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Your guide to breakfast and brunch, fine dining and cheap eats in Sydney

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We got to try an Uncle Tetsu cheesecake before any other Australian publication

Here’s our verdict.

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The best fried chicken in Sydney

It’s official. Sydney is obsessed with fried chicken. Are we in the American Deep South? No. Are we surround by the sky scrapers of Seoul? Not really. Does that matter? Maybe. Are we doing it anyway? You’re damn right we are.

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The best mac and cheese in Sydney

With macaroni cheese one of Sydney’s favourite dishes, where do you get the best ones? We’ve done a little scout about, and here’s our tally.

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Sydney's top restaurants

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The best new restaurants openings in town

If it seems like there's a new restuarant opening in Sydney every other week, that's because there is. 

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The best restaurants in Sydney

Behold: our eat-and-destroy list, a guide featuring some of the best new restaurants you need to try, along with some old standbys still doing things right. Go forth – and eat all the things!

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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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The best pizza restaurants in Sydney

Throwing all carb-caution to the wind, Time Out Sydney has gone on an eating rampage through Sydney's pizza restaurants to track down the city's best. You're welcome. Now get thee to a pizzeria!

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The best breakfasts in Sydney

Aussie breakfasts are legendary the world over, and we damn well know how to do them right here in Sydney. From the best cheese toastie around to that liquorice bread, here's our list of where to go and what to order at the best cafés in Sydney.

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The best hot chocolate in Sydney

Like heat? Like chocolate? Lucky you – we scoured the streets of Sydney to find the best hot chocolates in town. And we're still on a jittery sugar high. From thick and rich to smooth and creamy, these five drinks will make any winter's day a whole lot sweeter.

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The best bacon and egg rolls in Sydney

Whoever first put cured, fried pork and soft, melty eggs together deserves a seriously prestigious award, in our opinion. Stuff them between two layers of soft white bread, spread on a heap of butter and you’ve pretty much got food nirvana right there. So we took it upon ourselves to traipse the streets of Sydney to find you the best bacon and egg rolls to fix any hangover, heartbreak or hard-earned snack. Man, it’s a tough job.

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The best gelato in Sydney

Ever since Messina opened back in 2002, Sydney has been head over heals in love with gelato. Which we always should have been, really, given that we are a seaside city that’s also stinking-hot half of the year – because what do beaches and heat equal? That’s right: ice cream. There are a thousand places to get it – from the gummy, overly saccharine crap, to smooth, silky excellence. Rest assured, though, that these ten are all in the latter category. Here are our top ten favourite gelaterias in Sydney right now:

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Kids

The best kid-friendly cafes in Sydney

Let them run amuck at the playgrounds, farms and kids’ areas in these child-friendly cafés around Sydney. Maybe treat them to a babyccino too. 

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Sydney by cuisine

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The best Italian restaurants in Sydney

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The best Thai restaurants in Sydney

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The best Japanese restaurants in Sydney

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The Best French restaurants in Sydney

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The best Korean restaurants in Sydney

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For the sweet tooth

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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 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 chocolate shops in Sydney

Looking for a perfectly delicious gift? Or a night's supply for a serious splurge? These top shops will satisfy the world's most famous craving.

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The best macarons in Sydney

Sydney’s obsession with macarons sees no signs of slowing down. So Time Out asked three formidable sweet fiends – incidentally three of our greatest chefs – to judge the best of the best.

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The best patisseries in Sydney

We’re pretty lucky that here in Sydney we have some of the best darn pastry chefs in the country. From the genius that is the strawberry watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry, to that ginger tart at Bourke Street Bakery, here’s where to get a lil’sweet stuff in Sydney.

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Customise your hospo uniform with Cargo Crew

Love your hospo job, but getting sick of wearing the same thing every day? Looking to inject some personality into the uniforms of your staff? Cargo Crew – the Melbourne-based leaders in high-quality uniforms – are listening.  Cargo Crew are known for their diverse uniform collections, which range from Scandi-cool aprons with leather straps to chino pants that look as good at work as on your days off. Now, they're going one step further by offering you the chance to completely customise your uniform. Your Way offers endless options. You can select embroidered patches or pin badges to your shirt, monogram your apron and mix and match your outfit. For the full range, visit the website, look around and get in touch with the Cargo Crew team who will take care of the rest.

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Mismatch Brewing Co Sydney Road Trip

If you need a minibreak but lack the budget, let the taste of South Australia come to you when Mismatch Brewing head to Sydney for a craft beer road trip. The Adelaide brew house crew will be showcasing their beers at four ace Sydney venues over four days. If you like a long run up on the weekend head to the Bank on Wednesday for a tasting event that includes beer and nibbles for $10. Thursday night they'll be heading to Frankie's Pizza by the Slice for cheap boilermakers and on Friday the Royal Albert Hotel wil be hosting a full tap takeover so you can taste the full stable of Mismatch beers from 5.30pm. This is also where you can get your hands on their Negroni IPA, triple chocolate Russian imperial stout and their red IPA.  On Saturday they're getting in early so you can order up $25 tasting paddles at the Empire Hotel in Annandale, with complimentary nibbles provided.  Brewer Ewan Brewerton (the most appropriately named brewer in the business) will be on hand at each event for all your pressing beer Q&As.  Save on plane fare and get to one of the Mismatch Brewing Sydney Road Trip events where the South Australian beers will come to you.

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Rye July at the Glenmore Hotel

While some people are doing Dry July, the Glenmore is offering a month of whisky appreciation designed to take the edge off the cold weather and help educate punters in the fine art of the distilled grain. A special whisky menu will be available throughout Rye July, culminating in a ticketed Night of Whiskies on Thursday July 14, where the Glenmore’s cosy middle level becomes whisky central with tastings, meet the makers, cocktail master classes and canapés matched with whiskies. (But before we go any further – yes, we’re aware that there’s two spellings for whisk(e)y – whisky if you’re talking Scotland and Canada, whiskey if it’s Ireland or the USA. For simplicity’s sake we’ll go with whisky here! Inconsistent spelling is just one of the interesting whisky facts you might pick up during July at the Glenmore.) Night of Whiskies will see the Club Room transformed into a Johnnie Walker haven. National Johnnie Walker and Classic Malt ambassador, Sean Baxter (a MasterChef alumnus, BTW), will take guests through premium tastings and share his whisky tips. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make a whisky cocktail at home then Diageo’s Tim Oughton will host cocktail master classes in the Drawing Room. Each room will have an old fashioned rye pre-batch in barrels available throughout the month also. Tickets to the Night of Whiskies are $55 including a tasting glass, five tokens, cocktail master class and canapes on arrival.

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