You don’t need to get on a plane to experience some of the best food and fashion from around the world.
If last year taught us anything, it’s that we don’t need to stray too far off the beaten track to experience an adventure. If you’re a Sydneysider, you’re lucky enough to have the world at your feet. That’s right, our very own city is full of its own adventures - but only if you know where to look!
So, join us and set off on an adventure, minus the car squabbles, the overpriced plane tickets and the jetlag. You can experience a culinary adventure (for your taste buds, that is), or get lost dressing up in international designer threads that transport you off on a whimsical sartorial journey. You don’t have to go far; just head to The Galeries. Keep reading to discover where your next international destination might be.
Food is one of the best – not to mention, the easiest – ways for us to transport ourselves to different regions all over the world and immerse ourselves in new cultures. Luckily, there are a myriad of Japanese eateries at The Galeries to fill you up with food and a healthy dose of Japanese culture.
Take Ichi Ban Boshi, for instance. This bustling Japanese eatery boasts house-made noodles made fresh on the premises each day. Don’t miss the must-have tonkotsu ramen; a famous, noodle soup with a rich and tasty pork bone broth. This ramen was developed in the Hakata district of Fukuoka city in Kyushu, Japan. Today you can enjoy it 7,902 kilometres away, right here in Sydney.
After a spot of ramen, continue your Japanese cultural adventure next door at Kinokuniya Sydney, an enormous multi-zone booklover’s haven in its not-so-secret location at the very top of The Galeries.
Get lost exploring the bookstore’s endless shelves of Manga, cult graphic novels, art and design books, or a range of literature for kids and adults alike in Japanese, Chinese and English. Allow plenty of time to browse but be warned; once you walk in you might lose a few hours!
If you’re in need of some chill time, stop by the popular Japanese relaxation space, Raffine Tokyo. Raffine is a relaxation industry with over 500 stores in Japan, offering a blend of both traditional and modern Japanese culture. The skilled Japanese masseuses at Raffine provide a luxurious and professional service. Say “sayonara” to the worries of a stressful day at work.
Don’t forget to stop by and pick up some household essentials from Japanese retailer, Muji. This store is truly the epitome of Japanese minimalism, offering a charming assortment of practical items; everything from stationery to skincare.
Why go to Paris to eat a croissant under the Eiffel Tower when French cuisine is right under your nose? Okay, we admit, it’s not necessarily a French patisserie, but Black Star Pastry at The Galeries is full of pastries, cakes and exquisitely presented sweet treats that could rival any Parisian patisserie. So much so that the New York Times even declared its famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake “the world’s most Instagrammed cake”!
Or, if you’d just like to experience what life might look like on a Parisian street corner, head to chic café, The Grounds of The City on the ground floor of The Galeries. Pull up a chair at one of the cosy tables within this Parisian-bistro-inspired hideaway and nibble on a decadent Fruit Tart while sipping your coffee.
For French fashion, wander over to Spring Court. Established in 1936, this cult French sneaker brand was once known for its distinctive breathable tennis shoes, which are now easily recognised by a timeless profile and four distinctive ventilation holes. Today, Spring Court has cemented itself as a key part of urban culture, transcending generations with its classic and eternal European style.
Don’t forget to stop by the iconic Italian fashion retailer, Diesel, where you’ll find chic, high-quality premium casual wear. Diesel has humble roots in Molvena, a tiny town in the North-East of Italy, but quickly evolved from a small Italian denim brand into a global phenomenon.
Post-shopping, stop to refuel at Miles & Co Café with humble Italian dishes. Twirl a heart-warming Spaghetti Carbonara around your fork and relish its creamy flavour or sample the Pumpkin Risotto to go on a classic yet comforting culinary journey.
Finally, kick back on a Friday afternoon and sip on a Negroni in the courtyard of the Arthouse Hotel. Let the sweet, yet bitter flavours of this delicious cocktail take you back to the streets of Florence, where this drink was said to have been invented by the Negroni family, as far back as 1916.
Graffiti Ristorante – the Italian Restaurant located inside the Arthouse Hotel is worthy of its own mention. This high-domed delight is filled with some delicious Italian secrets, like handmade Venetian lights and some of the city’s best pizza…