(travel) Living La Vida Local in SYDNEY... where brunch is for wimps and raw chocolate rules

Detox|Retox dives down under to Sydney for our first Living La Vida Local city guide. Pictured here, Papi Chulo restaurant in Manly

Detox|Retox dives down under to Sydney for our first Living La Vida Local city guide. Pictured here, Papi Chulo restaurant in Manly

Welcome to the first Detox|Retox city guide: hip and helpful tips on where to go to eat, drink, sweat and sway by those in the know (aka locals with the D|R stamp of approval).

First up, Women's Health Australia Deputy Features Editor Melissa Shedden, a D|R BFF who loves cocktails and crunches (and just happens to live several thousand miles away, sob). 

Part of the Sydney glossy posse, Women's Health Deputy Features Ed Melissa Shedden (right) shares her detox|retox tips for making the most of the sunny city

Part of the Sydney glossy posse, Women's Health Deputy Features Ed Melissa Shedden (right) shares her detox|retox tips for making the most of the sunny city

SYDNEY DETOX|

BREKKIE: 

Melissa says: "Sydney folks don't brunch, we breakfast, with cafes opening early for the sunrise crew. Feast at organic eatery and grocery store About Life, which feeds the residents of Bondi, Cammeray, Double Bay, Rozelle and Surry Hills (see their website for new openings). You'll find berry ricotta hotcakes making friends with quinoa pesto egg super salads and a bigger smoothie selection than Kanye has sneakers."

pics: instagram/@melissashedden

pics: instagram/@melissashedden

RUN: 

"If you're a Sydney first timer there's no denying the Bondi to Bronte route has the goods (read: blue water that needs #nofilter). That 5km iconic coastline is a cliche for a reason. But, stay with me here, my personal pick is the public path along Cremorne Point foreshore to Mosman Bay and back. This five kay will take you past some pretty coastal bays, Australian flora and some seriously special spots to stop and stare at those infamous sails and bridge."

pics: instagram/@melissashedden

pics: instagram/@melissashedden

BURN: 

"With your cardio component ticked, it's onto muscle toner Megaformer in Surry Hills (above left). Don't be fooled by exercise names like 'Scrambled Eggs', this is no leisurely brunch date but Pilates reformer on turbo. Addictive but challenging, you'll have DOMs (delayed onset muscle soreness) for days."


SYDNEY |RETOX

 

PANA CHOCOLATE CAFE: 

Melissa says: "Warning: One square of these raw/organic/vegan bars of joy and you better get ready to part with your willpower and pounds. The Alexandria cafe sells a selection of raw desserts and chocolates made daily on the premises and has even branched into smoothies that might even tempt you away from the booze."

Papi Chulo, Manly:

"Dinner and drinks at this waterfront restaurant delivers on two fronts - a cracking sunset and tasty Argentinian meets Asian menu (try the pea guacamole). Choose cocktails by the glass or jug (who's judging, you're on holidays!) and after you've finished feasting, head next door to Wharf Bar for a schooner or six."