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Order an empty plate with your dinner to help Australian farmers

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Celebrate Sydney’s favourite pocket of inner city zen greenery

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This Tina Arena-led production is seductive, powerful and completely rewarding – but you need to work for it

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Bring out the snare drums and double bass – Australia’s longest running jazz festival is back

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Celebrate the good stuff in life with well-being workshops and smile-inspiring workouts

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A one-night-only pop-up starring hot dogs, snacks and tunes

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Just for Laughs
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Bill Bailey, Ken Jeong and Iliza Shlesinger headline the eighth Sydney edition of this international comedy festival

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Restaurants The 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now

Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, our handpicked ‘best of’ for Sydney's food scene.

The Best Clubs and Nightlife in Sydney
Nightlife The Best Clubs and Nightlife in Sydney

We'll party on the roof, in the basement, by the pool, even once every few months in a suburban bowling club. 

Top Sydney attractions
Attractions Top Sydney attractions

Let us be your guide to the sights you need to see and the ones you can wave to from an open-top bus. 

The Best Tattoo Parlours in Sydney
Shopping The Best Tattoo Parlours in Sydney

It’s worth investing a little time into who and where you should get inked before making the decision to permanently commit. 

The best antique shops in Sydney
Shopping The best antique shops in Sydney

We got splendidly lost sprawling warehouses and unusual independent stores. 

Where to have a boozy brunch in Sydney
Bars Where to have a boozy brunch in Sydney

Whether you're softening the sharp edges on a nasty hangover or kicking off the day with a bang. 

The Best High Tea in Sydney
Restaurants The Best High Tea in Sydney

Sydney is obsessed with high tea, and with good reason – we know how to bake a good scone. 

Where to find the best Sydney parks
Attractions Where to find the best Sydney parks

While away an afternoon or simply catch a break at lunch time. 

Sydney sightseeing
Attractions Sydney sightseeing

Sydney packs a punch when it comes to spectacular views and thrilling activities.

The 50 best cafes in Sydney
Restaurants The 50 best cafes in Sydney

Whether it's a reward after tackling one of Sydney's beautiful walks or a caffienated catch up or a hangover fixer.

The best escape rooms in Sydney
Things to do The best escape rooms in Sydney

Time Out took the challenge of visiting all the escape rooms in the city.

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.

The 50 best bars in Sydney
Bars The 50 best bars in Sydney

We don't need an excuse for a cocktail once quitting time hits. 

The best hotels in Sydney
Travel The best hotels in Sydney

There are a few hotels whose hospitality is just as popular with locals as with those visiting town.

The best day trips from Sydney
Travel The best day trips from Sydney

Point your compass in the direction of one of these nearby towns, regions and bush walks.

The best markets in Sydney
Shopping The best markets in Sydney

Whether it’s the brekky pho or racks of vintage threads that gets you out of bed in the morning. 

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.

Sydney's harbour islands
Things to do Sydney's harbour islands

Take a day trip to one of these ten landmarks surrounded by water.

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Neighbourhood guides

Newtown
Newtown

We love Newtown for the music. We love it for the food

Chippendale
Chippendale

Chippo packs a lot of punch for a little fella. 

Bondi
Bondi

The beachside 'burb has beautiful cafés, progressive dining and shopping laneways

Ashfield
Ashfield

As the Inner West undergoes more and more plastic surgeries, Ashfield holds onto the charming remnants of its ageing looks.

Parramatta
Parramatta

Soon to be one of the most populated areas in Sydney, Parramatta's food and drink scene is on the rise

Fairfield
Fairfield

Flavours dominate this multicultural hub in Western Sydney

Crows Nest
Crows Nest

It's one of the highest points of all of the northern suburbs.

Petersham
Petersham

Sydney’s ‘Little Portugal’ your first port of call for a sweet, flaky loaf of goodness

Penrith
Penrith

There’s more to Sydney’s adventure capital than adrenaline highs

Neutral Bay
Neutral Bay

Get around the Lower North Shore suburb's food, drink and entertainment. 

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Our guide to casual dining in Sydney with American Express

20 must-try Sydney dishes for under $20
Restaurants 20 must-try Sydney dishes for under $20

What's $20 worth in Sydney these days? If you're looking for a good feed at least, a humble $20 note will actually get you pretty far. From Bondi to Barangaroo, Sydney's sprawl is dotted with foodie gems that won't cost you the earth. Grab your wallet and your comfy pants and tuck into our must-try dishes for $20 or less. And when it comes to the bill, you can pay with confidence knowing these venues take American Express.    

Pasta dishes to try in Sydney
Restaurants Pasta dishes to try in Sydney

Twirling spoons at the ready? We’ve scoured Sydney’s many Italian restaurants to find these Nonna-approved pasta dishes, from pillowy soft gnocchi to just-made tongues of ribbony linguine. We’ve also looked beyond the Boot to bring you to the best non-Italian interpretations of the flour-egg-water brief. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express.    

Sunny spots for alfresco dining
Restaurants Sunny spots for alfresco dining

Sydney’s a sunshine town – and these bars, pubs and restaurants know it. Whether it’s a sunny courtyard, a sandy beachfront bar, a rooftop haven or a leafy beer garden, these are the spots to get your alfresco fix in the Emerald City. Then, when it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.      

 Dim sum to try in Sydney
Restaurants Dim sum to try in Sydney

Sydney is home to excellent Chinese restaurants that serve up dim sum with serious style. Whether you're after an elegant banquet, a hangover-soothing repast or some steaming hot dumplings, these restaurants have some seriously great dim sum dishes. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that they welcome American Express.

More 20 great dishes for under $20
Restaurants More 20 great dishes for under $20

You can easily drop your week’s wages on dining out in Sydney but there’s no need. The city’s hot dining destinations have plenty of satisfying and scintillating stuff on their menus for less than a lobster. And when it comes to settling up you can use your American Express® Card with confidence. How about a complementary side dish with your meal? Check out the offers at Side with Amex.    

Curries that Sydney spice fans need to try
Restaurants Curries that Sydney spice fans need to try

A dish born in the Indian subcontinent, curry has been adopted and adapted by many cuisines, from Thailand to Malaysia and Japan-via-Britain, with each culture applying their own configuration of herbs, spices and fresh ingredients to create something entirely new. Next time you’re hankering for a serving of rendang, palak, or kang som pla, hit up one of these top curry houses around town. And after you’ve used your roti to mop up every last drop, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

Antipasto plates perfect for aperitivo in Sydney
Restaurants Antipasto plates perfect for aperitivo in Sydney

Antipasto plates may not always involve much cooking, but they have the potential to show off a chef’s ability for sourcing some of the best deli goods from across the world. They also demonstrate a knack for the age-old art of preserving, pickling and curing the best local produce around. Whether it’s neat folds of cold cut meats, wedges of moreish cheese or pots of sour pickled veggies you’re after, these are the top spots in Sydney to get your antipasto fix. Then, when it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.      

Bar snacks to accompany a drink in Sydney
Restaurants Bar snacks to accompany a drink in Sydney

You know how it is. You pop in for a quick drink when a glance at the snacks menu reminds you that something to do with your other hand would complete this picture of pre-dinner bliss. Maybe it’s a little cheese and cured meats to whet the appetite; some dips to sate the rumblings of a hungry stomach; or a bridging meal that could be a snack or could be dinner depending on how you’re feeling. And the best part is, whether you go on to make a meal out of it or leave it there, you can pay for all of these bar snacks using your American Express.    

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