Our southern sisters have some big news. Today's the day our Urban List Melbourne and Sydney friends launch their Urban Lists, leading hungry, thirsty, style-starved Melbournians and Sydney kids in the direction of their city's very best eats, drinks, shopping spots, beauty fixes, and health and fitness gurus.
We caught up with Melbourne Editor, Pip, and Sydney Editor, Jacqui, to find out which businesses have them hopping out of bed each morning.
TUL: Favourite Breakfast Spot?
Jacqui: Sydneysiders are big on breakfast and hence so am I—it is one of my favourite meals to eat out. Living inner-city/ Eastern Suburbs I do tend to favour this side of town.
In Paddington I love Tiger Mottle for their mushrooms on toast, plus fabulous coffee. Also, Rushcutters Bay kiosk do cheap and yummy cheese tomato melts and good coffee—a lovely spot to start the weekend.
You can't go past Kitchen By Mike for breakfast or lunch when in Alexandria. And if in Darlinghurst, The Commons serves up great omelettes. The ambiance is lovely at this turn-of-the-century stone cottage, sitting in or outside.
TUL: Favourite bar for an after-work drink?
Jacqui: 10 William St. on William Street, Paddington, has a wonderful selection of Italian wines and delicious share plates. The Wine Library in Woollahra also offers an excellent wine list and shared bites.
In Darlingurst Shady Pines is always fun and packed. Sit amongst the taxidermy and eat peanuts, all whilst enjoying a whiskey sour. The Old Growler in Woolloomooloo is great for after work drinks and the food is good too.
TUL: Favourite spot for dinner with girlfriends?
Pip: For something casual, The City Wine Shop on a Friday night. Huge wine selection and the best polenta chips and chicken schnitz in town. Can be fairly reasonable if you don't order ten glasses of wine!
Jacqui: Gosh so many places:
When hankering for Chinese I love Fu Manchu in Darlinghurst or Spice Temple in the CBD. For Japanese, Sushi Yachiyo in Darlinghurst or Zushi in Surry Hills. Also in Surry Hills, Thanh Long for Vietnamese.
Oops one more—for modern-Australian check out the new kid on the block, Ester.
TUL: Favourite hairdresser?
TUL: Favourite spot to work out?
Jacqui: Running in Rushcutters Park is just beautiful, the bay is filled with the sound of tinkering boats and looking out to the harbour never gets old. In summer laps at the Icebergs pool in Bondi is heavenly.
TUL: Favourite healthy snack location?
Pip: The Tofu Shop on Bridge Road for yummy vego goodness. And believe me, I love meat!
Jacqui: Eveleigh Markets for organic fruit, veg and beautiful flowers each Saturday.
TUL: Suburb/street in Melbourne or Sydney you couldn't live without?
Pip: Smith and Brunswick Streets in Collingwood and Fitzroy are favourites. High Street Armadale is also picture perfect and great for boutique and antique shopping.