Monday, June 27, 2016

The Old Clare Hotel - when heritage building has a new soul



If you travelling to Australia, especially Sydney, you will find there are many bar + accommodation building types around the city, well it basically a bar with small amount of room or even some of them don't have a space for accommodation (why they called it hotel anyway?). I passed this Old Clare Hotel on November last year for the first time and nothing to curious about it, until I found this article from NY Times about 52 Places to Go in 2016, there is Sydney on number 51 and they mentioned about this hotel, wow there must be something else about it and I started to google it.

Unlisted Collection combined two heritage-listed building which is Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building to become their first and newest project in Sydney. Situated in Kensington street and directly stand beside Central Park shopping center and Spice Alley food district. They have 62 rooms in total with 8 different room types, from Connell room, Abercrombie room, Clare room, Chippendale loft, Showroom suite, Mary O' suite, C.U.B suite and Double date with old clare room. They have 1 special room in Connell room types which wheelchair friendly.  





If you google about Clare Hotel Pub, you will see the previous building was and nothing changed today. They kept the exterior and even some of the interior of the building. They basically give a new soul to the heritage building with a young and modern with some old pieces of the previous one.

one of the Connell room's bed

sitting area in Chippendale Loft

wheelchair friendly bathroom in Connell Room
There's only one room with this feature, you can book upon request

one of bathroom in Connell room type
(image source : The Old Clare Hotel)

sitting area in Mary O' Suite

sitting area in Mary O' Suite
(image source: The Old Clare Hotel)

sitting area in one of Connell room type 
with one of a kind Rag & Bone desk lamp
(image source : The Old Clare Hotel)

pardon my selfie on Chippendale Loft :P

PSLAB pendant lights
Iconic lamps which will you find in each room type
(image source: The Old Clare Hotel)

If you read some of my hotel reviews, you will see that I often write about quirky & stylish hotel and I'm really glad to finally find this one in Sydney. This hotel not only has a unique interior and exterior but also has unique features inside the room from their PSLAB pendants lights, one of a kind the Rag & Bone desk lamp in each room, custom cushions cover created by former UTS student Eloise Rapp and they use Triumph & Disaster brand for their amenity sets.

1 Kensington Street
Chippendale NSW 2008
Australia

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rusty Rabbit - Darlinghurst


It's winter in Sydney now, but I just found a place which make me feel in the summer time (except the wind outside the cafe, lol). In the intersection of Forbes street and Burton street you will find a cafe with a wink rabbit as logo, called The Rusty Rabbit.


It located in Darlinghurst, Sydney near St Vincent's hospital. I always pass this place whenever I take a bus to Paddington from CBD and this place really caught my attention. I like the industrial and vintage look in the interior of the cafe and lucky me I got the perfect table near the window. The Rusty Rabbit serves all day breakfast and lunch (lunch will serve start 11.30 am)




I've got a different table situation from what I've seen from some pictures on instagram, that day our table atmosphere was sooo summer. They added the pineapple as the table decoration and voila here come the summer ambiance. Because of this, my friend decided to order a cold drink to brighten the day. I ordered chicken & rice and hot chocolate, meanwhile my friend decided to get smashed avocado and minty lemonade.


our table situation

Hot chocolate on a cold day never failed on me and I liked my healthy brunch menu. My brunch was chicken breast marinated in garlic, thyme and citrus served with greens (I got broccoli and sauteed spinach), brown rice, red quinoa and topped with crispy sweet potato. If I could customized one thing, I would love my meal without balsamic vinegar on the bottom layer of it, everything was perfect except for that thing.

For the cold drink, Minty Lemonade we loveedd it so much. It was so refreshing, we even really curious for the recipe as we really wanted this kind of drink on our home. My friend's smashed avocado spread on soylinseed toast and topped with feta cheese and she love it so much (I didn't try this one as I needed to focus on finishing my meal, LOL).


My Hot Chocolate

The super fresh and yummy Minty Lemonade

My Chicken & Rice


Smashed Avocado

Overall I had a very nice meal and place with humble staffs, will definitely visit this place again some time to get brunch and take a gulp of the refreshing that minty lemonade.

The Rusty Rabbit
252 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney
02 8065 9664

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Monday, June 20, 2016

My Favorite Free Things To Do In Sydney

Who doesn't love free things? some people might say Sydney is a freaking expensive city, well I can't argue with that, but there are still so many things you can do in this city for free. Here are some of my favorite free things to do around Sydney.

Take a walk on Sydney Harbour Bridge
There are 5 ways to get through Sydney Harbour bridge, by bus, by train, join climb harbour bridge tour and by bike or walk if you want to travel it for free. Plus you can see Opera house from the bridge and it will give you a different angle of the building. Some people even take this route as their jogging track, how interesting.

afternoon stroll with my fellow travel bloggers :)


Sydney Opera from Harbour Bridge

Stroll around Darling Harbour
At the beginning I am not a fan of Darling Harbour as I never find this place exciting, but one day on my way back to apartment I saw bridge in darling harbour move to let some yatch and huge ship passing through *I wasn't sure what kind of ship at that moment* but finally I realized this place is the nearest place in the city to see the moving bridge. You could find another one in the Spit, Mosman.


 Dockside

The moving bridge


Burn the energy along Bondi to Coogee Walk
Well, if you think 6kms walk with beautiful scenery and fresh air is a great idea for the weekend then you should try this route. From Bondi beach to Coogee beach, you will pass Tamarama beach, Bronte beach and Clovelly beach. If it's not enough, continue your walk to Maroubra beach.

Become an art enthusiast in Art Gallery NSW
I like to go to museum especially if it is for free and it has a magnificent building architecture. There are some museums in Sydney that you can visit for free, and Art Galery NSW is my favorite. Art Gallery NSW located in the Domain near Royal Botanical Garden.


Go to Hyde Park for an escape in the middle of the city
There are so many things you can do in Hyde park, from lunch break picnic, dinner on the park with a friend, yoga with team until Saturdate near Archibald fountain. 



Picnic in Royal Botanical Garden
It located near Opera House, however the first time I came to this place I didn't choose the gate near the Opera House but I came from another gate near Wollomooloo bay. It has so many tree and herbs collection inside the garden. For detail information on what blooming on the season you can check their website. Beside the garden, my favorite area is Mrs. Macquarie's chair which is the best spot to catch sunset in Sydney with Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house as the background. 

Purple hour of sunset

Go to T2 tea shop around city and take a sip of great tea
This is not a sponsored post, but trust me if you a tea enthusiast just like me you will love to come inside or even you are not a big fan of tea you will enjoy to stroll around the shop and try their tea creations for free. They brew different hot and cold tea recipes and will share it to customers who visit their store, everyday.

T2 Newtown branch

Take a sip of various tea everyday for FREE

Chai recipe?


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sydney 1950s in Photographs




  








OK I lied, the photos above is actually taken by me yesterday afternoon. But how come there were some Sydney's old buses in the middle of city? There is Transport Heritage Expo held in Sydney and some old buses from upcoming Sydney Bus and Truck museum came out from its garage and take people for a 20-minute ride from Central station to Hyde Park.

Which one is your favorite? Mine is the RED one :)