The Rocks is one of the most-visited parts of Sydney. It is not hard to see why. Nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on the western shores of Sydney Cove, The Rocks is considered the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of great historical significance. It is often described as “Sydney’s outdoors museum”.
Established after the first Europeans settled by Circular Quay in 1788, it is the oldest area of Sydney, It went through an amazing metamorphosis, being transformed into a vibrant pocket of cafes and restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls while maintaining its Old World charm and historic buildings – save from dilapidation.
My friend insisted that we try this popular German Restaurant called Lowenbrau Keller. It is a fun restaurant with an Oktoberfest vibe. The waiters are adorable in their german garb and there is a live polka band that plays in the enter of restaurant. Locals and tourists alike frequent this place for the good brew, tasty schnitzels, sausages and sauerkraut. Prices were actually quite touristy but we enjoyed the food. That made it worth it.
Weekends are riots in the district. Tourists and Sydneysiders flock to the area to take in the markets – on Fridays, The Rocks’ Foodies Market come alive with its mouth-watering stalls! The fun (and the exquisite food) continues on Saturdays and Sundays at The Rocks’ Weekend Market, where additional 200 stalls sell designer clothing, accessories, homewares, jewellery, photography and souvenir gifts. It is a haven for interesting finds.
The area is also a well-known creative and cultural arts hub, whether you’re visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art or stumbling on artisans, poets or bespoke craftsmen as part of The Rocks pop-up project. Be sure to check out the Argyle Gallery and The Rocks Discovery Museum too.
And lastly, one should not miss this iconic place. The Fortune of War Pub represents the real Sydney heritage. It is the oldest pub in the country dating 1828. The place has a riveting display of memorabilia while the well-preserved antique bar offers a wide range of signature local brew as well as good bar chow. It may not really be a big deal but a treat to say you did enjoy a cold pint there.