Hand-turned lamp by Workroom.