Potts Point is one of my favourite parts of Sydney. For a start it has Kings Cross in it, which is where many of the best bars, clubs and nightlife in the city can be found!
Also, as it is situated at the base of a small peninsula that extends into Sydney Harbour, (on the eastern side of Woolloomooloo Bay) it enjoys a gorgeous waterfront location, which always lifts my spirits whenever I go there.
An upscale area, Potts Point also has some very impressive and expensive homes, a couple of which are on my shopping list for if I ever win lotto!
Situated on the site of a former wool and cargo dock, the Woolloomooloo Wharf is apparently the longest timbered-piled wharf in the world.
It is definitely one of the most exclusive and expensive dockside locations in the country as well. With some stunning residential properties interspersed between a number of upmarket hotels, restaurants, bars and boutique shops, within the complex.
Renovated during the 1990s, this stunning heritage-listed, Edwardian wharf is a great spot to mill about, people watch, shop and have a good meal. You might even spot a celebrity or two round here as Russell Crowe is believed to have a home in the wharf.
During the daytime Potts Point is a buzz of activity with many locals heading to Macleay Street for a designer coffee or hipster brunch.
For lunch and dinner there are a number of superb cafes, restaurants and bistros in the area that serve pretty much every kind of cuisine you can think of.
Some of the best of them include Ezra which serves up delicious chickpea-marinated miso swordfish, and Bistrot 916 which offers the most delicious French-inspired seafood.
However, my personal favourite is The Butler, which not only showcases superb views of the Sydney CBD, but also makes the most exquisite Lamb Barbacoa.
Back in the day Kings Cross (in the heart of Potts Point) used to be known for its ‘golden mile’, a parade of sleazy strip clubs, sweaty night clubs and late night fast food joints.
However nowadays it represents a more sophisticated side to its nightlife, so much so that the phrase ‘Potts Point is like Paris’ has entered into the modern vernacular!
There are still neon-lit clubs and bars here, especially in Kings Cross, which always makes for a great night out. Try Diana, for a spot of karaoke, Jangling Jack’s, which is great for cocktails, or the O nightclub, which is a decent place to go for a boogie. If you’re looking for something right in the heart of it all, the Potts Point Hotel (pictured above) is well worth a visit – always lots of people, and a great vibe.
Potts Point is a noted spot for shopping, especially around MacLeay Street and the many interesting laneways.
Find you way over to Llankelley Place where you will find the excellent A Date With Mabel … and afterwards you can reward yourself with a coffee or something tasty to eat in one of the many cafes in this backstreet laneway.
Upscale boutique outlets like Becker Minty, Herbert Flores, Arida and Macleay on Manning can all be found here. Which provide great opportunities to pick up something exclusive.
As well as a huge Westfield Mall not far, there are a number of terrific secondhand stores in the area too. These include The Wayside Chapel, Potts Point Vintage and Blue Spinach. All of which offer an eclectic mix of pre-loved designer products, that more often than not look as good as new.
On Sundays, a great place to go is the Kings Cross Market, which is filled with a host of wonderful craft vendors and delicious food stalls.
There is a fabulous selection of antique stores and art galleries in Potts Point, with one of the best of them being the highly acclaimed Artspace.
I love this gallery because it is kind of trendy, and also houses a large collection of impressive Australian and international artworks.
This includes everything from modern paintings to audio-visual installations, all of which are presented in a fun and interesting way.
Other excellent galleries in the area that I like to go to include the Potts Point Galleries (pictured above), King Street Gallery on William and the wonderful Bungendore Woodworks Gallery.