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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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Broadway Sydney announces new food retailers

Visitors to Broadway Shopping Centre this year will have noticed Level 2 has been kept under wraps while undergoing a major redevelopment.   Next month we’ll get to see the results of this multi-million dollar renovation as the bandages fall away to reveal an exciting new food offering for Broadway customers, starring the fifth Sydney outlet for Taiwanese dumpling masters Din Tai Fung. Joining those popular purveyors of xiaolongbao will be Mexican taqueria kings Guzman y Gomez, ready to satisfy those burrito cravings, as well as popular franchises Grill’d Healthy Burgers and Nando’s. The other food outlets announced are Zeus Street Greek; Pepper Seeds Thai; Sushi Hon; Schnitz; Mumbai Express; and Ilmi Korean BBQ. The new food retailers join a high profile list of fashion and beauty tenants including recently announced Sephora, H&M and Calvin Klein Underwear, moving into Level 2 this August. More names will be revealed over the coming weeks – watch this space.  

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Sydney Dog Lovers Show

Whether you’re a dog owner or you’re hoping to become one, there’ll be plenty of puppies to go round at the Dog Lovers Show. You can pick up expert tips on behaviour, diet, first aid and surviving with a new puppy. This year’s event will be star-studded as celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown will be there to captain a team of talented K9s in the Weave Pole Challenge. Renowned animal trainer Peta Clarke will take to the stage to offer insights into celeb-dog training and will introduce the canine duo that stole the show as ‘Bruiser’ and ‘Rufus’ in Legally Blonde the Musical. Pamper your pooch with gifts from the hundreds of stalls selling the latest gear. Hear the stories of war veterans and their experiences in working with war dogs and, most importantly, visit the Pat-A-Pooch nursery to cuddle all the pups you could ever imagine.  Book online to fetch up to a 20 per cent discount. 

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and exhibition showcase not only the best of the natural world, but the patience, ingenuity and talent of the photographers who spend their time embedded within wildlife so that they can get that incredible, revealing shot. Previously held at the Australian Museum, this year's exhibition, showcasing the best of wildlife photography in 2015, is taking place at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists. Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, the images were taken by some of the world’s best nature photographers and selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity. Among the 100 images on show is Australian explorer and conservation photographer  Michael AW's 'Under Water' category winner (pictured): a photograph of a Bryde's whale in the middle of a feeding frenzy, taken off the east coast of South Africa. Entry is by a Special Exhibition ticket that also grants visitors access into another key exhibition at the Maritime Museum, Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, which is on loan for a limited season from the Natural History Museum, London.  

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Bledisloe Cup Charity Lunch

Cross-Tasman rivalries are sharpening up once more with the annual New Zealand vs Australia rugby union clash the Bledisloe Cup this August. This year the Bledisloe Cup Charity Lunch is taking place at Beer DeLuxe in King Street Wharf, hosted by Phillip Cornwell and featuring special guest former rugby union star (and current Balmain coach) Matt Dunning. Tickets to the lunch are $100 per person including a three-course meal and drinks. The afternoon will feature raffles and hot charity auction items guests can bid for courtesy of some of Australia’s best craft brewers. From Two Birds Brewing, there’s a T-shirt and beer prize pack. From Akasha Brewing there’s a cap, T-shirt and brewery tour on offer (the tour includes a complimentary tasting paddle). There’s also a tour on offer from Wayward Brewing – to which the winning bidder can bring 20 mates, including tastings. Time Out is also getting in on the charity spirit with two gift bags, each including bottles of white wine and red wine, a six-month subscription to Time Out Sydney magazine, and a copy of the Time Out Sydney Pub Guide 2016. If you love craft beer almost as much as you love your rugby then you’re going to want to get along to this – but book now to avoid disappointment. The very deserving charity benefiting from the event is Bear Cottage – the only children’s hospice in NSW.

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