Another oasis of peace and quiet in the heart of the CBD. It’s Australia’s oldest library, with a striking portico and ornate vestibule and multiple levels for you to explore. Find a quiet space to sit, close your eyes, and meditate. There is something peaceful about sitting among all those books and information and emptying the mind. I like to head straight for The Friends Room on the ground floor, which was built in 1901 as the original Mitchell Library reading room. It has lead-lined cabinetry, Art Deco rugs designed by the Australian designer Florence Broadhurst, and comfortable leather chairs where you can sit undisturbed.
Enjoy the modern library, as well as the grand state library beside it. 2 minutes away, on Macquarie Street. (You can't miss it!)
Huge resources. Lovely little places to sit and study/work. Close to the Domain park.
Forget the new bit and head between the grandiose columns that lead into the Mitchell Wing. The main reading room is gorgeous, bathed in light and with wooden bookshelves mountaineering the walls.
“YUM CHA (Chinese brunch) This is a real experience if you have never tried it. The food comes around on trolleys. You choose what you want from the trolley and it is added to your card. It is an amazing atmosphere. Very child friendly. Our favourites are Sky Phoneix in Westfield in Pitt Street Mall and the New Marigold on George St in Chinatown. Go between 11am-2pm.”
“Not feeling like steak?....ethical sustainable and delicious fish and seafood is Fish & Co's calling card.”
“Run by a local mum this is where you can take the kids and enjoy homemade muffins, cakes and sandwiches. They have some toys and books as well. ”
“Modern Australian. This little restaurant is in a gorgeous location. The surrounding restaurants are also really good. It's down a laneway away from the hustle and bustle.”
“Our local bakery. It is in the little group of shops on Glebe Point Road and about 4 min walk away. Turn left after you have crossed the road at the pedestrian crossing.”