Why Easter is actually the best time to visit Sydney.


If you think Easter is just a holiday for kids, think again! We’ve put together a bunch of grown-up activities and places to hit over the Easter long weekend.


Best places for chocolate this Easter in Sydney

Some of our favourite spots for chocolate in Sydney include Adora in Rose Bay, serving up over 40 chocolate products from truffles to chocolate lollipop sticks; Belle Fleur in Rozelle, always with an impressive window display (Easter is no exception!) and Kakawa in Kings Cross, where, as soon as you walk inside, the warm, dry scent of toasting nuts, praline and cocoa hits you. There’s nothing fancy about the shop, which doubles as a chocolate factory, but their wares are second to none, with a mind-boggling range. And the best part? Kakawa is a five-minute walk from Holiday Inn Potts Point!


Where to get a drink on Good Friday?

So, you’ve arrived in Sydney for your long weekend getaway. Time to slide into holiday mode, and enjoy a beverage or two! Only one problem: it’s Good Friday, and it’s the one day of the year when booze is least available. So, before you head out around town in a desperate state of alcohol-deprived panic, what are your options?

Head out to these breweries, easliy catch public transport from your hotel, which will serve up their local brews and craft spirits from midday.

Both Rocks Brewery and Bar in Alexandria and Archie Rose Distilling Co., Rosebery are open all Easter long weekend from midday till late.

Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

Get dolled up and get trackside at Royal Randwick on Stakes Day Saturday 20th  to celebrate the finale of Autumn Racing in Sydney.

It is always a stellar day, with live entertainment, award-winning hospitality, pop up bars, photo moments and much more! Don’t forget to pre-purchase your ticket, (general admission $24) as it includes complimentary travel on Sydney train, bus and rail.


The Grounds at Easter

The Grounds of Alexandria has everything from a café, garden, atrium, markets, florist through to a sustainable garden. An epic spot for a coffee, or a cheeky cider over the long weekend.

It has become something of a little wonderland, especially in the summer, when the place is bustling with families roaming the markets, people sitting around the fountain in the gardens and friends catching up over brunch. You’ll even find kids playing with the pets on site including pig Kevin Bacon, pony Turbo, goats Goldy Horn and Margoat Robbie as well as the chickens.



Don’t want to venture too far from your hotel room? Investigate these spots within walking distance!

Eats in Potts Point

The Farmhouse is a four-minute walk away, where a communal table for 20 serves the kind of unfussy, uncomplicated food that defines idyllic country living. Four courses of produce-driven, wholesome selections are offered via a seasonal menu (scrawled on the window each morning), and there are only two sittings.

The New Hampton is even closer – two minutes walk – with a old-world, European charm, weave your way through the maze and find the hidden nooks to snack on forest mushroom arancini and buttermilk chicken wings. The restaurant has a menu of comforting, French-inspired classics with an elegant wine list to match.

Drinks in Potts Point

Eau de Vie is housed in the back room of The Kirketon Hotel, you need to stroll through another bar to reach this den dedicated to the cocktail.

The drinks list is compiled by the bar team, who read like a who’s who of Australia’s best. Drink creation is meticulous, with a focus on table service and a succinct bar menu that cleverly forces you to order another round to quench your salty thirst. After a few of these cocktails, it will thankfully only take you three minutes to walk back to Potts Point Holiday Inn.


Jangling Jack’s is a two-minute stroll away. This New Orlean’s inspired joint is dimly lit and moody in all the right ways, while appealing to both visitors and Kings Cross regulars.

The narrow space stretches back along the gorgeous bar, lit with speakeasy-style lampshades and surrounded by 1930s blues posters. Choose between high tables, lounge in the back booths or take advantage of the best spot in the house and dine at the bar. In all aspects, this place is cool without being pretentious.


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