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Your guide to Sydney's best markets, boutiques and high street shopping

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Daily Blooms

Order a bunch of flowers for $35 from this new Sydney online florist.

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Ethical shopping in Sydney

It’s not easy to shop ethically, but we’ve found a handful of local businesses that are putting people, animals and the environment first without compromising on desirable products. You’ll find cosmetics that haven’t been tested on animals, unwanted furniture that just needs a little affection, seasonal veggies that don’t cost the earth and clothing that’s been crafted in Australia by workers earning a living wage. Get out and support the lovable locals championing ethical living.

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The best vintage shops in Sydney

Get all dressed up in frocks from the 1950s, flares from the swinging sixties and super trendy smocks from the ’70s. You can find outfits from all the ages at Sydney’s best vintage shops, and the homewares to match at Sydney’s best antiques shops.

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The best homewares shops in Sydney

Make that tiny city apartment feel like home with smart functional designs from one of these top design and interiors stores, or go all-out and fill your new beach house with Australian-made furniture or globally sourced homewares.

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Shopping in Manly

There's more to Manly than the beach and the bars (although both of those things come highly recommended). When you wander off the Northern Beaches' suburbs well-trod mainstreet, you'll find a growing number of independent boutiques, antique stores and other knick knack sellers, as well as killer spots to pick out a sun hat or cossi to wear back out onto the Corso.

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The best boutique florists in Sydney

We’ve picked out our favourite florists, who put together bunches of bloomin’ marvellous buds, from dramatic and sculptural arrangements to subtle and natural bouquets. 

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Sydney’s best picnic hampers

When you want to take your picnic to the next level, call in one of the experts. These four Sydney companies will prepare a delicious hamper of fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps and snacks for you. All you have to do is to decide where to take it (and who to invite to the party).

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Giuseppe Santamaria on Women in This Town

Half a million people follow the work of Toronto-born photographer Giuseppe Santamaria over on his blog Men In This Town. He created the blog while living in Sydney and the ebullient photographer tells us he’s not interested in fashion bloggers, but style and confidence in everyday people. Time Out chats to the 29-year-old over coffee in one of his regular hunting grounds, Surry Hills.  Giuseppe, at what point did you turn your attention from photographing men to photographing women?The women’s blog started as a place to put the photos of women that I was capturing when out photographing men. I’m not sure if it’s a trend or what I’m drawn to, but most of the women featured have menswear-inspired looks. No matter if it’s a man or a woman, I’m always looking for confidence. Where’s your go-to spot to find stylish people in Sydney?Martin Place was my main roaming spot when I was working full time as a graphic designer. But for the last two years (as I’ve been doing this full time), I’ve been hanging out in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and sometimes in Newtown. Chippendale has become an exciting spot, too. The longer I’ve been in Sydney the more I see that creative culture, so I have my camera glued to me at all times. Sydney made it into the menswear book, but not the women’s book. Why is that?I got a lot of heat for not putting Melbourne in the men’s book. Men experiment more in Sydney, [but] I was more interested in the experimentation in women’s wear in Melbourne.Hayley Hughe

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This week's best shopping events

Find the best warehouse sales and markets taking place this weekend, plus one-off shopping events. If you're looking for last-minute Mother's Day gifts, check out our gift guide or list of the best boutique florists. 

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Health and beauty

The best bargain haircuts in Sydney

Need a quick fix to that unruly mop? These student hairdressing centres and colleges offer hair cuts for next to nix. You’ll need to be available at unpopular times, like during the working week, but the money saved could equal more beers at the pub with your mates. That’s a trade off we can shake on.  

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The best nail artists in Sydney

Nail art has flourished from a DIY underground affair right into mainstream salons. Miss Lauren LaRouge is one of Sydney’s most in-demand nail artists, dazzling the digits of Sydneysiders who are looking to turn their nail beds into miniature canvases. “People think it’s this crazy over-the-top thing, but once people try it – even starting with a feature nail – they usually get hooked,” says Miss LaRouge, while painting pastel pink polka dots and leopard spots on Time Out's claws.A trip to Japan originally piqued Miss LaRouge’s interest in nail artistry, and on her return home she started using herself has a mani mannequin. “I did a course in Sydney, which was great for hygiene, acrylics, but nail art is just one small component, so I taught myself a lot and practiced on myself.” Lauren’s background in burlesque dancing – she’s an MC and ukulele-player over at Oxford Street’s Slide – dovetailed neatly with her newfound passion. “I used to add things to my costumes, bling them up and embellish them. I then took this to my nails.” This soon enough spread to the hands of friends and family, before she made the big jump and quit her office job to pursue her passion full time.Rather than the production-line set-up that many salons employ, Lauren ensures her little corner at Indulge Studios is one filled with sass, colour and solid client banter. “A beautician once told me that I shouldn’t bother getting into nail art and that the industry was dead, but I want to put the love back

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The best spas in Sydney

Whether you want hardcore results, or just a bit of chill time, Sydney's palaces of self-rejuvenation have you covered. So book it, bring a magazine and prepare to bliss out.

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Music

Sydney's best music tees

The Lulu Raes The embroided logo and a choice between grey marle or black makes this #chic #minimal band tee a top notch option. Accessorise with on trend legionnaire cap.    The Completely Boys Ring 1800-Completely-Boys for this Drake-infused, high quality tee.   Rüfüs Ü know Ü want one of these   Sticky Fingers Celebrate the Sti-Fi with this illustrated tee   Seekae The Sound of Trees Falling On People bear, on a tee? Sure.

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The best bargain haircuts in Sydney

Need a quick fix to that unruly mop? These student hairdressing centres and colleges offer hair cuts for next to nix. You’ll need to be available at unpopular times, like during the working week, but the money saved could equal more beers at the pub with your mates. That’s a trade off we can shake on.

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The best antique shops in Sydney

For everyone from Mad Men obsessives to pre-Federation fans, these antiques shops and homewares stores prefer the pre-loved to the pre-packed. Spend a day leisurely browsing what's in store and you'll learn a little something from the owners, who all have a great story to tell.

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Winter at North Bondi Fish

Things are changing at North Bondi Fish, Matt Moran’s sprawling seafood restaurant with its famous ocean views. The venue has had a spruce up and new head chef Zac Sykes (Coogee Pavilion, the Fish Shop) has revamped the menu with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce. “My favourite dish at the moment is butter poached cuttlefish, fennel and lemon balm risotto with nori powder,” says Sykes. “I love using cuttlefish as it has great flavour and just like Aussie calamari, it’s sustainable, so you know it’s not overfished in any part of Australia.” Head into North Bondi Fish on a Thursday or Friday night and you can try one of Sykes’ #notjustfish creations, where he favours the likes of pork belly with braised cabbage and polenta or slow-cooked beef shin over seafood. Enjoy the special with a carafe of wine for two people at $30 per head. Winter warmer cocktails are also available throughout the cooler months and include tasty adult treats such as an Irish Coffee or a Kentucky Toddy served in a teacup. Or pop on down for Aperitivo hours, Wednesday to Friday from 4-6pm. NBF are also hosting an after party for City2Surf. Tickets include a three-hour beverage package, food by Sykes and DJ Alice Q playing on the balcony from 9am. Now that’s what we’d call a fun run. Winter trading hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon till late.

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Rock Lily Trivia Tuesdays

Rock Lily, the music-comedy-entertainment venue on Level 1 at The Star, Pyrmont, has a trivia night every Tuesday, from 7.30pm. There’s no cover charge, pizzas are just $10, there are $15 beer jugs and parking is free if you spend $15 in one go. Now here’s the kicker. Many pub trivias will give you $100 in bar credit as first prize. Hell, some will give you less. But at Rock Lily the prize is a cool $500 cash – every single Tuesday. Plus, there are prizes worth $100 and $50 for second and third place respectively, and spot prizes throughout the night. That’s right. Win the comp and half a K is yours for the taking, no strings attached. Mind you, with such a generous jackpot at stake, The Star are serious about the cardinal rule of trivia: namely, no phones, tablets, notes, newspapers or other forms of external assistance – on pain of disqualification. They monitor this closely, so hands off the phones, people. Teams can be as small as two and as large as ten. The smaller the team that triumphs the bigger the individual cut, but then the bigger the team the wider your knowledge base. There are two rounds of 20 questions. Good luck.

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Blackbird and Laugh Mob present Harbour Comedy Club

Blackbird laughing in the dead of night... Contemporary eatery Blackbird Café in Cockle Bay Wharf has joined forces with Laugh Mob to launch Harbour Comedy Club on Thursday nights. The new comedy club will present both Australian and international talent and kicks off at 8pm on Thursday July 28 with headliner Gary Eck, a veteran of the local scene whose credits include co-writing Happy Feet 2 with George Miller. Regulars at Harbour Comedy Club will include Edinburgh Fringe Festival award winner Brendan Burns, heavy metal comedian Steve Hughes, Al Del Bene and Tony Woods from the US, plus local heroes Neel Kolkhatar and Frenchy. You can reserve a table by emailing comedy@blackbirdcafe.com.au. Entry includes a beverage on arrival and drinks specials will be available all night.

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