Indie Christmas markets
Pick up all your stocking fillers in one fell swoop at these indie design markets.
Where to buy Christmas trees in Sydney
There’s nothing like a big, bright Christmas tree to transform an ordinary living room into a festive wonderland.
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 DOG's First Birthday
The state's largest craft beer venue, the DOG Hotel, is celebrating a year of serving some of the city's coldest craft brews with a birthday bash. Sixteen of the venue’s 59 taps will be pouring Sydney Brewery's local numbers including the Surry Hills Pils, Darlo Dark and Glamarama Summer Ale. To celebrate the DOG's birthday they will also be doing a one-off collaboration brew. The Light Rail Ale is an American-style fruity steam ale. It's a nod to Randwick’s future transport interchange and you can try a schooner for just $5. After you've knocked back a few craft beers be sure to order up one of the DOG's smoked beef brisket burger (complete with a mac'n'cheese patty, slaw and pickles) or a lasagne spring roll (and yep, that's meat, pasta and cheese inside a spring roll.) Or the Friday fish and chips special for just $9.90. They'll also be giving you free cupcakes to celebrate. You'll also have the chance to win a trip to the Hunter Valley for a two night stay at the Crowne, complete with a brewery tour, dinner and a tasting session. Sydney Brewery’s head brewer Michael Capaldo will be on hand for a chat.
Bondi's got a new tropical cocktail bar
Hotel Bondi is summer ready with the opening of the new Curlewis Bar. The beachside bar has been revamped, complete with a retro cocktail menu curated by Sweet&Chilli. Try a toasted Coconut Espresso Martini or a Tanqueray Crusta with Tanqueray Gin, Hennessy Cognac, lemon juice, apricot nectar and lemon thyme. You can also order up cocktail jugs like the Pomegranate & Cranberry Mojito or a Bloody Mary with Ketel One vodka, tomato and lemon juice, housemade spice mix, chipotle sauce, cucumber, olives and celery. Friday and Saturday nights see resident DJs hop behind the decks to spin Balearic, nu disco and house music till late. Settle into the weekend with tunes and a late-night happy hour 9.30-11.30pm (RSA laws and conditions apply). To celebrate the opening of the Curlewis Bar, Hotel Bondi will be hosting a summer launch party on December 10, with tunes, cocktails and canapés. RSVP is essential and spaces are limited (email email@example.com). The Curlewis Bar is located within Hotel Bondi and is open weekly Thu, Fri 5pm-late; Sat 4pm-late and Sun 2pm-late.
Experience the magic of Christmas in the villages
Start your Christmas season at one of City of Sydney’s free family-friendly concerts. Along with the live music and array of special guests to entertain you, you can also take part in craft activities and enjoy a sausage sizzle. Take home a Santa stocking on sale for $5. All proceeds go to the City’s Christmas charity partner, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Santa will make a special guest appearance at the concerts and each night will culminate in a glittering fireworks display. For more information regarding each concert and their performers please visit sydneychristmas.com.au. Rushcutters Bay Village Concert Sat Dec 3, 6.30-8.30pmReg Bartley Oval, Waratah St, Rushcutters Bay Rosebery Village Christmas Concert Sun Dec 4, 6.30-8.30pmTurruwul Park, Rothschild Ave, Rosebery Alexandria Village Christmas Concert Sat Dec 10, 6.30-8.30pmAlexandria Park, Buckland St, Alexandria Surry Hills Village Christmas Concert Sun Dec 11, 6.30-8.30pmPrince Alfred Park, Chalmers St, Surry Hills