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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.


Sydney with Smokks

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Sydney with Smokks

Henley Vazquez

When we launched Passported a year ago, Hallie Burton, the founder of Smokks, was one of our first profiles. We fell in love with her travel stories, started living in her dresses (our kids, too), and swooned over the photos of her gorgeous globetrotting daughter Pompie. We've been doing a lot of Aussie dreaming these days thanks to some fun trip planning in the works, so we figured what better than to get Hallie's take on her native land. Read on to get her take on date nights in Sydney, where to beach bum it for an afternoon and the shops to hit for the Down Under look.

My first stop in Sydney is always…

Zinc Café in Potts Point. I need a good proper strong cup of tea and a tuna sandwich always..nothing is better than the tuna sandwich here, even when the menu changes. (77 Macleay St, Potts Point...they’re too awesome to have a website!)

Favorite hotel… 

The Establishment for a luxe boutique hotel in the center of it all. Frasier Suites for some thing more long-term with the family.

Perfect day in the city...

Since there was a heat wave while we were on our most recent trip, our perfect day was at the glorious Andrew Boy Charlton Pool. It’s on the Harbor, you can watch the war ships go by and there is a kids and an adults pool. There is also a fantastic restaurant and my friends would drop by for snack. It’s quite gorgeous! You get hot, you take a dip. It's a fantastic alternative to avoid the crazy busy beaches and a severe sunburn! We are also super crazy for Nielsen Park, another spectacular Harbor beach with a restaurant!

Perfect day trip from Sydney....

Take the ferry to Cockatoo Island where you can camp out or just enjoy the sunset with a picnic. 

Best shopping neighborhood and your favorite stores to hit....

I love Paddington, it’s home for me and has divine neighborhood shops. My favorite is Love Duck. Ainslie, the divine owner, is a cosmetic and lifestyle GURU and will give you the most amazing personal service ever. It's great for gifts, dresses and of course picking up some SMOKKS! The Westfield’s as well are one stop shops and you can find anything. I also love Country Road which is like the Aussie version of J Crew. They have fabulous kids' clothes too!

The best Aussie souvenir...

For a tourist, it would be the UGG! We even bought them there, as they are actually half the price in Australia! But as a child of the motherland, I would have to say wine. You should also buy Murray River Sea Salt. It’s kind of a really big MUST.

Where to eat with kids...

Fratelli Fresh: We ate here in Potts Point, about fives times in two weeks. It's just great! Also, the Fish Shop at Merivale. This place is really is a must in Australia, you have to eat as much seafood as you can!

Where to eat for a date night...

The Apollo: Amazing modern Greek food in with a cool atmosphere. You have to get the lamb, it is out of this world! 
Billy Kwong: This fusion modern Chinese restaurant has mouth watering dishes that change daily with what's fresh at the market. 
Icebergs: Eat delicious oysters while you watch the sun go down over Bondi as the waves crash into the salt water pool. It's truly breathtaking! I mean, I can’t even...