The Rocks is home to some of Sydney’s best cafes and superb restaurants and it’s also got the views, great experience for the locals, travellers and incentive groups.
The area is perfectly positioned for uninterrupted vistas of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour. Where to find them? Here are five restaurants in The Rocks where your meal comes with significant doses of sea, sky and the view.
ALTITUDE @ THE SHANGRI-LA
The Altitude Restaurant affords genuinely dazzling views. That’s because it’s on the 36th floor of the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel and it’s fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The fancy menu rises to the occasion. While you’re working through your seared scallops with Iberico crumb, braised abalone, salsify and dried persimmon or blueberry sorbet with white chocolate, basil gel and sugar glass, gaze out over Harbour and city panoramas that stretch for miles. Try to get there for sunset.
GLENMORE HOTEL | Sydney
Book a table on the Glenmore Hotel’s rooftop for 180 degree views of the Harbour and CBD.
It’s glorious in the sunshine, but even on rainy days, you can honour your lunch or dinner, thanks to a retractable roof that’ll keep you dry.
Built across the road in the 1880s and moved, literally brick-by-brick, to its current location in the 1920s, the Glenmore is one of the few buildings on Cumberland Street to have survived the building of the Harbour Bridge.
THE DINING ROOM @ PARK HYATT | Sydney
What Altitude offers in dizzying heights, the Park Hyatt Dining Room offers in its spectacular proximity to the water.
A table here is about as close to the Harbour as you can get without jumping on a ferry. And the 4 metre, floor-to-ceiling glass doors make the indoor-outdoor transition seamless.
Like Altitude, The Dining Room is for fine dining.
WOLFIES | Sydney
This restaurant is located in a 19th-century sandstone storehouse in Campbell’s Cove. For the best views, reserve an outside table. To mix historic atmosphere with harbour glimpses, opt for one of the cosy, mahogany-floored private rooms.
Star attractions of the contemporary Australian menu include the hot and cold seafood platter loaded up with crayfish, tiger prawns, Balmain bugs and loads more; the grilled Moreton Bay bugs.
MCA CAFE | Sydney
The MCA Cafe combines multimillion dollar views with a casual feel. Its fourth floor, waterfront position means that the vista is extraordinary, taking in the Opera House, the Bridge and Kirribilli.
Because the interior has been given a canteen-like fit-out, with red plastic chairs and counter service, you can adopt as relaxed an approach to lunch as suits you.