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Things to do in Sydney this week
Things to do

Things to do in Sydney this week

It's a mega week with the return of the Night Markets at Carriageworks, a feast of controversial talks at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Fringe Festival kicks off, and we give a rib-crushing hug to spring.

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The best yoga studios in Sydney
Sport and fitness

The best yoga studios in Sydney

Ashtanga, yin, vinyassa, hatha, bikram – whatever your style, Sydney's got it. Here are the best yoga studios offering a relaxing place to work on your poses. Reward your efforts with Sydney's healthiest breakfasts, or try something completely different and check out the best kayaking spots.

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Shelby’s Sidecar Tours
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Shelby’s Sidecar Tours

Nothing puts a smile on a grumpy motorist’s face quite like seeing a vintage-style motorbike chugging uphill. We’re getting a ride on one of Shelby’s Sidecar Tours – a guided adventure from Manly to Dee Why, including a short bush walk at Long Reef Point – and as we cruise around the quieter streets of Sydney’s Northern Beaches we get waves, giggles and lots of smiles from passers-by.

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The Barber Shop Barangaroo
Health and beauty

The Barber Shop Barangaroo

The owners of York Street’s gin palace behind a barber shop have flipped the concept on its head for their second venue: the Barber Shop at Barangaroo is a gentlemen’s playpen of grooming products, luxury shaving treatments and three shelves of hard liquor. 

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The best of Sydney

The best yoga studios in Sydney
Sport and fitness

The best yoga studios in Sydney

Ashtanga, yin, vinyassa, hatha, bikram – whatever your style, Sydney's got it. Here are the best yoga studios offering a relaxing place to work on your poses. Reward your efforts with Sydney's healthiest breakfasts, or try something completely different and check out the best kayaking spots. 

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Escape rooms in Sydney
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Escape rooms in Sydney

Puzzle rooms are taking Sydney by storm. Every time we check, another two seem to be popping up out of nowhere – and each one raises the bar with new ideas inspired by the hundreds of escape rooms found across the world. (Apparently Hungary is the place to go for the ultimate mystery room binge – there are more than 100 rooms in Budapest alone). The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills. Time Out took the challenge of visiting nine rooms in the city. Whether we got out in time? Well, that's a different matter.

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Things to do when it rains in Sydney
Things to do

Things to do when it rains in Sydney

Just because the skies are falling, doesn't mean you have to sit around doing nothing...  We may be a city that struggles when the heavens part but look hard enough and there's a bunch of fun to be had in a downpour. The key is staying out of it with these great rainy day activities:

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101 things to do indoors
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101 things to do indoors

Get out and undercover with our guide to indoor activities, from entertainment parks to sport and fitness, classes and talks and cultural venues that are warm and dry all year round.

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The best funs runs in Sydney
Sport and fitness

The best funs runs in Sydney

Sydney has a few major running festivals every year, including one marathon that traces the streets of the city over Sydney Harbour Bridge and through Centennial Park. For events of a more manageable distance, there are regular 5K, 10K and half marathons that take place in every season.

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Fairs and festivals

Smooth Festival of Chocolate
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Smooth Festival of Chocolate

The cobbled streets of the Rocks are lined with marketstalls and chill-out zones for the third annual festival dedicated to chocolate. For two days, you can sample chocolate desserts, pick up baking tips from the experts and buy famous cakes from the likes of Black Star Pastry (that strawberry watermelon cake), Love Dem Apples, Textbook Patisserie and Adriano Zumbo. There’ll be a Chocolatiers’ Quarters based in the Overseas Passenger Terminal, a Lindt Lounge at Tallawolodah Place (in front of the MCA) with three new éclair flavours, plus the Callebaut Test Kitchen featuring demonstrations from chefs like Black Star Pastry’s Christopher Thé, Carlos Heng of Mak Mak Macarons and Jean Michel Raynaud from La Renaissance Patisserie.

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Cabramatta Moon Festival
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Cabramatta Moon Festival

Each year, Cabramatta Moon Festival celebrates the best of South East Asian culture and cuisine with a huge street festival, drawing 90,000 people from across Sydney to the party on John Street. The date of the event falls on the day of the year when daylight and darkness are equal in length, and Cabramatta Moon Festival is filled with colourful entertainment from day to night – from a lion dance parade at 10.30am to a fireworks finale at 8pm. There are fairground rides, cooking demonstrations and three stages of entertainment, including a performance from Prince Mak (3pm) and Timomatic (6pm). My Kitchen Rules winners Tasia and Gracia will be there, too, giving a demo on their cooking skills at 11.05am and 1.35pm on the Mekong Mounties Group Stage.

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Surry Hills Festival
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Surry Hills Festival

Surry Hills Festival draws an impressive crowd of 50,000 people for free family-friendly entertainment from 10am to 10pm. This year’s event continues the 14-year tradition of unearthing stories from the suburb’s past, from a runaway elephant on Crown Street to the criminal gangs at Frog’s Hollow.  It’s one of the biggest local festivals in spring, stretching from Ward Park to Shannon Reserve and from Crown Street to Hill Street, with live music performances, kids’ activities, art trails and market stalls. Entry is by donation and all funds raised on the day go to towards the community programs of the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.

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Emerge Festival
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Emerge Festival

Held annually in September, Emerge Festival features 30 events from visual arts exhibitions to cultural parades and kids’ entertainment. It includes the Chatswood Street Fair on Saturday September 3, which is a full day of market stalls and music performances across numerous stages. There’s a pop-up Oasis at Chatswood Mall Market (Sep 1-2) and at the Concourse (Sep 22-25) with deck chairs, entertainment and kids’ activities. Plus, free outdoor concerts every Sunday afternoon. Emerge Festival includes the Taiwan Festival (Sep 10-11), which includes Taiwanese workshops, food and activities in Chatswood Mall, and art exhibitions at Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby. 

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Gloria

Gloria

Writer and director Benedict Andrews (The Maids; The War of the Roses) is premiering his new play at Sydney's home of new writing, Griffin Theatre Company.  Reuniting Andrews with stage and screen actress Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King), Gloria follows a famous actress as she prepares for her latest role: playing the survivor of a sadistic crime.  Dusseldorp will lead an ensemble of eight that includes Meyne Wyatt, Chloe Bayliss and Huw Higginson, wrangled by Griffin's artistic director, Lee Lewis. 

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Mercy
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Mercy

In collaboration with Bell Shakespeare and commemorating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, FODI (Festival of Dangerous Ideas) presents Mercy – a panel and performance inspired by the iconic playwright’s The Merchant of Venice. In a reimagination of the 16th century courtroom scene, Mercy brings together both performers and academics to discuss the contemporary relevance and timelessness of human dilemmas such as mercy, justice and the law. By exploring these universal concepts, the panel will question whether our obsession with ‘justice’ blinds us from realising the potential for something better. The esteemed panel includes philosopher and author A.C. Grayling; South Sudanese child soldier-turned-lawyer Deng Adut; Shakespeare scholar and renowned feminist Germaine Greer and former High Court judge and human rights activist Michael Kirby. Performers include John Bell, James Evans, Andrea Demetriades, Brian Lipson, Damien Strouthos and Jacob Warner.

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Corbett & Claude opens at Rhodes Waterside
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Corbett & Claude opens at Rhodes Waterside

Brisbane pizza and cocktail legends Corbett & Claude have opened their first Sydney restaurant at Rhodes Waterside shopping centre. The newly opened restaurant joins the ever-growing list of cuisine retailers in the centre’s emerging food precinct. Focused on shared food in a relaxed atmosphere, Corbett & Claude serve delicious small plates (think grilled haloumi with peach-muscatel chutney and crisp chicken with chipotle aioli), gourmet pizza (all the classics and many more), pan-fried linguine and gnocchi, salad and of course, dessert. They’re also the first on-site bar at Rhodes Waterside, so you now have a place to drink away your buyer’s remorse and put your feet up after shopping til you drop. Choose from 12 on-tap craft beers (including C&C’s very own house lager) and an impressive selection of cocktails including C&C’s Winter Elixir (pampero blanco rum, peach and pear liqueur, ginger, mint and fresh lemon) and Mr Claude Espresso Martini (allpress espresso, liqueur 43, Kahlua and Ketel One vodka). Corbett & Claude join Lilly’s Espresso and Cucina, Mama’s Wok, Rhodes Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, Ribs & Burgers, Smokkim Korean BBQ, and many more.

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The ultimate guide to Sydney beaches
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The best ferry trips in Sydney
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Winter events in Sydney
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What to do when you're alone in Sydney
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What to do before you leave Sydney
Things to do

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