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Things to do in Sydney this week
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Things to do in Sydney this week

It's a mega week with the return of the Night Markets at Carriageworks, a feast of controversial talks at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Fringe Festival kicks off, and we give a rib-crushing hug to spring.

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The best high tea in Sydney
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The best high tea in Sydney

Sydney is obsessed with high tea, and with good reason – we do some seriously good baking in this here city. Here's our hotlist of venues for tea, scones, petits fours and civilised conversation. 

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The best healthy breakfasts in Sydney
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The best healthy breakfasts in Sydney

When you go out for breakfast it can be hard not to go straight for the brisket waffles. But for those days when you’re not nursing a hangover, here are the breakfasts you order that won’t make you feel guilty for the rest of the day. Here are Sydney’s eight best healthy breakfasts, none of which, you’ll be glad to hear, compromise on flavour.

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The best first date bars in Sydney
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The best first date bars in Sydney

No one is saying first dates are easy – there’s the reasonable fear you might insult them, bore them or that they may turn out to be secret racists. And it’s worse still if you think you might like them – so many expectations to manage. Do yourself a favour and pick a location for that first meeting that matches your vibe, be it low key and local or a litmus test for how they feel about the things you love best – namely wine.

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The best desserts in Sydney
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The best desserts in Sydney

We don’t know about you, but dinner ain’t dinner for us without dessert. Sometimes it’s a bowl of silky, melting gelato, or it could be a maple syrup-drenched pudding or a good old fashioned passionfruit pav. Damn it, sometimes it’s an ornate plate of food made to look just like the brittle twigs on the forest floor (that’s when we’ve got the coin to get into Sepia). Regardless, it’s the traditional way to finish a meal, and we intend to keep up that tradition for as long as our waistbands can take it.

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The best burgers in Sydney
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The best burgers in Sydney

What could be more perfect than finely ground meat placed between two sweet slices of bread with cheese and pickles? Nothing, that's what. Whether you like them stacked to the nines, fat-rich and salty, veggie or vegan, here are the best burgers in Sydney.

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Vote in the Food Awards People's Choice

Vote in the Food Awards People's Choice

It's time to get your critic's hat on! Our People's Choice Awards are back and bigger than ever.

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Who won the Sydney Battle of the Burger?
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Who won the Sydney Battle of the Burger?

Sydney, you guys take your burgers very seriously. We've seen pitched battles all over the internet over whose patties are juiciest, whose buns are fluffiest and whose condiment selection trumps whose? And so we decided to settle the question of who is making Sydney's best burger once and for all with the inaugural Time Out Battle of the Burger in association with Tooth's Pale Ale.  Who would go head to head in a mighty cook-off came down to you, dear readers. You nominated your favourite burgermeisters in the city and then voted for the top four. Those ground beef grillers then gathered at the Public House Petersham for the showdown where 200 Time Out readers gathered as the judging panel. It was a sold out event and each of those precious tickets meant you got half a burger from every contestant (you needed to be really hungry for this event) and an open bar pouring glass steins of refreshing Tooth's pale ale. There were sweet tunes from Sydney's AUX JAX, selfies and personalised gifs from Fotobox and live street art demonstrations from Work-Shop.  In the first round Pub Life Kitchen went head to head with Burgers by Josh. Pub Life were grilling their specialty salt-aged beef patties that they make from beef they've farmed themselves. They went for the classic cheeseburger for their battle burger. Burgers by Josh were using two different cuts of beef for their patty, along with house-pickled jalapeños, extra-crisp bacon and a potato bun.  Round two saw Bar Luca bring the

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Short getaways

Guide to Wellington
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Guide to Wellington

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Fleurieu Peninsula travel guide
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Fleurieu Peninsula travel guide

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Staycations in Sydney
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Staycations in Sydney

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Things to do in Uluru
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Things to do in Uluru

 

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Short weekend getaways from Sydney
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Short weekend getaways from Sydney

 

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Spring Cycle
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Spring Cycle

Whether you’re still on your training wheels or you’re the next Robbie McEwen or Cadel Evans, the Spring Cycle is an event perfect for you. Proudly supported by Roads and Maritime Services and open to cyclists of all ages and abilities, The Spring Cycle is the ultimate city fun-ride. With ride options of 12km, 50km and 105km, each route guarantees riders the chance to cycle across Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge completely traffic-free! Say goodbye to the confines of cycling lanes and revel in car-less lanes as you cross the magnificent Harbour, bypassing the Opera House and zipping through the Rocks and Barangaroo. Starting in St Leonards Park and finishing up in either Pyrmont (12km ride) or Olympic Park (50km and 105km), enjoy post-ride entertainment as you relax and unwind in the presence of friends and family. Enter as a team, individually or take your kids free of charge. Early bird tickets are on sale now (end Aug 31). 

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Broadway Sydney's flash new second floor is open for business
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Broadway Sydney's flash new second floor is open for business

If you’ve visited Broadway Sydney any time within the last year, you would’ve noticed that Level 2 has been undergoing a serious makeover. And now, after 12 months of redevelopment works and an expansion of 3,400 square metres, it’s finally been unveiled! The doors swung open on August 18 and the $55 million redevelopment is now showing off 30 new retailers in food, fashion and beauty. International brands you can now find at Broadway include H&M, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, Seed Heritage, Sunglass Hut, Calvin Klein Underwear, Napoleon Perdis and many more. If all that shopping has given you an appetite, you can sate it at Passiontree Velvet teahouse; Din Tai Fung; Zeus Street Greek; Chinese food experts Mr Wu; Turkish food kings Eat Istanbul; and Vietnamese street food vendors Bun Me, alongside familiar favourites like Soul Origin, Nando’s, Grill’d Healthy Burgers, Schnitz, Guzman Y Gomez, Hero Sushi and Cha Time. The newly renovated Level 2 is also pretty to look at – it's adorned in contemporary Australian art from Four Sydney-based creatives – illustrator and silkscreen printer Kate Banazi, emerging furniture designer Vincent Buret, textiles artist Victoria Garcia, and industrial designer Adam Goodrum. 

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Surry Hills
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Surry Hills

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Darling Harbour

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