Divya Venkataraman is Time Out's former Sydney Staff Writer.
The best pizza in Sydney
Sydney is no slacker when it comes to Italian food. We have amazing delis, high-end purveyors of pasta and a raft of gelato shops that will keep you riding high on sugar all year long. But it's our pizza game that shines brightest. We know a thing or two about what it takes to make excellent pizza and these are the places that are topping the class. Hungry for more? Here's our pick of the very best restaurants in Sydney right now.
The best road trips around New South Wales
If you've ever endured long haul travel – jetting through multiple timezones and a series of identical yet somehow still bamboozling airports – you may have found yourself questioning if it truly is about the journey and not the destination. We've got just the thing to restore your faith in that old adage. Take a ride on one of these gorgeous scenic road trips around New South Wales. Pack the boot, roll down your windows and let gorgeous scenery whizz past you – be that soaring coastal cliffs, native bushland, or towering alpine forests. Trust us, no one will be asking if you're nearly there yet. RECOMMENDED: the most bookmarked Airbnbs in New South Wales Want more inspo? Check out these gorgeous natural wonders worth a day trip from Sydney.
The best florists in Sydney
We’ve picked out our favourite Sydney florists and flower shops that always deliver when it comes to beautiful bunches of blooms, from dramatic and sculptural arrangements to pretty posies and vibrant native bouquets. Bring even more life into your home with pot plants from the best nurseries in Sydney, or pick up a good read from the best bookshops in Sydney. When you can't hand over the bouquet in person, you can rely on the best flower delivery services in Sydney.
The best luxury Airbnbs to rent in Sydney
Are you ready to step your feather-slippered feet into a fabulous, alternate reality for a night or two? Or maybe even a whole week if you're really feeling it. We've scoured Sydney's plentiful offering of Airbnbs to bring you only the most luxurious. Think floor-to-ceiling windows, breathtaking views, and pools right out the door. Here's where you can lie on sheets with thread counts in the thousands, turn lights on and off with a clap of your hands, or swan around the circumference of a pool big enough to fit your entire bedroom at home. BYO silk robe, if you really want to go full lady-of-leisure. Glass of bubbles is a must. RECOMMENDED: The best boutique hotels in Sydney Want more? Here's the most luxurious accomodation in NSW and the most wish-listed Airbnbs in the state. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
The 8 best Airbnbs in Byron Bay
The Northern NSW township of Byron Bay has come to occupy a sort of cult status for holiday seekers in recent years. Be it for the natural beauty of the beach-meets-hinterland landscape, the laid-back creative vibes, or its slew of chiselled Hollywood heartthrobs (okay, most of them are Hemsworths), travellers keep flocking to Byron – and it's seen an upswing in accommodation options since. So how do you settle on just one? Fear not. We've searched high and low for the best so you can just focus on the chilling, kombucha-drinking and sun-lounging. Here's our pick of the best Airbnbs in the area. Want more? Here's the most luxurious accommodation in NSW Keen on more nature? Check out the best accommodation in the Blue Mountains This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
The best romantic hotels in Sydney
Whether you're craving urban glamour or undone, surf-chic, there's no doubt that Sydney is a gloriously romantic city. Gaze out over that landmark-spotted city skyline, dive underground to a funky hidden bar, or sit down for alfresco dinner after a sunset swim – whatever you're looking for, you'll find a kind of magic here. And when you're done exploring the city, you'll need a place to rest your head – and we've got you covered for the best hotels in town to stoke those romantic flames. Maybe a spa day for two, or a seaplane ride to your door will do the job. Full of love but low on cash? Get cosy at one of the best camping sites near Sydney.
The best bars for date night
So, you've got a date. Now, the question remains. Where is the best place to take a date in Sydney? To our mind, a bar should probably be your number one option. There are a lot of very good reasons to take your date to a bar instead of a restaurant. To start with, eating isn't always the most becoming of activities. Bars are great because you can stay as long or as little as you like, you've always got something to do with your hands and the playlist is often spot on. Plus, the social lubrication helps. When date night rolls round, these are the best Sydney bars we make a beeline for. Don't like booze? How about you take your cutie on one of Sydney's very best free (and cheap) dates, or hit up one of Sydney's very best alfresco dining spots for a spot of fresh air and romance.
The best things to do in Sydney between Christmas and NYE
The five days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve are a strange, awkward, in-between time for everyone. Most places have closed shop for the summer, while others have new holiday hours that are tricky to wrap your head around. At this time of year, Sydney tends to feel more empty than usual as most locals make a mass exodus for elsewhere, but if you plan on sticking around and having a lovely summer holiday in a Sydney that you're likely to get (probably, mostly) to yourself, we have put together a list for you of all the coolest things for you to do in town between Christmas Day and New Years'. You're welcome. Want more culture? Check out our guide to the best art exhibitions and theatre and musicals on in Sydney this month.
Where to eat yum cha on Christmas Day 2022
Don't celebrate Christmas? Or maybe you do celebrate it, but you don't want to deal with all the dishwashing. What about yum cha? Some of Sydney's best Chinese restaurants will be dishing up all the trolley-delivered dumplings your heart could possibly desire this Christmas Day. If you're into a more traditional festive spread, check out our list of the best (conventional) Christmas Day restaurant lunches and dinners.
The best ferry trips in Sydney
Sydney's love affair with the crushed sapphire expanse of the harbour dates back many thousands of years to when the Gadigal people of central Sydney paddled their canoes around the bays, into the coves and across the open seas in search of fish or en route to ceremonial sites or neighbouring settlements. Today, the ferry is a mainstay of the Sydney public transport lanscape and one of the best ways to explore the harbour. With views made for gawking at, our city is stunning at all its angles - but the ferry is an easy alternative to ram-packed tours and accordingly hiked prices. Ferry routes fan out in multiple directions – from the main hub of Circular Quay to west up the Parramatta River, north to Manly and far east to Watsons Bay. These scenic trips will give you plenty of time to gaze in awe, and then to dawdle over to picturesque spots and linger at pretty picnic points once you're on shore: from Sydney's harbour islands and to some stunning lighthouses. Where will you end up? In most cases, to glide along the water you'll need the all-purpose public transport Opal card. These days, you can even tap on with a contactless credit or debit card. Looking for more fun once the skipper cries land ho? Check out these unmissable attractions around the city. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Cronulla.
The best late-night dining in Sydney
It's ticking over to a shameful hour, and you've smoke-bombed from the party in search of sustenance. Is it fried chicken you're after, that fail-safe absorbent of sin and too many cocktails? Or maybe you've been working late, and you're looking to redeem a day of fluorescent-lit corporate drudgery with the perfect plate of spicy noodles? Or maybe you've landed in the city late and you just want to sink into a steamer of pillowy dumplings, soft and plush and... mmm, sleep... Before you hit the hay, though, here are the spots you'll find what you're craving, way up late. Still feeling snackish? Take yourself out to peruse our list of the very best cheap eats you can get in Sydney.
The best bookshops in Sydney
There are few greater pleasures in life than getting lost in a really good book. We've put together a list of the best bookshops in Sydney that offer up a vibey day of wholesome literary fun, but will deliver juicy reading material straight to your doorstep. What's better than that? Still curious? How about reading one of these 12 best books about Sydney.
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RBG: Of Many, One
What does it take to stand firm in a rushing tide? One that suddenly comes not just from the expected direction, but from all of them, buffeting a woman from side to side? Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the great legal mind, feminist, and later, improbably, the pop culture darling, would know better than most. And RBG: Of Many, One, written by Suzie Miller (of Prima Facie fame) and directed by Priscilla Jackman (White Pearl) tries to trace that journey, and let the audience feel the rush of all those tides. So how did Heather Mitchell, the actress known for her screen appearance in Binge’s Love Me, and previously, for playing prominent transgender writer and former Australian Defence Force officer Catherine McGregor in the 2018 STC play Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story, find it within herself to embody an icon of American society? Especially one whose impact was outsized in her later years – which grew beyond her tiny frame into a face printed on mugs and tote bags, indie children’s books and fridge magnets alike? Mitchell’s great power is in making her astute character study of Ginsburg feel effortless. Across a sparse stage setting, most often bare, sometimes hung with velvet drapes or centred with a chair, she inhabits Ginsburg through a series of periods in her life: from her impetuous girlhood, to her starry-eyed adolescence, to her college years, her nomination to the Supreme Court, and the pinnacles and nadirs of her 27-year stint on the highest bench in the
Blow Bar Co
Adding to its sloew of venues across Sydney and Melbourne, luxe blow dry salon Blow Bar Co set up shop on the second level of Elizabeth Street's David Jones flagship store in 2020, and hasn't looked back since. Whether you're looking to make the most of your lunch hour in the city, or you want a swishable blowout before a night out on the town, Blow Bar Co's got you covered. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Sydney (@timeoutsydney) Not only will the hair geniuses give your locks a little oomph, they'll also put a little spring in your step with flutes of Champagne, rosé and platters of olives and antipasto. Go for a classic uptown girl blowdry – shiny, voluminous and flicked – lean into the drama with a toussled head of curls, or go straight and sleek. Hair treatments start at $59. Blow Bar Co also does make-up styling, up-dos, corporate functions, will allow you to host your hens parties there, and more. Book in online.
In the same way that pad Thai is no longer the sole spokesperson for Thai cuisine in this country, and banh mi has shaken off the burden of representing all things Vietnamese, Gaurang Gahoi is determined to free butter chicken from the pressure to perform. Behind a gold pigeon embossed on a Surry Hills glass shopfront is a new eatery, the brainchild of Gahoi (ex-Four Seasons Hotel) and co-owners Javed Khan (Delhi O’Delhi) and Kunal Patel. Foreign Return – named affectionately for expats who leave India and come back home – is nixing the idea that Indian food is all creamy sauces, soft breads, and two-note spice blends, and putting 'lost' recipes back onto leather-bound menus. “I don’t want to do the same thing you see on most menus,” Gahoi says. “Three curries, similar bases, naan, lots of butter. We’re mixing it up.” Grandfather clocks hang on the matte, navy walls in the two-storey space that once held wine bar the Bishop. Old telephones with actual dials hark back to India’s colonial era, but there’s no misty-eyed colonial idolisation of the British Raj. The kitchen, helmed by Siddharth Kalyanaraman, the Australian men’s cricket team’s official touring chef, is all about shining the oil lamp on dishes from different corners of the subcontinent – without minimising their spicy multitudes or whitewashing their names to suit a Western palate. Kosha moghsho, a slow-cooked Bengali lamb curry, swims with meat tender from sitting and stewing in its spices. A creamy kathirikkai k
Opera Bar’s Harbourside Winter Roving Carts
Here at Time Out, we're big fans of cheese in all its forms: hard, soft, brie, blue, smoked, cake – we love it all. But if there's a cheesy dish guaranteed to melt (and slightly clog) our hearts, it's the ultimate oozy Swiss delight: raclette. Harbourside hangout Opera Bar – with its glorious views you can never quite tire of, no matter how many times you go – is now dishing up this cold-weather favourite in roving carts, along with a selection of wintertime treats like s'more and mulled drinks. The raclette takes 'adding cheese on top' to the next level: a semi-hard cow's milk cheese is melted under a grill and then scraped onto cheese-friendly accouterments like crisp potatoes, bacon and shallots – with an optional shaving of truffle – 'tis the season, after all. Then, get a little sweet fix with freshly flamed s’mores (chocolate and marshmallows sandwiched between graham crackers) toasted at your table and drizzled with chocolate sauce. In the mood for a drink? Grab one of the bar's warming beverages: a buttered rum (Bacardi spiced rum, salted butter, nutmeg, anise); a mulled Dark and Stormy (Bacardi spiced rum, ginger, maple, apple, citrus); or a Blazer (Bacardi Ocho, Bacardi spiced rum, muscat, cinnamon, fruit oils). It's all made and served right at your table. It all kicks off on July 21 through to August 28 – check out the details here. P.S. Here are our favourite cheesy dishes in Sydney.
Sydney Dog Lovers Show
Insta-pooches, puppy face-painting and even some doggy adrenaline-junkies: the most wholesome, tail-wagging event of the year will be back. The Sydney Dog Lovers Show is set to be a furry, fluffy canine carnival. Done with swiping on the dating apps for a companion to stand by your side through the highs and lows of modern life? At the Dog Lovers Show, the "Perfect Match" session pairs you up with the dog breed suited perfectly for you. Perks not found in human soulmates include: undying adoration, will sit through The Bold Type without complaint, fluff. If by some stroke of luck or fate you’ve already found your furry soulmate, you can learn how to best pamper them, with sessions on training, first-aid, nutrition and puppy manners with vets and pooch behavioural experts. All kinds of dogs gather for the annual show to suit all kinds of dog lovers. There’s a Pat-a-Pooch zone for cuddles and an endorphin boost, a gang of thrill-seeking pups leaping in the water for an event known only as the "Extreme Vertical", and even a lush velvet-throned meet-and-greet with puppy celebrities. We’re not quite sure how conversationally in-depth the media interviews with the pooches of Instagram will go, but damn, we’re looking forward to finding out. You may think Sydneysiders are an unflappable bunch, which generally holds true until they're presented with the prospect of puppies – so get in quick.
Mould: A Cheese Festival
Since 2017, Mould: A Cheese Festival has been delighting turophiles the nation over. For 2022, the country's biggest cheese-fest is back at Port Melbourne's The Timber Yard – and this year, the edition is slated to be bigger than ever. For the uninitiated, this festival embraces the crumbly and the creamy in a full-fledged celebration of quality, handcrafted Australian cheeses. Over the course of two days, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Australia's best producers and taste your way through tart blue-veined varieties, hard cheddars, washed rinds and super smooth softies. The line-up is yet to be finalised, but past participants have included Bruny Island Cheese Co, Yarra Valley Dairy, Grandvewe, Section 28, Shaw River, Tolpuddle, Tongola and That's Amore among others. Tickets include a turn at all cheese tastings and a wine glass to take home (and taste from – sessions include matched wines). If you're looking to feed your mind, demonstrations and masterclasses will also take place across both glorious days. If you're there for a good time, you can also grab yourself a Hartshorn Sheep Whey vodka and gin. A $45 (plus booking fee) ticket scores you all the cheese you can Muenster (that's the only pun you're getting) at one of the three timed sessions over Friday and Saturday, August 12-13. Act fast – this one's guaranteed to go quick, and missing out would be pretty whiffy. If you really love cheese, check out our cheese lover's guide to Melbourne.
Sydney Cocktail Festival
There's no denying that this city loves a waterfront bevvy, ideally to be sipped while admiring one of the best views of the harbour you can find. So it's damn good news that after a two-year hiatus, a weekend-long celebration of small bars, their inventive cocktails and the pros behind them is headed to the harbourside digs of Opera Bar. Bartenders from 13 of Sydney’s most innovative cocktail bars — including Re-, Maybe Sammy, PS40, and Double Deuce Lounge — are set to shake and stir 26 different cocktail recipes over two days, on the new dates this April of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10. Think fluoro 80s thoughts with PS40’s ‘Miami Vice’ - part watermelon cooler, part pina colada. Take a trip back to childhood with Rosenbaum & Fuller’s ‘Zappo’ (Bombay Sapphire, blackcurrant liqueur, grape soda, verjus, and lemon). Re’s exclusive festival creation is ‘Mjango Unchained’ with Bacardi white rum, mango, myrtle and sumac syrup, and lime. While Maybe Sammy’s ‘Bang Bang’ takes you on a citrusy Italian summer vacation. Can you think of a more enticing and terrifying way to spend a day than drinking with Sydney's most well-seasoned party monsters? Didn't think so. Plus, the mixing doesn't end with the drinks – DJs will be playing throughout the event, and event partner Bacardi will be running demonstrations and masterclasses on the side, too. Each ticket is $49, and it's a pretty sweet deal – you'll get entry to the festival, demonstrations from the cocktail masterminds, as well as thre
Mould: A Cheese Festival
Since 2017, Mould: A Cheese Festival has been delighting turophiles the nation over. For 2022, the country's biggest cheese-fest is back at Carriageworks – and this year, the edition is slated to be bigger than ever. For the uninitiated, this festival embraces the crumbly and the creamy in a full-fledged celebration of quality, handcrafted Australian cheeses. Over the course of two days, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Australia's best producers and taste your way through tart blue-veined varieties, hard cheddars, washed rinds and super smooth softies. The line-up is yet to be finalised, but past participants have included Bruny Island Cheese Co, Yarra Valley Dairy, Grandvewe, Section 28, Shaw River, Tolpuddle, Tongola and That's Amore among others. Tickets include a turn at all cheese tastings and a wine glass to take home (and taste from – sessions include matched wines). If you're looking to feed your mind, demonstrations and masterclasses will also take place across both glorious days. If you're there for a good time, you can also grab yourself a Hartshorn Sheep Whey vodka and gin. A $45 (plus booking fee) ticket scores you all the cheese you can Muenster (that's the only pun you're getting) at one of the three timed sessions pver Friday and Saturday, August 12-13. Act fast – this one's guaranteed to go quick, and missing out would be pretty whiffy.
Mould: A Cheese Festival
Since 2017, Mould: A Cheese Festival has been delighting turophiles the nation over. For 2022, the country's biggest cheese-fest is back at Carriageworks – and this year, the edition is slated to be bigger than ever. For the uninitiated, this festival embraces the crumbly and the creamy in a full-fledged celebration of quality, handcrafted Australian cheeses. Over the course of two days, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Australia's best producers and taste your way through tart blue-veined varieties, hard cheddars, washed rinds and super smooth softies. The line-up is yet to be finalised, but past participants have included Bruny Island Cheese Co, Yarra Valley Dairy, Grandvewe, Section 28, Shaw River, Tolpuddle, Tongola and That's Amore among others. Tickets include a turn at all cheese tastings and a wine glass to take home (and taste from – sessions include matched wines). If you're looking to feed your mind, demonstrations and masterclasses will also take place across both glorious days. If you're there for a good time, you can also grab yourself a Hartshorn Sheep Whey vodka and gin. A $45 (plus booking fee) ticket scores you all the cheese you can Muenster (that's the only pun you're getting) at one of the three timed sessions over Friday and Saturday, August 12-13. Act fast – this one's guaranteed to go quick, and missing out would be pretty whiffy.
Australian Cocktail Month
For the month of May, Sydney is set to turn into a Sazerac-stirring, Martini-shaking wonderland of cocktails and mixed drinks galore. It's the inaugural Australian Cocktail Month, and it's roping in some of the city's best bars and bartenders – and of course, locally made spirits, beers and more. So how does it work? Just buy a $24.95 ticket to get access to a menu specially prepared for the event, at venues across the city. The ticket gives you a solid discount on cocktails all month, too: each one comes in at $14, and non-alcoholic options at $10 (abstaining punters can get involved too – without sacrificing on flavour and depth). A total of 72 venues have been tapped on the shoulder to be a part of the event across Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. In Sydney, you can wander into favourites like Maybe Sammy, the Doss House, and newcomer Jolene's in the CBD to try themed cocktails celebrating World Whisky Day and Paloma Day across the month. A host of notable brands will also be part of the lineup, including Bombay Bramble, Hendricks, Patrón and Glenfiddich. Head to australiancocktailmonth.com.au for the full program. Tickets are now on sale.
After Dark at the Hyde Park Barracks
Once the sun goes down, the party kicks off at the Hyde Park Barracks. On selected Thursdays every two months, the heritage site next door to Hyde Park transforms into a cultural hub with beats, a pop-up bar and food offerings as part of Sydney Living Museums' After Dark series. Expect live music, ideas, installations and discussions, with a focus on interpreting the historic site in a contemporary way. An Archie Rose gin pop-up bar serves up their botanical flavoured canned cocktails, and you'll get to purchase food from food trucks from OzHarvest and Nighthawk Diner. A ticket to the event gets you complimentary museum entry, so you can explore the immersive experience for free on the night. Tickets are $30 per person – book online. On Thursday June 30, After Dark is celebrating the third artwork in Sydney Living Museums' annual art commission: 'Boundary Conditions' by renowned Melbourne-based artist Daniel Crooks. Presented on a giant monolithic screen hovering in the forecourt of Hyde Park Barracks, the installation is an ambitious video work that portrays an alternate world of disparate spaces and non-linear time. During the evening Crooks will appear in conversation with Adam Lindsay, CEO of Sydney Living Museums. Composer and creator of the 'Boundary Conditions' soundscape, Byron Scullin, is curating a line-up of heavy hitters from the experimental music and sound art world who will perform live across the museum site. Artists featured include Chris Abrahams, Clare C
Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner
After receiving rave reviews when Darlinghurst Theatre debuted this throughly contemporary play in 2021, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner is back on the Sydney stage in 2022 ahead of a national tour. Read on for Time Out's five-star review from the 2021 season. Cleo tweeted that she wanted Kylie Jenner dead. She was (mostly) joking. Knife emoji. A blue-lit phone is the only source of light when Cleo (Moreblessing Maturure), waking up in her bedroom, scrolls down to see a tweet proclaiming that Kylie Jenner, youngest of the Jenner/Kardashian klan, has become Forbes’ ”youngest self-made billionaire”. Riled by the idea that Jenner could profiteer so blatantly by appropriating Black culture and aesthetics, she sends a tweet into the ether. Jenner made fuller lips fashionable by injecting lip filler, says Cleo, “but when Mac Instagrammed a picture of a Black model with lips of the same width she was called ugly”. She hashtags it #kyliejennerfidead. Over the next 90 minutes, the sharply delivered, jaw-achingly funny play written by British playwright Jasmine Lee-Jones and directed in its Australian iteration by Shari Sebbens, follows Cleo and her best friend Kara as they wade through murky waters: unpicking old resentments, hurling accusations of light-skinned privilege and homophobia, and reckoning with the experience of being a Black woman today. It unravels the life-cycle of a tweet: from praise to virality, backlash and public shaming to a counterstrike in the form of dr
We reveal how you can get $10 tickets to the Aussie production of 'Hamilton'
Hamilton, the most hotly anticipated show of the season (the year? The decade? OK, we'll stop), is back on in Sydney after the season was rudely interrupted by the city's second city-wide lockdown. But the cross-cultural phenomenon that meshes hip-hop, R'n'B and jazz with revolutionary American history, isn't exactly a payday meal – one ticket to a showing at Sydney's Lyric Theatre averages $150-$180 ordinarily, with the steepest tickets priced at $250 each. Unless, of course, you're the lucky winner of the show's weekly $10 ticket lottery. Timing is crucial: each Friday at 12.01am for the next weeks' performance period, a select number of $10 tickets will be released. Winners are drawn each Thursday between 1-6pm, but you'll only have one hour to claim tickets from the time that you're notified before they're offered to another hopeful. You can enter for one or two seats – and there's absolutely no reason not to enter for two every time and bless your theatre-date-to-be with the show of a lifetime. It's easy to get excited about all this, but don't just enter willy-nilly: winning tickets are non-transferable. If you can’t use your tickets, no one else can, so you'll be depriving someone of the utter magic of seeing Hamilton come to life if you can't attend for some reason. To enter, you’ll need to get the TodayTix app on your phone – you can get it on all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Just beware: you're facing some steep odd
You can now build jigsaw puzzles out of Sydney's best beaches
If your feet are itching to be back on the gorgeous sandy shores of the Bondi to Coogee walk, we've got a temporary salve for your situation. For now, you can feast your eyes on the clear blue waters of your favourite Sydney beaches with puzzles from Salty Sea Dog. Local photographer Nick Holton has been training his eye on the eastern beaches for some time now, and in an effort to stave off your isolation ennui, he's now bringing you his postcard-perfect prints in jigsaw form. You can start in the scenic waters by Coogee, wander over to Bronte, stop for a dip at the Bondi Icebergs pool and finish off at the iconic Bondi homestretch. Choose from aerial shots, ocean pools, and vistas of the city lit up at night from the sea. Each puzzle starts at $64.50, and you can choose between kook (260 pieces), intermediate (500 pieces), pro (1000 pieces), or if you're really feeling like a challenge, take on the extraordinaire (2000 pieces). Check out the range on the website. Just remember, always start with the corners. Stuck? Here's what to say to your mates who aren't taking self-isolation seriously.
You can get chunky, chewy 1kg cookies delivered during lockdown
Brace yourself to lift with your knees: there's a one-kilo cookie in town, and it's created by the patissier behind Sydney's much-hyped Banksia Bakehouse (home of what our Time Out Sydney team christened the 'cramington', a croissant-lamington hybrid). The chocolate-chip stuffed marvel is soft and fudgy inside, with the right amount of chunk (a lot) – and it'll set you back $40. For the choccy spread fiends, there's also a one-kilo Nutella version for $50. These dense cookies come in a foil tray ready to pop into the oven, and there's even a mouthwatering YouTube video showing you how to ensure the cookies come out perfectly hot and gooey. The big bikkies are the work of Thicc Cookies – a Sydney brand run by Chris Sheldrick that specialises in New-York style cookies – that is, soft and hefty. The brand makes lots of other flavours too, from Lotus Biscoff to Caramilk, s'mores, peanut butter and more ($7 each). The cookies stay fresh for around a week, but you can freeze them for up to three months and your future self will thank you. Alongside the Thicc Cookies brand sits Sheldrick's other venture, Bigg Brownies: think dense brownies in a range of flavours, from triple chocolate to mint to matcha ($7-$8 each). Looking for an extreme version? Grab a massive slab of pimped-out brownie topped with treats like Maltesers, Oreo cookies, Tim Tams and more for $60. Get your generously-sized lockdown cookie and brownie fix without having to leave your home or get the kitchen messy.
Where to buy locally-made hand sanitiser in Sydney right now
Everything that has happened since 2020 has been somewhat of a plot twist, but here's a sub-twist that threw us for a loop recently – suddenly we're lusting after flannel face masks like we once did shoes, and coveting boutique, distillery-made hand sanitiser in the way we once did Korean skincare products. If we've got to use hand san, we might as well support local businesses while we're doing it – so we've rounded up some of our favourites. Looking for masks? We've got you(r face) covered. Archie Rose, a Sydney-based gin-maker, was one of the first distilleries in the country to pivot towards creating high-alcohol grade sanitiser, infusing their 65 per cent mixture with its gin botanicals. Archie Rose's first release sold out in a matter of hours, but you can get yours online here. A 500ml bottle costs $20. Further north, Manly Spirits Co also makes a gin-based sanitiser featuring native botanical goodness. Smaller quantities are currently sold out, but you can grab some hand san in bulk here (it'll set you back $65 for five litres, $200 for a 20 litre drum, or $75 for a pack of 10 12mL bottles). Now, Orange's Parrot Distilling Co isn't exactly Sydney-based, but its gin-based sanitiser has gained a huge following in its hometown for its refreshing scent and aesthetically pleasing bottles – it's the kind you want to show off. Find yours here, a 200mL spray bottle is $16. For an eco-friendly option, Koala Eco is owned by a Sydney-based husband and wife duo who are comm
You can get chunky, chewy 1kg cookies delivered from this Sydney bakery
Brace yourself to lift with your knees: there's a one-kilo cookie in town, and it's created by the patissier behind the much-hyped Banksia Bakery (home of what we christened the 'cramington', a croissant-lamington hybrid), which recently opened up in the CBD. It's a chocolate-chip stuffed marvel, soft and fudgy inside, with the right amount of chunk (a lot) – and it'll set you back $40. For the choccy spread fiends, there's also a one-kilo Nutella version for $50. That's not all on offer at Thicc Cookies though – the Sydney brand run by Chris Sheldrick specialises in New-York style cookies – soft and hefty – and makes all kinds of flavours from Lotus Biscoff to Caramilk, s'mores, peanut butter and more ($7 each). Better yet, you can get next-day delivery in Sydney. Plus, check Thicc's Instagram for a secret selection of specials – there's lemon meringue, cinnamon scroll and carrot cake, for example – and they're only available to buy in very limited time frames at various Sydney market stalls. Alongside the Thicc Cookies brand sits its other venture, Bigg Brownies: think dense brownies in a range of flavours, from triple chocolate to mint to matcha ($7-$8 each). Looking for an extreme version? Grab a massive slab of pimped-out brownie for $60. Get your generously-sized cookie and brownie fix at Thicc Cookies and Bigg Brownies. They deliver Australia-wide. Sweet tooth tingling? Check out the best desserts you can get delivered to your door.
Get your hands on s'mores, cocktails and a roving raclette wheel at Opera Bar
Here at Time Out, we're big fans of cheese in all its forms: hard, soft, brie, blue, smoked, cake – we love it all. But if there's a cheesy dish guaranteed to melt (and slightly clog) our hearts, it's the ultimate oozy Swiss delight: raclette. Harbourside hangout Opera Bar – with its glorious views you can never quite tire of, no matter how many times you go – is now dishing up this cold-weather favourite in roving carts, along with a selection of wintertime treats like s'more and mulled drinks. The raclette takes 'adding cheese on top' to the next level: a semi-hard cow's milk cheese is melted under a grill and then scraped onto cheese-friendly accouterments like crisp potatoes, bacon and shallots – with an optional shaving of truffle – 'tis the season, after all. Then, get a little sweet fix with freshly flamed s’mores (chocolate and marshmallows sandwiched between graham crackers) toasted at your table and drizzled with chocolate sauce. In the mood for a drink? Grab one of the bar's warming beverages: a buttered rum (Bacardi spiced rum, salted butter, nutmeg, anise); a mulled Dark and Stormy (Bacardi spiced rum, ginger, maple, apple, citrus); or a Blazer (Bacardi Ocho, Bacardi spiced rum, muscat, cinnamon, fruit oils). It's all made and served right at your table. It all kicks off on the new date of July 1 through to August 31 – check out the details here. P.S. Here are our favourite cheesy dishes in Sydney.
Acclaimed Byron Bay eatery Harvest will open soon near Sydney
Not only will the soon-to-open Wisemans Surf Lodge be fitted with a giant, first-of-its-kind wave pool, a boutique hotel and a golf course – it's now also set to be the home of another outpost of acclaimed eatery Harvest, which originally hails from the Newrybar, in the Northern Rivers hinterland near Byron Bay. Located an hour or so north of Sydney, the $75 million lodge is set to be an expansive set-up, nestled in bushland and perching just on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. It will open in 2022, serving produce from the Hawkesbury region, with outdoor dining spaces, a barbecue deck, a kiosk and a discovery garden for the little ones. “In our 15 years at Newrybar we’ve been able to scale up as our community grows with us," said creative director David Moyle. “Harvest Wisemans allows us to take these learnings and build this from day one through an extensive offering unique to the Hawkesbury. Whether you’re grabbing breakfast at the kiosk, exploring the garden or enjoying a sundowner on the deck, we look forward to enabling new food experiences for the region.”Its Newrybar iteration had a keen focus on sustainability, and Harvest's Hawkesbury home does too. The Surf Lodge looks to use renewable energy to break waves in its wave pool and power facilities through an on-site solar system. Access to the Lodge will operate on a membership basis, but the restaurant will be open to the public. Want more? These are the best new restaurants in Sydney right now.
Sydney roaster Stitch Coffee has released clever coffee drip bags for fresh brews minus the fuss
You're not ready to abandon the idea of a freshly brewed coffee, but the levels of effort you're willing to put into securing one are definitely more in the spoonful-of-clumpy-Blend-43-at-the-back-of-the-office-cupboard range. Lucky for you, oh pauper with princely tastes, we've got just the thing. Stitch Coffee, a Sydney-based specialty coffee brand with a roaster in Alexandria, sells ethically-sourced single origins and blends in whole bean form, ground, in pods, or – relevantly – in cute little drip bags. The drip bags are ideal for the fresh-brewed experience, minus the faff. Just tear one open, balance it on your mug with the ingenious paper handles attached, and pour over some boiling water. The coffee then blooms, releasing that aroma that makes life worth living, and drips into your mug. Easy. You can get bags with Rwanda Mbilima Peaberry beans, a Higgs Field blend or an Isshu-kan box with a couple of select single-origin blends. While Stitch has been selling its wares online and wholesale since 2015, it has just opened a flagship store and café at Broadway. There, you can try all of its coffees before you buy them, as well as explore its filter bar and try its range of organic teas. Be sure to pick up some biodegradable matcha pods, brew pots, pour-over kettles, French presses and more while you're there. Check out Stitch Coffee's concept space at 80 Bay Street – or buy any of its products online. Want more? Check out the best new restaurants in Sydney right now.
Oscar Hunt is bringing sleek, made-to-order women's suiting to Sydney
Known for its well-cut, made-to-order men's suiting, Melbourne label Oscar Hunt made the leap over to creating suiting for women this year – and now, it's looking to jump over state lines, too, by bringing its women-centric tailored range to Sydney. A suit in a man's wardrobe is something of a staple, but that isn't necessarily the case for a woman's. If you've been delaying getting a power suit of your dreams because of uninspiring colourways or ill-fitting options, Oscar Hunt has got you sorted – its tailor-made service allows you to choose your own, made-to-order suit in a range of different sizes, styles and fabrics. There’s everything from slim cut to wide-leg pants, long-cut blazers and classic-cut jackets to choose from, as well as over 3,500 luxury fabrics from both Italy and the UK. The process is designed to be as inclusive and hassle-free as possible. You can book in for a fitting at its Sydney showroom in the Strand Arcade. To celebrate the launch of its womenswear range, the brand is offering 10 per cent off all its custom-made designs, with each entry also going into the draw for a chance to win a free tailored suit valued at $950. Time to suit up. Psst. Roving raclette carts and mulled cocktails are coming to Opera Bar this winter.
A Sydney bar is making German-inspired winter platters with three types of schnitty
There are few better ways to warm up than with a carb-filled, meaty spread. This winter, the German-inspired Bavarian is leaning into its cold weather roots and plating up boards of wintry treats straight from Deutschland. Grab a mate and tackle the Bavarian Tasting Platter ($59), with a slab of crackling pork belly; pork knuckle; flavour-packed German sausages; chicken schnitzel with a crisp golden crumb and other Germanic accoutrements like sauerkraut, mashed potato, apple compote and a bier jus. Keen to focus on just one kind of meat? The Ultimate Pork Platter ($59) serves up pork in four ways: as crackling pork belly, in a Nurnberger bratwurst, flattened and crumbed in a crisp pork schnitzel and stuffed in bao with a barbecue sauce. If you're a sucker for a schnitty, you can head straight for the Schnitzel Celebration Platter ($49), which brings the winter favourite to you in three forms: a cheesy chicken parmy; a garlic and parmesan rubbed chicken schnitzel; and the traditional Jagerschnitzel with mushroom sauce. There are also Southern-inspired platters with potato gems and Jack Daniels sauces, as well as one showcasing five kinds of sausage (cheese kransky, frankfurter, pepper and garlic kielbasa, Nurnberger pin wheels and liverwurst, in case you were wondering). Get your hands on these platters all winter long at Bavarian outlets around Sydney. Want more winter warmers? These are Sydney's best chicken schnitties.
Get free Portuguese tarts, coffee and Espresso Martinis in the Rocks tomorrow
If you're wandering anywhere close to the heritage buildings and cobblestone paths of the Rocks this Friday, June 4, you might be met with the cinnamon-scented waft of hot Portuguese tarts and freshly brewed coffee. To celebrate its opening, Black and White Espresso is giving away 100 fresh pasteis de nata, or Portuguese tarts, with every coffee order. Piped with a sweet, liquid-like egg custard and fashioned out of buttery, layered pastry, the tarts are made by cult-favourite bakery Tuga Pastries in Clovelly. They're are up for grabs from 7am – as are free Single O Parachute coffee units, until they’re gone. No time to drop by in the morning? Get a caffeine hit after work with one of 100 free Espresso Martinis by Mr Black from 5pm. Get in quick – they're sure to not be around for long. Want more? Check out our best things to do in Sydney this weekend.
Surry Hills institution Hotel Hollywood might be saved
In April, we reported that the golden-brick Hollywood Hotel, the corner pub wedging Foster and Hunt streets in Surry Hills, was to go on the market. Many feared that this would spell the end of days for the long-standing pub, whose prime corner location and proximity to many of the city's best bars could make it a target for developers looking to turn its rough edges into rounded, pastel-hued corners. Now, it looks the famous hotel might live to draw another breath. A bidding war which kicked off after the institution was put on sale for the first time in 42 years has resulted in the pub being bought by a private family, who plan on still operating it as a pub. The ultimate buyer beat out bidders like Merivale's Justin Hemmes, publican Stuart Laundy and even Russell Crowe. Formerly under the proprietorship of notable publican, actress and cabaret performer Doris Goddard, the Hotel Hollywood was a meeting ground and watering hole for locals and international rock stars alike (it was the Foo Fighter's home base during their national tour). On weekends, the corner pub filled with rambunctious dancing and boozing, and shapes cut and reflected in the mirrored disco ball that took the pride of place in its front room. Many were drawn to the old-school, unpretentious energy of the place – as well by Goddard herself, who was known for serenading patrons outside with her ukulele, until her death in 2019. According to the Herald, "pub industry sources" pointed to the Petersen Group