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Where to eat, stay and play during Vivid Sydney

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Views of Harbour Lights installations over Sydney Harbour during Vivid Sydney 2023, as seen from Quay West , Sydney.

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Where to eat, stay and play during Vivid Sydney

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Views of Harbour Lights installations over Sydney Harbour during Vivid Sydney 2023, as seen from Quay West , Sydney.

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Step into our world of extraordinary art, entertainment, dining and one-of-a-kind experiences as Vivid Sydney shines a light on the city from 24 May to 15 June 2024.  

Be sure to explore the full program and start planning your adventure now with our insider guide of where to eat, stay and play during Vivid Sydney. 

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Couple enjoying food and drinks at Aster Bar at the InterContinental Sydney during Vivid Sydney 2023

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Couple enjoying food and drinks at Aster Bar at the InterContinental Sydney during Vivid Sydney 2023

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Vivid Light on Sydney Harbour during Vivid Sydney 2023. Vivid Sydney goes to sea, with our ferries and boats lighting up in unison with the city’s skyscrapers and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as they sail across our harbour.

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Vivid Light on Sydney Harbour during Vivid Sydney 2023. Vivid Sydney goes to sea, with our ferries and boats lighting up in unison with the city’s skyscrapers and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as they sail across our harbour.

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Feed Your Soul

Sydney’s dining and bar scene is as vibrant as the festival’s lights. Get inspired with these local favourites near (or inside) each Vivid Sydney location.

Barangaroo

For top-notch sustainable seafood, look no further than Cirrus. Try the delightful dumplings at Lotus Dining, a waterfront modern Chinese eatery and an excellent option for big groups. And if you’re dining with kids, head straight to Zushi, which has an extensive kid’s menu, including a customisable bento box.

Carriageworks

Head over to the nearby South Eveleigh, a recently revitalised dining precinct in converted railway sheds. Grab a quick bite at North Sandwich & Burger; sit down for a hearty bowl of Pho from Eat Fuh, or savour some Thai at Pepper Seeds.  Also be sure to grab a drink at BrewDog, a craft beer lovers haven complete with a taproom, bar and epic beer garden serving more than 20 craft beers on tap. 

Central Station and The Goods Line

The Rover is a sophisticated cocktail bar with an upmarket British tavern feel and a focus on oysters, whisky, and organic and biodynamic wine. For something a little different, Butter offers a quirky combo of fried chicken, Champagne and hip-hop. For a quick, delicious plate of noodles (or try the famous braised eggplant), Chinese Noodle House in nearby Haymarket is a winner.

Circular Quay

Gateway Sydney is a good place to start, a vibrant precinct with more than 30 casual eateries covering all types of cuisine. Or Hinchcliff House serves upper-crust comfort food inside a heritage wool store. Mary’s Underground offers lobster and steak frites into the late night, perfect for a post Light Walk feast. And once the site of warehouse parties, Hickson House is now a lively craft spirit distillery, and offers tours. For dinner under the Sydney Opera House sails, it’s hard to imagine a more iconic spot than Opera Bar – and where better to watch the Vivid Sydney lights over the Harbour?

The Rocks

Step back in time for a G&T inside Frank Mac’s, with 1840s sandstone walls and charming table service. Take your kids to Pancakes on The Rocks for an Americana take on the classic pancake, open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. For something special, Bay Nine is an omakase Japanese restaurant, with a daily changing menu of 11 courses served by an acclaimed chef.

Darling Harbour and Darling Quarter

Fratelli Fresh offers fresh and fast family-friendly pizza and pasta – what's not to love? If you are after a date-night option, Atelier by Sofitel is an elegant space with an expansive wine list and beautiful local seafood. Darling Square is a buzzing precinct for Asian deliciousness: dumplings, noodles, bubble tea and dessert.

Sydney CBD

Offering four venues in one, Shell House is all about Art Deco decadence, a luxe place to celebrate your Vivid Sydney night out – finish your evening with a drink at their rooftop bar. South-East Asian flavours come to party at MuMu in the always-pumping Ivy precinct. 

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Friends enjoying food and drinks in the House of Naturalia at Barangaroo House during Vivid Sydney 2023.

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Friends enjoying food and drinks in the House of Naturalia at Barangaroo House during Vivid Sydney 2023.

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Vivid Sydney Supper Club at Mary's Underground, Circular Quay for Vivid Music during Vivid Sydney 2023

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Vivid Sydney 2023 Credit: Destination NSW

Vivid Sydney Supper Club at Mary's Underground, Circular Quay for Vivid Music during Vivid Sydney 2023

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Vivid Dreams: Where To Stay

A comfortable place to put up your feet after a night exploring is essential during Vivid Sydney, and the city has a room for everyone. Here are a few ideas:

Luxe

Located in the heart of the CBD, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has reopened its doors after a stunning refurbishment to offer five-star luxury in the city, while Kimpton Margot Sydney fuses Art Deco ambience with modern luxe, with a glamorous rooftop bar and pool. Crown Sydney is a prime spot to access Vivid Sydney locations Barangaroo and Darling Harbour, and for twinkling harbour panoramas and full views of the Vivid Sydney lights, waterfront Park Hyatt or Shangri-La at The Rocks can’t be beat.

Family-friendly

There’s plenty of accommodation options that have what you need if travelling with little ones. The Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour makes the perfect base to explore Vivid Sydney along the waterfront, as well as being conveniently located to many family-friendly food options. Rydges Sydney Central is sleek, modern and right near Central Station. Head across the bridge and settle in for a slumber party with the animals at Taronga Zoo – their wildlife safari tents look out on the illuminated Sydney Harbour.

Designer Digs

After you’ve sparked your creativity exploring the festival, rest your inspired head at one of Sydney’s many designer-driven boutique hotels, right next to the beginning of the Light Walk at Central Station: Ace Hotel Sydney brings the Palm Springs brand’s artistic flair to the harbour city; Paramount House Hotel offers 29 unique rooms; or take a dip in The Old Clare Hotel’s luxurious rooftop pool. If waterfront is what you seek, check into one of Hotel Palisade’s eight guestrooms (some featuring Bridge views) or get even closer to the icon at Pier One Sydney.

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Views of the Vivid Sydney 2022 event captured from a suite in Crown Sydney, Barangaroo.

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Vivid Sydney 2022 Credit: Destination NSW

Views of the Vivid Sydney 2022 event captured from a suite in Crown Sydney, Barangaroo.

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Views of the Vivid Sydney 2023 event captured from a suite in the Park Hyatt, The Rocks

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Views of the Vivid Sydney 2023 event captured from a suite in the Park Hyatt, The Rocks

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Vivid Sydney And Beyond 

Show Stoppers

Catch a world-class musical such as Mamma Mia! at the Sydney Lyric Theatre or Tina - The Tina Turner Musicalat Theatre Royal Sydney, or submit yourself to the passions of Italian opera Rigoletto at the Sydney Opera House. 

Take in Carla Zampatti’s designs in Zampatti Powerhouse (until June 11), the first retrospective of the revered Australian designer, then soak in the vibrant creativity of Sydney’s leading LGBTIQ+ community with Absolutely Queer, both at Powerhouse Ultimo. Stand face to face with portraits of Australia’s vanguards and unsung heroes at the Archibald Prize 2023 at Art Gallery of NSW, or step into Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s kaleidoscope of colour with Love Your Nature!, featuring 20,000+ plants across one of the largest living green walls in the Southern Hemisphere, before heading to Lightscape.

On The Harbour

Watch the morning sun illuminate the skyline on a Sydney Harbour Sunrise kayak safari with Sydney Harbour Kayaks.

Slow things down with a pedal past secret coves and over the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge with Sydney Harbour Bike Tours, or rise up for a bird’s-eye view of beautiful Sydney on a flight with Sydney Seaplanes. For more insight into Sydney’s colonial past and a taste of local beers in some of The Rocks historic pubs, head off on one of Dave’s Pub ToursThe Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour, by Southern X, will show you another side of Sydney’s history – of the Gadigal people, and how their culture originated from the land.

As the sun sets, be mesmerised by Vivid Sydney’s lights reflecting across the water with a 60-minute evening cruise of the harbour with Fantasea or see brilliance from above as you scale to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in time to watch Vivid Sydney burst into life at 6pm. On the ground, learn how to capture the beautiful Vivid Sydney lights with a Vivid Photography Walking Tour with Picture Me Sydney.

For the full program and to plan your Vivid Sydney trip, visit: www.vividsydney.com

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Friends enjoying a day of kayaking on Sydney Harbour.

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Kayaking, Sydney Harbour Credit: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a day of kayaking on Sydney Harbour.

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Family enjoying a ride through Barangaroo on their hired bicycles from Sydney Harbour Bike Tours

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Sydney Harbour Bike Tours, Barangaroo Credit: Destination NSW

Family enjoying a ride through Barangaroo on their hired bicycles from Sydney Harbour Bike Tours

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