Double Bay eat, stay, play – how holiday like a Sydney local

A weekend away from the fast pace business end of Sydney’s CBD doesn’t have to mean a long drive out to the country. We’ve discovered the perfect spot right on our doorstep in Double Bay – one of Sydney’s more affluent yet relaxed waterside suburbs.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Double Bay - eat play stay

When you think of a holiday in Sydney, thoughts usually go to the beach, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge… but there’s a lot more to Sydney than that.

We love exploring our hometown, and weekend staycations have shown us so many little hidden spots.

Double Bay – one of Sydney’s many pretty harbourside suburbs – has a reputation for wealth, waterfront mansions but not much life. However, on closer inspection, we’ve discovered there are some great places to spend your time in this beautiful spot in the Eastern Suburbs.

Where to stay in Double Bay:

Mr and Mrs Romance - Intercontinetal Double Bay

The Intercontinental Double Bay is right on the water. You can even get a ferry from Circular Quay, where it’s just a short walk round the corner to the concierge.

This place is perfect for a romantic weekender. The low-key luxury of this hotel makes for a very relaxing break.

Breakfast in Double Bay:

There are lots of cafés in Double Bay, so it’s hard to pick just one. Taste of Europe on New South Head Road has good coffee at the very least.

Lunch in Double Bay:

Mr and Mrs Romance - Stockroom Restaurant Double Bay

The Stockroom at the Intercontinental Double Bay

Back at the Intercon, the Stockroom serves amazing dishes throughout the day. Lunch here with a view over the water would be perfect.

There are also breakfast and dinner options here, so if you’re staying in Double Bay for a bit longer and don’t feel like straying too far from your room, this is a great option.

Dinner in Double Bay:

Mr and Mrs Romance - Char and Co Double Bay Mr and Mrs Romance - Char and Co Double Bay

Char & Co. 

Just off New South Head Road on Nox Street, Char & Co is a Brazilian style eatery with some spectacular slow roast meat options for the churrasco lover. There are also great fish dishes here and traditional Brazilian cocktails like the caipirinha.

For the full churrasco experience, it’s only $55pp – otherwise the a la carte options will fill you up too.

Drinks in Double Bay:

Mr and Mrs Romance - Stillery Bar Double Bay Mr and Mrs Romance - Stillery Bar Double Bay


There’s only one place you need to know about in Double Bay for a beautiful cocktail. Stillery in the Intercontinental Double Bay is excellent. It’s got an impressive range of gins from all over the world, including good Australian representatives.

Order one of their signature espresso martinis – or perhaps an after-dinner negroni – sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

Things to do in Double Bay:

Shopping: there’s some pretty good shopping here on Knox and Cross Streets.

Walking: the walk along the harbour foreshore is very pretty – there’s a chance to have swim too if it’s not too cold. Double Bay also has some pretty cool houses if you enjoy house spotting.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Intercontinetal Double Bay

We love exploring the hidden secrets of places like Double Bay. Where

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