Sophisticated and stylish, Potts Point is the place to be for cool restaurants, fabulous fashion boutiques, cocktail bars and cafes. It’s just a short walk from the city to explore this petite, quaint quarter of Sydney. Take in the historic buildings, Art Deco architecture and picturesque tree-lined streets.
We recently asked Potts Point locals to ping us with their top neighbourhood picks. Here are some of the many reasons they say you should get to the point – Potts Point, that is.
Potts Point by day
“Perfect for a lazy weekend brunch. The menu is simple yet stylish, with just a bit more than your regular avo on toast. They have a cute courtyard-style garden … a great area to enjoy a morning brekkie or boozy brunch with the girls.” – recommended by Abbie via our online form.
This country-style Kellett Street kitchen serves up relaxed meals in a surprisingly rustic setting, given the postcode.
Potts Point and Art Deco go hand in hand. Thanks to Deco Diva Antiques, you can deck out your own digs in this classic style too. Antiques dealer and owner Mark Meredith sources 20th century collectibles, Art Deco homewares, ceramics, glassware, lighting, sculptures and more.
“I have found that well-designed, original Art Deco pieces never date or go out of style,” he says. “Some of these rare treasures look as if they were made completely for today’s homes.”
It’s well worth a wander in to check out Meredith’s newest arrivals. Think French bronze sculptures, ceramic dancing ladies and Czech geometric glassware.
“Best hairdressers in Potts Point! Andy is fabulous! I have naturally curly hair and am very particular about my colour. Andy goes above and beyond in service to help me achieve the look I love! Viva to Viva!” – recommended by Kerrin-Gai via Facebook.
Find superb styling, serenity and fun at this salon. From cuts to colour, head shaves to highlights and straightening to styling, Viva has a service to suit every head. So head on over.
“Saturday mornings are the best. Catch a morning yoga class at BodyMindLife, then head to the markets for breakfast.” – recommended by Erika via Facebook.
This yoga studio behind the Coke sign offers yoga classes across several styles and to suit all abilities. Strike a pose as you complete your practice overlooking Sydney’s spectacular skyline, or sip some free soothing herbal tea in the studio’s Yogi Lounge. BodyMindLife features highly trained teachers and first-class facilities. Heating and air-filtration system makes ‘breathe in, breathe out’ even more beneficial to your workout.
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Calling the carnivorous! Take the great Aussie barbecue or your next dinner party to the next level with meat from this traditional artisan butcher shop. Whole Beast cuts everything from nose to tail to order. In addition to your typical chops, steaks and mince, here you can stock up on house-made pates, terrines, meatballs, sausages and prepared meats. Is your meat-loving mouth watering yet?
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Brighten someone’s day with a gift, pamper yourself with a prezzie or add ambience to your next dinner party. The Little Candle Shop has what you need in a rainbow of colours and a spectrum of scents. From dinner candles to pillar candles that will burn for as long as 125 hours, The Little Candle Shop adds a light touch.
Potts Point by night
When the sun turns off and the Coke sign turns on, so does the nightlife.
“Hayes Theatre Co … always produces high-quality musical theatre and cabaret performances. It offers $30 tickets Monday to Thursday for 2011 [Potts Point’s postcode] locals!” – recommended by Rosie via our online form.
To get your cultural fix, head over to the Hayes. Every year, this non-profit stalwart of Australian musical theatre puts on 8 to 10 stage productions, a cabaret season as well as special 1-night-only performances. Named for local musical legend Nancye Hayes, the spot supports theatre veterans, up-and-coming thespians and independent producers.
“Best place for an after-work drink or a lazy weekend” – recommended by Jess via Facebook.
Like your drinks pink? This wine bar, specialising in rosé wines, has your name on it – in pink, of course! Even better, it has roughly 50 rosés from across the globe, including some from France’s famed Côtes de Provence region. Capitalising on the booming popularity of this fruit-driven, it’s-always-summer-somewhere drop, Rosé Royale has given rosé centre stage. The spot has drinks and food menus to prove it. Indeed, it’s not just the wine list that’s rosé-inspired. You’ll find rose-laced cocktails, small plates that include rosé-braised beef cheeks, and citrus and rosé-cured salmon. Among the desserts, rosé crepes and sorbets.
“The Roosevelt is amazing for a cocktail or 3 to start off your night, or to show off on a first date” – recommended by Bobz via Facebook.
Step in to 1950s New York. This cool, historic bar is another prime example of Potts Point’s Art Deco heritage. It features the requisite leather banquettes, cosy, candlelit tables and vintage cocktail equipment. But don’t just come here to drink. Come here to learn, too. The Roosevelt hosts fun whisky and cocktail masterclasses, and regular poker nights. Potts Pointers should definitely take advantage of locals’ night every Tuesday, and residents and visitors alike can feast on the weekly Sunday roast.
“Jangling Jacks is a great little bar on Victoria Street. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff, great drinks and an excellent atmosphere. Plus, the set-up inside is beautiful. Worth a look if you haven’t been.” – recommended by Jarrod via Facebook.
Belly up to the bar at this casual and cosy watering hole. Here, album artwork and promotional concert posters line the walls, striking just the right atmospheric note. The welcoming, friendly bar staff and their classy and creative cocktails don’t miss a beat either.
Don’t let Cho Cho San’s minimalist, cream-coloured decor fool you. There’s nothing neutral or minimal about the food here. From izakaya-style snacks (okonomiyaki, chicken karaage) and a fresh raw bar selection to grilled delights and bumper banquet menus, here’s a true taste of modern Tokyo. And it wouldn’t be Tokyo without a tipple of sake or shochu. Choose from an abundant sake list or add a sake flight to your meal.
“Go for dinner at The Butler!” recommended by @mayumi_iwsk via Twitter.
Indeed, as butlers do, let The Butler and its friendly, knowledgeable, attentive staff wait cater to your whims. With this impeccable service, lush, tropical, foliage-adorned setting and a terrace view of the city skyline that’s as delicious as the food, you’ll want to make The Butler your faithful servant. The menu encourages guests to share food. Eclectic flavours range from French-Caribbean to Ibero-American – and some other influences in between.
“Sydney’s answer to vegetarian/vegan fine dining. Such an incredible experience – even our non-veggie friends loved it” – recommended by thehungrysprouts via #SydneyLocal.
The complexity of flavours in the restaurant’s contemporary dishes is both surprising and scrumptious, even when you’re a hardcore meat lover. Eggplant, corn and black garlic? Yes, please! If you can, do the Saturday night tasting menu of 5 or 7 courses. And if you need help navigating this veritable vegetable garden of delights, the staff is happy and helpful, without being overbearing or intrusive.