9 ways to taste Sydney before you walk out the door Aiden Darling Harbour

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9 ways to taste Sydney before you walk out the door

Become a locavore and sample some of Sydney’s best local flavours and culinary treasures – from pastries to beer – without even leaving your bed.

 

 

When we travel, we want to be fully immersed in a destination to really get a feel for a place, to experience it as a local would, to see it through their eyes. Or indeed their appetite, as we gleefully eat and drink our way from one local delicacy to the next.

 

Inspired by this desire, we’ve brought the flavours of Sydney into the design and experience of our hotel, centred on curated culinary moments and menu items, many sourced directly from our local neighbourhood.

 

So you can stay and get a taste for Sydney – literally – before you even set foot outside the hotel.

 

Here are some of our favourite flavours so far:

 

 

#1. Golden croissants from PiOiK Bakery 

The makers of Sydney’s best croissants can be found right here in our neighbourhood of Pyrmont, so it stands to reason that we would hit them up for a daily delivery of flaky, buttery, crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside croissants for serving up in Wayfarer’s Bar & Cafe. Shady and Rose from little family-run bakery PiOiK Bakery make a small selection of bread and pastries from scratch, by hand, using organic, market-fresh seasonal ingredients and no preservatives. You can enjoy one of their delicious croissants at our place (or theirs!), toasted with free-range honey-smoked ham, mozzarella cheese and a splash of Dijon mustard.

 

Source: Staves Brewery / Instagram

#2. Craft beer from our neighbours at Staves

Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice when it comes to which local craft beer to sample, with dozens of microbreweries dotted around town. One of the closest to us is just in the next suburb over, Staves Brewery in Glebe. Set up in a former metal workshop, Staves brews an excellent range of core beers and seasonal specials, and we’ve sourced four of these to stock in our bar so you can enjoy cold either in Wayfarer’s or in your room at your leisure. We have also sourced beer from other great inner city Sydney brewers including 4 Pines in Brookvale, Batch in Marrickville, and Nort in Mona Vale.

 

 

#3. Welcome biccies from Madhouse Bakehouse

One of the first things guests see (and eat) when they get into their room here is a selection of crumbly, sweet biscuits layered in a jar, made in Sydney’s Chullora at Madhouse Bakehouse. This family-run bakery opened back in 1997 and is known for their prowess in baking up batches of brownies, cakes, slices and cookies riffing on good old Aussie classics. A lot of flavour and crunch gets packed into these irresistible little bite-sized biscuits. And you can enjoy a never-ending supply of them as complimentary!

 

Source: Juiced Life / Instagram

#4. Cold pressed juice from Juiced Life

Locals love getting out and about for breakfast or brunch, and they also can’t get enough of the juice bar and juice cleanse trend. Cold pressed juice is the cold beverage of choice for many locals, and we’ve brought a selection to the table at Wayfarer’s, sourced from Sydney-born Juiced Life. Sip a icy cold, 100% natural juice packed with nutrients and vitamins, and no added sugar or preservatives, choosing from a range of fruity combos like pear, ginger and lemon, or pineapple, orange and apple.

 

 

#5. Aromatic Wayfarer’s coffee blended in Sydney

We may be biased, but we REALLY know how to make a great coffee here in Sydney. You’ll be hard pressed to find a bad brew around town, as the demand for coffee excellence among locals is very high indeed. We know this only too well, so we put a lot of time into researching, taste testing and making our own delicious blend of beans. Produced locally, our Wayfarer’s Bar & Cafe coffee is ​100% high grown Arabica from Central America and Africa. It delivers a​ ​sweet, caramel taste with liquorice undertones and a lingering sweet finish. You can savour it in a frothy cappuccino over breakfast, an expertly-made takeaway espresso, a latte topped up with your favourite plant-based milk, or sweeten it up with caramel or hazelnut syrup. The choice is yours!

 

Source: Breville

#6. Crusty fresh bread from the Breville loaf maker

There’s something very alluring about the smell of fresh bread first thing in the morning. Here we treat you to a waft of freshly baked fruit loaf or sourdough straight from the kitchen, courtesy of our Breville Custom Loaf Pro. And you can’t get much more localised, given the building our hotel occupies used to be the office headquarters for Breville, a renowned Australian small appliance maker. We serve up our house-baked bread with a daily selection of jams each morning as a fitting tribute.

 

 

#7. Signature bottled cocktails from SYP

What better way to get a taste for a destination than through cocktails oft-sipped by locals? We had a lot of fun researching some of the most popular cocktails in town at the moment, and putting our own spin on them. We collaborated with local drinks mixers SYP to create three of our own crafty concoctions, each using locally-distilled spirits, syrups and ingredients, and inspired by our neighbourhood. For instance, our Gold Fashioned is made with Brix Gold Dark Rum from Brix Distillers in Surry Hills), Australian Beechworth Honey and Bitters, to give you a smooth classic with a sweet twist, inspired by Sydney’s striking golden hour of sunlight. There’s also the Firecracker Margarita – a party starter inspired by Sydney’s world-famous fireworks – and the I Negroni made with Australian Dry Gin from Manly Spirits Co. infused with local strawberries.

 

 

#8. Wonderful wines from around NSW

There’s not much space to grow grapes in Sydney, so we’ve cast our net a little further to compile our wine list. But not much further, given NSW is chock-a-block full of award-winning wine regions with stunning wineries producing excellent drops. Our personal favourites are on the list, like Molly’s Cradle NV Premium Brut from Tumbarumba, and The Aunts Meerea Park Cab Sav from the Hunter Valley. In fact, our entire wine list is made up of wines from around Australia, from Bendigo in Victoria to Margaret River in the west. (All except one sparkling from France, that is.)

 

 

#9. Delicious candles by @EmmmCook

Ok so this one isn’t actually for the eating, but local candlemaker Em Cook makes cylinders of wax that smell good enough to eat, so we’ve snuck in a mention. We’re talking flavours like cherries and cream, mango and pineapple, and birthday cake transformed into scents which fill the room. We stock a few from her handmade range in our retail store, while our hotel signature scent is a specially formulated fragrance we created in collaboration with her: called Bloom Always, it’s inspired by the floral spring scents of Sydney’s The Royal Botanic Garden, with a flourish of native lilies and lilacs, combined with fragrant lavender and peonies.

 

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Is there something you love about the flavours of Sydney which you’d love to see in our hotel? Get in touch and let us know! 

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