Step outside your residence in Sydney and you are likely only a few steps away from yet another oasis. Whether you’re looking for a wine and dine opportunity, a chance to unwind and leave the urban chaos behind, or just another fresh experience for your taste buds laden with greenery, there are quite a few places this iconic city has to offer.
Here are several places with the greenest reputation for ambiance, food and atmosphere alike that are sure to become a regular part of your Sydney experience.
Royal Botanic Garden
This two-hundred-year-old Eden is home to some of the most idyllic green spots in the country and impressive plants the South Pacific region is famous for. Depending on your chosen spot, you can set up your picnic surrounded by pristine bushland, or with a view of the Harbour, but if you plan a serious gathering of over twenty people, there are several pavilions worth a booking, such as the Maiden Pavilion in the very heart of the garden.
Chinese Garden of Friendship
A taste of the Ancient Orient in the middle of Sydney? Sure! Just head out to Darling Harbour and immerse yourself into this wonderful work of art, created with the sole purpose to recreate the harmony between man and nature through the synergy of tranquil lagoons, authentic architecture and mesmerizing greenery. A place that evokes serenity, it’s perfect for meditation, a relaxing picnic and restoring balance to your mind.
Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden
With the beauty of something that you could only concoct in a dream, this magical nook was the deed of a grieving widow who expressed her sorrow and coped with her loss by creating this small patch of paradise seclusion which is open to anyone who wants to revel in untamed beauty of local and exotic plants, herbs and trees. Yet another perfect picnic spot, Wendy’s Garden is a surreal museum of collected artefacts and greenery beyond your wildest imagination.
This eclectic suburban corner of Sydney deserves the attention of every true green-lover. If you are looking for a nature-infused atmosphere with a menu of superbly healthy ingredients, look no further than The Butler Potts Point and its curious dining area combined with a lavish outdoor setting. For inside-out healthy, green experience, have a bite of their achiote chicken or a sip of their Pinot Noir, and you will discover your new favourite lunch place.
Kings Cross Organic Market
Nestled in the lush foliage of Macleay Street, this little gem offers a surprisingly wide variety of healthy options for a rich meal homemade meal. From fresh, organic produce to exquisite coffee, the browsing and shopping experience alone will have you fall in love at first sight. You can start your Saturday stroll with a delicious fruit smoothie from Where the Wild Things Grow and enjoy your weekly grocery shopping until the very last moment.
Northside Produce Market
Another Saturday pick for a green, locally-cherished destination is this gourmet market filled with tasty goodies just waiting to take their place on your breakfast menu. Locally grown, harvested and prepared, and sold in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere, spending time in this secluded place will never feel like a chore, but a ritual that rightfully belongs in your healthy lifestyle. You can find artisan cheeses of the finest sorts, organic cereals, free-range organic meats and gluten-free treats of all sorts.
The Health Emporium
A Bondi favourite for the locals as well as occasional visitors, this family owned and operated business will certainly make you feel at home from your first visit. The Health Emporium offers a whole range of green options – from some of Sydney’s best smoothies, organic fruits and veggies, to your precious green cosmetics that you can use as a staple of your beauty collection. Eco-friendly cleaning supplies, healthy supplements and bone broth – if you can imagine it, they can make it, as they truly have it all.