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

The best homewares shops in Sydney
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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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Ethical shopping in Sydney
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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.

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The best vintage shops in Sydney
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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. 

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The best antique shops in Sydney
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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.

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Shopping guides

This week's best shopping events
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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 gifts, check out our gift guide or list of the best boutique florists.

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Shopping in Manly
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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
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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
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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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The best chocolate shops in Sydney
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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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Shoppers' guide to South King Street
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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.

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Health and beauty in Sydney

The best spas in Sydney
Health and beauty

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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The best nail artists in Sydney
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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 bargain haircuts in Sydney
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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Sydney's local favourites
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Sydney's local favourites

Stellar service and optimum convenience is the order of the day at these local favourites. It doesn't matter if you're ducking in for a quick fix solution, or you don't even know what you're looking for, they're going to help out. And when it comes to the cash register, they're savvy enough to let you pay the way you want to, with no worries and no minimums. 

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Sunday Tex-Mex Brunch at El Camino Cantina
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Sunday Tex-Mex Brunch at El Camino Cantina

Tex-Mex food has put zing into café menus Australia-wide. Now Tex-Mex experts El Camino Cantina in the Rocks have a brunch special that will perk up your Sunday like a proverbial jumping bean. From 11am to 2pm every Sunday, $29 gets you a breakfast item plus unlimited beverages (Bloody Marys, Margaritas, draught beer and soft drinks) for an hour. Those brekky selections include a Breakfast Burrito packed with scrambled eggs, chorizo, diced potatoes, bacon and cheese with arugula salad; Huevos Sopes, namely poached eggs on fresh corn and chilli fritters with smoked pork and chipotle hollandaise; and Huevos and Chorizo – build-your-own tacos with flour tortillas, chorizo, scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, crema, black beans and guacamole. And if you’re lucky, there might even be a mariachi band playing. El Camino Cantina is a big, bold venue at 18 Argyle Street (right next to the Argyle) that also offers Happy Hours Sunday to Friday (with free chips, salsa, queso and drink specials), Ghost Chilli Mondays (a burger and a beer for $20) and Wing Wednesdays (with a dozen wings for $15). Book your visit at the website.

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Liveworks
Art

Liveworks

Liveworks festival is the main event in Performance Space's annual program, showcasing local, interstate and international artists pushing the frontiers of art and performance. In 2016, artists include dancer/choreographer Kristina Chan, who offers a meditation on impermance in the era of climate change, 'A Faint Existence'. Mish Grigor (of the collective post) will give 'The Talk' – in which she re-enacts awkward conversations about sexuality she had with her family members.  Visual artist Ross Manning will transform CarriageWorks' public spaces into a psychedelic landscape with his installation 'Melody Lines'. Meanwhile Indigenous acoustic outfit the Stiff Gins will give a music-based performance about Indigenous artefacts held in museums.Experimental musician and composer Jon Rose will showcase his extraordinary collection of hand-built instruments for 'The Museum Goes Live'. Taiwanese performance artist River Lin will ask visitors to nominate 'unclean' parts of their bodies in a work titled 'Cleansing Service'. And there's more besides: check the website for the complete line-up.  For a limited time CarriageWorks is offering an Earlybird discount of 20 per cent off all tickets for Liveworks.

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