When I first came to Sydney about 7 years ago for holidays, one of the places that I remember visiting was The Rocks. To be honest, most Sydneysiders would tell you that there is really nothing much at The Rocks but an over commercialized touristy place. Well, since Saucer had never been there before, we had to do the touristy bit at least once! After our leisurely walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, we reached just at the edge of The Rocks. Following the signboards and climbing a couple of staircases down, we started to see the crowd building.
Apparently, The Rocks derived its name from the original buildings which were made from sandstone. This day, The Rocks is famous for its weekend markets selling all sorts of things from handicrafts, bags, fashion apparels, home decorative items to food. No prizes for guessing which area that we went to first. The Foodies Market was a stretch of stalls selling a variety of food, much like our ‘pasar malam’ in Malaysia. There was a stall selling kebab, another selling sausage roll, and one selling Japanese pancakes just to name a few.
Towards The Rocks Market
Part of The Rocks
Eyeing the delicious food sold
After walking up and down the stalls, Saucer decided to go for the Lamb and Rosemary on a Roll. The sausages simply smelled too good for us to resist! It was juicy, bouncy and outrageously flavorful. It was perhaps $5 well spent that afternoon! We continued strolling towards the sparkling blue waters where the crowd built up. The atmosphere during the weekend was nothing short of festive and cheerful, with kids running around and that occasional street performers singing their best songs.
Gourmet wraps stall
Fabulous sausages and wagyu beef
Lamb sausage roll ($5)
Chilling out at Circular Quay
What I enjoyed the most was getting a hot cup of latte from a nearby stall and finding a nice spot at Circular Quay, under the shades but not too far away from the bright sun, just absorbing the atmosphere. There were birds all around us, almost oblivious to the crowd of humans walking around them. We sat at the bench facing the waters, while watching people who walked by, listening to the man singing and playing with his guitar and enjoyed the moment. It’s been a long while since we did this.
Coffee with the birds
Oblivious to the surroundings
True, The Rocks is a touristy place, but if you’re here as a tourist some day, it doesn’t hurt to drop by at least once! I know we’ll be returning some time again if not for the lamb sausage, then definitely for the atmosphere.
The Rocks Centre