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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Fratelli Fresh are doing a new long lunch
Fratelli Fresh are set to make your Sunday summer lunches a bit longer and a lot tastier, with the introduction of the new long lunch menu. For just $49 you can enjoy unlimited pizza, wine and pasta for two lavish hours, noon-3pm. The menu includes pizzas like the classic Margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella, the Diavola with spicy salami, roasted capsicum and olives or the prosciutto and funghi with ham, mushrooms and smoked scamorza. Choose from pastas including the linguine with pangrattato, lemon and chilli or a penne lamb ragù. And finally round it out with a wild rocket and parmesan salad. Add to this unlimited red and white wine and you've got a lunch of epic proportions. This special is avaliable at all Fratteli Fresh locations including Alexandria, Bridge Street, Macquarie Street, Potts Point, Walsh Bay and Westfield Sydney.
Pause Fest returns to Melbourne this year with a line-up of super smart tech industry insiders, creative entreprenuers and start up leaders. You'll hear from the likes of Etsy's Linda Kozlowski; Pozible co-founder Rick Chen; and CEO of Beattie Wines and Startup Victoria, Georgia Beattie. This year's event will be broken up into Creative, Tech and Business days, with each day to home in on new ideas and innovative technologies relating to each topic. On Wednesday February 8, Pause Fest is focusing on the intersection of creativity and technology, and how creatives are redefining the process of making ideas tangible. On Thursday February 9, Pause Fest will be focusing in on technology and exploring the consequences, risks and endless opportunities that follow progress. Finally, it's all about business on Friday February 10. Keynote speeches and panel discussions will be exploring how moments of change in the digital world can define a business, and how the old and the new might exist in tandem. As well as talks, Pause will be bringing a line-up of innovative tech experiences from Tesla test drives to the world’s first virtual reality Tilt Brush competition by top Melbourne graffiti artists, curated by Backwoods Gallery. Find out more about Pause Fest.
Cork & Chroma
Always wanted to paint but never had the guts or time to go to a session and have a crack? What if we were to tell you, you could paint – with a glass of your favourite vino in hand – right in the heart of Surry Hills? Well you can. Cork & Chroma is Sydney's newest, buzzy creative night out. All you need to do is BYO favourite bottle of wine and Cork & Chroma will take care of the rest. They prepare paints, a canvas and set up for the evening. An in-house artist will take you through a step-by-step tutorial to help you paint your own masterpiece. No artistic experience necessary – this mini workshop is about getting creative and trying something new. Go grab a bottle of your favourite pinot and get ready to get those creative juices flowing.
Hsin Shih Tang
Chinatown's got a brand new Taiwanese restaurant from Taiwanese chefs Henrry Chou and Idi Hu. Both previously worked at the five-star Grand Hyatt Taipei and are now at Hsin Shih Tang producing authentic, famous Taiwanese dishes. Hsin Shih Tang's signature beef noodle soup has been tried and loved by Australia's favourite My Kitchen Rules co-host Mr Manu Feildel. Hsin Shih Tang’s signature dishes are a beef noodle soup and fried rice with pork. The soup base is cooked daily for more than 13 hours, with 15 Chinese herbs, ox bone, vegetables and no added MSG. The restaurant uses only local Australian beef (Wagyu beef shank, chicken and pork), while all noodles are imported directly from Taiwan to retain an authentic taste. The fried pork with rice sees a tender pork fillet marinated in a secret sauce. Time Out readers can try these signature dishes and more by ordering an exclusive tasting menu. For just $53 you’ll get: • Soup• Platter• Fried pork chops• Beef fried rice• Three treasure beef noodle soup• Boiled vegetables• Two special drinks • A dessert Term and conditions:1. Please show Hsin Shih Tang’s staff this article when ordering the tasting menu.2. Tasting Menu dishes cannot be exchanged for other dishes.3. Offer valid until February 28, 2017.