Sydney has been my home on and off for the past 20 years and I have memories there — professional and personal, good and bad — that will last me a lifetime.
My favourite hotel has to be the Shangri-la, smack bang in the heart of the Rocks. It offers beautiful views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. It is a stone’s throw away from the Opera House steps and the Botanical Gardens for an early morning run. It is a short walk from the central business district (CBD) and not far from the restaurants, pubs and theatres.
There are numerous business hotels within the CBD: The Hilton, Westin and the Park Hyatt are all very good. If you have your family with you, one of the several serviced apartments across the city is a good place to stay.
For business meetings, the best place, but perhaps not the most logical, would be the beach! If for some inexplicable reason, however, your business counterpart is not too keen on doing that, meetings in restaurants or coffee shops are always popular. Of course, the business centre of a hotel would be the most logical place to meet for confidential discussions.
For food, there are different places for different reasons. Bondi Icebergs is where you rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Once there, don’t forget to order the rack of lamb. Victoria Room, on the other hand, is where the wannabe rich and famous go. Tetsuya serves Japanese cuisine. And if you want to take it easy and soak in the sight of the Harbour Bridge, get yourself an outside table at Café Sydney.
Maya Sweets is for desi chaat while Nilgiri’s is for the rest of Indian food.
Rohit Bhuta is CEO, Religare Macquarie Private Wealth
(Co-ordinated by Jasodhara Banerjee)