The best costume shops in Sydney
These local costumiers will make sure you’re dressed to the nines for Halloween or that fancy dress party you've always wanted to throw.
Indie Christmas markets
Pick up all your stocking fillers in one fell swoop at these four indie design markets.
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.
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.
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 gifts, check out our gift guide or list of the best boutique florists.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Shoppers' guide to South King Street
Next time you’re in Newtown, do yourself a favour: head straight past the train station and right to South King Street. This section of the inner west suburb strip has long been overshadowed by its busier northern end, but your jaunt will be rewarded with quirky vintage finds, ethical shopping choices and authentic craftsmanship that seems all that much harder to find these days.
Health and beauty in Sydney
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
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.
The best barbershops in Sydney
Finding the right barber can be a lifelong search — ask any man who’s had too much or not enough of his locks cavalierly lopped off and stepped out onto the street disaffected. Thankfully, there are experts in this area who excel in getting the discerning man’s ‘do’ just right. Here, some of Sydney’s best barbers are recommended.
The best tailors in Sydney
There are seemingly limitless options in menswear today, thanks in no small part to fast fashion and e-commerce. Still, there’s nothing like a garment perfectly fitted to the individual’s body and reflective of their personal style, like a bespoke or tailored suit for special occasions, dinners, and meetings (or just for fun). Thankfully, a handful of tailors in Sydney still practice their time-honoured craft, while a number of businesses offer high-quality bespoke suits for the maximum in comfort and refinement for men of exacting standards.
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The Wine Workshops: Pepper Tree and Briar Ridge Vineyard
Head upstairs at the Edinburgh Castle tonight (Thursday October 6) from 5.30pm for the next instalment of the Wine Workshops, this month showcasing with two labels – Pepper Tree and Briar Ridge Vineyard. Pepper Tree Winery was founded in 1991 and is acknowledged as one of the most awarded boutique wineries in Australia, amassing a show record out of all proportion to its size, including the Jimmy Watson Trophy. Pepper Tree produces premium varietal wines sourced from its own vineyards in the Hunter, Orange, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully regions. Gwyn Olsen was recently appointed head winemaker at Pepper Tree, following the outstanding growth and wine show success over the past two years as winemaker and general manager of Briar Ridge Vineyard. Her awards include Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year 2014. At tonight’s free event you can chat directly with Gwyn; taste a selection of wines; enjoy complimentary cheese platters; and purchase your favourite wine to take home. The Edinburgh Castle is at 294 Pitt Street, Sydney.
Win a trip to India with Intrepid Travel
Intrepid Travel is giving one lucky person a spot on their 15-day Classic Rajasthan tour, departing March 19, 2017. The prize includes return airfares from any Australian or New Zealand major city to Delhi and offers an intimate small group experience as you travel through the romantic northern Indian province of Rajasthan. Tour highlights include tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park; camel riding through the desert in Pushkar; and a visit to the Taj Mahal. Accommodation is included and ranges from fortified mansions to camping under the stars. Competition opens September 15 and closes October 27, 2016. To enter, simply fill out your details here. Good luck!
Platinum Restaurant Group launch new breakfast menus
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Ferris Wheel Dining Experience
Treat yourself to a night of fine dining as you take a seat on one of the best vantage points of Sydney Harbour. Hosted by The Deck restaurant at Milsons Point, the Ferris Wheel Dining Experience invites you and a special someone to your own private carriage that’ll take you on a magical ride around Luna Park’s famous ferris wheel. Begin the night at The Deck with an amuse-bouche and a glass of Loire Valley sparkling Vouvray before being escorted to your private carriage. Once seated, you’ll be treated to a selection of The Deck’s finest entrées, mains and desserts – not to mention specially matched hand-selected wines by The Deck’s executive chef, Michael Roper. Expect freshly shucked Sydney Rock oysters, grape tomato panna cotta, foie gras terrine and kingfish carpaccio for your entree; grilled black Berkshire pork cutlet or fresh gold band snapper and WA lobster primavera for your main, plus a selection of mouth-watering sweets for dessert. Enjoy Australian and international wines including Janz Late Disgorged Vintage Cuvee 2007, Wirra Wirra the Absconder Grenache 2015, sweet Italian Alasia DOCG Moscato D’asti 2014, and many more dependent on your taste. Carriages for two cost $399.