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Insiders Guide: Discover Sydney with Olivia Ruello


We take 5 with new Business Chicks CEO, Olivia Ruello. The Perth born dynamo has called Sydney home for almost 14 years and loves a bit of luxury travel! Here's Olivia's insiders guide to the secret haunts of Sydney...

alluxia: What do you love most about living in Sydney?

Olivia: No matter what day of the week it is, Sydney serves up the most amazing opportunities. Any day can introduce you to new people, first-class events, phenomenal art and culture, beaches, mountains and so much more. There is no such thing as boredom in Sydney.

The restaurant that best shows off your city...

If you are looking for the best view, book a table for lunch at North Bondi Fish to enjoy fresh seafood just a hot chip's throw from Bondi Beach; or, if you're heading out for dinner, Café Sydney serves up the best views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

When friends are in town I take them for a drink at...

The Winery in Surry Hills – there is nothing better than an afternoon wine in the garden. The menu is also perfect for sharing.

Couples wanting a romantic dinner for two should consider...

If you want a romantic night out you can't go past Catalina in Rose Bay: the food and service are always perfect, and the breathtaking views will certainly set the mood.

The best breakfast spot is...

You haven't had breakfast in Sydney until you have been to The Grounds of Alexandria. Head to The Café to dine in or grab something take-away and enjoy sitting in the gardens! If you are around on a Saturday make sure you check out the markets. It's the perfect place to grab breakfast, flowers for the week and discover your new favourite candle!


The best coffee can be found at...

Surprisingly, I am not a coffee drinker, so when I catch up with friends I love taking them to The Tea Salon. They have the most amazing range of teas and they still do great coffee, so I am told!

For the perfect gift or momento, I'd recommend shoppping at...

I am in love with The Daily Edited for gifts – head to their David Jones pop-up store in Pitt Street and have something personalised for you or as a gift.

The best markets can be explored at...

Kirribilli is the best market if you want to find a vintage designer bargain, scour for local artwork, rustic furniture or stock up on home-made jams and chutney!

For great art and culture...

The Museum of Contemporary Art will keep you busy for hours with exhibitions and activations like free yoga, workshops and educational talks. Check out their website to see what is going on for the month!

The best free activity in the city is...

Join hundreds of other fitness lovers and take in the fresh air and sea views while catching up with a friend on the Bondi to Bronte walk.


If it's raining...

If it's raining there is no better place than Gold Class at Event Cinemas. You can treat yourself to lunch, a glass of wine, catch up with a friend and catch the movie you have been trying to make time for all while escaping the weather: multi-tasking at its best.

What's the "Must See" attraction in your city...

Sydney's must-see would have to be a Business Chicks breakfast, but if early morning starts on your holiday aren't part of the package, then spend the day catching ferries and exploring Sydney's beautiful harbour and beaches! You can easily get from the north, city, east and inner west to fit in the must-see sights.

The city's best kept secret...

Sydney, sunshine and The Royal Hotel in Paddington's rooftop would have one of the best-kept secrets! There is a delicious menu to choose from and free Wi-Fi if you want to enjoy a quiet mid-week working lunch with a view of the harbour.

Where is your favourite weekend getaway from Sydney?

Whenever I feel like a break from the city, my first choice is always Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort. The Blue Mountains are the perfect distance for a two-day escape, and the property really is 'bucket list' amazing!

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Image credit: The Grounds, The Royal

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