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.
Inside the bright white store you’ll find plenty of functional and versatile leggings, crops, tees, shorts and tanks.
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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10 experiences you can have in Sydney if you speak French
France is one of those destinations that seems to be on everybody’s bucket list. But of course, Belgium, Canada, and Australia’s nearby neighbour New Caledonia are French-speaking as well. And given how many French words permeate English discourse, being able to pronounce them accurately gives one hell of a classy impression. All are great reasons to enrol in a French class at the Alliance Française this spring, but they’re not the only reasons. The ten Sydney experiences below are ones that only Francophones can enjoy (although admittedly enthusiastic beginners can get something out of most of them too). So if you want to get in on the Gallic action, classes at the Alliance Française (in the CBD or Chatswood) start at $18 an hour – and Time Out readers can get a 10 per cent discount when purchasing a course on the website and entering the discount code FRENCHYTIMEOUT. All teachers are native French speakers and use the latest technology and teaching methods, with an average of just 12 students per class. The new round of courses starts on October 24, and includes easy-going courses, intensive courses, beginners, refreshers and kids’ courses, and even private tuition.
O Bar & Dining's new range of natural cocktails
O Bar & Dining are the latest to blaze the trail of 'au naturel' cocktails. Sugary cocktails are passé; these days it's more about the good stuff. We’re talking cocktails using natural ingredients, healthy sugar alternatives and ripe seasonal produce. Basically, treating yourself but without the guilt. Chef, Michael Moore, has teamed up with the bar crew to create a menu of hedonistic but health-conscious summer cocktails, using the same process that chefs use to develop new dishes. The O team have tasted, smelt and blended ingredients to create unique pairings of traditional and contemporary flavours. Try Healthy Culture – sweet, ripe melon with fennel tips, fair trade quinoa vodka, woodland honey and wild lime kombucha. Or Trail Mix, a pistachio crème and toasted almond cocktail made with honey bourbon, Turkish dates, nutmeg, ginger and clove bitters and walnut liqueur. Then there's Japan in Bloom, a pomegranate and ruby grapefruit cocktail made with Kakubin Japanese whisky, blossom water, wild rose and Peychaud bitters. And really, is there any better way to enjoy a cocktail than perched on the 47th floor of Australia Square with ever-unfolding 360° views?
30 days of Food Porn with Deliveroo
How many of Sydney's most food porn-worthy dishes have you tried? Food delivery service Deliveroo has teamed up with Food Porn to launch 30 Days of Food Porn, a project that presents a feast for the eyes daily by highlighting a menu item a day from the best restaurants Australia-wide. Every day, the dish of the day will be featured in a series of videos on Deliveroo and Food Porn. The best part is, for thirty days only foodies will be able to order the food porn they see on 30 Days of Food Porn and have it delivered direct to your doorstep exclusively by Deliveroo for a limited time. Plenty of Sydney restaurants will have their dishes unveiled over the 30 Days of Food Porn, so keep an eye out for: Bloody Mary's, Jamie's Italian, China Diner, Brooklyn Depot, Mamasan, Mary's, Hunter and Barrel, Bare Grill, Mojo & Bar Ume. To find out more visit the Deliveroo Facebook page.
New healthy breakfast menu at Saké Jr
Summer is just around the corner and we all know how hard it is to stick to seasonal diets. So, to help you out, Saké Jr have created a new healthy breakfast menu that'll guarantee you keep any healthy eating pledge. The new menu features a ‘build your own brekkie bowl’ option; a gluten-free signature breakfast bowl, bao buns with scrambled eggs and bacon, fresh pressed juices, blended smoothies with protein shots and ice bonacci ko-hi (coffee). Build your own brekkie bowl for $9 with your choice of protein – scrambled egg whites, scrambled eggs, bacon, Japanese hash browns, edamame fried rice or crisp pork belly; and toppings – tofu, spring onions, kimchi, pickled Japanese cucumber, shiitake mushrooms and more. if you don’t know where to start, try the signature brekkie bowl which includes smashed avocado, onsen tamago poached egg, Japanese hash browns and bok choy. Or try some of the other Saké Jr favourites – hot soy milk porridge, Okinawa sugar banana bread, berry and yuzu muesli or a Japanese acai bowl. The new menu is now available at Saké Jr at both Pitt Street, Sydney and Bourke St, Melbourne.