Andrew McDade’s Sydney

The South African expat living down under shares his Sydney with us

When Andrew McDade finished high school he went to Miami on a tennis scholarship, played Wimbledon, lost to Federer and his life was destined to be spent hitting a furry yellow ball over a net. Then he severed tendons in his pinkie finger and hung up his racquet. Not all was lost though, and the girl he met on campus, Jade, moved back to South Africa with him where he worked as the marketing manager for adidas. Eight years later, Andrew had a job opportunity down under and Jade had a bun in the oven. As the antipodean head of youth engagement company And People, Andrew’s Sydney is so cool you’d better pack a pair of mittens.  


Edition Coffee Roasters

265 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia

We've got the added bonus of Edition being located next door to our office, which is both a blessing and a curse. Ever since it was voted one of Sydney's 10 best cafes by the Sydney Morning Herald we've got to line-up for our morning coffee. But it's worth the wait. Dan (owner and barista) probably won't greet you with a smile, but he can give a good account of why Nordic and Japanese fusion is the next big thing!

Reuben Hills

61 Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

Probably the first decent coffee I had in Sydney after moving here from Melbourne. Located off the beaten track in Surry Hills, but that doesn't deter the masses. They roast their beans on site and the menu's highlight includes really f***ing great fried chicken (that's what it's called). I'd recommend the NOT Reuben, pulled Waygu beef brisket sandwich. 

Art Fix

China Heights

16-28 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

An institution of the independent art scene in Sydney, co-founded by Mark Drew in 2004 and still pioneering new, up-and-coming artists over 10 years later. If you like beards, sweat, tattoos and 35mm Contax you'll feel right at home.


140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

Located in the iconic circular quay, MCA does well to avoid the usual clichés associated with the harbour front location. There's a regular rotation of local and international, family friendly and mostly free exhibitions (which pretty much never happens in Australia). Probably the most affordable view of Sydney Harbour from the Terrace restaurant. #R120BurgersAreCheapInSydney

Food Spots

Riley Street Garage

55 Riley St, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011, Australia

This place is located in a 1930s building which once housed a car rental business. Apart from the automotive nostalgia, it has a good sharing menu, decent beers on tap, and a good wine list. Great place for a big group.  

kings lane sandwiches

1/28 Kings Ln, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia

You don’t get much for R100 in Australia. But you can get a good sandwich! Located in a small laneway in Darlinghurst, this spot is a must. Don’t order anything other than the BBQ chilli chicken sandwich. It’s legendary.

Green Space

Domain, Centennial Park and Hyde Park are probably all in the hotel brochures and generally speaking are worthwhile checking out. 

Hidden Gem

Nielsen's Park

Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse NSW 2030

Venture a little further outside the city towards the affluent suburbs of Vaucluse and you'll find Nielsen's Park. It has some decent walking trails and Sydney's safest beach, Shark Beach.

Best Kept Secret

Bianca's Grub Store

532 Old South Head Rd, Rose Bay NSW 2029, Australia

For all your South African essentials (biltong, Niknaks, Bar One's, Ouma Rusks and Creme Soda!) So far the best biltong I’ve come across in the city.   

Tourist trap

Cockatoo Island

The whole CBD is a tourist trap, just ask Ted who has a camera store franchise on every corner. But you probably can't go home without saying you saw the Harbour Bridge or Opera House, so instead get a ferry to Cockatoo Island which is a World Heritage Site in the middle of the Sydney harbour. You can even camp on the island overnight if you're that way inclined. 


Redfern Continental

180 Redfern NSW 2016, Australia

This is the new cool place in town. If you want somewhere that’s open all day and night don’t go anywhere else. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a secret little 70s-inspired bar out the back. 


Golden Age Cinema and Bar

80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

The independent cinema features old, as well as recently released films, and works never before shown in Australia. Tuesday prices salute the cinema’s nostalgic element, with tickets costing precisely what they would have at the film’s release date.