Picture perfect. Sydney is arguably one of the world’s prettiest cities. And it just so happens to be full of Instagrammable venues, waiting for you to snap, tag and post to your feed. From bars that count the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as its neighbours, to restaurants with sweeping views of the Blue Mountains, we check out our favourite Instagrammable venues in Sydney.
Sydney Opera House to one side, Harbour Bridge to the other, Cruise Bar is one of Sydney’s most Instagrammable venues. The view from this bohemian-chic bar in The Rocks is like something a director would use in a film when they really want to let you know you’re in Sydney.
Sunset in autumn (that golden hour, crispy season light), cocktail in hand.
With its own private jetty, beach, city views and stunning interiors, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is ready for its close up. With a Hamptons-in-summer vibe, each space at this boutique hotel has its selling points. It’s the kind of place that *makes* you want to dress up, strike a pose, and post. Filter optional.
Blue skies, on the Top Deck, floppy hats and big sunnies aplenty.
Well, if you’re hosting an event at Quay, first you need to check-in and tag your mates. Because doing so is gonna result in a whole lotta likes…and just a teensy bit of jealousy. Not only does Quay have one of the best vantage points across the entire harbour, but it has some serious culinary cred. This place has won more awards than you’ve had hot dinners. So, between the dishes and the view, your thumb is gonna get a workout.
Where do we start? You’ve got the Harbour Bridge to one side, Opera House to the other. And if you look down, chances are you’re going to see a very pretty plate filled with even prettier food.
Rooftops are perennially Instagrammable venues. Combine this with million-dollar views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and you’ve got yourself a killer backdrop for your next post. The best bit? Given 55 George’s location in the heart of The Rocks, day or night, the views from this rooftop are magazine-pretty.
Find an excuse to host an event in late May and watch the city come to life for the Vivid light festival. The only thing better than the Sydney Opera House is the Sydney Opera House covered in LASERS.
On the fringe of The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is The Calyx. Surrounded by lush greenery and blooming pops of colour, The Calyx is the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor. Its surrounding grounds and striking architecture make for an iconic backdrop for photos any time of the year.
As the sun passes overhead, the pillars surrounding the forecourt of The Calyx casts a bold pattern of shadow, making for a particularly great opportunity for some black and white photography.
Located literally on Darling Harbour, water lapping underneath, you can imagine the types of shots you can get from this extremely Instagrammable venue. From the hotel bar, to the neighbouring deck, and even the conference spaces, this venue makes the most of its prime location. Towering above this beautiful venue is one of the world’s most iconic structures – the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If you’re situated in the northern or eastern end of this venue, you’re destined to get a thoroughly Instagrammable shot. If you can, try and book a space or room for New Year’s Eve and watch the Bridge burst with fiery colour.
The Blue Mountains are a true natural marvel of the Australian landscape. The crew behind the Lookout Echo Point know this full well. From the dining room or balcony you can see some sweeping and vertiginous views of the Blue Mountains and dense national parkland. Keep your eyes peeled for some friendly local wildlife.
The balcony at The Lookout Echo Point is unbeatable for the perfect Instagram post. And if you’re hosting a breakfast event, try to get in early and watch/snap the sunrise. Double-taps guaranteed.