The signature hot chocolates, hearty soups and cosy fireplaces are just a few reasons to come out of hibernation this winter and explore Sydney’s buzzing cafes, bars and eateries.
Leading travel website Wotif.com has found some of Sydney’s best winter hot spots to escape the cold.
Warm your insides
There’s no denying there’s something about winter time that turns on the craving to curl your hands around a warm bowl of soup. Escape the cold and heat up your fingertips with a delicious noodle soup in the relaxed atmosphere of Komachi Japanese Restaurant, located in Surry Hills. There’s plenty to choose from including both Ramen and Udon noodle soups with your choice of chicken, seafood, pork or vegetable to name but a few. For soup lovers up for a challenge, try eating the restaurant’s enormous bowl of Ramen and soup within one hour and you’ll be awarded a $100 meal voucher and the soup for free (make sure you book beforehand and if you don’t meet the challenge you owe $100!).
If you’re in the Darlinghurst area, stop off at Phamish and fill your belly with warm South East Asian delights. Unwrap your scarf and settle in for a curry feast or try the popular duck pancake and dumplings.
For soup on the go, or if you just want to eat it in the comfort of your own hotel room, try Croutons Soup Bar in the heart of Sydney (only open weekdays). Choose from lentil, pumpkin, Boston clam chowder soups or to really heat things up, try the Mexican chilli soup. You can also pick up bread to dunk in your soup and help yourself to the complimentary condiments on offer including parsley, croutons, hot Tabasco and more.
Melt away the cold
Finding a creamy, delectable hot chocolate isn’t hard with plenty of cafes dotted across the city but we recommend trying a few as there are so many delicious places to choose from. If you love the way Lindt chocolate melts in your mouth, you’ll love warming up with a hot choccie made from the finest chocolate at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe. The warm waffles drizzled with chocolate fudge sauce will also go down a treat.
In the hub of Darlinghurst, you can snuggle into a lounge chair and warm up with a Belgian hot chocolate experience at Boon. With all the hot chocolates blended in-house and made fresh with natural ingredients, you’ll be tempted to accompany it with a chocolate teaser plate.
For bites of warm sugar and cinnamon coated churros between sips of chilli and cinnamon spiced hot chocolate to really heat up your insides, take a seat at one of the Chocolateria San Churro cafes in Sydney. You can choose from a selection of hot chocolates, including the thick, classic to minty or fruity coconut infused hot chocolates.
Why not get an evening hot chocolate to take away and watch the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the rest of the harbour transform with colour with Vivid Sydney’s spectacular light show on from 23 May – 9 June. You can even choose your own colours with the interactive technology and watch the Harbour Bridge come to life.
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Relax with a stout in front of a fireplace
Home to Australia’s oldest pub brewery, The Lord Nelson at The Rocks is an ideal escape from a cold, rainy day with its award winning beers and hearty meals best enjoyed in front of the fire place. This pub is famous for its fine ales, but you can also enjoy a pint of award-winning stout or a schooner of one of the boutique craft beers on offer. For a hearty, winter meal we recommend going on Monday pie night and digging into a beef pie with, mushy peas and mash for just $7.
If you’re on the other side of town in Woollahra, the lounge and open fireplaces in the quintessentially English pub, The Lord Dudley is perfect for hiding from the cold. You’ll feel like you’re in the middle of London with the head chef bringing a British twist to the wholesome meals. Choose from the likes of crème of parsnip soup, duck liver parfait or 12 hour braised Wagyu beef cheek and sit back and bask in the warmth.
Heat things up with a hot bevvy
On a cold, windy day you can’t go past reading a good book while sipping your favourite hot beverage. You can do exactly that at the book lined walls of gertrude & alice cafe at Bondi Beach – why not try their famous chai or choose from a range of herbal, green and black teas.
If you’re visiting in July and love a good cup of coffee, head to The Rocks Aroma Festival and sample from different roasters. You can even take part in a coffee workshop.
If you can’t wait until July, the Paramount Coffee Project is a must go to place for coffee enthusiasts with its rotating selection of beans from around the world.
Get cosy in a cocktail bar
With its stylish fireplace surrounded by leather lounge chairs and cosy nooks, the Zeta Bar at the Hilton Sydney is a sophisticated choice for a wintery evening. With its experienced mixologists and cocktail creations it’s no surprise it’s been visited by celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Hawkins and Hugh Jackman. Warm up beside the fire with a Zeta classic, the Gunpowder Plot. Infused with London Dry Gin, gunpowder flavours and shaken vigorously with fernet branca and egg white, this popular cocktail is served in a smoking cloche.
Tucked away in the Kirketon Boutique Hotel, the elegant Eau-de-Vie cocktail bar with its warm ambience and 1920’s charm is a stylish cosy spot to sip the award winning cocktails on offer and try the popular buttered popcorn.
For mulled wine or warmed cider, the velvet tapestry wallpaper, fireplace and tea candle jars at the Blacksheep bar provides a welcoming place to shun the cold.
With accommodation deals from only AU$99 and flights from AU$87 (one way), visit Wotif.com to book your ‘Sydney in Winter’ holiday.