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Arts Centre Christmas Market
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Arts Centre Christmas Market

Sort out your Christmas shopping before getting a dose of culture

Mickey Mouse in the Arthouse
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Mickey Mouse in the Arthouse

Celebrate Mickey’s 90th anniversary at a free art exhibition

East Malvern Food and Wine Festival
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East Malvern Food and Wine Festival

Feast on Victorian produce, craft beers, and wines at Malvern's food festival

Open Spaces Festival
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Open Spaces Festival

Explore Abbotsford Convent like never before, with a massive program of arts, food, markets, performance and live music

You Am I + Gareth Liddiard + Clowns + New War
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You Am I + Gareth Liddiard + Clowns + New War

Aussie rockers You Am I will be bringing the house down at Melbourne Town Hall during Melbourne Music Week

Makers and Shakers Market
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Makers and Shakers Market

Discover locally made homewares, fashion and food at this north side market

Dark Space Project
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Dark Space Project

Lose yourself in a psychedelic musical experience held in complete darkness

Ainslie Wills + Gretta Ray + Angie McMahon
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Ainslie Wills + Gretta Ray + Angie McMahon

Three of Melbourne's most promising artists are playing a triple bill at ACMI

Bad Girls Disco x Roller Jam
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Bad Girls Disco x Roller Jam

ACMI is transforming into a glittery discotheque and roller skating rink for one night only

Live Music Safari
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Live Music Safari

It wouldn’t be Melbourne Music Week without this night of free gigs and dance parties across the city

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This Australian gallery has been named the 6th best thing to do in the world right now

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This Australian gallery has been named the 6th best thing to do in the world right now
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are playing at A Day on the Green

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The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are playing at A Day on the Green
Victoria’s first heated outdoor wave pool is coming to Funfields

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Victoria’s first heated outdoor wave pool is coming to Funfields
Juniperlooza is back for a summer gin fling

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Juniperlooza is back for a summer gin fling
The Global Drug Survey wants to have an honest conversation about your drug habits

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The Global Drug Survey wants to have an honest conversation about your drug habits
School of Rock has announced a $25 lottery for its Melbourne season

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School of Rock has announced a $25 lottery for its Melbourne season
What does it take to perform a six-hour opera? We asked a double bass player

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What does it take to perform a six-hour opera? We asked a double bass player
We counted every single noodle dish at the Night Noodle Markets – and there aren't many

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We counted every single noodle dish at the Night Noodle Markets – and there aren't many
An outdoor summer ice rink is coming to Queen Vic Market

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The 7 coolest dishes to try at the Night Noodle Markets

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Eva Rothschild: Kosmos
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Eva Rothschild: Kosmos

See bold minimal sculptures at this exhibition of recent work from the Irish artist

Score free tickets to watch the filming of Australian Ninja Warrior
Things to do Score free tickets to watch the filming of Australian Ninja Warrior

See all the high octane action in person without having to spend a cent

Live Music Safari at Whitehart
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CBD laneway bar Whitehart is throwing one hell of a Melbourne Music Week party

The Big Design Market
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The Big Design Market

Find your style match with independent makers and designers at this three-day art, fashion and design festival

The Suit Concierge
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Ladies and gents, suit up at this custom tailor in Richmond and enjoy a discount on your first order

Time Out Melbourne magazine
Things to do Time Out Melbourne magazine

Time Out is now a free magazine

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The San Francisco bag outfitters are opening up shop in Melbourne

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Pierrick Boyer Café Patisserie

A top pastry chef has just opened a café in Prahran

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The best of Melbourne

50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
Things to do 50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

Wondering what to do in Melbourne? Take a look at our ultimate bucket list: 50 fun things to do in Melbourne, plus what makes the city great, from the food to the festivals and everything in between.

The best free things to do in Melbourne
Things to do The best free things to do in Melbourne

Expert tips for exploring the city's best attractions for zero dollars

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
Bars The 50 best bars in Melbourne

From world-beating cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne

The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne
Restaurants The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to Melbourne's best restaurants, from fine dining to cheap eats

Where to find Melbourne's best street art
Art Where to find Melbourne's best street art

When you think Melbourne, some of the words that come to mind surely must be 'coffee', 'laneways' and 'street art'. Street art covers almost every nook and cranny of our creative, colourful city, but there are more highly concentrated clusters than others. These are the street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping: the city's ten best street mural hotspots, in all their spray-painted laneway glory. Continue your art journey through Melbourne at these free galleries, or purchase your very own piece of art at one of these weird and wonderful shops.

Cheap things to do in Melbourne
Things to do Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in Melbourne for a lot less than you'd think

The best day trips from Melbourne
Travel The best day trips from Melbourne

If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne.

The best rooftop bars in Melbourne
Bars The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

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Melbourne area guides

Melbourne CBD
Things to do Melbourne CBD

The heart of the city, home to Chinatown and some of Melbourne's best restaurants and arts institutions. 

Fitzroy
Things to do Fitzroy

Arty shops, funky restaurants and bars and hipsters galore.

St Kilda
Things to do St Kilda

Seaside retreat with plenty of cool bars and restaurants. 

Carlton
Things to do Carlton

Exceptional Italian food, gelato and coffee, plus an excellent museum and theatre.

Windsor
Things to do Windsor

Great vintage stores, and don't miss the famous Art Deco Astor Theatre.

Kensington
Things to do Kensington

Kensington has northwest charm in spades: there are wide, tree-lined streets, plenty of public transport and green spaces aplenty.

Collingwood
Things to do Collingwood

Inventive bars, geek girl boutiques and envelope-pushing eateries. Plus live music institutions. 

Footscray
Things to do Footscray

Multicultural hub, with dining options from all over the world and a thriving food scene.

Elsternwick
Things to do Elsternwick

Whether you are after great eats, a night out or a film at a Victorian-era cinema, Elsternwick is a great place to find yourself.

Prahran
Things to do Prahran

Good shopping and lots of inventive restaurants and watering holes.

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Our guide to casual dining in Melbourne with American Express

Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne
Restaurants Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne

Twirling spoons at the ready? We’ve scoured Melbourne’s many Italian restaurants to find these Nonna-approved pasta dishes, from pillowy soft gnocchi to tangy pesto just made to be sopped up with bread. The best part? You’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express. Buon appetito!    

Dim sum to try in Melbourne
Restaurants Dim sum to try in Melbourne

Melbourne is home to excellent Chinese restaurants that serve up dim sum with serious style. Whether you're after an elegant banquet, a hangover-soothing repast or some steaming hot dumplings, these restaurants have some seriously great dim sum dishes. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that they welcome American Express.

More 20 must-try Melbourne dishes for under $20
Restaurants More 20 must-try Melbourne dishes for under $20

You can find something cheap and delicious on almost every street in Melbourne – the city has never had an issue in feeding the masses for less than a tenner. It's not all dims sims and jam doughnuts either: in the world's most liveable city, $20 will get you treats like goat's cheese churros, pillowy xiao long bao, and pear and black pudding tarte tatin. And when it comes to the bill you can pay with confidence, knowing these venues take American Express.     

Top Melbourne falafel dishes
Restaurants Top Melbourne falafel dishes

Plant eater or not, the thrill of landing a plate of crunchy, just-fried falafel is the stuff of every food nerd’s dreams. These deep-fried balls of goodness can look and taste slightly different depending on which country they come from. Syrian and Lebanese falafel tend to have a chickpea centre, while Egyptian ones are usually made of ground fava. Use our cheat sheet to track down your favourite version in Melbourne, and pay in confidence with American Express.

Stir fries to wok your world
Restaurants Stir fries to wok your world

A good stir-fry is all about the breath of the wok – that magical combination of heat, impeccable timing and squeaky-fresh produce that transports you straight to the backstreets of buzzy Asian cities. Whether it’s a smoky char kuey teow, crunchy Laotian noodles or an upgrade on the classic beef and black bean, we’ve sought out the best stir fries in Melbourne. Check out the diverse range of dishes that come alive in the wok, and pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.

Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne
Restaurants Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne

We love a good rooftop and a pub will always earn an extra special place in our heart if it’s got a great beer garden – so it’s agreed by almost everyone – dining in the sunshine is always a good idea. With that in mind, we scoured the city for the best terraces, balconies, rooftops and gardens, where you can enjoy an alfresco snack and a brew or two. Then, when it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

20 great Melbourne dishes for under $20
Restaurants 20 great Melbourne dishes for under $20

Melbourne’s vibrant food scene has no shortage of treats that won’t bust your weekly budget. From tasty Mediterranean and Asian classics to Middle Eastern and American dude food, these are all excellent dishes by chefs at the top of their game. All these venues take American Express. Would you like a complimentary side with your meal? Check out these Side with Amex venues.    

Superb sushi for a light bite
Restaurants Superb sushi for a light bite

Creative sushi chefs and excellent produce make Melbourne a great place to explore the magical combination of rice, seaweed and protein. The fact that it makes for a swift, filling and inexpensive lunch makes sushi an irresistible siren song to busy workers and students, who flock to the hundreds of restaurants that fill every corner of the city. To make things even easier, at all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express.

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Eva Rothschild: Kosmos
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Eva Rothschild: Kosmos

This is the first survey Australian exhibition of the Irish-born artist who's set to represent Ireland at next year’s Venice Biennale. For her illustrious two decade career, she’s used just about every material imaginable – concrete, leather, jesmonite, fabric and plastic – to create striking but minimal sculptures. She draws her inspiration from the minimal art of the 1960s and '70s, as well as classical architecture and pop culture. The exhibition at ACCA brings together recent work from the past decade with brand new commissions.

Try a fun roaming photobooth at your party
Things to do Try a fun roaming photobooth at your party

With Christmas creeping up, now's the time to lock in your festive celebration details. Organising food and drink is easy, but making your party slicker than the rest is the tricky part. Fotobox Australia is all about capturing parties and events in the most fun and dynamic way possible. Try one of their Mobstas to capture all the Christmas and holiday cheer. It's the next generation of roving photobooths for hire. With the Mobsta, you can snap a branded 3D animated GIF, Boomerang or stop-motion GIF on the spot.  The best thing about it? It's handheld and totally portable, meaning it can pop up anywhere at your event. After you've snapped your moment, you can have it sent to your email instantly. For events and brands that means heaps of great social interaction, and for you, it means red hot chrissie content. Fotobox is offering you one hour free if you book a Mobsta between November 26 and December 23. Exclusively for Time Out readers, this deal means you get the required three-hour minimum Mobsta time at your event with the final hour valued at $150 on the house – just remember to use the code TIMEOUT during your consultation.  Book your Mobsta roaming photobooth and find out more here. 

Summer events in South East Queensland
Travel Summer events in South East Queensland

During summer in Queensland it’s all systems go on fun and frivolities. The southeast corner in particular becomes a flurry of activity, including sporting tournaments, music festivals, art exhibitions and much more. As 2018 ticks over to 2019, you can watch all the tennis action in Brisbane, let your hair down at one of the country’s biggest folk festivals, and enjoy a spot of polo by the beach. Culture buffs can peruse international works of contemporary art, while sports nuts sit it out for three days at the Gabba with eyes fixed on a cricket ball. In between the formalities there are plenty of other places to chill/explore (depending on your energy levels), including Brisbane’s inner-city beach at South Bank, which makes even locals feel like they’re on holidays; the hill with a view, Mt Coot-tha; and wine trails through the Granite Belt. You can also head offshore to Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser Islands, the latter being the world’s largest sand island, or get lost in the hinterlands behind the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. Of course, the coasts are also ripe for beachy stuff, so bring your towel and a surfboard.

Prince Alfred is hosting a Sunday session for you and your dog
Things to do Prince Alfred is hosting a Sunday session for you and your dog

Dogs are welcome, nay, encouraged at the Prince Alfred’s new Sunday sessions. Hair of the Dog is the pub’s new Sunday sesh where the drinks are flowing, the specials are ample and your mutts are part of valued clientele. Every weekend Richmond’s Prince Alfred will help you shake off your Saturday night hangover better than your dog shakes off after a bath. Bring your Staffy, greyhound, Frenchie or poodle variation down to Prince Alfred from 11.30am every Sunday and nurse yourself back to a functioning human in the pub’s gloriously sunny beer garden. To ease your transition into the week, the Prince Alfred’s bar will be slinging Bloody Marys for $12. More of a wine drinker? The venue is also doing ‘Clicquot hour’ where punters can score glasses of the extra spesh Champagne for $19, or try a glass Veuve Clicquot rosé for $22. The best part is Clicquot hour is every hour at Prince Alfred and the friendly team will even serve you popcorn to enjoy while you sip. Prince Alfred has even come up with a way to avoid those big ol’ puppy eyes from making you feel guilty about eating and drinking in front of your pet. The Hair of the Dog Sunday sessions will also have puppy snacks, freely available so your favourite family member (it’s true, don’t deny it) won’t go hungry. The pub’s big, leafy beer garden is just asking to be sniffed and explored by your pooch, pupper or very good boy. Prince Alfred’s Hair of the Dog Sunday sessions are on every Sunday from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

JJ's Place
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JJ's Place

Jameson is hosting a blockbuster festival called JJ's Place filled with live music, exclusive beer and whiskey tastings and delicious snacks for one-day only at the Easey Street showroom. The best part? It's free entry, with your first round on the house for you and a mate, if you register on the site. JJ's Place promises a packed and exciting day with your pals, especially if your crew are music lovers. The festival is headlined by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, with sets from Bec Sandridge and Bitch Diesel to boot. The tunes will be flowing the entire event with PBS Djs between live sets. The festival also boasts the launch of Jameson Caskmates IPA editions, a blended Irish whiskey finished in IPA beer barrels. The hoppy, smooth whiskey will be served up the way it is best enjoyed, with fresh lemon and tonic. There'll also be other delicious selections from the Jameson Caskmates family to try: the stout with soda and orange; the hard shandy; and a limited edition Young Henrys Irish pale ale boilermaker. Alongside whiskey tastings, you'll also get the chance to watch a live barrel charring with the Jameson master distiller and Master cooper. JJ's Place has also got great snacks to pair with all that delicious whiskey and beer, teaming-up with local burger faves, Leonards's House of Love who have cooked up a Jamo-inspired dish, 'Mates Plates. Round-up your mates and register for JJ's Place here.

The Duke’s Cricketing Luncheon
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The Duke’s Cricketing Luncheon

If sitting around sipping bevvies and eating delicious canapés with some of Australia’s cricketing legends sounds like a good time to you, then gather round because this is something you need to know about. On Friday, November 23 The Duke is holding another of its seasonal rooftop sports luncheons, hosted by Liam Pickering and featuring guest cricketers Damien Fleming and Brad Hodge. The luncheon takes place just before the Australis vs India match at the MCG (which begins at 7pm), so you can enjoy it before heading off to the game. It will run from 1-4pm and costs $110 to attend. The price includes a three-hour drinks package (featuring Furphy beer and house wine) and roaming nibbles, as well as the opportunity to meet Fleming and Hodge. Damien Fleming, otherwise known as the ‘Bowlologist’, is one of Australia’s great swing bowlers. He first played for Australia in 1994 against Pakistan and was the only Australian to take a hat-trick. Brad Hodge made his debut on the international stage in 2005 when he joined Australia’s team against India, and he has made over 17,000 first-class runs. His batting average sits just under 50, and he now focuses on T20 matches. Some of the Duke’s past sports luncheons have included stars such as Ian Bothan and Kevin Sheedy.

San Telmo
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San Telmo

San Telmo doesn’t muck around. This gaucho steakhouse run by a bunch of Melbourne hospo gringos lays its carnivorous scene at the entrance, where some impressive bits of cow sit dry ageing behind glass. It’s a memorable welcome, the voluptuously marbled fat a promise in writing of good things to come. Step further into this temple de carne in Melbourne’s parliament barrio and you’ll come face to face with the open kitchen and its centrepiece parilla, where glowing hot coals are shovelled around by a brow-mopping chef who really ought to be paid danger money. The people have spoken, and the people want meat. They want meat in a lair that’s just like being transported to Buenos Aires, where cowhide in its various forms covers the menus and every other available surface. The people also want fried broccoli. The must-order dish at San Telmo is their contribution to the oeuvre known as good veg gone bad: florets of broccoli fried in batter until they scream for crunchy mercy and buried under a salty cheese blizzard of grated pecorino. You could easily sit down with a plate of these babies, a glass of something off the all-Argentinean wine list and call it lunch. But there are more strings to the San Telmo bow than steak and fried broccoli. There’s a vitello tonnato playing tribute to the nation’s significant Italian population; tissue-fragile pieces of eye fillet, dabbed behind the ears with tuna mayo and given a classical kick with capers and parmesan. There’s a born-to-be-mild

Hallelujah! The Smith has launched a bottomless, gospel-inspired brunch
Things to do Hallelujah! The Smith has launched a bottomless, gospel-inspired brunch

Bottomless brunches are more common in Melbourne than ticket inspectors on trams (though decidedly more enjoyable). In a city filled with avocado toasts and piddly Mimosas, there’s one place that’s doing the weekend staple a little differently. Starting November 10 the Smith is hosting Brunch with Soul, a new bottomless brunch with a divine difference. Every Saturday while you’re enjoying your endless drinks and the brunch menu, the Smith will be switching things up Sister Act-style with a live gospel choir roaming throughout the Prahran venue. Praise be – finally a brunch that lets you enjoy music from the hallowed halls while downing a sweet selection of spritzes. The Smith’s brunch drinks menu features six pretty-as-can-be spritzes to try plus house wine, beer and sparkling. For a hit of citrus try the Pamplemousse Spritz, a zingy mix of grapefruit, pinot gris and soda. Or for something botanical try the Lavender Bomb: Bombay Sapphire Gin with lavender, prosecco and soda. While the choir spreads the gospel (music) you’ll be enjoying one of the dishes on the Smith’s heavenly brunch menu. Go classic with the Smith’s almost hangover-curing egg and bacon burger (it somes sandwiched with a salt and vinegar hash brown). Those wanting to balance out their drinks with some wholesome fare can opt for the vegan and gluten-free coconut rice pudding, which comes topped with roast banana and berry compôte. Or just lean into the boozy brunch and get the Aperol French toast with gr

Russian Resurrection Film Festival
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Russian Resurrection Film Festival

If you’re looking for something a little different in your movie choices this November, then check out the Russian Resurrection Film Festival’s new array of films. From Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 18, the festival will return for its 15th anniversary, showcasing 17 of the best contemporary Russian movies along with four outstanding classics.  Explore friendship, fantasy, suspense and romance across nine days. Among the options will be new sports drama The Coach, starring Russian star Danila Kozlovsky; magical epic The Last Warrior, which brings traditional Slavic folklore to life; musically vivid romance Ice; and new comedy Night Shift. Actor Konstantin Khabenskiy will also be returning to the big screen with two films: Selfie and Sobibor, a film which tells the story of the only successful escape from a concentration camp in WWII, which Khabenskiy also directed.  This year the festival will be hosted at ACMI and Classic Cinemas. Tickets range between $19 and $21.50 for adults, $17 and $17.50 for concession card holders, and $13.50 and $14 for children. Or you can buy a three-film pass for $42 to $51 for adults and $45 for concession card holders. Tickets to the festival’s Gala Opening on Friday, November 9, are also available for $65, and include food, drinks and authentic Russian entertainment. Russian Resurrection is the largest celebration of Russian film and cinema outside of Russia itself, and takes place annually across Australia and New Zealand.

Sydney for the curious
Travel Sydney for the curious

With a sculptural facade that gleams like a multifaceted jewel, the West Hotel sits on the western side of the city centre near the waterfront at Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. This new boutique hotel is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and boasts brilliant designer touches including an atrium 'jungle' enjoying all-day sunshine; sophisticated dining at Solander Dining & Bar; and guest rooms with Wi-Fi, 49-inch TVs, Bluetooth speaker systems and Google Chromecast, so that guests can stream their own music and movies. The Curio Collection conducted research and found that curiosity plays a major role in travel choices. They narrowed down travellers into five archetypes: food-loving epicureans; arts-inspired culturalists; nature-seeking pathfinders; thrillseeking challengers; and switched-on spiritualists.   With that in mind, Time Out has teamed up with West Hotel to curate five different lists of essential Sydney experiences, taking the five archetypes as inspiration. Know yourself, choose your own adventure, and explore the best of this city.      And whether you're from out of town or a local seeking a staycation, you can book a weekend getaway at West Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. Rooms start at $218 per night.

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