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.
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).
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 Schnitzelmeister Challenge
All throughout March the Munich Brauhaus is challenging you to the ultimate food competition. The Schnitzelmeister is one kilogram of pure crispy-crumbed, golden veal accompanied by four sides, including braised red cabbage, mashed potato, wedges, sauerkraut, potato salad and more. The record for devouring it has been set by competitive eating monster The Ressler, smashing the Schnitzelmeister in a crazy seven minutes and 27 seconds. If you can beat this time, you'll take home a $500 Munich Brauhaus voucher, a free T-shirt and of course, serious bragging rights. Think you're up for the challenge? The Schnitzelmeister is available at the Munich Brauhaus all throughout March.
7 food experiences you have to try in New Caledonia
New Caledonia is one of our closest neighbours – it’s just three hours flight from the east coast. The Pacific Islands gem is not just beautiful to look at (hello, white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters, chilled-out turtles and palm trees), it’s also a culinary destination. Noumea and beyond offer up a cavalcade of local food experiences. Try Bougna, a local delicacy of chicken or lobster wrapped in banana leaves; get a taste of the French-influenced New Caledonian culinary scene; explore hip waterfront bars; or try a fun food festival (they even host their own Avocado Festival). Is your mouth watering yet? We thought so. Fortunately, New Caledonia are currently offering Time Out readers a chance to win a foodie vacation of their very own, including airfares, five nights accommodation, and an unforgettable meal. Enter here.
Hot Sydney function venues
Give your next celebration a twist at one of these great venues where you can book a table, a room or a bar area. The Norfolk Beer Garden This Cleveland Street party pub boasts a fully covered beer garden where you can reserve one of those comfy black-and-white striped centre benches. There are daily snack specials and $30 cocktail jugs to get those inhibitions loosened. House of Crabs Upstairs at the Norfolk is a dining experience that’s as much fun as it is delicious. Put on a paper bib, grab a shell cracker and dig into one of the big plastic bags straight out of the boiler filled with crab, prawns or mussels plus tasty, tasty sauce. The Forresters This Surry Hills perennial has cold beer, hot pizza and an unbeatable party atmosphere, with 14 hours of happy hour a week, Sunday roasts, trivia, comedy and more. Cocktails are just $12 on Fridays. Queenies Upstairs at the Forresters find a Jamaican bar and restaurant where you can book a table or the bar area for up to 30 people. Function packs with canapés are available for a minimum of 15 guests. The Oxford Tavern Southern-style snackage such as ribs, brisket and pulled pork from Black Betty the meat smoker are the go at Petersham’s good-times pub. There’s also $12 schnitzels on Tuesdays, Bingo on Wednesdays, and burgers that are just $10 on Thursdays.
The Annual Sheaf Sunday Brunch
Brunch has to be one of the best meals of the day, and now the Sheaf are making it even better with the return of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch on Sunday March 26. The event will feature a beautifully styled food spread from head chef Sam Brading. Showing off the Sheaf’s new seasonal menu, there will be plenty of charcuterie and cheese boards, an oyster bar and muesli station, crab sliders, yellowfin tuna and Yamba prawn sandwiches – plus you can go back as many times as you like until midday. Ease into the day at the DIY Belvedere Bloody Mary bar, where you can load your drink with fun garnishes like fried jalapeño poppers, bacon and prawns, or kick back with a flute of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. There will also be live music in the garden bar, and the ticket price includes a gift bag on arrival. Tickets are $65 and available now. Limited numbers are available.