The best of Sydney
20 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life
Sydney’s a beautiful place to live and a glorious city to visit. We’ve picked out 20 things to do that show off our best side, from kayaking on the harbour and cocktails with a view to our favourite weekly markets, the best underground restaurant in the city and where to get your culture fix.
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.
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The Schnitzelmeister Challenge
All throughout March the Munich Brauhaus is challenging you to the ultimate food competition. The Schnitzelmeister is one kilogram of pure crispy-crumbed, golden veal accompanied by four sides, including braised red cabbage, mashed potato, wedges, sauerkraut, potato salad and more. The record for devouring it has been set by competitive eating monster The Ressler, smashing the Schnitzelmeister in a crazy seven minutes and 27 seconds. If you can beat this time, you'll take home a $500 Munich Brauhaus voucher, a free T-shirt and of course, serious bragging rights. Think you're up for the challenge? The Schnitzelmeister is available at the Munich Brauhaus all throughout March.
7 food experiences you have to try in New Caledonia
New Caledonia is one of our closest neighbours – it’s just three hours flight from the east coast. The Pacific Islands gem is not just beautiful to look at (hello, white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters, chilled-out turtles and palm trees), it’s also a culinary destination. Noumea and beyond offer up a cavalcade of local food experiences. Try Bougna, a local delicacy of chicken or lobster wrapped in banana leaves; get a taste of the French-influenced New Caledonian culinary scene; explore hip waterfront bars; or try a fun food festival (they even host their own Avocado Festival). Is your mouth watering yet? We thought so. Fortunately, New Caledonia are currently offering Time Out readers a chance to win a foodie vacation of their very own, including airfares, five nights accommodation, and an unforgettable meal. Enter here.
Hot Sydney function venues
Give your next celebration a twist at one of these great venues where you can book a table, a room or a bar area. The Norfolk Beer Garden This Cleveland Street party pub boasts a fully covered beer garden where you can reserve one of those comfy black-and-white striped centre benches. There are daily snack specials and $30 cocktail jugs to get those inhibitions loosened. House of Crabs Upstairs at the Norfolk is a dining experience that’s as much fun as it is delicious. Put on a paper bib, grab a shell cracker and dig into one of the big plastic bags straight out of the boiler filled with crab, prawns or mussels plus tasty, tasty sauce. The Forresters This Surry Hills perennial has cold beer, hot pizza and an unbeatable party atmosphere, with 14 hours of happy hour a week, Sunday roasts, trivia, comedy and more. Cocktails are just $12 on Fridays. Queenies Upstairs at the Forresters find a Jamaican bar and restaurant where you can book a table or the bar area for up to 30 people. Function packs with canapés are available for a minimum of 15 guests. The Oxford Tavern Southern-style snackage such as ribs, brisket and pulled pork from Black Betty the meat smoker are the go at Petersham’s good-times pub. There’s also $12 schnitzels on Tuesdays, Bingo on Wednesdays, and burgers that are just $10 on Thursdays.
The Annual Sheaf Sunday Brunch
Brunch has to be one of the best meals of the day, and now the Sheaf are making it even better with the return of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch on Sunday March 26. The event will feature a beautifully styled food spread from head chef Sam Brading. Showing off the Sheaf’s new seasonal menu, there will be plenty of charcuterie and cheese boards, an oyster bar and muesli station, crab sliders, yellowfin tuna and Yamba prawn sandwiches – plus you can go back as many times as you like until midday. Ease into the day at the DIY Belvedere Bloody Mary bar, where you can load your drink with fun garnishes like fried jalapeño poppers, bacon and prawns, or kick back with a flute of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. There will also be live music in the garden bar, and the ticket price includes a gift bag on arrival. Tickets are $65 and available now. Limited numbers are available.