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Discover the city's best things to do, culture, dining, nightlife, bars and theatre

Eight Sydney institutions for your dining bucket list
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Eight Sydney institutions for your dining bucket list

New restaurants are often in the spotlight, ready for their Instagram close-up. But Sydney is also home to a host of long-running venues that are still at the top of people’s dining hit lists – hell, Time Out has been writing about them from our very first issue, back in 2007.

The best burgers in Sydney
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The best burgers in Sydney

There are a thousand variations on a burger, but these are the 14 best in Sydney.

The best bookshops in Sydney
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The best bookshops in Sydney

There are few greater pleasures in life than visiting a quality bookshop. 

7 outdoor art exhibitions in Sydney
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7 outdoor art exhibitions in Sydney

Sydney in spring is all about outdoor art – make sure you're taking advantage of clement days and balmy evenings with one of these alfresco exhibitions. 

Where to eat right now

The best cheap eats in Sydney
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The best cheap eats in Sydney

There's a host of cheap restaurants in Sydney all around our fair town serving up tasty food at prices that won't leave your wallet empty. 

The 50 best restaurants in Sydney
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The 50 best restaurants in Sydney

This is the definitive, ranked list of where to eat in Sydney right now. 

The best ramen in Sydney
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The best ramen in Sydney

Ramen, more than any other soup, will divide people. Are you after an opaque tonkotsu or a brighter chicken shoyu broth? 

The rise of bushfood
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The rise of bushfood

For the local Aboriginal community, promoting, using and preserving these foods is so much more than a culinary fad.

The best breakfasts in Sydney
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The best breakfasts in Sydney

Sydney's love for a breakfast knows no bounds – we will queue for ages, seek out the most Instagram-able dish and champion our favourite brunch for days. 

Best of Sydney

The best cinemas in Sydney
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The best cinemas in Sydney

In Sydney, going to the movies is almost as popular as going surfing, having a barbecue or dining out.

The best public art in Sydney
Art

The best public art in Sydney

We thought we’d share some of our favourite public art works in Sydney.

20 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life
Things to do

20 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life

Sydney’s a beautiful place to live and a glorious city to visit.

Free things to do in Sydney today
Things to do

Free things to do in Sydney today

Sydney may have been voted the second most expensive city in the world to live in, but if you look closely you will find cheap and free things to do on any day of the year.

The best walks in Sydney
Sport and fitness

The best walks in Sydney

Coastal walks, bush walks, historical walks and inner city ambles: there are many routes to choose from to discover Sydney from a new angle.

The best clubs in Sydney
Nightlife

The best clubs in Sydney

Any Sydneysider will tell you it hasn’t been a great couple of years to be a night owl in this town. The trick now is knowing where to look – here's where to start.

What to do when you're alone in Sydney

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Win tickets to the Australian premiere of Rhetorical Chorus
Theatre

Win tickets to the Australian premiere of Rhetorical Chorus

Score a double pass to a mesmerising new performance at Liveworks

Win tickets to the Time Out Food Awards

Win tickets to the Time Out Food Awards

Vote in our People's Choice Awards for your chance to win a double pass to our night of nights

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Win an entire year's lunches and dinners with THR1VE
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Win an entire year's lunches and dinners with THR1VE

We're talking $8,000 worth of healthy, ready-made meals delivered to your door

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How to be more Sydney

The best pubs in Sydney
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The best pubs in Sydney

There are a lot of rock-solid pubs in this city, and these are the pick of the bunch.

Escape rooms in Sydney
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Escape rooms in Sydney

The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out.

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney
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Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney

These Aboriginal led and operated businesses share knowledge and history that dates back thousands of years. 

Healthy living in Sydney
Health and beauty

Healthy living in Sydney

Sydney has many options when it comes to clean living – all you’ve got to do is stick to your goals.

Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney
Art

Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney

Whether you're visiting from overseas or a curious local, these are the places to see the best of Australia's diverse Indigenous art practice.

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Little Creatures Fremantle Brewery Tour
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Little Creatures Fremantle Brewery Tour

It’s the last Friday afternoon of summer, and Freo’s calling. I wander through the limestone lanes of town until I reach the grassy Esplanade. As I look out past the spinning ferris wheel, I spy a cheeky cherub peering through the pines. It’s just a hop, step and a jump to the docks and Freo's harbourside brewery, turning hops into bevs by the sea. Little Creatures isn’t hidden away behind bricks and mortar – it’s all glass and timber beams and corrugated iron roofs. Later, I learn from my tour guide Iain that the Creatures’ space used to be home to a crocodile farm. Iain’s love of beer is infectious as he lets us in on the secret world of beer, from the birth of beer in Babylon to current day Creatures. “Beer is linked with civilisation as we know it,” he tells the tour. Before I know it, there’s a pinch of hop flowers in my hands, and I’m sifting through roasted grains. Trust your own unique perception of flavours, Iain tells us. “It’s your nose. You're wearing it.” He waves at a man in orange as we explore the buzzing brewhouse. “Over there! There’s a Creature!” It’s Cam, the brewer on duty. He weaves around the enormous silver tanks, picks one, and pops a ‘pig’s tail’ in to pour a pale ale. "We’re all really different, all the staff, but it’s the one thing that sort of pulls us all together. We’ve all got this love of beer… It’s our common bond.” Reggae beats roll over the great hall as the clock hits five – boats putter round the docks, Bathers Beach

Time Out Food Awards
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Time Out Food Awards

Forks at the ready, Sydney: the Time Out Food Awards are back and bigger than ever. Join us on Monday September 25 as we toast the city’s best fine dining restaurants and casual diners; degustations and sensational takeaways; top chefs and rising stars. Expect delicious drinks, sweet tunes brought to you by Flex Mami, and great food by Porteño – not to mention all the suspense of the awards as we give back to those venues and talent that make feasting in Sydney superb. Tickets are $70 + BF and include food, drink, fun and a copy of the annual Time Out Food Awards issue ($4.95 value), hot off the presses before it hits newsstands. Keen? Limited first release tickets go on sale Thursday July 20. For a taste of last year's action, check out our 2016 winners.  You can also have your say by voting in the People's Choice awards. Powered by Eventbrite in association with

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Get tickets to Sydney Contemporary
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Get tickets to Sydney Contemporary

Australasia’s largest international art fair returns to Sydney this spring for four days of curated installations, exhibitions, tours, panel discussions, sculptures, after dark activities, artist talks and more.  Sydney Contemporary kick starts at Carriageworks with an official opening night party on Thu Sep 7. The space will morph into an art lover's playground with immersive art, live music and performance pieces, alongside appearances from Sydney's hottest restaurants. The following four days will see local galleries including 107, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Sarah Cottier showing, alongside appearances from galleries travelling from Singapore, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Santiago, New York, Auckland and Melbourne. Works will span experimental video installations, print-making, soundscapes, drawings, paintings, sculptures and more. This year Time Out readers can get 20 per cent off tickets, including tickets to the opening night and daily tickets. Head to Sydney Contemporary and enter the code TIMEOUT to redeem this discount. 

AACTA’s Festival of Australian Film
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AACTA’s Festival of Australian Film

AACTA's Festival of Australian Film gives AFI and AACTA members the opportunity to see the best films made in Australia in the past year before they cast their votes in the 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel. Complimentary to members, the screenings at Event Cinemas George Street and Bondi Junction include the nominated feature length documentaries and shorts, as well as the feature films competing for a nomination for the 7th AACTA Awards.  Highlights include Ali's Wedding, a terrific comedy with a major chance of winning all the top awards; eerie serial killer chiller Hounds of Love; and That's Not Me a low budget comedy about a struggling actress and her successful twin.  Films screen from August 28 until September 21 around the country, and to get in on the action you'll need to join the AFI or AACTA from just $70. You'll enjoy benefits including access to a year-round program of events, and discount tickets to the AACTA Awards.

Where to drink Espresso Martinis with a view
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Where to drink Espresso Martinis with a view

Sydneysiders get a little forlorn in winter. Which is terribly sulky of us. Even when it’s too cold to be getting in the water, we should still be enjoying that Harbourside life. The best pick me up? An Espresso Martini of course. Sip one while you stare out into the gorgeous distance – at these venues, it’s all about the view. Vote for the bar making your favourite Patrón XO Café Espresso Martini and win a $200 bar tab.

Top picks of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
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Top picks of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Forget forking out for a plane ticket to Japan – the cherry blossoms are coming to you this year. Running from August 18 to 27, the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is making its return to Auburn’s Japanese Botanic Gardens in what promises to be the biggest Japanese festival in the country. While the blooming cherry blossoms are the centrepiece, the week-long festival promises a spectacular showcase of Japanese culture with food, drink, music, garden shows, art, anime, cosplay and even a sumo competition.

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Chippendale
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Chippendale

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Fairfield

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