Customs House

Historic Building

in Circular Quay & The Rocks

This elegant harbourside edifice (1885) has a democratic feel to it. It houses tourist information, a library, bars and restaurant options, including Cafe Sydney on the top floor. In the lobby, look for the swastikas in the tiling (and the plaque explaining their symbolism), and a fascinating 1:500 model of the inner city, overrun by carp, under the glass floor.