Time Out's writers, readers and other colourful Sydney identities count the reasons we're smitten with our Emerald City...
"Because you can have small fish swim around your ankles in Bronte - 30 minutes from the CBD."
Katie James, programme operations coordinator, Sydney Opera House
"Because you can do City to Surf from back of the pack and stop at pubs along the way."
Marie-Louise Bate, accounts assistant
"I love the Sydney-Melbourne rivalry!"
Lara Dawn, client manager
"Because the city is beautiful. I often find myself wandering the streets, staring up at the incredible architecture."
Ashley Brodfuehrer, backpacker
"I love the train ride from the north shore to the city. I'll always I stop what I'm doing and look out the window."
Nikita Sheth, trade marketing coordinator
"I love the parks where I walk my dog, especially ones by the water: Blackwattle Bay, Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove Park. You never regret a walk in the park."
Holly Throsby, singer, songwriter, Balmain girl
"I love my thrice-weekly early morning run through Kings Cross/Potts Point to Boy Charlton Pool and swimming laps."
Sarah Robins, executive assistant
"I love the fact there's an ice cream boat that delivers cold treats straight to harbour beaches on hot days."
Erin Moy, Time Out Sydney Around Town editor
"Because all the beautiful, fit, happy, tanned people I see everywhere keep me motivated to lose weight so I can look as gorgeous as them."
Ann Michaels, new in town
"I love the excellent restaurants Spice I Am, Red Lantern, Pizza Mario, Zushi and Emma's on Liberty; the variety of Newtown; and the cheap eats in Chinatown."
Dave Hanna, supply planner
"I love music trivia at the Town Hall Hotel, Newtown every Thursday night."
Jane Gazzo, Channel V VJ
"Because of Nielsen Park in Vaucluse, one of Sydney's old-money suburbs. It's like a Mediterranean holiday spot with its café and bathers' pavilion."
Steve Kilbey, singer/bassist, the Church
"I love Soapbox Sunday at the Domain. Nothing like being in the sun, having an ice cream in hand and half-listening to a spittle-laced rant."
Darryn King, Arts editor, Time Out Sydney
"Because even after decades of hideous, greedy, sprawling waterside development, we haven't entirely ruined its extraordinary natural beauty. Barangaroo, do your worst."
Dom Knight, the Chaser
"Because running the Bronte to Bondi at 8am on a Saturday morning in perfect weather followed by a swim at Bronte makes everything OK."
"What I most love about Sydney is the harbour - from any angle, any time of day, it will always raise your spirits and blow away the cobwebs."
John Bell, actor
"I love that you're always a short walk or bus ride away from a neighbourhood where your language, culture and origin make you a minority."
Mathieu Ravier, the Festivalists artistic director
"I love that our ethnic queer events such as gay Middle Eastern dance parties and gay and Greek club nights. You don't get that in Canberra."
Andrew Georgiou, Queer editor, Time Out Sydney
"I love the way the you can see the sails of the Opera House roof sparkling in the sun from so many perspectives as you move through the city."
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, director, MCA
"I love Newtown - Black Star Pastry has the best coffee, and I could spend a whole afternoon browsing in Gould's Book Arcade."
Rohan Furnell, Australian Ballet corps de ballet
"I love Sydney's community gardens and farmers' markets. Eveleigh Farmers' Market on a Saturday morning rocks."
Rachel Bending, Bird Textiles
"Because when you catch the Manly ferry on a stormy day, there's the slight, thrilling possibility that you're going to your doom."
Myffy Rigby, Food & Drink editor, Time Out Sydney
"I love getting rained on in late-afternoon thunderstorms."
Ralph Myers, artistic director, Belvoir
"Because you can look at a great picture, listen to the Australian Chamber Orchestra and then hit the streets of hedonism. Sydney knows how to work and to play."
Edmond Capon, director, AGNSW
"Because of the walks. I think the walks in Sydney are probably the best in the world. They're just spectacular."
Eric Bana, actor
"I love the Light Rail line. It's fast, reliable, air-conditioned, clean and quiet. Extend it now!"
Nick Dent, editor, Time Out Sydney
"I really enjoy cycling around the inner west on my classic yellow (ladies') bicycle listening to music on my iPhone."
Martin Novosel, PhDJ
"I love the live music venues opening up since the new licensing laws were introduced."
Nick Power, Platform Hip-Hop Festival Artistic Director
"Because you can BYO on a water taxi to the opera wearing thongs."
Jason Catlett, Classical editor, Time Out Sydney
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