Whether you've come from afar, meandered up from Coogee beach or live locally, St Pauls Street (affectionately known as ‘The Spot’) has your tapas-eating, absinthe-drinking, film-binging needs all tied up in one sweet parcel.
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Arguably the heart and soul of the Spot. Built in 1937, and now heritage listed, The Ritz is one of only two art deco cinemas left in Sydney. Plush carpets, long staircases, a cocktail lounge and a list of films displayed in lights. Without this charming old cinema, the Spot wouldn’t be special. If you’ve forgotten the charm of films, celluloid – the whole spectacle of cinema – the Ritz will remind you it’s alive and kicking. If you’re a student, the tickets are criminally cheap. For the rest of us, they’re still better priced than most.
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The location might be rustic – stained wood, stone, dim lights, vintage spoons - but the food at this little dessert stop is elegant and flavoursome. Try the traditional Kurtosh - Hungarian Chimney cake that comes in a litany of flavours - with a coffee or a loose-leaf tea. If sweets aren’t for you, they do savoury pastries and other delicious specials to sample atop the counter. It’s only a hop, step and jump from the iconic Ritz Cinema, which makes it the perfect place to savour something sweet when the film’s done.
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Absinthe fancier Hunter S. Thompson would like to drink here. The bar is, after all, an ode to him, with references like the ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ quote, “We can’t stop here, this is bat country!” throughout. The playlist features Thomson inspired 60s and 70s tunes, and they serve food from breakfast ‘til late. Try to arrive early on a Friday or Saturday night – the place is only small, and it’s bound to be full of Eastern Suburbs locals thirsty for a pint of Young Henrys.
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Mosey in ‘til late and peruse an eclectic selection of jewellery, clothing, homewares and accessories. Whether you’re after a gift, or something to spruce up the kitchen, Live This will help you find what you’re looking for. The place has it’s own chic feel, and the staff are always only too happy to help. And don’t fret if you’re not the gift-wrapping type; it turns out they have that covered too!
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If Hemingway was still around, and found himself in Sydney, he’d hang out here. Varnished wood, Spanish style tapas, and well-made cocktails. There’s a good selection of local and imported beers, and a diverse list of Spanish wines. Specialising in Cosas de Picar (things to nibble), ‘Cosas de Pinchar’ (things to skewer), and ‘Cazuelas’ (little dishes), there’s enough variety to order across the board. The service is smart and fun, and some nights of the week there’s even live music.