Dayne Johnston of Zambesi Shares his Favourite Sydney Spots

Ahead of Zambesi's show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, menswear designer Dayne Johnston shares his guide to Sydney

Hotel Challis. Picture / Instagram @valentijnbolhuis

1. Hotel Challis
The rest of the Zambesi team are staying in the Zetland apartments with the new collection but there wasn't enough room for me. I managed to get into this hotel at the last minute — It's small and affordable, and a very quiet, comfortable place to rest my head after busy days of castings and fittings.
• 21-23 Challis Ave, Potts Pt.

2. Fratelli Paradiso
One of my favourite restaurants in Sydney  I have memories of many Zambesi dinners here. A casual Italian restaurant in the heart of Potts Pt, which also does the best breakfast, with fantastic coffee and great service. I had the scrambled eggs, kale, focaccia and pine nuts yesterday.
• 12-16 Challis Ave, Potts Pt.

3. Ariel Books
A beautifully presented bookstore specialising in architecture, art, interiors and fashion books, and one of my special places to spend some downtime in Sydney. They are open late and I love the quiet atmosphere.
• 98 Oxford St, Darlinghurst.

4. Dust
This is a small eclectic vintage store, and I always manage to pick up a treasure from here. I really love the selection and the intimacy of the space.
• 381-383 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst.

5. The Green Park
My favourite Sydney pub. I have many memories from previous trips catching up with friends here. It's lively, with an old-school atmosphere and great place to drink a pint. 
• 360 Victoria St, Darlinghurst.

• Zambesi will present their latest collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia on May 16.

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