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The best fish and chips in Sydney
Restaurants

The best fish and chips in Sydney

When is comes to hot weather, outdoor dining, nothing beats golden, fried chips and a piece of fish. But what makes a really excellent fish supper? It's the quality of the batter through to the cut of the chip, the seasonings and sauces – are you for ketchup, vinegar, chicken salt, tartare of straight lemon juice. There’s a lot that goes into getting it just right, so we scoured the city to put together a list of ten the best to help you net the perfect catch.

Mardi Gras events in Sydney
Gay and lesbian

Mardi Gras events in Sydney

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival’s theme this year is ‘Creating Equality’, which will be celebrated across annual events like the Parade and Fair Day, as well as through talks and discussion events like Queer Thinking.

Sydney theatre in February
Theatre

Sydney theatre in February

With January – and Sydney Festival – over, the pace of theatre in Sydney is slowing down. A bit. Opera Australia's summer season is still going, however, on top of all your usual fare. So we've compiled this guide to help you catch the essentials or follow your particular niche interests.

The best shopping in Bondi
Shopping

The best shopping in Bondi

You'll find luxury labels, organic cosmetics, locally made activewear, playful jewellery and ethically made denim.

Where to eat right now

New restaurants, cafés and bars in Sydney
Restaurants

New restaurants, cafés and bars in Sydney

If you love food and live in Sydney, your 'must-try' list of new restaurants, cafés and bars probably takes up your iPhone's entire storage capacity by now. Still, we must persevere. For a tightly curated guide to dining in Sydney, we suggest you visit our restaurant hit list.

Sydney bar and pub reviews
Bars

Sydney bar and pub reviews

Looking for somewhere great to drink in Sydney? Check out the latest reviews from our bar and pub critics. 

Sydney restaurant and café reviews
Restaurants

Sydney restaurant and café reviews

Looking for somewhere great to eat in Sydney? Check out the latest reviews from our food critics. 

The best Chinese dumpling restaurants
Restaurants

The best Chinese dumpling restaurants

Whether you want a vegan option, a cheap student favourite or internationally renowned dumplings, we've got 'em – here are ten of the best.

The best fish and chips in Sydney
Restaurants

The best fish and chips in Sydney

When is comes to hot weather, outdoor dining, nothing beats golden, fried chips and a piece of fish.

Find the best breakfasts in Sydney

Sydney events calendar

Best of Sydney

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.

Meet Sydney’s matchmakers
Sex and dating

Meet Sydney’s matchmakers

These modern-day cupids are doing things the old-fashioned way – face-to-face!

The best art galleries in Sydney
Art

The best art galleries in Sydney

Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art, White Rabbit and many more.

The best rooftop bars in Sydney
Bars

The best rooftop bars in Sydney

Sometimes there's nothing better than the sun on your back and a cool drink to keep things chill.

Outdoor drinking and dining
Bars

Outdoor drinking and dining

All year round there are beer gardens to visit, rooftops to summit, and waterfront bars to kick back in.

The best museums in Sydney
Museums

The best museums in Sydney

Uncover stories about the people who’ve made this city what it is today, its natural history and the science, design and innovation.

What to do when you're alone in Sydney

Competitions and announcements

Win dinner and tickets to La Bohème
Theatre

Win dinner and tickets to La Bohème

How does dinner plus a night of opera at the Opera House grab you?

Win yourself a night out at This Must Be the Place
Bars

Win yourself a night out at This Must Be the Place

Here's your chance to check out Time Out's 2017 Bar of the Year.

Win tickets to the Alliance Française French Film Festival
Film

Win tickets to the Alliance Française French Film Festival

The best of French cinema returns to Sydney in March.

See all of our current competitions

How to be more Sydney

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.

52 Weeks of #SydCulture in 2017
Things to do

52 Weeks of #SydCulture in 2017

This year Time Out Sydney is inviting all Sydneysiders to see and participate in more culture in their city. Why? Because it makes you a happier.

The best underground bars in Sydney
Bars

The best underground bars in Sydney

There's a lot of good reasons to head down rather than up when you're feeling parched. Underground it's always party o'clock, because even if it's 2pm, it feels like after dark.

The best waterfront bars in Sydney
Bars

The best waterfront bars in Sydney

Between the harbour, the coastline and the rivers that snake back through Sydney we have ample spots to sit a while and watch the waves.

Escape rooms in Sydney
Things to do

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.

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Find romance in unusual places
Bars

Find romance in unusual places

Whether you love it or loathe it, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Not feeling like dishing out your dollars on an over-priced meal and sparkling wine? Find love in the pub instead, and head to one of these local watering holes for love with a twist.

The 15 dishes you have to eat in Hong Kong
Travel

The 15 dishes you have to eat in Hong Kong

Of all the reasons to stay longer in Hong Kong, food has got to be the best one. 

Valentine's Day at Fratelli Fresh
Restaurants

Valentine's Day at Fratelli Fresh

Spread the amore this Valentine’s Day with an intimate Italian meal for two at Fratelli Fresh. With seven venues around Sydney where you can get premium pasta, charcuterie, salads, Italian wine, pizze and antipasti, Fratelli Fresh brings an authentic touch of Italy to dining in Sydney – seemingly effortlessly. Italian food is, after all, the food of love. You can choose from Fratelli’s à la carte menu or chef’s Valentine’s Day specials. One item not to miss on February 14 is the new Vanilla Panna Cotta: vanilla bean panna cotta, raspberry caramel coulis and chocolate biscotti. Or perhaps you’re planning a surprise picnic in the park? Fratelli Fresh has gourmet hampers that can complete your picnic basket. If cooking at home, visit the retail sections at Fratelli Fresh in Alexandria, Potts Point or Walsh Bay for fresh produce: fruit and vegetables, baked bread, cured meats and more.  

Valentine's Day at The Star
Restaurants

Valentine's Day at The Star

Whether you want a full five-course dinner or a simple heart-shaped pizza, there is something for all lovers at The Star this Valentine's Day.  Black Bar and Grill will be doing a four-course menu of spanner crab, Saikou salmon with housemade gnocchi, striploin Wagyu steak, and chocolate ganache with raspberry, mint ice cream to finish ($175pp).  Over at Sokyo as usual they will be dishing out super-fresh nigiri, sashimi and robata grill, alongside a special Valentine's Day dessert of rose jelly, coconut dacquoise and white chocolate with fresh berries ($18 for dessert).  Balla are offering a five-course menu: scampi tartare and caviar; risotto with calamari, green pea and squid ink; kingfish with Ligurian olive salad and lemon burrata; and veal fillet wrapped in prosciutto with sage and porcini mushrooms. For dessert they will be doing a vanilla semifreddo with raspberries and dark chocolate, and you'll also get bubbles on arrival, all for $139pp ($195 with matching wines).  Then down at Pizzaperta, for just $30 a couple, you'll get a heart-shaped Margarita pizza, two glasses of Chandon and a Nutella-filled Italian donut.  All deals are available from 5.30pm on Tuesday February 14.  Find out more about Valentine's Day at the Star.

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