Sydney, Australia — it’s a city known for its beautiful beaches, iconic city landmarks and of course, being the filming location for Home and Away! But what some people don’t realise is that it also has a booming wellness scene. Seemingly every week, a new healthy cafe, fitness studio, activewear boutique pops up in this sunny city. Whether you’re just visiting or are looking to relocate, we’ve got the craic on the Sydney wellness hot spots you need to know about. Read on for the 10 best places to sweat, shop, sip (healthy) cocktails and satiate your appetite.
In the upmarket suburb of Vaucluse you’ll find The Botanica, a chic healthy cafe serving up farm-to-table cuisine. This is where Sydney’s ‘it’ crowd hangs out on weekends and quite frankly, it’s not hard to see why. From the lush greenery that adorns the space to the millennial pink chairs, every last detail is practically made for Instagram. It’s also home to the Sol Spa, an equally luxe space where you can go for a massage after you’ve gobbled up your coconut and chia pancakes.
2. W1LL Studio
Even if you’re an avid yogi back home, it’s safe to say you’ve never experienced yoga and meditation quite like W1LL’s before. This futuristic studio creates an immersive experience through the use of music and cinematic visuals. So, you might find yourself doing sun salutations in time to Chet Faker in front of a picturesque sunrise, or on a mountaintop. You can visit their studios in Surry Hills or St. Leonards.
3. ZADI Training For those who prefer a slightly higher intensity workout, ZADI training is an absolute must visit. This female only, boutique fitness studio takes ‘girl power’ to a whole new level. With a fun, nightclub-esque vibe, it fuses HIIT with functional strength training to create one helluva workout
4. The Well
At the epicentre of Sydney’s bustling health and fitness scene is the iconic Bondi Beach. So, it’s hardly surprising that it’s home to The Well, Sydney’s first wellness hub. Here, you’ll find barre, strength training, boxing, meditation, yoga and pilates, plus a healthy cafe, wellness workshops and every type of natural therapy you could think of — all under one roof!
5. Nimble Activewear
While in Bondi, you may find yourself wanting to stock up on some new activewear to fit in with the impossibly chic locals. Luckily, you’re in the right place! Just around the corner from The Well is the flagship store of Nimble Activewear. This local brand creates feminine, flattering and stylish pieces that are so comfy, you won’t ever want to take them off. Can’t make it to their boutique? We stock them in our online boutique. Launching here in January 2019.
6. La Porte Wellness
Known for being the most beautiful office and event space in Sydney, La PorteSpace in Alexandria has opened up to the public with their gorgeous wellness hub. Here, you can relax in the infrared sauna and take yoga, pilates and boxing from some of Australia’s leading instructors.
7. The Grounds of Alexandria
No trip to Sydney would be complete without a visit to The Grounds of Alexandria. Here, you can pick up a green juice and fresh blooms from the Grounds markets, wander through the garden, enjoy locally harvested produce at the Potting Shed or enjoy their signature blend coffee from the cafe.
8. Flow Athletic
What do all Sydney’s influencers, fitness models and Insta-famous yogis have in common (apart from being ridiculously toned, of course)? Most of them work out at Flow Athletic, a trendy boutique gym in Paddington. Whether you’re into spin, pilates, strength training, HIIT or barre, you’ll find it all here at your one-stop shop for all things fitness.
While cocktails and wellness don’t normally go hand in hand, this healthy restaurant, cafe and bar is on a mission to change that. Designed by local nutritionist Shannon Rosie, the entire menu is organic, seasonal and free from refined sugar — and that includes the conscious, superfood cocktails! This beautiful eatery is right on the doorstep of Coogee Beach, so it’s the perfect place to visit for guilt-free drinks after a day on the sand.
10. Nimbus & Co
Enjoyed one too many cocktails on your night out? Do as the fit Sydneysiders do and hit up Nimbus and Co to sweat out all the toxins. This stylish sauna and wellness studio uses innovative infrared technology to leave you feeling relaxed and revitalised after a session. They also offer acupuncture, massage, reiki and myotherapy, if you want to take those chilled vibes to the next level.
As 2018 is well and truly over, we’re preparing to welcome a new batch of health and fitness trends in 2019 – and try them all of course! Read on for our predictions of the top 6 wellness trends that are going to be huge.