Pink is definitely the colour of the season thanks to Greta Gerwig’s Barbie which is hitting the screens this week. From food, drinks, venue takeovers and more, Barbiecore fever has taken over the world. If you’re looking to embrace the trend, Sydney has a variety of pink places that are perfect to channel your inner Barbie. And it’s not just places either, Sydney has an abundance of pink landscapes from its cotton-candy-coloured sunsets to pink lakes and tranquil gardens, the city does not hold back when it comes to pink. From cheerful pink cafes to pretty pink entertainment arcades, we’ve laid out the most fabulously pink places in Sydney you should explore ahead of the Barbie’s release and beyond.
1. Roca Cafe Pink
Looking for an all-pink dining experience? Roca Cafe needs to be on top of your list. The cafe, located in the Southern Sydney suburb of Ramsgate, does not hold back on the pink. From its menu offerings to its rose-coloured decor to its pretty plush chairs and bright neon signs — the joyful cafe is the spot to go to if you love all things pink. You’ll want to try out their colourful pink drinks with “designer logos“, their pretty pink acai bowl topped with edible flowers, pink eggs benedict and delicious burgers. You’ll also find several Instagrammable elements at the venue including muted pink counters, a Cadillac neon mural and lots of flowers for extra serotonin. Check out their Instagram page for more.
The Grounds offers an explosion of colour all year round and its lovely pink accents are a treat for the Barbie-obsessed. In fact, its current installation will transport you to a vibrant Candyland where the colour pink takes centre stage, as it should. From lovely laneways to fresh flowers, twinkling fairy lights to a charming water fountain, you’ll find a number of Instgrammable spots at the venue. And don’t miss out on their equally pretty food and drinks menu at The Cafe and The Potting Shed. There’s also an indulgent high tea at the Glasshouse which comes with pretty florals, candles and decadent treats. This is one pink destination in Sydney that you’ve got to see for yourself.
The Auburn Botanic Garden is the perfect spot to soak up Mother Nature’s perfect pink hues. More specifically the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Auburn Botanic Garden — a permanent fixture on Sydney’s cultural calendar during winter. And it’s one of Sydney’s most picture-perfect events. Even better, you can fuel your love for Barbie and feed your wanderlust at the same time at this picture-perfect venue. This year, the festival is celebrating Japan’s Sakura season with live entertainment, flower arrangements, a striking Cherry Trail filled with 100 blooming Sakura trees and a Japanese Food Village where you can get your hands on a number of pink, cherry-blossom-themed dishes and drinks. Get more information and grab your tickets here. It will take place from August 19-August 27 in 2023.
4. Social Hideout
One of Sydney’s most Instagrammable cafes is filled with Barbie vibes from pink drinks to pink floral backdrops. Located at Parramatta and Waterloo, this rosy-hued space is all about happy vibes, good food and bright decor and it’s the ideal spot for a lazy weekend brunch. There’s also a graffiti wall mural of Audrey Hepburn to go with all the pretty floral features and even the ceiling is decked out with flowers because why not. Check out their menu and book a table here.
5. Million Life
Million Life is a hidden spot in Burwood and you know how we love those here at Secret Sydney. This entertainment arcade is tickled-pink with a wide variety of entertainment machines including claw machines, cutting machines and capsule machines with lovely pink interiors elevating the overall fun factor of the cheery spot. You can even win some cute gifts and toys to take home. Read all about it here.