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How to get a cheap meal every night of the week
Restaurants

How to get a cheap meal every night of the week

We’re all too aware that Sydney isn’t a cheap place to call home, but if you know where to look you can find dinner any night of the week for under $15. 

Four weekend getaways for under $400
Travel

Four weekend getaways for under $400

You’ll be surprised how far your dollar can stretch outside the big city. 

Cheap things to do in Sydney
Things to do

Cheap things to do in Sydney

Sydney isn't a cheap place to live or visit, but if you know where to look, you can get by in the city for a lot less than you'd think. 

The best cheap eats in Chatswood
Restaurants

The best cheap eats in Chatswood

Chatswood is the land of many malls, and as a hub for Sydney’s Chinese community this North Shore outpost is also home to an enviable enclave of barbecue kitchens, dumpling houses and lunchtime boltholes. Eating cheap may seem like an easy premise, but finding the top spots can be overwhelming so we’ve done the legwork for you. 

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The rise of bushfood
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The rise of bushfood

Ever since René Redzepi transplanted Noma to Sydney for ten weeks in 2016, there’s been a global buzz around native Australian ingredients. But 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. 

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. 

Best of Sydney

The best cinemas in Sydney
Film

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 the new Youfoodz winter menu
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Win the new Youfoodz winter menu

If you love nothing better than having someone else cook for you, then you’re in luck

Vote for your fave Espresso Martini and win a $200 bar tab
Bars

Vote for your fave Espresso Martini and win a $200 bar tab

Which one of these twists on the classic cocktail takes your fancy?

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How to be more Sydney

The best pubs in Sydney
Bars

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
Things to do

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 Live
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Little Creatures Live

You might already enjoy their beer – including Pale Ale, Rogers' and Dog Days – but did you know there's a way to take your Little Creatures love a little deeper? This year the brewery is taking their show on the road with a series of parties that feature live performance art, food and beer at various on-premise locations and festivals across Australia. They're calling it Little Creatures Live – inspired by the original moniker of their very first Pale Ale, brewed their own way with fresh hops flowers and live yeast.  Little Creatures Live will be back in Sydney very soon. Curious as to what to expect? Check out our recaps below. Or if you can't wait, why not pay a visit to Little Creatures' Fremantle or Geelong breweries? 

Win a three-course dinner for two at Parramatta’s hottest new restaurant
Restaurants

Win a three-course dinner for two at Parramatta’s hottest new restaurant

In case you haven’t noticed, the west’s restaurant scene is thriving at the moment. The latest exciting addition is Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar, with ex-Flying Fish chef Stephen Seckold at the helm. Paying homage to Parramatta’s Middle Eastern and Mediterranean communities, Husk & Vine’s menu offers flatbreads and pides made in a custom Beech oven, lamb shoulders with harissa, okra and chickpea stew and large cuts of meat designed to share. Drinks-wise, expect drops from boutique wineries across Australia, plus cocktails using native ingredients like eucalyptus and lemon myrtle. Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar – which is housed in V by Crown Group – will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To be one of the first to try it (along with a guest, of course, to the total value of $400), enter our competition by filling out your details below before 10am on Friday July 21. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Non-binary Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Tick this box if you would like to hear more about this exciting new venue. Enter now!   Terms and conditions in full. By entering this competition you agree to receive relevant communications

The Perth Hitlist: What to do and where to go on a three or five day stay
Travel

The Perth Hitlist: What to do and where to go on a three or five day stay

It’s the only capital city in Australia where you can watch the sun set over the ocean, but that’s not the only reason Perth is now one of the coolest places to visit. Once known only for its pristine beaches, Perth’s love of food and culture is capturing the attention of tastemakers. Blame it on Instagram or the perfect weather – no one can explain how WA’s capital city made its way onto the international radar – but the latest frenzy of new hotel openings, a statewide culinary scene that is booming and a string of new urban projects may provide some clues. Stay a little longer and you can explore ancient caves and award winning wineries just three hours ‘down south’ around Margaret River. // var axel = Math.random() + ""; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write(''); //

The highlights of Sydney Science Festival
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The highlights of Sydney Science Festival

Running from August 8 to 20, Sydney Science Festival brings some of the most exciting names in science together for a spectacular exploration of our world. With 150-plus events on the roster, punters can get amongst a range of talks, events, exhibitions and workshops for science fiends young and old. While it’s going to be impossible to see everything, we’ve curated a bunch of top events to keep an eye out for.  

Winter Nights at Tramsheds
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Winter Nights at Tramsheds

Feed your mind, feast your eyes and try something truly delicious at the heritage-listed Tramsheds Harold Park this winter. Jump on the light rail to Jubilee Park and enter Sydney’s oldest new food destination, Tramsheds. This winter you can enjoy a mystery dining experience – an exclusive three-course, culinary journey through a selection of Tramsheds’ restaurants and eateries. After a drink before you dine? Guests can enjoy a tipple and taste in Artisan Lane. You can enjoy your drink in the historic surrounds of the Tramsheds with live music from the likes of Ed Worland, Alex Hurt and Danielle Lamb every Friday and Saturday night. Plus, you can sign up for a hands-on winter workshop to learn something new – from pickling to painting, there’s a class to suit all curious minds. Grab your best winter woollies and spend your winter nights eating and imbibing. Check out the Tramsheds' event page to book tickets and for more information. 

Bondi Feast
Theatre

Bondi Feast

Five editions in, Bondi Feast is looking a lot like Sydney’s “unofficial Fringe”: a curated festival of new independent work, unusual work, boundary-breaking work and experiments – all for the kind of price point where you the viewer can also afford to take risks. Having started as a project of Tamarama Rock Surfers (the now-defunct independent theatre company) in 2012, and after taking a year off in 2016, Bondi Feast is returning this year under the auspices of Waverley Council – and co-curated by founder, theatre-maker and Story Club regular Phil Spencer, with theatre maker Rachel Chant. Looking back across six years, Spencer sees an evolution from a theatre-focused festival into a more diverse program that includes cabaret and comedy. This year, around 30 shows were selected from more than 70 submissions – more than Spencer expected, and the highest calibre for Bondi Feast so far: “Obviously there’s a gap in the Sydney scene,” he says. In addition, Chant and Spencer invited a number of artists and shows they’d seen and loved (from the Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne Fringes, and elsewhere), including Melbourne comedian Tessa Waters, who will do a retrospective of her three shows; Demi Lardner, who will reprise her award-winning Melbourne Comedy Festival show Look What You’ve Made Me Do; Sami Shah reprising his show The Islamic Republic of Australia; and the hit Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe double bill Wank Bank and Pussy Play – a surprising mix of sex positivity, inter

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Chippendale
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