But we already knew that 😉
TRAVEL + LEISURE magazine, one of the best known luxury travel magazines in the U.S. ranked Sydney eight times in 10 years as “the Best City in the World” chosen by readers of the magazine. SEE: TRAVEL + LEISURE story >

Previously, Sydney has been named Best City by Conde Naste Traveller magazine – another glossy periodical with highly discerning readers and by the New York Times newspaper. Sydney hotels and restaurants have also been picked as the best by CN Traveller.

When Sydney held the 2000 Olympic games, at the closing ceremony, in front of a packed auditorium, International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch declared the Sydney Games “the best Olympics ever”. “Thank you for these exceptional Games. I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever. Thank you Sydney, thank you New South Wales, thank you Australia.” SEE: multiple stories sourced on Google >

And further ramping up the expectations of Sydney visitors, is another story in the LA Times which names Sydney as the best city on EARTH in which to eat.

The headline on the front page of the LA Times’s well-read travel section advises that “Oz at the head of the table,” LA TIMES food critic S Irene Virbila selected Sydney as the No. 1 place to eat praising many of Sydney’s top restaurants, including Billy Kwong, Tetsuya’s, Sailor’s Thai, bill’s, Icebergs on Bondi Beach, Sean’s Panorama, Longrain, The Book Kitchen, Marque Restaurant, Spice I Am, Pier, Fish Face, and The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay.

The 3-page story goes on to say that Australia’s biggest city is turning into a ‘mecca of sorts for anybody serious enough about food to get on a plane and fly 16 hours to get here,”

S. Irene Virbila, the L.A. Times’ chief restaurant reviewer, wrote in the Sept. 25 review:”The best Australian chefs have caught the soul of a cuisine, so whatever they cook rings true.”

Virbila also noted how Sydney restaurants with great harbour or ocean views, such as Icebergs, avoided being “tourist traps” where the the quality of the food failed to match the views.

“Not only are those restaurants-with-a-view astonishing – by rights, they needn’t be very good at all – but Sydney also has enticing candidates of nearly every ilk, including high-concept French, serious seafood houses, contemporary Asian and cafes that serve breakfast with such sunny optimism you feel nothing can go wrong again. Ever,” she wrote.
SEE: LA TIMES story >

The New York Times says there may be no better place in Australasia than Sydney: “THEY’RE not trying quite so hard in Sydney’s most admired kitchens these days. Having elevated their city into the ranks of the world’s great eating towns, right up there with New York and Paris and London, chefs here have begun to focus on making the most of the magnificent raw materials at their disposal rather than emphasizing the razzle-dazzle of old”. NY Times duplicates many LA Times selections whilst adding several more.

And that’s SO SYDNEY!

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