Felicity Light, 18, is a ‘teen concierge’ at Marriott Sydney. She loves dining with friends, even a spot of high tea, and considers herself a Sydney beach expert. Here are Felicity’s top teen hangouts in downtown Sydney.
Dance like a pro at the Co
Exercise and have fun while doing it? Well, head down to Sydney Dance Company at Hickson Road,Walsh Bay, for a dance class! There are 70 classes a week, with styles ranging from Zumba to hip-hop and jazz to Latin-American, so just drop in for a one-off class for $20 (beginner to advanced, 16 and up). It can get quite busy so make sure you get there early.
The city of cupcakes
If you have a sweet tooth like me, nothing beats a velvety, buttercream cupcake. If you’re staying on the north side, My Little Cupcake in Neutral Bay is the city’s best. Just around the corner in Mosman is The Classic Cupcake Company which offers dozens of flavours but its red velvet is unmissable.
City-dwellers are spoiled for choice: the dazzling Sparkles Cupcakery nestled in Surry Hills or Ghermez on George Street. Still room? There’s always Cupcakes on Pitt. Grab a takeaway and wander up to Hyde Park for a spot of people-watching.
Bondi – shopping central
Westfield Bondi Junction is a one-stop mall of wonderfulness, but if you want to catch some rays and people-watch, head down toBondiBeach for some world-class shopping by the ocean.
Tuchuzy is great for trendy basics as well as edgy items like fashion pun tees. Carousel is the perfect shop to find a pretty dress for lunch as well as the perfect body-con dress for going out. Lots of cool accessories too. Looking for the perfect fur vest? Then try Museum, which has many different styles and colours to choose from.
Take a shopping break and go to one of the many ‘fro-yo’ places on the beach front or even grab a fresh coconut from Earth Food store opposite Carousel.
Dumplings to die for
The best way to describe Din Tai Fung is organised chaos. With three sites across Sydney, the World Square flagship is an experience in itself. Every dumpling pastry is delicately handmade to measure, before being stuffed with yumminess – made fresh in front of your eyes. It is most famous for the handmade xia long bao dumplings (pork or crab) and you can’t go past the classic pork buns, fried rice and wontons. Why not get out of bed a little earlier on a Sunday for Yum Cha with the family?
Best of the outdoor action
Bondi to Bronte cliff walk: This beautiful 6km walk along the famous coastline is great for sightseeing, people watching and celeb spotting. Then jump in the crystal clear water atBronteBeach.
Lets Go Surfing School at Maroubra offers private and group, taught by local and international coaches. Lessons are $55 for 2 hours and are based around the tides so they are scheduled at different times each day.
Monster Skate Park, Olympic Park: They don’t call it Monster for nothing, this thing is huge! It’s the only park inAustralia to have an indoor street course, an outdoor section and a skate shop – and they have music pumping through the speakers the whole time. There are holiday courses and programs throughout the year for all levels.
Spend a whole day learning to windsurf at The Balmoral Sailing School. It’s in a sheltered bay so it’s one of the easiest places to learn to this exhilarating water sport. There are workshops, group lessons and private tuition. Call before you book to make sure wind conditions are right.
Kayaking Manly, right next to the Manly Wharf Hotel, is a pier full of red, orange and yellow kayaks just waiting to be launched into the harbour. There are awesome services such as beach picnics, where you paddle off to a secluded patch of beach and have a lunch on the sand. There is also kayak yoga and kayak fitness classes.