Graze offers small plate dishes (European tapas-style) using the freshest of organic produce. Have a delicious taste of dishes such as confit pork belly with citrus carrot puree, or salmon with ginger salt, orange and ginger gel. There is a new wine bar menu and great range of wines by the glass. For the spring and summer months, enjoy $5 sparkling wine/wine by the glass and a range of bottled beer between 5pm-7pm in the al-fresco dining area. Sleek and chic throughout, the upstairs has a picture-perfect veranda overlooking leafy Harris Street.182 Harris Street, Prymont
Locally owned and currently under construction, Anytime Fitness Pyrmont will be the first 24-hour gym in Pyrmont and members will have access to some 2,000 clubs around the world, including more than 200 in Australia. The club will have the latest state-of-the art strength equipment, a large free weight area and integrated TV screens on all cardio machines with iPod/iPhone docks. Classes will be available and experienced personal trainers will be on hand for one-on-one and group sessions for all fitness levels. Become a Foundation Member for just $11.95pw; numbers are limited and the offer is only available prior to opening (due mid-November).
Level 1, 210 Harris Street, Pyrmont
0477 205 001
Fancy a bit of splendid glamour? The nightclub Marquee at the Star has it in spades, with pumping tunes and several spaces tailored to your taste. Covering 20,000 square feet total, Marquee's Main Room has a stage and two dance floors, whilst intimacy is to be found in the Library lounge space. Boombox has killer sound and fresh air on the outdoor patio. To chill out, check out the views. And try not to get too naughty in the unisex Dressing Room.
Harbourside Entry via Pirrama Road, The Star, Pyrmont
Now this is unusual ... Sydney Plumbers Now lives up to its name by offering $20 if they don't arrive on time. Fancy that: A plumber offering to pay a fine for tardiness. Sydney Plumbers Now also promises a live person on the end of the line, 24/7 service and lifetime guarantees on their work. The local mobile plumber for the Pyrmont/Ultimo area, they provide commercial and residential services in all things plumbing, and other work such as gas fittings. Keep their details handy – it's no fun when your water heater explodes in the middle of the night.
0406 244 167
Oh me oh my. St Frock has a devilish sense of style, with all the attire summer requires. Recently moved from Harris St to Union Square and celebrating its second birthday, the small shop packs in a Holy Grail for fashion worshippers. Short shorts, mini-skirts, fanciful frocks and beachwear are hot items, alongside an array of accessories such as hats, belts and dogs. What? No, Fashion Dog is not for sale! The cheeky little dear prances around the shop, light of step in her chic outfits. You'll have a spring in your step too, wearing the sinfully fun fashions from St Frock.
18 Union Street, Pyrmont
After years of car dependency, Sydney Electric Bikes director Jake Southall rediscovered his love of bikes after renting an electric bike in Europe. He opened Sydney Electric Bikes not long after, and is determined to bring the Ebike revolution to Sydney. "I really believe the Ebike is the missing link in transport and is set to take the world by storm," he says. Sydney Electric Bikes has a large range of Ebikes to suit all budgets and riding preferences and you can have a trial ride in-store or even take your favourite away for 24 hours. Southall encourages people to discuss their best bike fit. "You can't make a more informed choice!"
Shop 21-9 Pyrmont Bridge Road
0411 897 760
Broadway Gym offers the Body Audit Monitor, which tracks progress scientifically, the only facility of its kind to provide it in NSW. The gym features a large array of cardiovascular machines as well as custom-designed pin-loaded machines. The "29 Minute Workout" circuit is used with John Terilli's (professional Mr Universe 1994) eating program to achieve results. In addition to a wide range of equipment and facilities (including sauna), there is a beginners' training area for those just starting out. Now that's a relief, because when your arms are like spaghetti it can be a wee bit intimidating to pant beside Hercules.
Level 1, 160 Broadway, Broadway
The Vulcan Hotel is a labour of love for owners Carole and Harvey Ord. The heritage-listed building dates from 1894 and was established as a boutique hotel in 2002. An addition was built in 2006, expanding capacity and room sizes. The multi-million refurbishment paid strict attention to heritage details and it shows, with a graceful integration of old and new. Its location is inviting, within walking distance of bus, train and monorail – not to mention the precinct's offerings. Staff and owners strive to exceed customer expectations and are known for being friendly and helpful. Send your relatives to this boutique hotel, but only if you like them.
500 Wattle Streets, Ultimo
Stroll into Oscars Lounge Bar and Restaurant and be greeted with a scene of relaxed workers contentedly letting off steam over drinks, good pub grub and the pool table. The extensive menu includes grills, pizza, steak and other solid pub fare, along with lighter bites and salads. The weekly specials are good value, too: $3 drinks all day Monday to Wednesday, $15 ribs on Mondays and other assorted daily specials. The venue is spacious and light, with outside seating on a side lane. No grouches at this Oscar, it's a lively and welcoming spot to unwind after (or during?) the day's chores.
84 Union Street, Pyrmont
It might "just be" a sandwich, but sometimes that's enough to make someone's day at Big Mouth Café. Big Mouth is about serving up food that's simple enough for people to eat every day, but tasty enough to get excited about. "We have people who've said to us 'this is the best sandwich I've ever had'," says owner Ling Tang. Really good coffee helps. "We use Single Origin Roasters beans- honestly, it's coffee that takes you to a better place. " The jaffles are also popular, simple ones and specialties which use more unusual ingredients such as caramelised onion, sweet potato and char-grilled vegetables. The folks at Big Mouth café make everything themselves using good home recipes, fresh ingredients and that secret ingredient, care.
139 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Set on the historical Jones Bay Wharf, Cafe Morso has for the last nine years been attracting local residents and Pyrmont working people down for relaxed, harbourside café-restaurant dining. Set away from the street with views past floating yachts to north Sydney and the Balmain peninsula, it's a home away from home and a yummy spot for a leisurely breakfast or lunch. Café Morso is also a great party venue, from weddings and birthday parties to corporate dinners and cocktails. A little gem tucked away on the wharf, delightful by day, dazzling by night.
Jones Bay Wharf, Lower Deck (west side), Pirrama Road
The Secret Attic opened its doors to lovers of all things vintage and eager hunters of distinctive home wares in April 2012. Shop owner Rebecca Balcombe sources designer pieces, home wares and vintage finds, developing quite a collection. From vintage designer pieces, modern pre-loved clothing, rare accessories, vintage home wares, and more, Balcombe is constantly sourcing items from various special suppliers locally and internationally, aiming to bring new items to her customers every week. With the help of Balcombe and her staff, a visit is sure to leave a smile, taking you back to a time where colourful sequins sparkled as you spun to the tunes of the record player.
156/313 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Do your locks need a little TLC? A refreshing bit of bounce, a bit of colour? Head to Salon 27 for all things tress-related. The friendly staff is up-to-date on all the latest products and trends and take pleasure in creating a new look for those woebegone curls. Owned by brother and sister duo Daniel and Jenna Crosdale, the salon also employs sister Cherie. Salon 27 is all about the community, and although only operating in its current location for a little under a year, some clients have been treated by Jenna and Cherie for almost ten years. Salon 27 provides amiable, professional service and lovely lollies. Sweet.
194 Harris Street, Pyrmont
The days of the local hardware store are vanishing, but fortunately Its Hardware and Building Supplies is thriving on Harris St. We need our boutiques and our restos, but also the wherewithal to build them. Or just find the right screwdriver. At this old-school hardware store, the walls bear all sorts of practical gadgetry to set things right in the world, at least the parts that have slots and joints and other things that are apt to get loose or break (which is a whole lot of parts, come to think of it). So the next time that drip-drip-drip threatens to drive you mad, you know where to go.
183 – 187 Harris Street, Prymont
Everyone loves the ABC, secretly or not, and many think Richard Glover is a hunk. Did someone mention secrets? And what about all those weather and traffic guys? Find out what goes on behind-the-scenes with a tour of the ABC Ultimo Centre. Discover how the news is made, what a television studio set looks like and what happens when a caller starts to rant and rave on live radio. Bring your school, community, seniors or interest group on a tour inside the Sydney home of the ABC. Your tour is likely to include a visit to one of the two digital television production studios, an on-air radio studio, a news studio and control room. Thanks, Auntie.
700 Harris Street, Ultimo
Tastefully displayed jewellery, fashion, home wares and other domestic delights are arranged by colour in this mini-emporium of all things pretty. Urban Oasis is a great place to browse for items with unusual and clever designs. You can find everything from a finely crafted leather wallet to ceramics, soaps and candles. It also stocks women's fashion and accessories, adorable children's outfits (tutus!) and a smaller men's section with accessories. One-stop shopping for the whole spiffy family.
121 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Bartino sounds like it should be small, but in fact alongside its two-storey seating areas is a generous outdoor patio that curves off from Union Square. In the summer months it's easy to be transported to Portugal with the restaurant's tapas menu; there are plans to install wall heaters and removable enclosures in the colder months. Any time of year, Bartino is an elegant, inviting venue with a tempting menu of traditional Portuguese food, and risottos, pasta and meatier mains. Bartino also features art from around Australia that adds to the ambience.
9 Union Street, Pyrmont
Basquesse is a chic women's wear design house, manufacturer and retailer with prêt-a-porter ranges, made to order garments and bespoke couture. Explains Viviana Pannell, designer / director, "Basques' is often 'ahead of trend' by a couple of seasons and this may be due to the fact that I rarely look at trends but am inspired by nature (most specially, the sea), books, poems, movies, music and even dreams in creating a story all of our own with each collection. My intention is to create objects of beauty that can be worn and cherished for many years to come." The boutique's designs make clever use of luxurious fabrics, and also strive to be ecologically and socially responsible. That makes all those luxe threads feel all the shinier.
Suite 61, The Hub, 89-97 Jones Street, Ultimo
You know it's going to be good and fresh when you can see those marine creatures noodling around, and at the Century there are 15 aquarium tanks with their colourful denizens to greet you at the entrance. Opened by the renowned Golden Century Group, the Century at the Star captures the essence of Golden Century, serving favourite classics and signature dishes. The restaurant's design plays with the symbolisms of Chinese culinary culture with a modern twist. But it's the extensive and varied menu that will have you back for more.
Pirrama Road, The Star, Harbourside, Pyrmont
At Signorelli Gastronomia restaurant you can enjoy an Italian menu that is seasonal and diverse. Executive chef John O'Riordan and his team take pride in using quality seasonal produce to create enticing menus. His menu features fresh local produce at its best, inspired by heart-warming, traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, and also some new dishes to keep the talented chefs well and truly challenged. Old-fashioned favourites and newer dishes are suited to every taste. Signorelli Gastronomia also provides an interactive dining/shopping experience incorporating a salumeria, gourmet food store, wine shop, cheese shop, pizzeria, antipasto bar, cooking school and trattoria all rolled into one tasty bundle.
Ground Floor, Accenture/Google Building, Trouton Place, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
At Sanctuary Sanitarium, the focus is on lifestyle medicine. "We believe changes in lifestyle, particularly exercise, nutrition, mental health, are the keys to better health and wellbeing," explains community relations manager Mirella Gordon. Sanctuary Sanitarium, unlike a typical medical practice, integrates services such as Pilates, massages, facials, cooking workshops and exercise classes. The three GPs are complemented by a psychologist, dietician, massage and skin health therapists and other health practitioners. The aim is to get people thinking about their whole health, not a quick script. So pay attention to your body and pay a visit to Sanctuary.
7 Harris Street, Pyrmont
The Supa IGA in Pyrmont stocks all your basic food needs and once these are fulfilled, you can peruse the selection of gourmet ingredients, both local and imported and all delectable. Just you and the partner? Ho-hum. Spaghetti Bolognese it is. Just you and the partner and Christmas only two months away? Time to spice up mealtimes and get into the good books. The array of ingredients also includes gluten-free options, earning you an extra star if gluten is as issue. No need to trawl through several stores for all the staples and their tastier cousins – it's all good at the IGA.
63 Miller Street, Pyrmont
Bendigo Pyrmont Community Bank is indeed involved in the community, supporting local groups such as sporting teams. The notion of Bendigo Bank is to be owned by its clients and create a complimentary circuit within the area. Bank manager Costa Karas grew up watching his father provide superlative customer service at his service station. "Here at Bendigo we also pride ourselves on providing the same level of exceptional service and range of products that meet the client's needs and objectives" says Karas. In these times, it's nice to have a friendly neighbourhood bank.
148 Harris Street, Pyrmont
When Carole Cherry launched her boutique store, Urban Oasis, eight years ago, her vision was to support Australian designers through displaying the diversity that is their art. Unlike the juggernauts of Westfield, Urban Oasis is a haven for individual taste and style. Located on Harris St, it’s easy to lose track of time when sorting through the eye-candy that is the beauty of Australian accessories, giftware and fashion pieces. With such a varied assortment, Urban Oasis is truly a sanctuary for every wandering shopper.
121 Harris St, Pyrmont