Beyond Ladies Who Lunch: Mrs. Sippy in Sydney
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In the somewhat sleepy Double Bay neighborhood comes a restaurant that draws Sydney's in-crowd eastward. Colloquially referred to as "Double Pay," Sydney's Double Bay neighborhood is known as a ladies-who-lunch sort of place, filled with upscale shops and hotels. But along comes Mrs. Sippy , a does-it-all coffee shop, restaurant, and bar that has made the rest of Sydney take note. Foodies have praised Sippy's contemporary Australian cuisine, and cocktail connoisseurs are flocking to the neighborhood. Mrs. Sippy is no accident, however; it's the brainchild of four hospitality veterans, but it seems as though its recipe for a new approach in Double Bay is a winning one. The interiors, designed by Sippy co-owner Ben May, features a whimsical mix of locally sourced pieces. Photography by Steve Back . Above: The upstairs Laneway bar is available for private parties, including a recent one held for Vogue Australia. Above: Another example of Mrs. Sippy's traditional/industrial mix. Above: The Laneway bar (L) and outdoor patio (R). Above: In the main dining room, traditional meets industrial, with Chesterfield banquets mixed with steel tables. Above: White subway tile with green trim, combined with wood countertops, in the kitchen area. Above: On the ceiling, wood battens dipped in bright red paint create a band of fluorescent trim. Above: Among the wood in the space is recycled Mountain Ash and German Baltic Pine from Salvage . N.B.: For more Australian haunts, visit our Australia City Guide .