Australia’s newest waterfront precinct has begun rolling out 88 local and international retail outlets in preparation for its expected 28,000 daily visitors from next year.
Barangaroo South in Sydney’s inner city will be one of the country’s most concentrated food hubs when it is complete in October next year, with 50 casual eateries, coffee bars and high-end restaurants.
In the meantime, the $6 billion project being developed by Lend Lease is giving us a taste of what to expect with 15 outlets already operating, including Bourke Street Bakery, Micro by Coffee Alchemy and The Canteen.
Lend Lease head of retail Gary Horwitz says Barangaroo South has been a highly curated retail mix to cater for the 23,000 office workers, 1500 residents and millions of tourists expected each year.
“If you want to work, visit or live in this part of Sydney, there will be everything here for you from restaurants, cafes and fresh produce to a medical suite, childcare centre and a gym,” Mr Horwitz says.
Here are some of the names you can expect to see:
Noma Copenhagen. Photo: Lend Lease
One of the world’s leading restaurants, Noma, will relocate to Sydney for 10 weeks with head chef René Redzepi at the helm.
The restaurant will temporarily close in Denmark to open its new waterfront digs from Australia Day for lunch and dinner. However, all the $485 tickets sold out within four minutes when they were released last month.
The flagship Noma Copenhagen receives thousands of reservation requests a month.
- Noma, Ground Level, Anadara Building, 23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo South
Matt Moran at Barangaroo. Photo: Lend Lease
Leading Aussie chef Matt Moran is opening a three-story dining palace with MorSul business partner Peter Sullivan, along with Bruce and Anna Solomon of Solotel.
The restaurant will be a stand-alone building with a rooftop bar, and by the sounds of it no expense is being spared on the fit out. It will welcome its first diners early next year.
Photo: Christopher Pearce
It’s David Jones but not as you know it. The retailer will open a boutique store with local and international men’s and women’s fashion labels, beauty and accessories hand-picked specifically for the “elegant” Barangaroo population. It will open late next year in Tower 3.
Photo: Nick Moir
If you like shopping and sipping cocktails, do both at the same time at Shirt Bar. Shop for a shirt – men and women’s styles – while enjoying a whisky, wine, cocktail or in-house barista coffee.
- Shirt Bar, 7 Sussex Lane, Sydney
The Canteen is a food court tailor-made for office workers. Photo: Lend Lease
Meals cost between $10 and $20 at The Canteen. Photo: Lend Lease
Tailor-made for Barangaroo office workers, this food court – complete with a harbour view for your lunch break – has 10 nosheries to choose from and is open. How much does everything cost? Between $10 and $20. “Not too high-end and not your average food court, but the popular mid-market,” Lend Lease’s Gary Horwitz says.
- The Canteen, Tower 2 Podium, 200 Barangaroo Avenue
The Barber Shop
The Barber Shop takes the “business up front, party down the back” concept to a new level, with a swanky cocktail lounge hidden behind a men’s parlour-styled barber. There will be more than 80 tipples to choose from, and that’s just the gin varieties. Haircut optional, opens next year on Barangaroo Avenue.
Mercato e Cucina
Mercato e Cucina translates to “market and kitchen” and its offering will include antipasti, cheeses, baked goods, groceries and local and imported wines. The cheese selection alone is robust with more than 150 varieties. The food and wine emporium will also offer private and corporate catering and opens early next year.
Efendy restaurant. Photo: Lend Lease
A touch of Turkey is bound for Barangaroo next year. Efendy will be a smaller, more casual spin-off of its mothership restaurant in Balmain, serving traditional mezzes and pides, bread and slow-cooked claypot dishes from a big woodfire oven.
Bourke Street Bakery
Photo: Bourke Street Bakery / Facebook
There is already the sweet smell of Bourke Street Bakery’s bread and pastry baking onsite at Barangaroo South with the Sydney institution serving up its baked goodies and coffee and bringing its village feel to the development.
- Bourke Street Bakery, Ground Level, Anadara Building, 23 Barangaroo Avenue
Toby’s Estate, Micro by Coffee Alchemy, Campos Coffee
Photo: Lend Lease
Local and international outlets are expecting to serve about 13,000 cups of coffee daily when Barangaroo is in full swing. In the meantime caffeine lovers are well catered for – Toby’s Estate and Micro by Coffee Alchemy have opened and Campos Coffee will be in the lobby of Tower 3 of International Towers Sydney early next year.
- Toby’s Estate, Tower 2 South Lobby, Mercantile Walk, Barangaroo Avenue
- Micro by Coffee Alchemy, Ground Level, Anadara Building, 23 Barangaroo Avenue
Nobu Restaurant, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton
Nobu at Crown, Melbourne. Photo: Gary Medlicott
The Rolls Royces of restaurants and fashion labels are being targeted for the Crown Group’s six-star casino and hotel resort which is expected to open in 2020.
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