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

The best florists in Sydney
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The best florists in Sydney

These florists craft beautiful bunches of flowers, from dramatic, sculptural arrangements to native bouquets.

The best markets in Sydney
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The best markets in Sydney

This is our ultimate guide to finding farm-fresh produce, vintage duds and homespun arts and crafts.

The best antique shops in Sydney
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The best antique shops in Sydney

These antique shops and warehouses prefer the pre-loved to the pre-packed.

The best op shops in Sydney
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The best op shops in Sydney

Secondhand doesn’t mean second best. Rummage through our pick of Sydney's top op shops.

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The best plant nurseries in Sydney
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The best plant nurseries in Sydney

Find green goddesses from the best leafy friend providers in Sydney.

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.

The best bookshops in Sydney
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The best bookshops in Sydney

There are few greater pleasures in life than visiting a quality bookshop. 

Ethical shopping in Sydney
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Ethical shopping in Sydney

These local businesses put people, animals and the environment first.

Flower delivery services in Sydney
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Flower delivery services in Sydney

These online florists have you covered for same-day deliveries of beautiful flowers.

Health and beauty in Sydney

The best spas in Sydney
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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. Bring a magazine and prepare to bliss out.

The best tattoo parlours in Sydney
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The best tattoo parlours in Sydney

It’s worth investing a little time into who and where you should get inked before making the decision to permanently commit. 

The best nail artists in Sydney
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The best nail artists in Sydney

Sydney’s most in-demand nail artists will dazzle the digits of Sydneysiders looking to turn their nail beds into miniature canvases.

Beauty products by Indigenous businesses
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Beauty products by Indigenous businesses

These four beauty brands are using centuries-old Indigenous Australian ingredients in their body bars and shampoos.

The best barbershops in Sydney
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The best barbershops in Sydney

Finding the right barber can be a lifelong search. We've found the experts who excel in getting the discerning man’s ‘do’ just right.

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Win vouchers to try all five unique eats for free
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Win vouchers to try all five unique eats for free

For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we partnered with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some delicious dishes and the local heroes who made them and locked in a shortlist of one-of-a-kind dining experiences worth searching for. Now, we want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all five dishes (worth $350) for free!  Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended)   Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot.   Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept  

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IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel
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IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel

IKEA caused a bit of a stir in marketing circles a couple of years ago with its series of deliberately boring YouTube commercials. These included a teenager doing the dishes for five minutes, a couple on a couch kissing in front of a TV for eight, and some young people arm wrestling for six. The ads played in front of YouTube content and many people skipped them, but they also garnered a cult following of joyfully disbelieving fans. The ads were inspired by the Scandinavian trend of ‘Slow TV’ in which almost nothing happens – designed as an antidote to our over-stimulated lives (some cool examples of Slow TV screened on SBS last summer). Now, IKEA is using the phenomenon as a way of promoting their new 2020 catalogue. They have launched an Australian Slow TV channel live streaming the 14-day (336-hour) journey of its products in shipping containers on board a ship to Australia. The channel, which in perfect Nordic understatement IKEA says  “does not aim to excite”, is narrated by Kent and Sara Eriksson, narrators of the original IKEA Sleep Podcast. The Swedes are reading from the new IKEA catalogue with the sound of waves gently crashing against the ship’s stern in the background. Sounds a bit – well, dull, right? And that’s exactly the point. IKEA say they want to help Australians get a good night’s sleep, and watching this YouTube channel may indeed have that exact effect. And if you’re inspired to go buy a new IKEA bed to do it on, well that’s entirely up to you. The c

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Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Festival
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Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Festival

In the world of botanical booze, there isn’t a more beloved duo than the humble G&T. She’s fresh, sometimes fruity, bubbly and and always full of subtle flavour. If you know this beverage well from backyard parties gone by, or would like to get to know it better, head to Centennial Park this spring for three full days of summer-fresh drinking. The festival is being hosted by tonic brand Fever-Tree – they do those cute bottles of the quinine-based mixer with aromatic additions. From September 27-29, they will set up a gin village of more than 100 distilled juniper berry concoctions to taste alongside their many tonics at Rose Gardens in the park. They’re also promising live music, garden games, cocktail demos and gin and cheese matching (unusual), plus a contingent of food trucks and picnic hampers that’ll sort out afternoon snacks and dinner. Tickets include six mini-G&Ts to try. The festivities will start at 4pm on Friday and roll through the evening, and then kick-start earlier at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Special offer: Time Out readers who buy ticket to the Sunday session (September 29) can get one of seven masterclasses for free (worth $25). Learn about Australian native botanicals with Brookies Gin, the top five G&T trends for summer, or explore a G&T and food pairing session with Tanqueray. Simply enter promo code MASTER4TOO when you book online.

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High Performance Packing Tape

High Performance Packing Tape

You don’t need a lot of fancy props to put on a good show. One show coming to the Sydney Opera House’s UnWrapped festival is really leaning into that less is more ethos, creating a dynamic show with little more than office supplies. High Performance Packing Tape is a one-man show where performer Lee Wilson takes the most mundane everyday objects (think rubber bands, cardboard boxes, balloons and the titular packing tape) and uses them to transform the stage into an obstacle course. This is physical theatre at its most nail-biting, with Wilson’s performances testing the limits of human endurance and ability.  Watch in wonder as High Performance Packing Tape has Wilson clamber up and down towers of cardboard boxes, dangle upside down using just ordinary packing tape and hope that regular party balloons will break your fall should you slip. Watching High Performance Packing Tape is an endurance exercise in itself, with audiences kept teetering on the edge of their seats for the full 70-minute show – look away at your own peril.  High Performance Packing Tape was created by Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters performance company, Branch Nebula. The show was originally commissioned by Performance Space for Liveworks 2018 and guests can expect the same level of high-energy antics that amazed audiences then. Sydney Opera House is hosting High Performance Packing Tape for five shows, starting Wednesday September 18. Tickets are available now.

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