Bingefest is going to be your new fave pop culture fest
Imagine a place where all your favourite cat videos, Harambe memes, #LOLs and Netflix binges come together, and that’s what Sydney Opera House is going to deliver in the lead up to Christmas.
Five dishes to try at the Night Noodle Markets
Sydney's Night Noodle Markets are back at Hyde Park from Oct 6-23.
Muck in at the urban farm
Food scraps come from the restaurant on site, Acre, plus leftovers can be brought in by locals through a community-composting program. They’ve got chooks on site too, which is fun for kids and handy for composting.
Imagine camping scenes from Game of Thrones, but with less death and more WiFi access.
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The Sydney Bucket List
Time Out Sydney editors have selected their favourite things to do in Sydney right now, from activities that show off our city at its best – like kayaking on the harbour or taking high tea with a view – to our favourite weekly treats, such as the best markets around town and the best hidden bars in the city. Take a read through our list and get cracking on that ultimate to do list.
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.
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.
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:
The best walks in Sydney
Coastal walks, bush walks, historical walks and inner city ambles: there are many routes to choose from to discover Sydney from a new angle. See our list of ten favourite places to wander and remember to pack a camera – these walks offer some of the best vantage points for snapping our city at its best.
The Sydney tourist hit list
Events coming up in Sydney
Dear Pluto Makers Market
Shop from local makers at this cute indie market in Redfern
Night Noodle Markets
Leave the cash at home, this year’s hawker markets will be card payment only
Spend the day at a free street party in Marrickville
Fairs and festivals
St Jerome's Laneway Festival has managed to go from just that – a festival in the backstreets of Melbourne for friends – to an internationally renowned tastemaker in a matter of year. 2017 will be no different, when the festival returns to the Sydney College of the Arts for a day of grassy fun.
If you were in Sydney in January, you’d have seen the Flaming Lips play a free concert in the Domain, built a giant cardboard tower in Darling Harbour, watched ferries race under the Harbour Bridge and you’d have ridden a flying fox at Barangaroo – all thanks to Sydney Festival. The annual cultural celebration is the big one in Sydney’s summer must-do list, and the festival’s contemporary programming always manages to surprise. Events take place across Sydney and Parramatta, attracting an audience of over 500,000 each year. In 2017, it’ll be the festival’s 41st year and they’ve already announced shows from multi-award winning artist PJ Harvey, who is playing the new ICC venue in Darling Harbour, plus the homegrown musical Ladies in Black – a toe-tapping trip back in time based on the comic novel by Madeleine St John. Look out for more announcements when the full program is released on October 26.
Sydney Chinese New Year Festival
Roosters, rats, pigs and snakes will light up the skies in late January for the 21st Chinese New Year Festival in Sydney. It’ll be the Year of the Rooster, and the City of Sydney is putting on more than 80 events around town from a spectacular lantern exhibition to Dragon Boat races and hawker-style food markets. From the festival’s modest beginnings in 1995 as a community street market, Sydney Chinese New Year Festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia, led by festival curator Claudia Chan Shaw.
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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.