I’ve always used Concrete Playground when traveling interstate. They’re an excellent resource for discovering things to do in cities on the East Coast. By reviewing points of interest in a really succinct way, they provide a quick and simple insight when you're looking to get a general overview of what’s on offer.
I think that we share similar visions of what makes a good city guide. So we came up with some ideas we can work on together.
What we’ve created is a summer hit list - the must-sees and dos around Sydney. My main focus was the cartography, layout and illustrations of the guide.
What makes this guide awesome is that it breaks things down clearly into the classic and up and coming locations. I think as a traveler it’s important to know and experience the local favourites whilst feeling hip at a brand spanking new hangout. So this guide is definitely for travelers and locals alike.
During my trip to the east coast with Fuko, we even got a chance to sample some of the locations listed. Some of our favourites included Bulletin Place, which had an evergreen cocktail menu (which changes daily) and their sister bar, Dead Ringer.
Shady Pines Saloon was also a highlight, it’s basically a classic western themed bar. I remember this place from a couple years ago - they were really laid back. Back then they would serve free peanuts for every drink just so people can be slack and cover the entire floor with peanut shells. It wasn't a surprise to see that this wasn't a custom anymore, it must've taken hours to clean up.
We even stumbled upon their HQ on our walk.
The guide and associated map were really-useful. I could see one being handy in every season.