Being a Bondi resident, stylist and contributing fashion editor to Elle Australia, Emma Kalfus knows how to holiday at home. Here, she shares her guide to enjoying Sydney in style.

Describe Sydney in 5 words.

Outdoors, fun, great food, laidback.

Where to stay?

The new Mrs. Banks Hotel that recently opened in Paddington. It's perfect in terms of location, close to CBD, and not far from the beach and great restaurants.

Best place in town for....

... cocktails or drinks? The Shop in Bondi Beach.

... a long lunch? Fred’s in Paddington.

... a quick bite? SHUK in Bondi.

... fine dining? Catalina in Rose Bay.

What is one experience, completely unique to Sydney?

Taking a sea plane from Rose Bay to Palm Beach, and then having lunch at Jonah’s is about as good as it gets in Sydney!

The perfect 24 hours in Sydney looks like...

9:00am - 11:00am - a mid-morning, Watsons Bay to North Bondi coastal walk.

11.30am - 2:00pm - brunch/lunch at SHUK followed by a quick swim at Tamarama rocks.

2.30pm - 3:00pm - quick freshen up and/or a rest at your hotel.

3:00pm - 5.30pm - hitting the shops along Oxford Street, and then checking out White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale.

8:00pm - 11:00pm - dinner at Fred’s followed by drinks downstairs at Charlie Parker’s.

11:00pm - bed (Mrs. Banks. is conveniently just across the street).

Top three cultural hot spots?

White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Mitchell Road Antiques - it can keep you entertained all day.

Anything visitors should avoid?

I’d just suggest swimming between the flags at the beach… I got rescued with a friend at Tamarama years ago and the humiliation was real (lol).

What is the song that best encapsulates this place to you?

"Location" by Khalid (at least this is the song I have had on rotation for the past month driving around the city…).

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