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Things to do in Circular Quay, Sydney

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Right bang in Circular Quay, the MCA has always something interesting going on as well as a terrace bar view great views. ”
  • 304 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“a 20 minute train ride from a stanmore Station and you are at the most beautiful natural harbour in the world. Here you can walk around the Opera House, through to the picturesque Botanical Gardens, and you can walk to the Domain, where there are many free concerts during Summer ”
  • 225 locals recommend
Opera House
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“This is an iconic place for a drink and food in the afternoon - beautiful view of the Sydney harbour - opera house and bridge, outdoor drinks at its best”
  • 216 locals recommend
Candy Store
“Take a stroll through the bustling market stalls and discover locally-designed Australian fashion, handcrafted jewellery and unique homewares. Meet local artists and photographers, sample handmade beauty products, or simply grab a bite to eat from one of our many food vendors, to fuel your exploration.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Take the ferry from Circular Quay across to Manly and back for a good sail on the harbour. Great shots of the Opera House, Bridge and City from the ferry. Beatiful family beach in Manly.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Sophisticated European and Asian seafood, served in an informal restaurant with waterside seating.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bistro
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“Elegant Modern Australian lunches in an art museum restaurant with outdoor dining and harbour views.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Australia's oldest pubs, and marvel at iconic attractions, Opera house and the harbour bridge. ”
  • 243 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Top cinema just 15 mins across the harbour by ferry. Regular sessions of new release arthouse and mainstream movies.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Transportation
“Oldest inner city neighbourhood. Can access harbour bridge walk here. Australia hotel good pub, great Japanese at sate. Markets at weekend”
  • 12 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“Owned by Leon Fink and run by chef Peter Gilmore, Quay has won several awards in Australia and has appeared in the worlds 50 best restaurants several times. A progression of rare and beautiful ingredients where texture, flavour and harmony is paramount. 6pm-9:30pm Every day Also open 12-1:30pm Fri-Sun”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Fabulous service with amazing food made this restaurant a must choose for an important family reunion. Nothing was too much trouble. The view of the Opera House and harbour bridge sublime. If you’re coming to Sydney and want the best, this is the place.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Diner
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“A Sydney classic. Think hot pancakes with cold ice-cream on top. Great value, casual dining restaurant with table service that has something for everyone: ribs, nachos, pizza, salads, pancakes and more. All day breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Museum
“Divided into four chronological displays – Warrane (pre-1788), Colony (1788–1820), Port (1820–1900) and Transformations (1900 to the present) – this excellent museum digs deep into The Rocks’ history and leads you on an artefact-rich tour. Sensitive attention is given to The Rocks’ original inhabitants, the Gadigal people.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of Sydney's most iconic 3 chefs hat restaurants, overlooking the most beautiful harbour in the world. Try the famous snow egg for desert. Must book in advance. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Not alot of tourists know about this place beause it's upstairs at Circular Quay and many don't even see it. It's a lovely bar with views over the ferries and Harbour Bridge. Particularly joyous mid to late afternoon when the sun streams in. It's a pretty place too for drinks.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Opera House
“This is an iconic place for a drink and food in the afternoon - beautiful view of the Sydney harbour - opera house and bridge, outdoor drinks at its best”
  • 216 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Sophisticated European and Asian seafood, served in an informal restaurant with waterside seating.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bistro
“Elegant Modern Australian lunches in an art museum restaurant with outdoor dining and harbour views.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
“Owned by Leon Fink and run by chef Peter Gilmore, Quay has won several awards in Australia and has appeared in the worlds 50 best restaurants several times. A progression of rare and beautiful ingredients where texture, flavour and harmony is paramount. 6pm-9:30pm Every day Also open 12-1:30pm Fri-Sun”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous service with amazing food made this restaurant a must choose for an important family reunion. Nothing was too much trouble. The view of the Opera House and harbour bridge sublime. If you’re coming to Sydney and want the best, this is the place.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Diner
“A Sydney classic. Think hot pancakes with cold ice-cream on top. Great value, casual dining restaurant with table service that has something for everyone: ribs, nachos, pizza, salads, pancakes and more. All day breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of Sydney's most iconic 3 chefs hat restaurants, overlooking the most beautiful harbour in the world. Try the famous snow egg for desert. Must book in advance. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Acoustic live music on Friday and Saturday evenings with views of the opera house”
  • 7 locals recommend

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