Welcome to The Sydney Connection
Welcome to The Sydney Connection
The Sydney Connection curates dining walks around our favourite inner city Sydney precincts of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Potts Point.
Accompanied by a well-connected guide, our walks are aimed at visitors and Sydneysiders who want to go ‘where the locals go’ for inspiring food, good service and cool interiors. We take bookings for between 1 - 10 Guests per booking and visit 3 - 4 venues on each walk. Enjoying a different course at each venue accompanied by matching wine.
We also regularly stage food events as part of the best-known events that celebrate the inspirational food culture our city has to offer: Good Food Month, Sydney Craft Week and Sydney Mardi Gras. Some of Sydney’s most-loved bars, and restaurants have hosted our events over the past five years: Golden Age Cinema Bar | Baccomatto Osteria | Soultrap | Black Bottle and many more.
Wine & dine with a local!
Surry Hills is Sydney's central hub for hipster culture. Home to cool fashion, on-trend interiors stores and a diverse dining scene that spans the globe: Italian, French, South East Asia, the Subcontinent, and Mod Oz. Feeding the architects, designers and interior gurus that call this patch of Sydney home, on a daily basis. Funky small bars mix-it-up with converted pubs. There’s even an underground retro cinema! This hipster ‘hood is the place for a true showcase of what is happening right now on the Sydney food scene.
Embrace your inner urban gourmet and the real inner-city Sydney in an area with a down and dirty past. Explore the gritty streets where Tilly Devine ruled the inner city vice trade in the 1920’s and 30’s. Small bars situated in this labyrinth of cul-de-sacs and alleyways that remind you of a garden shed but with a great wine list. Some of Sydney’s finest and most established restaurants call Darlo home. Discover Asian fusion, Spanish tapas and the very best in French and Italian food in this melting pot of street culture meets retro chic.
Dine like a Potts Point princess in grand modern rooms or hole-in-the-wall cafes. This is a precinct that is constantly changing gear. Promenade down a laneway lined with Mod Oz, South East Asian restaurants and a French salon, bursting with loyal locals on a nightly basis. Sip your decadent cocktail in a former gangster’s liar, decor. Devour the food of emerging and respected chefs. Potts Point is an area that has been entertaining the bohemians and the jet set alike, from the 1940s to the present day.
Maree first started conducting dining walks in January 2013, after an internet date with a guy called Oscar from Houston, Texas. After spending the day showing her guest all her favourite local haunts, Oscar complimented Maree on her unique tour guide style and suggested she do it as a living.
As a well-connected Potts Point local with a great network of small bars and restaurants Maree has strong relationships with the restaurateurs of inner-city Sydney, enabling her to create VIP experiences for her guests ensuring a consistently high standard experience.
Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Maree considers herself a Sydneysider after twenty years residence. She first visited Sydney as a twenty-one year old tourist, by 1998 Maree was a permanent resident of Sydney and fast falling in love with a Sydney guy and the city itself. The energy, the outdoor lifestyle and the abundance of fabulous food, good service and cool décor trends ensured that she stayed longer than the romance lasted.
A Gastronomic Tourism academic and committed globe trotter Dale is a very food-centric guide.
Dale has a strong background in event management, curating and operations. She recently worked on the avant-garde Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania and has an ongoing role with Margot Natoli Project Management who produce unique food and wine themed festivals.
We love having Dale along on a dining walk for her incredible knowledge and understanding of food culture, friendly & polished manner and insatiable appetite to know more about the everyday rituals that accompany food.