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the sydney connection


Welcome to The Sydney Connection

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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 OsteriaSoultrap | Black Bottle  and many more.

Wine & dine with a local!

 

Dining Walk precincts

 

SURRY HILLS

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.

where we TAKE YOU

Golden Age Cinema

BAR H

BACCOMATTO

Soul trap  

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Maree is incredibly knowledgeable about food, wine, and of course all things Sydney. The gem of the tour is of course Maree. I’d encourage anyone visiting Sydney to get off the beaten path and really enjoy a wonderful dinner with THE authority in food tours in the city. Book ahead, put yourself in her capable hands and have an awesome night!
— Luis & Doris - Feb 2017 - Trip Advisor

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DARLINGHURST

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, pizza & beer or the very best in Mediterranean food in this melting pot of street culture meets retro chic.

WHERE WE TAKE YOU

BLACK BOTTLE

BIG POPPAS

169 Darlinghurst

loluk bistro

MESSINA

Maree was a delight to wine & dine our way through Darlinghurst with. She may just know every chef there is in the neighbourhood?!
We loved her attention to detail ensuring our dietary requirements were met, not that we had any, and having lived in the area ourselves before it was a delight to try places we hadn’t been to before - talk about a true insider tour!”
— Elena - July 2017 - Airbnb Experience

POTTS POINT

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 Malaysian, Mod Oz and Americana influenced restaurants 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.

WHERE WE TAKE YOU

Bistro Rex

DEAR SAINTE ELOISE

Jangling jacks

Paper Bird

 Yellow

We had a wonderful evening with Maree! She picked the perfect locations for us, places we wouldn’t have found ourselves The food was SO GOOD. Maree is a lovely host who´s always has something to tell and who gently leads the way through the evening. If you´re looking for a very individual tour without all the tourist-trappy stuff - book with Maree!
— Vera - Sept 2016 - Trip Advisor
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Reviews


Reviews


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WALK FORMAT


Walk Format

WALK FORMAT


Walk Format

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OUR GUIDES


Your Guides

OUR GUIDES


Your Guides

MAREE SHEEHAN - chief guide

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.

 

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Dale Burton

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.