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.
The best toasties in Sydney
Two slices of bread, cheese and butter are the building blocks of the most comforting snack of all time, the toasted sandwich. From there you can stick to the classics – baked beans, tinned spaghetti, savoury mince, or the infallible combination of ham and tomato with cheese – or get crazy and wild with the fillings. There's basically nothing that doesn't taste good inside a hot pocket with cheese. If you're craving the simple pleasures of a jaffle, these are our favourite places to get them.
Time Out Food Awards: People's Choice
Vote for your favourite Sydney restaurant and help select the Time Out 2016 People's Choice: Best Restaurant Award, in association with OpenTable.
The best healthy deliveries 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.
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.
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.
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.
What's happening in Sydney now
Sydney's getting its first silent opera
You've heard of silent disco? Opera Australia have upped the ante with a live 'silent opera' – staged by starlight on the steps of Sydney Opera House this...
How soon can you swim in a rooftop pool?
The sun is shining, the air is heating up and it's so close to swimming season you can almost smell the salt and chlorine. But if you're the sort of person...
There’s a Frosé garden opening in Sydney
You may have heard about the craze it has caused in New York, but the Frosé cocktail was always destined for Sydney. I mean, it’s frozen wine for crying out...
There's a new brewery bar opening in the Rocks
It was a sad day when Wine Odyssey closed its doors, taking with it their very impressive range of Australian wines by the glass. But the historic corner...
The Tate is stripping off and coming Down Under
Come summer, Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales will get its own nudist colony: more than 100 masterpieces from the Tate collection, depicting the...
Sydney Town Hall is lit, and purple, to support LGBTIQ young people
Sydney Town Hall will be lighting up purple today to show the City Of Sydney’s support for LGBTIQ young people. City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone said...
Competitions and announcements
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.
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
Score a double pass to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas
The eighth Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is a weekend of robust, challenging and inspirational discussion with compelling speakers from around the world.
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The Spring Night Market
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Everyone from Steve Manfredi to Paul Merrony and even (in his youth) Matt Moran has been through the kitchen of The Paddington Inn. But its history is deeper than that – in 1860, the beloved hotel played host to the first ever meeting of the Paddington Council. For the last 30 years, the Paddington institution has been under the watchful eye of the family-owned nightlife empire Solotel. In the last six months, the pub, like Paddington itself, has been undergoing some major changes, and will reopen on September 8. It's been fully renovated by George Livissianis, the man behind the gorgeous décor at Cho Cho San, and the revived Dolphin Hotel, and now houses a new bar and dining room. And to go with the new look there's a whole new menu. Seasonal, produce-drive, simple and gorgeous, it's been created by head chef Justin Schott, a man who's arrived at the Paddington Inn via Rockpool and Kitchen by Mike. "We’re making as much in-house as possible – we are dry ageing the duck, and we’ll make our own cotechino as well as focaccia and gingerbread daily," Schott says. An à la carte restaurant at the back of the venue will be accompanied by more casual fare at the front bar. That menu is inspired by classic pub grub, with an elegant update. “The new kitchen will be open plan so diners will see it all going on. I can’t wait to get moving and add to the innovative food history of The Paddington Inn.” As well as a significant and interesting wine list, cocktails also play a starring r
Two countries, two cultures, seven cities: one festival
Confluence Festival of India in Australia is the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia, taking place in seven cities across the country between August and November 2016. The festival program includes world-class dance, theatre and music as well as conferences and workshops on Indian innovation, politics and sport. Events are scheduled in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. One of the festival’s key components is fostering bilateral ties, with joint performances and collaborations between Indian and Australian artists and thinkers.
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).
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.