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You Can Now Pedal Boat Your Way Around The Harbour

You Can Now Pedal Boat Your Way Around The Harbour

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Summer is here guys. In fact, you’re cruising to the half way point (well, kind of) and you’re probably wondering what the hell you’ve even been doing with your sunshine hours. We’re right, aren’t we? Well listen in team. This is for anyone who dreams of boating around on the harbour every weekend but doesn’t quite have the budget. 

You can now pedal boat your way around Sydney harbour because #summer, #touristlyfe and #iconic. We kind of thought these bad boys had been left behind in the ‘90s but alas, they’re back and we’re damn excited about it. All you need to do is bring your crew to Cockle Bar Marina, book yo’self a boat then spend the next half hour frolicking on the water. Sounds pretty damn good, no?

To find out more, head here

The Details

When: Tuesday 2 – Sunday 28 January, 11am-7pm daily Where: Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour Cost: $30 per session

Here are even more things to do this month in Sydney.

Image credit: Supplied by Darling Harbour

This is how you know your #coach loves you. #crossfit #goodbye #wod #nowyoucandie

by admin @ Bon Bistro

This is how you know your #coach loves you. #crossfit #goodbye #wod #nowyoucandie

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Sydney's best pho

Sydney's best pho


Good Food

Sydney loves a food trend. We adore tucking into the must-eat dish, snack or ingredient of the moment. But there are some food addictions that span years, even decades, that never find themselves at the bottom of the thumbs-down list. They are part of the dining pulse of this town. One of these addictions is pho.

It Snowed In The Sahara Desert This Week

It Snowed In The Sahara Desert This Week

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Australian cities have copped their fair share of big ol’ storms in the past couple of months, from the dumping of rain in Victoria in late November, Auckland's massive tropical storm, or the superstorm that Sydney didn’t actually cop this week—weather just keeps getting crazier and crazier.

Well, this week, to make things even a bit more wild. It snowed in the bloody Sahara Desert. Yep, a desert.

In case you’re not familiar with where the Sahara Desert actually is, you’ll find it right at the top of Africa and covers a whopping 9,200,000 square kilometres. To put that into perspective it’s a comparable area to both China and the U.S.A.

This isn’t the first time snow has fallen in the desert; it’s actually the third time that it’s happened in the past 40 years.

Check out some of the amazing photos captured of the event below.

15 inches of SNOW blankets the Sahara,the hottest desert in the world, for the second time in 40years pic.twitter.com/2fVI6ylTiH

— MURTALA (@MurtalaIbin) January 9, 2018

A foot of snow in the Sahara desert...breathtaking contrast between sand and snow. pic.twitter.com/7cnYEUjl2S

— Jonathan Arnott MEP (@JonathanArnott) January 9, 2018

Rare icy weather has brought snow to the Sahara Desert in Algeria. pic.twitter.com/7ha2UbkAvz

— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 9, 2018

Start of 2018 marked by extreme weather - searing heat and unusual warmth, bitter cold, winter storms, heavy precipitation and snow (incl in the Sahara!. Updated roundup https://t.co/Tk2DphLltS pic.twitter.com/PCIp8iaNwG

— WMO | OMM (@WMO) January 9, 2018

Image credit: World Meteorological Organisation

Why not, 1degree is not that #cold. #eisbach #surfing #munich

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Why not, 1degree is not that #cold. #eisbach #surfing #munich

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The Heaps Gay Street Party Is Coming Back

The Heaps Gay Street Party Is Coming Back

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Prepare to party team. The Heaps Gay Street Festival is coming back to the inner west next weekend and this time they’re closing down an entire street. Oh yeah, this one is going to be pretty damn epic.

After a sell-out event last year, the Heaps Gay Street Party is coming back bigger and better than last year. We’re talking about live entertainment from Cakes Da Dilla, Touch Sensitive and Mega O Mega, and that’s just for starters. There’s also a huuuge line-up of DJs—they’ve even partnered with Koori Radio for the event so there’ll be a second stage dedicated to indigenous world music. Yep, it’s going to be off the chain. 

On the food front, you’ll be feasting on the inner west’s best with tinnies from Young Henry’s and eats by Porteno, Bloodwood and Continental Deli. Again, that’s just for starters, there’ll also be local bars bringing the goods to this street party. 

Early bird tickets are completely sold out, so you’ll want to jump on this one quickly guys. Book your tickets here

The Details

What: Heaps Gay Street Party When: 20 January, 12pm – 11pm Where: Garden Street & Sydney Water Road, Marrickville Cost: $43.80

Here are even more things happening this month in Sydney.

Image credit: Supplied by Heaps Gay

A Serbian Festival Is Happening In Sydney

A Serbian Festival Is Happening In Sydney

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI Serbian food is delicious. If you haven’t yet tried the deliciousness that is Serbian food, do your tastebuds a favour and fill your belly with everything you’ve been missing out on at the Serbian Festival this February.

For one weekend only, one of our fave European countries (and cuisines) will take over Tumbalong Park (in Darling Harbour) to celebrate all of the tasty things Serbia is famous for.

Expect live music, folkloric dancing and a whole lot of food, from Chevapi (aka minced sausages infused with spices and grilled on charcoal) and Pljeskavica (that would be meat patties made from a special mixture of ground meats) to Burek (think pastry) and Pita (which actually means pie).

If you forget your stretchy pants, just make sure you leave room for krofne—the most delicious doughnuts you will ever eat. Filled with custard, chocolate, cream, jelly or nothing at all, you’re going to want at least three of these!

The Details

Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour When: 10 - 11 February

Would you prefer to get out of Sydney? Here is everywhere you need to go in 2018.

Image credit: Knezevic Photography

A Boozy Harry Potter Brunch Is Coming To A Hidden Sydney Location

A Boozy Harry Potter Brunch Is Coming To A Hidden Sydney Location

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

2018 needs to take a nap. Quite frankly there’s way too much excitement and nearly three weeks in, we’re struggling to keep up! The latest OTT event news to drop on our fair city is nothing short of magical—a bottomless Harry Potter brunch is headed our way!

Oh yes. It’ll be tipples and butter beer all ‘round folks. Coming to a hidden (AKA top secret) location in Sydney’s CBD, we’re told it will be the brunch of the year. You’ll eat, drink and make merry with a few of your favourite Hogwarts crew. Trust us when we say, you’ll want to dress up for this one.

There’ll even be Quidditch, sorting ceremonies and a couple of cheeky wand lessons. We know, deep breaths.

Sign up here for more details.

Image credit: The Wizard's Brunch

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What is the technique of eating pho?

by admin @ Retro Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant - North Sydney

You want to eat a good pho in Sydney? Many people who love pho ought to have the best technique for eating these stuffs. It is possible to eat the best pho in Sydney. Eating pho involves having the right techniques. At the point when the dish turns out, don’t race to include anything. Stop […]

Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s a new year, and that means a clean slate. This year could be anything, guys. We know you’re already strategically planning where and when to travel, but before you make any destination decisions, let’s see what the stars have to say. Crack open your diary and make room for one of these epic trips in 2018. Because, obviously, if a city is compatible with your zodiac, you have to go there. 

Here’s where you should travel in 2018, based on your zodiac sign. Bon voyage!

Aries

Queenstown, New Zealand

If anyone is going to bungee jump off in Queenstown or go zorbing down the hills of Rotorua, it’s you, Aries. You’re pretty freaking fearless and we can totally see you renting a kombi and road-trippin' your way through the North and South Islands of New Zealand. You don’t need much—just some comfortable clothes, your confidence and an optimistic attitude. Oh, and make sure you come back alive.  

Taurus

Utah, USA  

Taurus, fly on over the American Southwest and explore the beautiful and underrated state of Utah. You’ll appreciate that it’s pretty easy to travel through—especially if you visit during April-July for glorious weather and Bucket List adventure out the wazoo. Be sure to check out the mind-boggling beauty of Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon and Arches National Park. Pro tip: One of the world’s most epic slip ‘n slides opens on an Olympic ski slope during the (American) summer months. If you don’t do it, we will. 

Gemini

Djibouti, Africa

Oh Gemini, we know that you get bored easily. You can’t be bothered seeing another city with the same old H&M’s and Ralph Laurens. So you need somewhere unexplored. You need to go somewhere like Djibouti, a tiny corner of the world in East Africa. Lonely Planet reckons this is the #4 country to visit in 2018. We know you’re intrigued. And good news, there’s plenty to do in Djibouti. Whale shark diving or hike extinct volcanoes? Visit the salt lakes or the canyons?! You’re curious, like George. Go out and explore.

Cancer

Tokyo, Japan

Take your highly imaginative personality onto a plane, then take that plane straight to Japan. You need to let your creativity soar in a country that’s booming with color. Tokyo moves quick, but you can handle it. You, of all people, lurrrrv food, and Japan is the perfect place to stuff your face with all sorts of goodness. So slurp on ramen and nom on REAL sushi. You haven’t had a modern restaurant experience until your meal slips out of a machine #onlyinjapan.

Leo

Cape Town, South Africa  

Leo, you might not like taking holidays, but if you muster up a speck of wanderlust you're going to go somewhere that’s worth your time. And in 2018, it’s South Africa. (And no, not just ‘cause your star sign is a lion). You’re energetic, fearless and up for anything. Shark cage dive with Great Whites, visit the duck army winery and go on a safari. Simba wants to meet you.  

Virgo

Toronto, Canada

Virgo, step away from the office and onto a plane to Canada. You need a break! Toronto is calling your name. It’s a clean and artsy city, and Drake is from there—so, like, yeah. Go to the top of the CN Tower and splurge on a meal at the revolving restaurant. The city is thriving with music and art, so why don’t you exercise the right side of your analytical brain and let loose. Pro tip: if you can, catch a Raptor game in Jurassic Park (just Google it). 

Libra

Cinque Terre, Italy

Libra, you of all people know that balance equals a lot of walking plus heaps of pizza. That’s why you should go to the Cinque Terre in 2018. Being around friendly and freakishly attractive Italians meshes well with your gracious and social attitude. You like sharing and bringing balance to your surroundings, so gather some peeps and enjoy delicious antipasto and vino, plus a few clifftop hikes. 

Scorpio

Lahaul, India

ALLLL the way in the tip-top corner of India is the remote region of Lahaul and Spiti. If you haven’t heard of this place, look it up. Bet you didn’t think it would look like that! Small villages, large mountains, medieval monasteries and brilliant blue lake water is practically untouched by mass tourism, according to Lonely Planet. Use your resourcefulness to your advantage and navigate your way through this part of the world in 2018. There will be language barriers, exotic food and vibrant culture. Good thing you're up for a challenge, right? 

Sagittarius

Santiago, Chile  

Gear up for an adventure, Sag! You need to visit Lonely Planet’s number one destination of 2018: Chile! This is the year to do it, because the country is celebrating its 200th anniversary of independence, so there will be plenty of festivities to go around, especially in its capital, Santiago. Seriously, this country will keep you on your toes. You can explore one of the driest deserts on earth or freeze your butt off navigating your way through the glacial fields. Raise a glass of pisco sour and let’s go!

Capricorn

Mykonos, Greece

Turn off your emails and give your never-ending to-do list a break. It’s time to let loose in Greece, Capricorn! This country provides a great combination of history, relaxing on the beach and partying till the sun comes up (especially on Mykonos—AMIRIGHT?). Take a load off and come back to the office with an envious Mediterranean tan. You deserve it.  

Aquarius

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aquarius, you’re a humanitarian, and San Juan needs your help. It got hit hard by Hurricane Maria and tourism will only help the country move forward. Go to San Juan in 2018 and explore this beautiful, Caribbean island. Hang out with the locals, eat your weight in Arroz con dulce and dance the night away in one of the crazy-good nightclubs. Heck, we’ll come with you. 

Pisces

Seville, Spain

Get out of bed and put on your dancing shoes, Pisces, it’s time to do the flamenco around Seville. Good thing you're go-with-the-flow (like most Spaniards) because it will be easy for you to make friends here. At home, you like your alone time, so why not challenge yourself and make this a solo trip. Meet people (maybe the love of our life), dance, eat good food and admire Seville's beautiful architecture. Let loose, Pisces, you gentle thing.

Now that you know where to go in 2018, the stars will tell you which dog to get.

Image credit: Benjamin Voros

What to Do in Sydney

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

A resource page for up to the minute guidance on what to do in Sydney right now. I regularly update the links to information, tips, suggestions and recommendations to help you get the most out of your stay. Sydney has a non-stop program of things that come and go. Miles too many for a website […]

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A Huge Spice Girls Singalong Party Is Coming To Sydney (Again)

A Huge Spice Girls Singalong Party Is Coming To Sydney (Again)

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Stop right now, thank you very much! Boy, do we have news for you! Get ready to embrace your 13-year-old self, because Spice World is coming to Sydney this weekend. That’s right, this will be your chance to sing along loudly and unabashedly to all of your fave songs. This huge Spice Girls singalong party is happening at New Newsagency, and girl power will be at an all-time high as Libby Wood, Steph Kerby, Alison Avron, Ben Kiehne and Sepora perform every single song on the Spice Girls’ first album, Spice. ICYMI, this went OFF last year (seriously, we were there and it was the highlight of 2017),  but it also sold out so you'll want to jump on this ASAP.

The singalong is basically going to be one big night of puns and singing at the top of your lungs to the best girl band songs of our time—big call, but 100% justified IMO. 

Wannabe there? Of course you do. You can book tickets for you and every single person you know here

The details:

What: SPICE! A Singalong When: Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January, 8.30pm  Where: New Newsagency, 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale Cost: $27.50

Meanwhile, this is everything that's happening in Sydney this month.

Image credit: The Dissh

Everything You Should Have Streamed In 2017

Everything You Should Have Streamed In 2017

by Sarah Hilton @ The A List | The Urban List

If 2017 was a busy year and you really didn’t keep up with allll the streaming trends, then we’ll forgive you just this once. 

Let’s forget about those New Year’s goals and instead take January as an opportunity to catch up on all those missed binges. Whether it’s obsessing over Hawkins and the Upside Down to talking about sex with your mum, we’ve compiled the perfect list to make sure your butt will be planted on the couch for dayyyyyys.

Hot tip: keep your out of office on for a few more days.

Podcasts

My Dad Wrote A Porno

No doubt you already know plenty (read: wayyyy too much) about our friend Belinda, but a new season of this cracking podcast has just dropped and if you’re not on this yet, you need to be. What could be better than hearing an average English bloke read his dad’s porno to his two best mates? Nothing, that’s what.

Up For A Chat

This podcast is like listening in on a convo that you wish you could be a part of. Three ahhh-mazing women discuss how to live life to the max and be more positive, as well as touching on all the good stuff like relationships, healthiness and mindsets. If you need a little morning boost to get you through the day, Up For A Chat can help for sure. 

Ctrl Alt Delete

This funky podcast revolves around blogger Emma Gannon who interviews women she admires. We’re already sold TBH but if you need more, we’ll give you more. Each interview focuses on female empowerment and business in a super witty, super chilled way. We’re all over this one.

Working

If your crap week is caused by your crap job, then this podcast is calling your name. Each week on Working, regular people are interviewed from all fields and all careers imaginable. And they’re spilling the beans on what gets them out of bed each morning and how they stay pumped for their jobs daily.

Anna Faris Is Unqualified

Because Anna Faris is just funny AF, her new podcast is 100% laughs on laughs on laughs. The format of the podcast is kind of all over the place (a bit like your mental state RN) but it is just what you need to boost your mood and make you giggle. 

My Favourite Murder

Crime and comedy. Yep, My Favourite Murder is a double whammy and an absolute cracker of a podcast. This one steers on the lighter side of true crime listenings as Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark bring the laughs with some epic conversational play. These two legends recount one of their favourite murders per week, from recent and historic times (while maintaining all sensitivities) and have worked up a legion of fans who dub themselves ‘murderinos’. We may or may not be part of this #MFM following. Who knows. Duh, we absolutely are.

Sex Talk With My Mom

Sex Talk With My Mom is like the NSFW (and more education version) of My Dad Wrote A Porno. This podcast shares advice on sex, hooking up and relationships from the perspective of a 20-something guy and his 50-something mum. As you’d imagine it’s super honest and super awkward, but absolutely in a good way.

Invisibilia

Invisibilia from NPR has to be one of the most interesting and thought-provoking podcasts on this list. It explores the invisible forces that control our behaviour, and whether we can possibly have any control over those forces. A great episode to start with is their two-parter on emotions (of course this subject deserves a double ep), where they delve into how emotions are conceptualised through two hard-hitting stories that will keep you thinking well after the episode ends.

TV

Riverdale 

Three words: Riverdale Season Two. We know we don’t have to say any more than that. Come back to us when you’ve binge-raced through this epic TV show because this beauty has left its mark on 2017 and we’re so ready for more #dedicated.

Queen Of Versailles

Imagine a ‘house’ with ten kitchens, a bowling alley and wardrobes the size of your apartment. This is an actual reality for the self-titled ‘Queen of Versailles’, a billionaire who decides to build the biggest house in America, modelled after none other than the Palace of Versailles. Unfortunately for the ‘Queen’, the 2008 global financial crisis hits her husband’s billion-dollar empire hard and the dream of their fairytale castle crumbles—fast.

Stranger Things 

This bad boy practically exploded in 2017, bringing back to life the happenings of Hawkins, Indiana. And if you haven’t already started this series (honestly, you’re lucky to have us), well you now have two seasons to get through and can consider this weekend sorted. You’re welcome.

Killer Kids From gang initiations to hate crimes to revenge killings, Killer Kids shares the details of kids as young as the age of 13 who have been found guilty of murder. Netflix’s Killer Kids series will have you watching with your jaw dropped when you see what these kids are capable of at such a young age. Plus there are more than 40 episodes for you to binge—since you won’t be getting any sleep.

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers is an absolutely bizarre story of amputee John Woods who finds himself in a custody battle to reclaim his mummified leg from a man who found it in a grill he bought at a storage unit auction. Yeah, you really can’t make this stuff up. This will probably be the most WTF-yet-strangely-touching thing you’ll watch all year that will REALLY make you appreciate your comparatively normal and boring AF life.

Top Of The Lake: China Girl

I’ll admit it: I may have only clicked on this trailer because I saw Brienne of Tarth in POPO gear and got confused, however, we’re sure it’s also quality TV.

Want more? Okay, here you go.

Image credit: Stanger Things, Netflix

Sydney New Years Eve Outdoors: Ticketed Events

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

How do you choose where to go for the best Sydney New Years Eve outdoors? Ticketed events at prime vantage points are a great way to see in the new year without the mad scramble of the free sites. Most of them won’t break the bank, but what’s the best vantage point for you to […]

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You Can Now Pay For Your Raclette With Crypto

You Can Now Pay For Your Raclette With Crypto

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI, in 2018 errrrrryone and their best mate is riding that cryptocurrency wave. And now you can trade your coin for something at least a million times better—raclette.

Loluk Bistro, home to some of Sydney’s best raclette, is now accepting Bitcoin. These guys serve up the good stuff every Tuesday and Wednesday (that’s alongside a killer menu packed with a cheese soufflé and cheese platter so good you’ll happily call yourself an addict).

Apart from the legit life-changing French fare, the aforementioned mid-week cheese raclette (in other words a raclette rave) is very much needed in your life, because bricks of cheese are never a bad idea.

For the rest of you with NFI what cryptocurrency even is, they still accept good ol’ Aussie coin.

Image credit: Andrew Wilson

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Whole Steamed Barramundi

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Download Here   Steamed Whole Barramundi Ingredients 1 whole barramundi, 600-700 g, cleaned 5 stalks lemongrass, bottom half only, smashed, and cut into chunks For the sauce 3 Tbsp finely chopped palm sugar 8 Tbsp lime juice 6 Tbsp fish sauce 2 heads of garlic, chopped Thai chillies to taste, finely chopped 20 – 25... Read more »

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While there are many Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney, the suburb of Cabramatta is their heartland. Come here for authentic, delicious Vietnamese food.

Savoring Delicious New Food

by admin @ Retro Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant - North Sydney

Many people don’t realize that when they visit Australia that they will have the opportunity to indulge in Vietnamese food. It isn’t difficult to find a Vietnam restaurant in Australia. There is a heavy Asian influence on food in Australia. Step in and experience traditional recipes that have been handed down for generations. When you […]

Celebrate Easter by Savoring Delicious Seafood!

by admin @ Retro Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant - North Sydney

Satiate your palate this Easter! Indulge into the scrumptious seafood offered at Retro Saigon. No celebration is complete without delectable cuisine and this is what exactly we provide you in the most classy style. We offer simply irresistible Easter seafood menu for all you seafood lovers out there looking for an excuse to treat their […]

Huong Xua, Vietnamese, Liverpool | noodlies - A Sydney food blog by Thang Ngo

Huong Xua, Vietnamese, Liverpool | noodlies - A Sydney food blog by Thang Ngo


noodlies - A Sydney food blog by Thang Ngo

Huong Xua, Liverpool. The real deal Vietnamese street food in a polished and comfortable environment. What's not to like?

Ladurée Are Now Doing Cocktails

Ladurée Are Now Doing Cocktails

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

By now, no doubt, you’re well aware of the wide array of delicious sweet treats that Ladurée are putting out there. From their massive range of perfect macarons to their delicate pastries, you know you’re going to have your sugar levels looked after upon visiting your local Ladurée.

But wait, there’s more. Yesterday the team announced that you can now get cocktails (and mocktails) at their Chadstone and Westfield Sydney stores like their Macaron Espresso Martini that you can feast your eyes on below.

We’ll be there asap.

Image credit: Ladurée

10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

by Shannon Coward @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to 2018. We bet you're wondering why the hell you're sitting at your desk right now, as your other (some might say, smarter) colleagues took an extra week to lounge around eating the last of the leftovers, or to swan off overseas to top up their tan. We feel you. The real world has rolled back around—and it feels remarkably like work in 2017...

Instead of doing actual work, spend your precious brain space fantasising of the 10 places you wish you were instead at your desk RN. 

#1. Whitehaven Beach

Australia

If there’s anything that screams perfect daydream material, it’s sitting on 98% silica sand while the crystal clear ocean laps at your feet. The incredible Whitehaven Beach, located a short boat ride from Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays Queensland, has all your tropical island dreams covered and then some with its mind-boggling beauty and location on the edge of the Great  Barrier Reef. There’s a reason this stunning natural wonder is plastered across every Australian tourism campaign and it really needs to be seen to be believed. Plus, you could totally combine your trip to Whitehaven with a stay at luxe accommodation on nearby Hamilton Island for the ultimate island escape. Throw in a palm leaf and we’re sold.

#2. Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia

A hidden gem more than worthy of a shout out, Croatia’s Plitvice Lake National Park is a nature-lover’s dream come true. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park marks the point where 16 crystal-esque lakes flow into each through a series of waterfalls and cascades. An 18km wooden footbridge meanders through the water and butterflies do their thing all over the heavily-forested area. The water is so turquoise you’ll find yourself questioning whether they secretly dyed it and if you visit in winter, you might just find an ice-covered wonderland that would make for one sick ‘gram picture. Plitvice Lakes might also be as close as you’ll get to steeping onto the set of a real life Disney movie. Talk about magical AF.

#3. Gion

Japan

Located in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural hub and former capital, Gion is a must-see on any Japanese adventure. Referred to informally as the geisha district, Gion is a gorgeous slice of the Japan of ages past, nestled smack bang in the middle of a bustling, thriving city that effortlessly blends modern and traditional. Think wooden buildings, winding alleyways, traditional gift shops and the chance to spot a geisha or maiko (a geisha’s apprentice) making their way between appointments at the myriad teahouses dotting the district. Gion is also home to a number of sights, including the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple which offers to-die-for views over Kyoto, if you can’t get your fill just by wandering the stone pathways. BRB, looking up when the next flight leaves for Japan.

#4. The Alhambra

Spain

Topping many a “things you have to see before you die” list, the Alhambra is, well, actually something you have to see before you die. Let’s just say, it makes sitting at your desk sound pretty dang boring. Drawing heavily on its Arabic ancestry, the Alhambra is a fortress complex located in Granada that manages to blend historical significance with stunning architectural brilliance in all the right ways. To start with, the Alhambra offers killer views over the city of Granada and the surrounding meadows. It was built primarily in the 13th century when the first king of the Nasrid dynasty decided to make the fortress the royal residence. It’s from this period that much of the architectural elements –including wooden filigree archways and that iconic central fountain – that make the Alhambra so gorgeous are from. Oh and did we mention that the aim of the architects designing the Alhambra was to cover every single space with decoration, no matter how big or small said space was. Leave work early, head to the airport, fly to Spain, go to the Alhambra, thank us later.

#5. Edinburgh

Scotland

Ah Scotland, we might just have a tiny crush on you after binge-watching Outlander on Netflix. Which is why we just had to put Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and voted the most walkable city in the U.K. (take that, London), on this list. Edinburgh is home to many a cultural monument, including the perfectly medieval Edinburgh Castle and the Museum of Edinburgh - which just so happens to be located inside a 16th-century house. If you’re more the type to emerge after the sun has gone down, spend your time exploring the haunted alleyways of Mary King’s Close or hit up the local pub for the best whisky you’ll ever taste. Just don’t forget to head out of town and climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano that also offers gorgeous views over the city below. Ugh, why can’t we be working in Scotland right now.

#6. Skaftafell National Park

Iceland

And here we were thinking that the rock formations of Ireland’s Giants Causeway were impressive when Skaftafell National Park came onto the scene and blew us all away. Located in gorgeous Iceland, Skaftafell is the epicentre of the largest national park in Europe, Vatnajokull National Park, and lies on the southern edge of the breathtaking Vatnajokull Glacier. The park is a land of contrasts, promising you the chance to see everything from active volcanoes to glaciers to flat, sandy plains to glacier rivers – all in the same place. Skaftafell is also home to the Kristinartindar Peaks, a dramatic rock formation from which a waterfall plummets one metre into the lush park below. And that’s all before we get to the variety of hiking trails that wind through the 5000 square kilometres of natural beauty that the park claims as its own. Psh, who needs a job anyway, if you need us we’ll be adventuring in Iceland.

#7. Old Havana

Cuba

Okay, okay, so the pinnacle of chilly northern wandering isn’t really your thing. What about the colourful, bustling, tropical flair of Old Havana, in Cuba? Old Havana is the second most populated borough of modern Havana and is contained within the original Havana city walls. It is also the best placed to be completely immersed in the Havana of long ago. This is a Havana where rumba music floats through cobbled streets, where narrow lanes meander past Cuban-Baroque-meets-Art-Nouveau buildings and where the locals sip coffee and chat like they’ve been doing for many a-year. In other words, it’s pretty wanderlust inducing. Stay in a hotel that once played host to Winston Churchill, explore the brightly hued Plaza Vieja or spend the day exploring Havana’s revolutionary past at Museo de la Ciudad. Whatever you choose, it’s got to be better than staring gloomily out the window at all the not-Old Havana you’re surrounded by. Yes, you can thank us later.

#8. Banff National Park

Canada

Located in the iconic Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and is home to some breathtaking examples of that alpine beauty we all know and love about Canada. Lake Louise, a turquoise pool of pure postcard perfect beauty, serves as the park’s main jumping off point before you move on to the too-pretty-to-be-real Sunshine Meadows (the name, guys, the name) or the jagged peaks of the Icefields Parkway. To help with painting the picture of how freaking incredible Banff National Park is, imagine that scene in The Sound of Music when Maria is singing her heart out to the rolling green hills around her. Banff makes that scenery look like your attempt at Pictionary after a few too many drinks. So, what are you waiting for?

#9. Chiang Mai

Thailand

Chiang Mai is a beacon when it comes to sought after travel destinations at the moment but the temple city of Thailand is attracting so much buzz for a very good reason. Serving as the hub of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the perfect place to kick back and get some much needed R&R while remaining in close proximity to activities galore. Pick from one of the many temples peeking out from behind every corner, thanks to the city’s position as the former seat of the Lanna kingdom, or spend your time wandering the backstreets and sampling the many flavours of Thai cuisine. Did someone say authentic pad Thai and grilled pork in banana leaf? Drool. Uh yeah, you can totally get away with chucking a sickie for a whole week (or four). We’ll see you at the airport.

#10. Ggantija

Malta

An underappreciated hidden gem good for more than just filming locations for a bunch of hit TV shows (Game of Thrones, anyone?), Malta is well-worth an addition to any perpetual wander-lusting daydreams. Malta, an island located between Malta and the North African coast, is home to a number of historic sites that remain as evidence of its former rulers, including the Romans, Moors, French and British. The most famous of these has to be Ggantija, a temple complex on the Mediterranean Island of Gozo that is older than the pyramids of Egypt. They are also the world’s second oldest existing manmade religious structures, losing out only to Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. You can actually wander through the ruins of the complex, marvelling at the ingenuity of construction from before society was really a thing. Getting to explore the almost-oldest structure in the world AND having the chance to live your best life on a Mediterranean island? Sign us the heck up!

Ready to pack your bags and get exploring? Make sure to check out our travel page for all the destinations worth knowing about.

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The Chicken Big Mac Is Back (And Our #CleanEating Goals Are Dead)

The Chicken Big Mac Is Back (And Our #CleanEating Goals Are Dead)

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

In the greatest news for your belly, and maybe the worst news for errrrrything else—the Chicken Big Mac is back and we’re drooling just thinking about it.

ICYMI the first time, prepare to wrap your laughing gear around Big Mac special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and the hero of the hour, the McChicken patty. All lovingly smashed together on a sesame seed bun.

Just quietly, all you need to do is add a large fries with the sweet mustard dipping sauce they brought back late last year and your cheat meal is officially #sorted.

The Chicken Big Mac is available from 10:30am today for a limited time only.

As for your next meal, do something kind for your abs.

Image credit: McDonalds

Sydney Morning Herald – BEAMS Arts Festival

by Kensington Street @ Kensington Street

Seat at street-long table helps light up the night at BEAMS Arts Festival Sydney Morning Herald by Carla Grossetti, 11 September 2016 About four hours before this image was taken, the tables for this street-long communal table were yet to be set up, there were tears among organisers putting up an artwork designed to float [...]

We Found A Luxe Champagne Bar Serving Frozen Popsicle Cocktails

We Found A Luxe Champagne Bar Serving Frozen Popsicle Cocktails

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI the brand spankin’ new Sofitel Darling Harbour is luxe AF and as if they weren’t already delivering every single thing we want and need in a hotel—Frozen god damn popsicle cocktails are happening. 

Yep. If you haven’t visited this bar yet, picture yourself sitting back in a marble-clad bar overlooking the epic Sydney skyline and iconic Darling Harbour. Sounds pretty great, no? Now add in frozen popsicle cocktails and just try to contain your excitement, we dare you. 

The Sofitel’s mixologist team have been working day and night (that’s how we imagine it anyway) to make all of our dreams come true and they’ve bloody done it. You’ll want to wrap your laughing gear around every single flavour—think frosé and Aperol spritz in frozen form. Just quietly, we’ll be working our way through the lot, but a good place to start is the Cannes; a blend of rum and pineapple juice with coconut cream, the Saint Tropez; white rum with lychee and fresh mint, or the Marseille; Aperol and frosé, blended with strawberry puree, orange and garnished with a berry-blended ice pole and coconut cream. We know, it’s juuuuust enough fabulous in one drink and we want three. 

For all the details and to scope out the menu, head here

Meanwhile, you can now eat a Vegemite burger. 

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Yen's Vietnamese, Waterloo

Yen's Vietnamese, Waterloo


Not Quite Nigella

As Queen Viv is a regular she knows the menu well and suggests that we order the quail. Marinated and crispy fried so that you can practically eat the whole thing and nibble on the larger bones, you squeeze some lemon juice in the salt and pepper mixture and then dip the quail in. There is an explosion of flavours, salt, tangy and soy and we wish we had ordered the serving of six.

Become a VIP

by ilovepho @ I Love Pho

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Vietnamese food: a cultural norm or a cultural epidemic?

by admin @ Retro Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant - North Sydney

I always wonder why Australia is heavily influenced by Asian cuisines, in particular by Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese food. Is it because of geographical reasons, as we are close to these countries and does it allow us to easily share their cultural norms and wonderful cuisine? Is it due to migration and trade? Or […]

A Latin Festival Is Coming To Sydney

A Latin Festival Is Coming To Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

There is literally nothing we love more that day drinking, street eats, and a side of culture. So when we heard the Inner West Fiesta – A Latin Cultural Festival was coming back to Sydney, we were well prepped for a day in the sun, with mates and aaaaaaall of the South American, Brazilian food and even some Central American food thrown in for added deliciousness. 

Expect everything from dance and music performances on the stage, to markets and cultural demonstrations. We’re talking tacos, empanadas, arepas, burritos and more. Our recommendation is that you head down, grab yourself some seriously delicious (and authentic AF) snacks, settle in on the grass to watch the show, and then (obviously) make your way over to the market stalls. Sounds fab, no?

For all the deets and to book, head here

The Details 

What: Inner West Fiesta – A Latin Cultural Festival When: 28 January Where: Sydney Portugal Community Club, 100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville Cost: $11.20 (children $6.20)

Here are even more things to do this month.

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Sydney Festival 2018

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

The Sydney Festival 2018 is in full swing till 28 January and there’s a lot to see and do. Along with the usual international glitz and big name acts, Sydney Festival 2018 has a more challenging side, courtesy of director Wesley Enoch.  Indigenous Program Following last year’s successful program Sydney Festival 2018 showcases more indigenous […]

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14 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

14 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

by Hannah Caldwell @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI, summer is here to stay (wellll, at least for a few more months anyway). This weekend is jam packed with all of Sydney’s summer feels. Think rooftop terraces (with all the drinks), pop-ups (with all the food), live music, and exhibitions to boot. Yep, there really is something for everyone. You can dance till the sun goes down, get cultured, and eat your weight in food in the meantime.

Fit as much in as you physically can team—you don’t want to miss anything. Here are the best things to do in Sydney this weekend.

All Weekend

Rembrandt Live

This weekend, you can travel back in time to the ‘Dutch Golden Age’ because it’s all about 17th Century Dutch masterpieces at the Art Gallery NSW, aka Rembrandt Live. There are still life works, impressive landscapes, and portraits galore on display and it’s all to the soothing sound of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Directed by John Bell and with music curated by Paul Dyer, this theatrical pairing has come straight from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and FYI, you’re going to love it. 

When: Throughout the month of January Where: Art Gallery of NSW Cost: $59 - $66

Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema

Calling all film buffs! It’s time to ditch the tired old movie night and head to The Hills Outdoor Cinema instead. Grab your crew and settle in for a night of feasting on pizza (FYI, they're giant pizzas from Epic Pizza) with a glass of Pimm’s in each hand. Bean bags are bringing the comfort but you can also upgrade to Cabana Class or a Bell Tent for VIP treatment. Returning for its 4th year with a killer line-up (helllooo Daddy’s Home 2) you’d better snag a ticket ASAP.

When: 11 January – 18 February, on Thursday through Sunday Where: Castle Hill Showgrounds Cost: Various Prices, GA $21.70

Frosé Rosé Happy Hour @ Sky Terrace

ICYMI one of our absolute fave rooftop bars has reopened with giant Jenga and frosé just in time for summer. We’re talking about Sky Terrace at The Star, of course. Every Friday from 5pm to 7pm, you can wrap your lips around Frosé Rose cocktails while overlooking the oh-so-famous Sydney skyline, for only $10 a pop. There’ll be Jenga, croquet, dominoes and Connect Four so you don’t get bored, and plenty of foodie options downstairs when you’re ready for a feed.

When: Every Friday, 5pm – 7pm Where: The Star Sydney Cost: Get all the deets here

Louis Vuitton Kombi Van Pop-Up

Listen up men, Louis Vuitton is releasing their new sporty spring-summer collection at a pop-up shop in Bondi Junction and it’s cute AF. This tropical-themed space will have exclusive (to Australia) leather goods along with ready-to-wear, accessories, watches and even surfboards. Because ‘Straya. Oh, and it’s all happening in a freaking Kombi van. 

When: 17 January – 4 February Where: Westfield Bondi Junction Cost: Free entry

Thursday 18 January 

TWILIGHT THURSDAYS

Warm summer evenings call for seafood and chilled wine—you know we’re right. Hit up the MCA café for just that this season because their menu has things like bouillabaisse made from white fish, crab, mussels, clams and prawns, served with a roasted chilli aioli and crisp sourdough. We know, we want it in our bellies riiiiiight now. It’s handy the MCA galleries, café, store and Colour Fields pop-up bar are all keeping their doors open every Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 9pm. More time to eat. 

When: 18 January  to 18 February  Where: MCA cafe Cost: varies

Friday 19 January

ARTBAR At The MCA

And because the MCA is the gift that keeps on giving this week, it’s stepped it up a notch with ARTBAR and we’re here for it. Activities include exploring the galleries after dark, discussing cultural identity, educating yourself about ethical fashion with The Social Outfit, and learning how to dancehall. Yes. Now take those new moves up to the rooftop and get lost in the rhythm. This event will also score you free access to the Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean exhibition which is open until 9.30pm. 

When: Friday 19 January  Where: MCA Cost: $24

Courtyard Sessions @ The Seymour Centre

Courtyard Sessions is kicking off the epic line up this weekend with electronic dream pop, folk, and soulful sounds along with LGBTQ artists. Because the Mardis Gras 40th Anniversary Festival is coming, people, and this is your first chance to get amongst it. As the sun sets over the Seymour Centre make the most of the bar, BBQ and vintage games whilst looking out for your new favourite band. Bring friends, family or your dog and support these up and coming artists, why don’t ya.  

When: 19 January - 13 March Where: Seymour Centre Cost: Free entry

Saturday 20 January

So Frenchy, So Chic

One of our favourite summer festivals is bringing the south of France to Sydney's Bicentennial Park in Glebe this weekend and we can smell the baguettes, and more importantly taste the champagne, from here. Otherwise known as the fairy-tale estate in Provence your instafeed needs, with wine barrels, hay bales and of course, you and your mates looking fab as you throw back a glass or two of French rosé. There will also be some seriously great beauty stalls happening too—think a Kérastase Braid Bar, Lancôme Parisienne Lip Suite and La Roche-Posay Croquet Club. So Frenchy, So Chic, why aren’t we as cool as you? For more details, head here

When: Saturday 20 January, from 12pm Where: Bicentennial Park, Glebe Cost: $45 - $89

Free Live Entertainment Hub at Gateway’s Summer Sessions

Each weekend in January you can be dazzled by musicians, acrobats, performers and jumbo games at Gateway’s Summer Sessions. Gateway has locked down talent like the professional street artist, Hendrick, and ‘Kids of Leo’, aka the World’s youngest sibling pop group from Australia’s Got Talent. Bring the kids, bring the adults, and most importantly, head here for more details. 

When: Every weekend in January 11am - 4pm Where: Jessie Street Gardens (next to Gateway) Cost: Free

The Love Brunch at Pelicano

The team from London’s Love Brunch are teaming up with Pelicano this weekend to bring their delish event to Sydney. After hitting London, Ibiza, Verbier, LA and New York (no biggie) in 2017, Sydney is the first cab off the rank for 2018. Expect loads of entertainment throughout the day, with a stellar brunch, cocktails, bubbles, music and even more. Grab your ticket here. 

When: Saturday 20 January, 12pm6pm Where: Pelicano, Double Bay Cost: $53.80 per person

Social Serve Australian Open Party

Calling all tennis players (beginners and pros), Social Serve is serving up (see what we did there?) gourmet eats, beats, and a free drink upon your arrival this weekend. Toss back some cocktails and bask in the sunlight on the sidelines or channel your competitive side and get yo’ game on. There’ll also be a raffle on the day and all profits will be donated to The Primary Club, just make sure you dress the part because the best dressed guy or gal will score a prize (or just bragging rights, either way). Head here for more info.

When: Saturday 20 January Where: Lyne Park Tennis Centre Cost: Varies

Sunday 21 January

Sunday Sundown At Coogee Pavilion

Sunday sessions are our favourite way to forget all about Monday and this weekend, you’ll be distracting yourself with great drinks and even better music on the Coogee Rooftop. This weekend, SWICK and Linda Marigliano will be bringing the tunes so you can say goodbye to your freedom in style. We know, we’re dramatic. Deets over here.

Where: Coogee Rooftop When: Sunday Cost: Free entry

Explore North Head at the Inaugural Discovery Day

This Sunday, there’ll be free talks, tours and workshops happening at the first every Discovery Day at North Head. This is one big collab between Manly Art Gallery and Museum, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Q-station, AND the Harbour Trust so you know it’ll have a little bit of everything. Be honest, when was the last time you set out to learn about your backyard. That’s what we thought—head here for more info. 

When: Sunday 21 January, 10am4pm Where: North Head Cost: Free

Don't Miss...

Australia Day @ The Star

Your fave long weekend of the year is already here and The Star Sydney wants to make sure you’re doing it right, by bringing Chingy (yes, really) to Rock Lily to celebrate. With free entry for everyone, you’re guaranteed good times–but if you’re not a fan of the hip-hop legend, stuff yourself silly with vegemite chicken wings at 24/7 Sports Bar, or take down the all-Australia-everything buffet at Harvest Buffet (we’re talking pies, barramundi and lamingtons, people!). Get all the deets here.

When: Friday 26 January – Sunday 28 January Where: The Star Sydney Cost: Get all the deets here

Editor's Note: The Star's events are proudly sponsored by The Star Sydney and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: So Frenchy, So Chic

The health benefits of Vietnamese food

by Emma Nguyen @ I Love Pho

Australia has exploded lately in a health and gourmet food craze. Fuelled by Tv shows like Masterchef, MKR and The Biggest Loser. Aussies are now learning to eat healthier foods and enjoy them.What most don’t know however is that there is already a succulent and healthy option for lunch and dinner in restaurants all over...

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Sydney’s Monthly Vegan Market Is Back For 2018

Sydney’s Monthly Vegan Market Is Back For 2018

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Hold onto your kale, vegan friends, Sydney's monthly vegan market is back this Sunday for first market of 2018 and it’s got your animal-loving names allllllll over it. In case you weren’t already spoilt enough living in such a vegan-friendly city like Sydney, this monthly market is wall-to-wall cruelty-free goodies and TBH, it's just a damn good time.

Hosted by the legends at Vegan NSW (formerly The Vegan Society), this is a market with a difference. You better believe they're selling epic produce, beautiful home products and delish sweet treats, but everything is 100% vegan. Oh yes, finally you can go HAM without asking three thousand questions about the origin of your food. It’s exciting times people. 

Excited? Yeah, you should be. Head here for more details. 

The Details

What: Sydney Vegan Market When: Third Sunday of each month, 9am – 4pm.  Where: 100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville Cost: entry is a $5 donation

Here are all our other fave markets. 

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Minh Hai Restaurant

Minh Hai Restaurant


Minh Hai Restaurant

Minh Hai Vietnamese Restaurant Sydney

Best Spots To Watch A Sunset In Sydney

Best Spots To Watch A Sunset In Sydney

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

No doubt Sydney can throw up an effing gorgeous sunset. If you haven’t at some point jumped off your home commute or Snapchatted a sneaky arvo cocktail drink against the orange hues of the sky, we’re pretty sure you haven’t even lived.

Yep, living in this beach-laden, leafy and harbour-esque city sure is tough but someone has to do it (and let’s be honest, we’d all volunteer as tribute for that errryday).

Guys, here are the best places to watch a sunset in Sydney #nofilterneeded. And while you might not catch an epic sunset over the beach (because we’re on the East coast, duh) these ones are pretty damn special.

Queens Avenue

Vaucluse

It’s the absolute mecca of a spot to watch the sunset in Sydney. Think a little lane tucked off the main street in Vaucluse that somehow spills into a west-facing 280-degree view of the city and Harbour Bridge. Yeah, at the end of the day, it’s one helluva spot to be at (geddit?).

Jeffrey Street or Milson’s Point

North Sydney

These places are situated on either side of the Harbour Bridge so you’re in for one insanely jaw-dropping sunset vista should you set yourself up at either of these at dusk. Thank us later.

Larkin Street Lookout

Waverton

This is no doubt the place to be taking any out-of-towner who has just touched down on Sydney turf. Plus, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the city skyline come sunset (because glowing harbour waters under toddling boats and hidden coves are always a yes).

Green Point

Oyster Bay

This bad boy gives you a sneaky view of the Como Marina and we all know what happens when you combine a badass sunset with the Como bridge, boats and the calm waters of the Georges River. One wicked AF sunset to match. 

Bradleys Head

Sydney Harbour National Park

You’ll score some of the best vantage points in Sydney to watch the sun go down along the Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay walk. Think a heap of bush and various glimpses (read: major photo opps) of our damn pretty city.

La Perouse

Kamay Botany Bay National Park

It’s no secret that this gem of a spot should be your go-to when it comes to watching the colour-changing sky at dusk. You’re in for absolutely uninterrupted views of the sky and you’ll be able to spot planes on the depart and arrival. 

Twilight Bridge Climb

Darling Harbour

Case in point. There’s only one way to catch the sky looking its best when the sun goes down and that’s by climbing up that big ol’ bridge thing that connects the city to the northside. If you are lucky enough to score a clear AF day, you’ll be able to see all the way out to the Blue Mountains—yep, chuck it on the bucket list. 

More of an early bird? Here are the best spots to catch a sunrise. 

Image credit: Federica Portentoso

BREAKING: The Farm At Byron Bay Is Opening A Second Venue!

BREAKING: The Farm At Byron Bay Is Opening A Second Venue!

by Jessica Pridmore @ The A List | The Urban List

Now, we cover a lot of new openings—it’s our job to sniff out the new places—but not all newbies are created equal.

The Farm At Byron Bay; home to the incredible Three Blue Ducks restaurant, Bread Social, and Flowers At The Farm, is easily one of the most stunning spots in the country.

Early adopters of impeccable local produce and having created a unique venue that warms your very essence (not least because they do an incredible Sunday roast and have baby animals running around the joint) means they easily fall into our ‘best in Australia’ category for style and substance. So the fact they’ve announced that they will be opening a sister venue understandably sets our hearts aflutter!

Say hi to The Beach House. Set to open in Ballina, northern NSW in July 2018, The Beach House (as the name suggests) will sit pride of place totally beachfront at Black Head. Opening its doors for weddings, as retreat and also as an event space for up to 250 people, The Beach House is set to be one of 2018’s hottest new openings.

The details surrounding the retreat are all very hush hush for now, but expect the same incredible food and attention to detail as The Farm.

All we can do is wait (not so) patiently for The Beach House to open…

The Details

What: The Beach House Where: Ballina, NSW When: July 2018

While you wait, listen to this gripping new true crime podcast.

Image credit: Grace Elizabeth Images for The Urban List

Vietnamese Street Foods

Vietnamese Street Foods


Vietnamese Street Foods

Authentic vietnamese foods with balanced healthy cuisine

Sydney Has A New Spot For Poutine And Wings

Sydney Has A New Spot For Poutine And Wings

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Oh Canada. You delicious and tasty home of cheese-filled eats and crazy dranks, we’ll quite frankly never have enough of you. Which is why, when we heard there was a new spot for poutine and wings in Sydney, by none other than one of Sydney’s best, we just had to let you know all about it.

The team from Stuffed Beaver in Bondi is headed O.T.B (we know) to Sydney’s north and setting up shop on the Pacific Highway. One of the O.Gs on Sydney’s poutine scene, and the masterminds behind those damn good chicken wings, this latest establishment will have everything you’ve come to expect from the crew.

BYO stretchy pants and settle on in for a feast of tacos, hot dogs, burgers (there’s even something for your vego mate) along with those wings we just can’t stop thinking about and of course, poutine. Wash it back with a Bloody Caesar because errrrrryone knows Clamato is the true bae of every Sunday morning, as well as margaritas, bespoke Beaver Brew from Philter Brewery, cider and even a couple of cheeky wines.

If sport’s your flavour, you just scored a new locale. With a purpose-built 120-inch screen, think every sport imaginable, with a side of (you guessed it) wings.

Stuffed Beaver Crows Nest is now open.

Image credit: Stuffed Beaver

Viet | Kensington Street

Viet | Kensington Street


Kensington Street

Vietnamese Eatery / Restaurant Eastside

Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney Coastal Walk

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

For a few weeks in October and November Sculpture by the Sea turns one of Sydney’s top coastal walks into a busy sculpture park. Every year thousands of people stroll the coast between Bondi Beach and Tamarama  admiring, or just having fun viewing, the year’s crop of new sculptures. Now more than 20 years old, […]

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Fat Noodle

Fat Noodle


The Star

Check out Luke Nguyen's fantastic Fat Noodle restaurant to enjoy some of the most outstanding Asian food in Sydney without leaving The Star's casino floor.

Kimye Have Had Their Third Child And Is This The Biggest News Of 2018?

Kimye Have Had Their Third Child And Is This The Biggest News Of 2018?

by Catherine Blake @ The A List | The Urban List

Yes, the second most highly anticipated child of the year has been born (here's looking at you Middleton!), and once again the internet's on fire. Earlier this morning, Kim herself posted a message on her website following her daughter’s birth. As expected, most of the tantalising details are being withheld, but here’s what we know about the latest member of America’s royal family:

Sex: Female Star sign: Capricorn Weight: 7 lb 6 oz Name: TBD Surrogate: Kylie Jenner (also TBD)

This last detail, or lack thereof, is driving us wild with speculation right now—not least because we've seen hide nor hair of her in months. As we wait for news of a naming, more than a few theories are brewing amongst the painfully curious.

Having gone a bit left of field to name their first two kids (for anyone not familiar with the Kardashian West children, their names are North and Saint. Because of course they are), will Kimye follow suit and stay within the realms of dictionary words? Will they push the envelope further and gift us with a moniker defying phonetic logic? Or will they pull a total 180 and name her Karen?

Anything could happen at this point so place your bets now as to what direction you think they’ll go in. Correct guesses win bragging rights. 

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Archibald Trio: Sydney’s Annual Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

August through October the Archibald trio is a Sydney hot topic. Who got it right? The judges? The packing room? The people’s choice? None of the above? You can’t miss the Archibalds if you’re in Sydney at the end of July. Every newspaper, every TV channel and every major blog post follows the arrival and […]

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Things to do during the Lunar New year

by admin @ Retro Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant - North Sydney

Gong xi fa cai! Or Kung hei fat choy! Welcome, the year of the fire monkey. Like the Korean Seollal, Vietnamese Tet, Mongolian Tsagaan Sarand, Tibetan Losar, the Chinese New year or the lunar new year farewells winter and the year gone by and rings in spring and the fresh year with family and friends. […]

La Sen Vietnamese Restaurant | Randwick

La Sen Vietnamese Restaurant | Randwick


La Sen Vietnamese Restaurant | Randwick

Satisfying your craving of authentic, fresh, delicious & healthy Vietnamese cuisine in Eastern Suburbs. Best selling Hanoi Pho and homemade springrolls.

Good Food, Sydney Morning Herald – Mekong, Chippendale

by Kensington Street @ Kensington Street

Just Open: Mekong, Chippendale Good Food, Sydney Morning Herald, by Lee Tran Nam, 21 June 21 2016 Mekong is a step up (literally and figuratively) from the street-food feel of its downstairs sister eatery, Lower Mekong - the menu and the digs are a touch flashier (Giant Design has installed fishnet lights and bamboo stalks [...]

5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

by Mathew Trenear @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to your second week back into the real world (and for those of you who are only returning to work today—we don’t even want to look at you). To keep those summer vibes coming in realllll strong, there’s really only one thing to do: treat Mondays like the weekend. You know it’s true. 

This week is all about kicking your coffee habit to the curb (LOL jokes, just the coffee CUP habit), ladies’ nights at your local pub and setting yourself up for success in 2018. Sounds pretty damn good, no?

Here is everything worth doing in Sydney this week. 

Monday 15 January

Free Frank Green Coffee Cup

We won’t patronise you by urging you to cut the coffee addiction this year—it’s literally our favourite time of day. But this week, Westfield Sydney and Frank Green (aka the makers of cute and functional AF reusable coffee cups) have joined forces and they’re slinging the damn things for free. It’ll even be filled with sweet, delicious, and equally free coffee. In exchange, you’ll just have to make a pledge to change your coffee drinking habits for the better and help make a positive environmental switch. Basically, just pinky swear that you’ll bring your Frank Green cup to your local café errryday. More details here

When: Monday 15 – Friday 19 January, 7.30am – 10.30am Where: Westfield Sydney Cost: Free

Tuesday 16 January

Ice Cream, You Scream

As part of The Lady Hampshire’s women’s only ‘See You Next Tuesday’ (ahem) series, they’re teaming up with Gelato Messina for an ice-cream filled evening of fun. And the best part is, the ice-cream is FREE. Still not convinced? They’ll have bevs from Sparkke Change Beverage Company, a completely women-run operation, as well as the indie punk band Scabz to supply the beats for the night. So grab your girls and head down to the only place to be this Tuesday. Sorry gents, you’ll have to miss this one out. More details here

When: Tuesday 16 January, 6pm-10pm Where: The Lady Hampshire, Camperdown Cost: Free

Wednesday 17 January

Lunar Nights

New year, new you, right? Well, Jordanna Levin is here to help you cleanse yourself of everything 2017. Whether you’ve already set your new moon intentions or you don’t even know your own star sign, this class will help you rid yourself of all the stale energy and bad vibes in your life. It’s the only way to kick off your new year, trust us. Book your spot here

When: Wednesday 17 January, 7pm-9:30pm Where: Heart Space Manor, Bondi Junction Cost: $43.29 – $53.84

Refresh & Restart: Designing A Healthy Life

To help you with your New Year's resolution of living that health life, we’re here to tell you about a workshop that’s all about clean eating, exercise and balanced living. And it’s all brought to you by naturopath, Jennifer Ward. She takes a fresh look at how you can live your best life without the fear of facing your Instagram discover page’s #bodygoals pics. Seriously, that page is terrifying. Learn cooking tips, practical ways to remain sane, and generally how to kick off your new year right. More details here

When: Wednesday 17 January, 7pm-9pm Where: The Indigo Project, Surry Hills Cost: $40

CHISWICK Gin on the Grass

The incred team over at CHISWICK just made summer even better with their evening garden series. They’ve teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to create a pop-up gin bar on their lush lawn and it’ll be sticking around all summer. The eats are obviously going to be incredible, and canapes are complimentary, so you’ll have no problems sticking that new year budget. Our hot tip? Grab yourself a Summer Collins, made with Bombay Sapphire Gin (duh), lemon, passionfruit, kaffir lime and Fever-Tree soda. Gather the troops and set yourselves up for an evening of laughs, dranks and live acoustic tunes this hump day.

When: Wednesdays between 10 January - 7 February (excluding 14 February), 5:30pm-7:30pm Where: CHISWICK Woollahra Cost: Free entry

Meanwhile, there are pools in the middle of Hyde Park right now.

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Aussie Christmas vs Vietnamese Christmas..are they similar?

by Emma Nguyen @ I Love Pho

Have you always had Turkey, Ham and Buche de Noel for Christmas? This festive season, be brave to refresh your taste with our Vietnamese Christmas menu. It has all the Christmas menu’s components of: Quail & Chicken instead of Turkey, Crispy pork instead of Ham, and fresh Prawn salad with Green papaya to replace the fresh...

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FYI Sydney’s About To Cop A Monster 5-Day Heatwave

FYI Sydney’s About To Cop A Monster 5-Day Heatwave

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Take a seat, fan yourselves down and settle in with a cold drink team. A five-day heatwave is about to hit Sydney and if you think you’re hot today, you’re about to become A LOT more shweaty. Take another sip of the ice-cold water (or, you know, beer) because it’s all about to get a teeny bit worse. 

According to the psychic weather people at the BOM (that’s the Bureau of Meteorology to those firmly not in the know) it’s going to get so damn hot that the good people of Penrith will be schvitzing their way through five days of 40-degree heat. We’re talking about a peak temp of 43 for THREE DAYS STRAIGHT

Now, onto the solution portion of this conversation. It’s definitely time to start playing nice with anyone who has a pool, air conditioning or a giant freezer filled with ice blocks. You got this team—see you on the other side and as always, please look after the more vulnerable people in your community. Seriously. 

Remember that monster super cell storm that happened last week? 

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You Can Score A Free Frank Green Coffee Cup This Week

You Can Score A Free Frank Green Coffee Cup This Week

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

We won’t patronise you by urging you to cut the coffee addiction this year—it’s literally our favourite time of day and no doubt, it’s yours too. But this week, Westfield Sydney and Frank Green (aka the makers of cute and functional AF reusable coffee cups) have joined forces and they’re slinging the damn things for free. 

It’ll even be filled with sweet, delicious (and equally free) coffee. In exchange, you’ll just have to make a pledge to change your coffee drinking habits for the better, make the switch (which we all know if better for the environment) and then post it to your socials. Basically, just pinky swear that you’ll bring your Frank Green cup to your local café errryday—because we all know you can’t break a pinky swear. If it sweetens the deal, these cups are so damn clever that you can PAY for your daily coffee from your cup—the future is here guys. 

For more info, head here

The Details

What: Free Frank Green coffee cups at Westfield Sydney When: Monday 15 – Friday 19 January, 7.20am – 10.30am Where: Westfield Sydney at the Pitt Street Mall entrance (near Zara & Nespresso) Cost: FREE

For more free things happening in Sydney this month, head here.

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The New Trailer For The Handmaid’s Tale Just Dropped

The New Trailer For The Handmaid’s Tale Just Dropped

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

If you couldn’t get enough of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 1 (guilty) your time has come.

Let’s just say it appears things will be getting even more messed up in season two, and we wouldn’t be signing up for a stint in Gilead any time soon.

We’ll avoid spoilers in case you have a few eps still to go (you might want to reconsider your life choices), but what we will say, is that your favourites are back with Elizabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel leading the charge. Watch the trailer for yourself and prepare to get excited/impatient/and low key terrified.

The Handmaid’s Tale will be on Aussie screens late April (so don’t make any plans). 

Blessed be.

Here is everything else you should have binged by now.

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We are open during Easter Holiday

by Emma Nguyen @ I Love Pho

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We Know Where You Can Frolick In A Sea Of Sunflowers

We Know Where You Can Frolick In A Sea Of Sunflowers

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

Sydney, we've found a sea of sunflowers. And what does one do when they find a sea of sunflowers? Run through it of course, Julie Andrews-style.

If like us, frolicking in a sunflower field has been on your bucket list since forever, then friends listen up. Late last year we heard truly devastating news that the Liverpool Planes sunflowers would not be making an appearance this year. Well, get excited guys, because they've replanted the crop (!!) and in about 40 days (provided they score some rain) you'll be able to realise your frolicking dream.

All you'll have to do to get to this magical canary-yellow sea of awesomeness is drive north of Sydney for 4.5 hours (did someone say road trip?) to the Liverpool Plains.

From here, you’ll have to drop by the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre on the New England Highway in Willow Tree (which is the actual name of a small village) and grab a map so you can find the fields easily. Now let the adventure truly start.

There will be a lot of “keep going until the tarred road turns into gravel” and you’ll have to do around 40 minutes of walking (read: closed shoes are probably a good idea) from Willow Tree to get to the first crop buuuut when you finally hit upon the golden fields, you’ll feel more victorious than a hobbit making his way through Mordor.

So what should you expect when you find them? Sunflowers, sunflowers, and even more (you guessed it) sunflowers. We. Are. Sold.

Just keep in mind that the sunflowers are the farmers’ livelihood, so make sure you get permission from the owner before you begin frolicking.

Optimal sunflower bloom will be peaking around the end of February and surely we don't have to tell you that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. To avoid any disappointment, you can sign up to Sunflower Watch (we're serious) right here.

Need more awesome outdoor adventures? We found you 50 #welcome.

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This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

We hate to break it to you guys. But a selfie is no longer enough to guarantee that double tap. Why? Because 360-degree photography is officially a thing and everything you thought you knew about your feed has changed. Enter: the GoPro 360-degree Fusion camera.

So why is this latest camera so great? Let us tell you. Fusion will capture everything, we’re talking 360-spherical content, that your single-lens cam simply can’t.

It’s also nice and easy to edit with Mobile OverCapture editing for iOS so that even your mum can now make epic travel vids. You can even re-frame and save old school-style videos from the 360-degree vid, we know. It’s (almost) too much.

GoPro Fusion has dropped a limited release and support for Android devices will be coming soon.

Go on. Your followers deserve this.

Still struggling to picture it? Check it out below.

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Is Headed For Sydney

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Is Headed For Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Sydney might be a little slow on the uptake here, but we’re fiiiiiiinally scoring a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. And if you’re unsure, yes you absolutely need to book tickets. This one absolutely killed it when the Melbourne Theatre Company had its season (just quietly, it was a total sell-out), and it was a similar story on the West End. 

In the words of our Auckland Editor (who loved the show), it is based on the novel of the same name, and tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. The performance starts with a dog killed with a garden fork plunged through its body and Christopher standing above it—cue assumptions that he is the killer. Christopher then takes on the role of detective to get to the bottom of the crime. 

His search leads him to discover far more than he ever anticipated and, as his world is thrown upside down, the audience is with him every step of the way as he documents the experience in his own unique way. 

To nab yourself a ticket, you’ll need to head here

The details

What: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time When: Wednesday 4 July – Sunday 15 July Where: Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Cost: $99 – $150

Meanwhile, Monet's Water Lillies are coming to Sydney. See!

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A Singles Only Trivia Night Is Happening In Sydney

A Singles Only Trivia Night Is Happening In Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’re sick of the old Tinder date routine, pay attention. A couple of Sydney legends are hosting singles trivia nights and its finally time for you to put all that useless (read: VERY important) Royals knowledge to good use. 

It’s all going down at the oh-so-private boutique wine bar in the Crows Nest Hotel and the ticket cost even includes a (very necessary) welcome drink. You’ll be in for a speed dating situation involving 40 singles in their 20s and 30s and (most importantly) prizes for the winning trivia teams. 

For more details and to book, head here

The Details

What: Singles Trivia Night When: Wednesday 28 February, 7pm Where: Crows Nest Hotel Cost: $20 (early bird), $30 (regular).

Here are even more things happening this month in Sydney.

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Yeasty Boy | Neil Perry Just Launched A Vegemite Burger

Yeasty Boy | Neil Perry Just Launched A Vegemite Burger

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Ever tucked into a meaty cheeseburger and thought, ‘This thing could use more yeast’?

Well, Neil Perry and the crew from Vegemite are here to answer your prayers. They’ve just collab’d to produce Australia’s first ever Vegemite burger.

Let’s break this thing down. It’s a top-quality Burger Project beef burger, which means Cape Grim patties, gooey cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce and mayo, sandwiched between a pillowy soft Bread Top milk bun. The final touch? A schmear of black, salty, yeasty Vegemite.

“Vegemite is synonymous with our Australian way of life,” Neil Perry says. “Its unique taste, smeared on a soft milk bun, alongside our premium beef patty, has resulted in an intense depth of flavour we think burger aficionados will love.”

Want to get your mitts on these bad boys? They’re launching at Perry’s Australian Open pop-up today, followed by all Burger Project stores in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The promo lasts until 28 January.

Is it just us or are Vegemite getting seriously creative with their collabs? This is the latest in a long line of weird, spin-off creations. Who can forget the questionable Vegemite Cadbury experiment, or last year’s nightmare Vegemite ice-creams...

The Details

What: Vegemite Burger Where: Burger Project stores in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney When: Available till 28 January For more info, click here

Image credit: Burger Project 

How to Find an Authentic Pho in Sydney

by Emma Nguyen @ I Love Pho

Today, you don’t have to pack your bags and travel all the way to Viet Nam just to satisfy your craving for pho. Vietnamese restaurants serving this mouth-watering dish can be found in different corners of the world, Australia included. However, over the last few years, restaurants have created their own versions of Pho. As...

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Fighting on: behind the rise and fall of Miss Chu

Fighting on: behind the rise and fall of Miss Chu


The Sydney Morning Herald

It began on Market Street in Sydney's CBD out of desperation for something to eat and over seven years grew into one of the tastes of Sydney.

HOME - Pho LV

HOME - Pho LV


Pho LV

Welcome to Best Vietnamese Restaurant in Sydney CBD, New South Wales. Pho LV: the best and special traditional Vietnamese food: Pho.

How to Get Delicious Vietnamese Cuisine in North Sydney

by admin @ Retro Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant - North Sydney

Restaurants in North Sydney are varied in their cuisine. Anything that you are hungry for can be found. Whether you live in Sydney or are on vacation, there is a meal to fill your plate. If you are looking for Vietnamese food, even that can be had. Authentic Vietnamese food can be found at a […]

A Huge Outdoor Filipino BBQ Is Headed To Sydney

A Huge Outdoor Filipino BBQ Is Headed To Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Prepare your bodies, people. A great big Filipino BBQ is headed for Sydney and, oooooh yeah, we are more than ready for this one. It’s all thanks to our mates at Hoy Pinoy who have decided to stick around for an entire month and TBH, it’s about time they brought their goods back to Sydney. 

If you’re unaccustomed to the Hoy Pinoy offerings, expect to be munching on some of the best Filipino street food you’ll taste, outside of the Philippines, that is. No snags here friends, this event will see their smoky grill slathered with marinated meats so you can feast on their signature skewers—think pork skewers drenched in banana ketchup and chicken skewers with a soy glaze. For your vegan friends, there will be a token salad that actually looks damn good—hello grilled pineapple goodness.

They know you’re a thirsty bunch, so they’ve got that covered too with San Miguel beer, Pinoy coladas (get it?) and other rum cocktails. Oh and desserts from Black Star Pastry, N2 and Gelato Messina. These guys clearly do nothing by halves. 

The Details

What:  Hoy Pinoy’s Sydney Summer BBQ When: Wednesday 7 February – Sunday 11 March, 12pm till late (10am till late on market days) Where: Entertainment Quarter Moore Park

Meanwhile, a whopper of a heatwave is headed for Sydney RN.

Image credit: Hoy Pinoy

The Un-Pho-Gettable Origins of Vietnams Signature Dish

by Emma Nguyen @ I Love Pho

Every country has a special dish that they can be really proud, of something that reflects their cultural roots, for Japan it’s Sushi, USA has burgers or Chicken Waffles, Australia has Lamingtons, Meat Pies and for Vietnam that dish is Pho. What’s great about good food is that it can be universally satisfying regardless of...

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I Love Pho - Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant - Crows Nest

I Love Pho - Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant - Crows Nest


I Love Pho

It’s our pleasure at I Love Pho to bring you honest and authentic Vietnamese cuisines. Our inspiration is to serve authentic dishes that are healthy and tasty to the palette.

The Best Waterfalls Near Sydney

The Best Waterfalls Near Sydney

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

I’m not sure what TLC sprinkled on their cereal every morning, but deciding not to chase waterfalls is a stupid and ridiculous idea.

We mean, who bloody wouldn’t want to visit spectacularly high gorges with cascading water falling hundreds of metres into a prehistoric rockpool? What about exploring secretive waterfalls hidden away in lush rainforests where you can recreate a scene from Blue Lagoon without anyone inadvertently photo-bombing you?

Strap your walking shoes on and brace yourself for some serious ‘Gram N Spam’, here are the best waterfalls you can actually visit in and around Sydney.

Drive West of Sydney

Wentworth Falls

Head towards the Blue Mountains for your dose of one of the most scenic waterfalls in Oz. Yeah, this bad boy is boasting some serious Lord Of The Rings vibes and a vista that’s nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Katoomba Falls

This one forms part of the Kedumba River and the best way to get here is to park up at Scenic World and following the Round Walk Trail. And P.S. You’ll want to stop at Juliet’s Balcony—that’s your first chance to check out the falls and a swift panoramic view to match.

 

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Minnehaha Falls

For something a lot more private, Minnehaha Falls is your go to. It’s a dreamy little place with a swimming hole so beautiful no ludicrous Hollywood set could ever rival it. To get there, drive through Katoomba to Yosemite and walk 15 minutes down from the car park. Be brave, breathe deep and take the plunge—this is one of Sydney’s best waterfalls and you won’t regret it!

Drive South of Sydney

Wattamolla Falls

Nearby, you’ll also be able to set your sights on Curracurrong Falls because when it comes to the Royal National Park, the falls are endless (well, kind of). You’ll also be within reach of Winifred Falls, which you’ll find if you take the mildly challenging 4km walk from Audley.

Paddy’s River Falls

Even further is Paddy’s River Falls, which has carved itself into the landscape to the west of the Australian Alps and therefore benefits from the melting snow. Time this one right and you’ll be onto a winner (this is one you can stand behind the water and feel like you’re the Last of the Mohicans).

 

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Fitzroy Falls

If you’ve still got a bit of time up your sleeve, there are couple of magnificent falls a little further south in the Southern Highlands—shout out to Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park. Basically, this is nature’s version of dropping it reaaaaal low. You’ll also find the Fairy Bower Falls around here which is just a mossy rainforest dream.

Carrington Falls

Located in Budderoo National Park, Carrington is the real deal when it comes to cascades, waterholes and rockpools. Yep the Kangaroo River plunges over 50 metres and you can watch this epic shower at Thomas Place, the resident picnic area. Honourable mention must go to Nellies Glen as well (which lies just a touch upstream from Carrington) for being one of Sydney’s most glorious swimming holes and a pretty lil’ waterfall.

Drive North of Sydney 

Waterfalls Way

Finally, Waterfalls Way should well and truly be on your adventure bucket list. Cue a 191km drive that weaves through the lush varying landscape of the New England Region. The tumbling waterfalls you’ll witness along this almighty road trip include Apsley, Ebor, Tia and Wollomombi Falls. 

 

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Collins Beach

If following lane dividers at your local swimming pool is getting more than a little bit tedious, then it’s probably time you headed north on a waterfall chasing road trip. FYI this one really takes the biscuit. If you’re feeling lazier than a hungover sloth, or you don’t trust your car’s ability to do the kilometres, then a dip under Collins Beach waterfall near Manly may be just the ticket to paradise. Let’s be real—it’s an easy win which we’re all about.

Gledhill Falls

Head up a little further to Ku-ring-gai National Park where the elusive Gledhill Falls hides. Brace yourself, this one is one of Sydney’s best waterfalls and it’ll blow your budgie smugglers right off. This beauty is home to a swimmable 10-metre pool beneath one charming as hell waterfall and you’ll also find a small sandy strip too on one side.

Meanwhile, these are all the best hidden beaches in Sydney.

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Vietnamese Restaurant | Functions & Events | Red Lantern Darlinghurst

Vietnamese Restaurant | Functions & Events | Red Lantern Darlinghurst


Red Lantern

Red Lantern, Sydney, is the world's most awarded Vietnamese restaurant with chefs Luke Nguyen & Mark Jensen

Christmas Greetings from I Love Pho

by Emma Nguyen @ I Love Pho

As one of the popular Vietnamese restaurant in Sydney that serve authentic Vietnamese cuisine, our goal is to bring the best Vietnamese food experiences to our customers. We are committed to proving you with an exceptional Vietnamese food that is fresh, healthy, authentic and GLUTEN FREE. 2016 has been a fantastic year and we look...

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delicious. Magazine – Olio, A Marvellous Mouthful

by Kensington Street @ Kensington Street

Olio, Chippendale, Sydney – A Marvellous Mouthful delicious. Magazine by Anthony Huckstep, National Restaurant Reviewer, 28 February 2017 A Sicilian chef touches down in Sydney, bringing with him a penchant for seafood, saffron and couscous, and his family’s own olive oil, writes Anthony Huckstep. Sea urchin roe is my weakness. Polarising for some, this spiny [...]

How to Avoid Airport Fees on Sydney Trains

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

Want to avoid the excessive airport fees on Sydney trains? You can, it’s easy and it’s legal. Here are four ways to do it. With access fees currently at $13.80 per adult and 12.40 per child, it will cost a couple $27.60, and a family with two children $52.20, on top of the ticket price, […]

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Sydney Open: What’s On, Places to Visit, Passes

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

Each year, on the first weekend in November, Sydney opens its buildings – historic, important, trailblazing or still in progress – for us to explore. So on with the walking shoes and let’s go. Hundreds of volunteers join Sydney Living Museums staff to guide, answer questions, and generally help thousands of visitors to over 60 […]

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The Straits Times – Sydney’s Kensington Street

by Kensington Street @ Kensington Street

Restaurateurs from Singapore take on Sydney’s Kensington Street with new eateries The Straits Times by Eunice Quek, 30 July 2016 Kensington Street, located on the eastern edge of the A$2-billion (S$2-billion) mixed-use urban village - Central Park in Chippendale, Sydney - is shaping up to be a foodie enclave with a Singaporean flavour. The hip [...]

It’s Official: Cher Will Headline The Mardi Gras Party In 2018

It’s Official: Cher Will Headline The Mardi Gras Party In 2018

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Deeeeeep breaths team—Cher is coming to town and headlining the Official 2018 Mardi Gras Party—and dear sweet Jesus this is going to be good. Get ready for the most epic Mardi Gras celebration of (we’re calling it) all damn time. And before you tell us that the party sold out months ago, as soon as whispers started to do the rounds that this LGBTQI icon would be making an appearance, rest assured that more tickets have just been released. 

We know we don’t have to tell you that this will be probably your only chance to listen to this kween in real life and surely we don’t have to tell you to buy your ticket RIGHT NOW. This is the final release and if you’re an existing Mardi Gras member, you’re laughing because you’ll have exclusive access to these tickets for 48 hours (or until sold out) when they’re released next Monday 15 January.  For the non-members, you’ll want to log on at 10am on Wednesday 17 January for the final, final tickets. Seriously, this’ll be your last chance at nabbing a ticket. 

ICYMI, these are the dates you need to be all over. 

Monday 15 January, 10am: tickets will go on sale here to members.  Wednesday 17 January, 10am: tickets will go on sale here to non-members. 

The party details

What: Official 2018 Mardi Gras Party When: Saturday 3 March Where: Playbill Venues and Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

In the meantime, frolick in a field of Sunflowers here.

Image credit: via Ticketmaster

September Festivals: Sydney Fringe – Arts, Theatre, Music, Comedy & Film Festival

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

Bored with mainstream arts?   Sydney’s September Fringe festival can fix that. Ideas provocative, venues unexpected, performances improvised, comedy subversive and energy high. That’s the Sydney Fringe Festival. And, if it doesn’t completely take over the city, it’s not for lack of trying. So What’s On Offer? Alternative arts and culture. Think Visual arts Music […]

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What is Pho

by admin Ezyva @ I Love Pho

Become our VIP guest in 2 easy steps: First, enjoy 8 meals* and your 9th dish is FREE! (1st time) Loyalty Card FrontLoyalty Card Back Second, enjoy 8 meals* and your 9th dish is absolutely FREE! (2nd time) + VIP card. VIP card allows you to enjoy your glass of wine every time you dine with us. Ask for your Loyalty Card next time you visit us. See you soon.

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Welcome to Golden Lotus Vegan Newtown

Welcome to Golden Lotus Vegan Newtown


Welcome to Golden Lotus Vegan Newtown

100% Vegan Eatery. Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine. Fresh, healthy and delicious. Catering Available!

13 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

13 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

by Hannah Caldwell @ The A List | The Urban List

Yep, it definitely feels like summer in Sydney right now, and that means only one thing—celebrating with good food and good vibes in the sunshine. That last one is mandatory. From open-air markets to Oktoberfest street parties, film festivals and an RnB sesh for good measure, there are plenty of fab activities to do in Sydney this weekend. 

Diaries at the ready—let’s do this.

All Weekend

Canadian Club Racquet Club

Guys, the Canadian Club Racquet Club is back for another year of being the perfect chaser to the holidays. What does that mean for you? You can sip on Canadian Club, dry and fresh lime as you kick back and soak up those last days of summer. Just gather the squad and head down to Bucket List or Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel until January 28 to join in on the fun.  

When: Until 28 January Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Mexican Fiesta Pop-Up

Summer is all about settling in by the water and taking up the challenge of eating your weight in food. That’s why we’re really digging the Mexican Fiesta Pop-Up at Portside complete with casual flair did we mention delicious food? Yep, that’s right, get your fix of small bites like quesadillas oozing with mushroom, serrano chilli and pepita aioli and follow it up with a margarita deconstructed cheesecake. Margarita. Cheesecake. Cheers with a glass (ahem, jug) of sangria then sit back and enjoy that epic view. More details here.

When: Throughout January Where: Portside Sydney, Opera House

FLICKERFEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 

Flickerfest has been around for yonks, we tell you, and they’re back in 2018 with some mighty fine international and national short films. If you fancy yourself a bit of a film fanatic, an unlimited season pass is the way to go, but for the rest of us, a ticket will only set you back $20 (a bargain if ever we saw one). Head here for more info and to get booking.

When: Friday 12 January to Sunday 21 January Where: Bondi Beach, Bondi Cost: Tickets from $18 per person

LEURA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Calm down everyone, Leura is legit only a 1.5-hour drive from Sydney city, acting as the perfect lil’ getaway or road trip you’ve been hoping for this January. Fare thee well to the bustle of Sydney city and catch Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure and Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters at the outdoor festival this January.

When: Saturday 13 January to Sunday 28 January Where: Leura Everglades Garden, Leura Cost: Adults $38 and concessions $32

PARKES ELVIS FESTIVAL

Parkes isn’t close but it isn’t too far either, think 365km from Sydney, rural AF and bang on in the centre of NSW. Thank goodness road trips exist because the Parkes Elvis Festival will have you packing your car with pillows and snacks and making the trip out to Parkes, all for the love of Elvis. With five whole days of entertainment, food, live music and drinks, the Elvis Festival is bound to be a goodie, so get your tix here.

When: Wednesday 10 January to Sunday 14 January Where: Parkes, NSW Cost: Ticket prices vary

Thursday 11 January 

CIRCUS CITY IN PARRAMATTA 

Thanks to (you guessed it) Sydney Festival, Parramatta is scoring its very own circus this January and excuse us while our inner child loses their damn mind. From 5.30pm this Thursday, you can get in on some live and free (win!) entertainment for the whole family. For more details on other free circus activities going down at Parramatta, head here.

When: Thursday 11 January, from 5.30pm Where: Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta

Friday 12 January

Aperitivo Hour 

Head to the Tramsheds this weekend for the next installment of Aperitivo Hour. This time, it’s a collaboration between in-house legends Butcher and the Farmer, and Dust (just quietly one of Sydney’s best bakeries) and it’ll be a big fat flavour bomb for those taste buds of yours. What goes better with honest farm-to-table dishes than freshly baked bread? Nothing. Book here

Where: The Tramsheds When: Friday 12 January, from5pm

Spear The Beer

Fridays just got a lot more interesting thanks to The Oaks Hotel and it’s all because they’re bringing back the ancient tradition of spearing the Beer. Basically, this is where they take to a beer barrel with a stone hammer and spike to break the seal for some satisfying and fresh AF beer. Oh and did we mention the beer is free? Yeah, we’re talking about schooners of XXXX Bitter for zero dollarydoos. Yep. 

When: Fridays in January from 5pm Where: The Oaks Hotel

Tiki Pontoon Party

Have you been looking for an excuse to party on a pontoon on Sydney Harbour? Well, we just found one bloody good one. Coca Cola is celebrating summer in typical Sydney style with a Tiki-style party happening on a pontoon that’s sitting right next to Rose Bay Wharf (you'll need to catch a short boat ride over to the party). The floating hut is only hanging around for two days so you’ll want to get in quickly for fun in the sun water activities and music courtesy of DJ Mashd N Kutcher. Stay hydrated kids and pop open one of those refreshing bevvies including the new Coca-Cola Raspberry and water. See you on the pontoon. 

When: Friday 12 & Sunday 13 January, 11am – 5pm Where: Rose Bay Wharf Who: this is an 18+ event and any underage individuals (aka 13-17 year olds) must be accompanied by or have a signed waiver from a parent or guardian

Saturday 13 January

Free Live Entertainment Hub at Gateway’s Summer Sessions 

Each weekend in January you can expect to be dazzled by musicians, acrobats, performers and jumbo games at Gateway’s Summer Sessions. Gateway has locked down talent like professional street artist, Hendrick, and ‘Kids of Leo,’ the World’s youngest sibling pop group from Australia’s Got Talent. Bring the kids, bring the adults, and most importantly, head here for more details.    When: Every weekend in January 11am - 4pm Where: Jessie Street Gardens (next to Gateway)

Cockatoo Island Campfire Sessions

What’s better than a Saturday arvo involving your crew, a couple of cheeky bevs around the campfire and some of Sydney’s best acoustic artists crooning in the background? TBH not much, unless said arvo involves an island in the harbour, obvs. Cockatoo Island is dishing up the chilled, summer goods this month. Throw in some cheese and wine and you’ve got yourself a pretty cracking arvo situation. More details here

When: Saturdays 13, 20 & 27 January Where: Cockatoo Island Cost: $25 (general admission), $15 (overnight visitors and concession), kids 12 and under are free. 

GLITTERBOX 

Yep, you’ve read that correctly. Glitterbox is literally a box filled with glitter and YOU, dancing your little heart out. Bump up Glitterbox on your summer to-do list ASAP, as it will only be around for the duration of Sydney festival. Head to The Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park for this super funky experience. Warning—most fun guaranteed by ‘gramming the entire thing.   

When: 5 - 28 January, from 6pm (closed Mondays) Where: Hyde Park 

Sunday 14 January

Aperol Spritz At The Winery

Sydney has delivered on the goods yet again with $12 Aperol Spritz all day, erryday throughout January. The Winery will be hosting a dedicated pop-up Aperol Spritz bar, featuring live music every Sunday. 

When: Every Sunday throughout January Where: The Winery

Here are even more things to do this month in Sydney.

Image credit: Coca Cola

Broadsheet – Sydney’s Best New Restaurants of 2017

by Kensington Street @ Kensington Street

Ten new restaurants that have defined the year in food. Broadsheet by Nicholas Jordan, 05 July 2017 Every year that we do this we’re stunned by how much has happened in the past six months. It really feels, every time, like there’s an unprecedented interest in eating out and a many people trying to make [...]

Huffington Post – Sydney Launches Laneway At Kensington St

by Kensington Street @ Kensington Street

Sydney Launches Laneway At Kensington St, Chippendale Huffington Post by Evin Priest, 15 July 2016 The battle for cultural supremacy between Melbourne and Sydney is set to reach boiling point -- the Harbour City finally has a laneway. The idea of narrow streets crammed with Al fresco cafes, one-off shops and cosy little bars has [...]

18 Places To Get Incredible Vietnamese Food In Sydney

18 Places To Get Incredible Vietnamese Food In Sydney


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Because it does exist - you just need to know where to look.

Satisfying Meal

by admin @ Retro Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant - North Sydney

With a plethora of restaurants in North Sydney to choose from, how do you decide where to eat? For your dining out pleasure, have you considered Vietnamese food? Vietnamese food is a popular choice among North Sydney natives. They have discovered the authentic dining experience of Vietnamese food and now it’s your turn. Look forward […]

Authentic Recipes from Vietnam

by admin @ Retro Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant - North Sydney

Vietnamese cuisine is full of delicious, tasteful dishes. The variety and eccentricity of the ingredients used in them make them definitely interesting. People in Sydney appreciate and enjoy many dishes originally from this country. While there are many famous recipes that most food lovers know of, like Pho, there are many others that are not […]

Good Food

by admin @ Hello Auntie

Some Legend Has Gone And Created A Sausage Sizzle Pizza

Some Legend Has Gone And Created A Sausage Sizzle Pizza

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Nothing says ‘Straya like a cheeky sausage sizzle. So, when we heard that two of our great loves—pizza and the humble sausage sizzle—were merging into one glorious morsel, we had to stop everything and tell you all about it.

To celebrate the Australia Day long weekend, Salt Meats Cheese has created a limited edition (you guessed it) sausage sizzle pizza. As delicious as it sounds, imagine a sausage filled crust (we know), topped with tomato, onion, mozzarella and even more sausage. Before you go and scream “but WHERE is the tomato sauce?!”, there will be bottles of mustard and tomato sauce at the ready for you to drizzle over your pizza to your heart's content.

There will also be a grilled pineapple and ham pizza, if you just can’t quite wrap your head around the snag-filled goodness.

These bad boys will be available on Australia Day only, at all their Sydney venues for a cheeky $20.

Image credit: Salt Meats Cheese

Best Free Spots for Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

Thousands watch Sydney New Years Eve fireworks from great spots for free each year. There’s time and some effort involved, but it’s all possible. Here’s how. Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks Start Here Start your search for the perfect fireworks view with the official map. It has all the details, showing the positions of the […]

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Good Food, Sydney Morning Herald – Kensington Street Social

by Kensington Street @ Kensington Street

Kensington Street Social Good Food, Sydney Morning Herald, by Terry Durack, 2 February 2016 It's great that we're maturing as a food destination; great that the numbers crunch well enough to make the distance and effort worth their while. And yet ... is the imported product actually better? And how much does it skew the [...]

Sydney’s Best Fried Chicken Everything

Sydney’s Best Fried Chicken Everything

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

We’re calling it. Fried food is the best food. And there is nothing that tastes better fried than chicken. Period.

Sydney is well and truly on it’s way to becoming a juicy, crispy, crunchy and glazed, fried chicken mecca of the world. Let’s just say, Sydney has a lot of fried chicken going around—and we’re totally okay with that.

Wipe away those tears of joy team, and work your way through Sydney’s best fried chicken everything.

Butter

Surry Hills

Not much can go wrong when you can order an entire box of finger-lickin’ good thighs, tenders and wings, all topped in an epic hot sauce. Butter is the seriously cool sneaker and fried chicken gem serving up fried chicken sandwiches with pickles, dashi butter and slide slaw or, yep you guessed it, a whole box of the good stuff.

The Workers

Balmain

The Workers is frying up super tasty share boards of buttermilk chicken wings (as usual, sharing is optional), exactly the way we love our fried goods—southern style—and with all the condiments (think chipotle mayo and BBQ sauce). Plus their fried chicken burger, stuffed with avocado, lettuce, tomato and smoked chilli mayonnaise gets the big post-feed belly rub of approval from us.

Jake Chalmers

Cronulla

Serving burgers, slushies, beers, shakes, sundaes and fries, you can’t fault the epic feeds at Jake Chalmers. Churning out a juicy and flavour packed fried chicken burger with a pretty special black garlic aioli (rumours say it’s magic).

Mr Crackles

Darlinghurst

Everyone remembers their first meal at Mr Crackles and knows for a fact that life is never quite the same after. As the name suggests, the crew here are perfecting fried chicken exactly how we dream it to be—crackly and greasy AF. The chicken katsu roll is a serious life-changer filled with crumbed chicken, asian slaw and wasabi mayo, we’d eat it all over again (and we do).

The Henson

Marrickville

The Henson does fried chicken tacos and they do them well. These bad boys are topped with radish, avo and salsa, making ordering seconds totally acceptable. On the other hand, you might want to fill your spare stomach space with the karaage chicken burger. It’s great (to put it simply) and no one should live their life without trying it.

Juicy Lucy

Surry Hills

Anyone will tell you the golden fried patties at Juicy Lucy are da bomb—us included! This go-to chicken shop is an inner city institution and you’ll gladly fall into a four-day food coma when you order their famous Juicy Lucy burger fully stuffed with spice and sriracha mayo. And who knows, maybe you’ll have room for the mouth-watering sticky wings. Let’s hope you do.

Bar Luca

CBD

Shut the front door, Bar Luca is no stranger when it comes to nailing fried chicken. You’ll find the tastiest fried patties around when you order the fried chicken wings with smokey BBQ sauce and dill aioli. And not that you need more convincing but the chicken karaage burger with wasabi aioli, pickled veg and coriander is utterly out of this world.

Belle’s Hot Chicken

Barangaroo

Just so you know, there’s no going back to ye average ol’ grilled chicken breast once you taste the fried fare at Belle’s Hot Chicken. The menu is basically a fried food fanatic’s dream. Choose tenders, drumsticks or wings, followed by the level of heat, sauces and if you're game, the baller bucket, with 16 tender chicken wings has your name on it. 

Ms G’s

Potts Point

This bustling hub is serving up Asian-fusion fare of the more-ish kind (self-restraint does not exist when you walk through its doors). Ms G’s is plating up seriously delicious Japanese-style fried chicken in the form of chicken katsu and crispy fried chicken wings with tom yum mayonnaise (emphasis on the YUM). They also have a Bangkok fried chicken—just get here, okay?

Johnny Lobster

Crows Nest

Sure, Johnny Lobster might be known for its hella good seafood (the best around) but if you haven’t treated your taste buds to the fried chicken on offer, you’re kinda missing out. The fried chicken game here is strong with the classic fried chicken smothered in hot sauce, the cajun-style fried chicken roll, the glorious fried chicken burger and um… the fried chicken waffle and vanilla ice-cream breakfast (but only on the weekends).

KIM

Potts Point

So this Korean restaurant in Potts Point is a little bit fancy, but don't think they're going to skip the Korean fried chicken. The TKFC (named after chef Tae Kyu Lee) is covered in a thick and spicy BBQ sauce that gets us deliciously messy every time.

Soda Factory

Surry Hills

Say goodbye to “clean eating” because no one can resist the Fat Bubba’s chicken burger at The Soda Factory. You’ll score southern-fried chicken (and it’s hella flavoursome), American cheese, tomato, lettuce and chilli mayo on this bun. And of course, there’s a bucket of fried chicken with homemade ranch dipping sauce. You can never have too much fried chicken, right?

Miss Peaches

Newtown

This American food joint is throwing down some of the best house made waffles in Sydney, complete with game-changing flavours, every single week. And here’s a (big) hint, the southern fried chicken with bacon and maple syrup waffle burger is actually super healthy. Ok, maybe not. But when it tastes this damn good calories don’t even matter.

Mamak

Chatswood

For Malaysian-style fried chicken you’ll want to snatch up the ayem goreng at Mamak. It’s marinated with herbs and spices and packs one helluva flavour punch.

The Milk Bar By Cafe Ish

Redfern

Who needs a summer body anyway? The Milk Bar has an awesome menu filled with fried chicken goods including the barnyard burger; a monster stack of two beef patties, pork crackle fried chicken thigh (we can already hear the crunch), bacon, cheddar, jalapeno lime aioli and house BBQ sauce. And on the side, they have the greatest milkshakes ever.

The Norfolk

Surry Hills

Everyone is battering on about the fried chicken burger at The Norfolk and for a damn good reason too. It’s spicy, saucy and served with oozing cheese and mayo, so licking it off your arm is totally okay.

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken

CBD

For a fried chicken feed bigger than your face—head to Hot Star Large Fried Chicken. It’s served in a handy paper bag (yep, canteen style) so you can grab it on your way home in the wee hours of the morning.

Mary’s

Newtown & CBD

Mary’s really needs no introduction in Sydney but just in case you’re an out of towner—this is where to head for a little perfect dirty burger. You could order their classic cheeseburger but that’s not really why we’re here. Order the whole fried bird or Larry bird and throw some mashed potato and gravy on the side. 

Paper Bird

Potts Point

From the same legends who once brought you the infamous fried chicken at Moon Park comes Paper Bird—Sydney’s much loved Asian fusion restaurant. Their fried chicken is shrimp brined and served with soy and syrup, and it’s damn good. 

Thirsty Bird

Potts Point

If you love yourself a cheeky bucket of pork crackling from Mr Crackles, then get ready to dive headfirst into a big ol’ bucket of fried chicken at Thirsty Bird. FYI, they’re by the same team and yeah, they know a thing or two about crispy AF meats. It’s all pretty simple—order one, three, or eight pieces of southern fried goodness with all the sides. But definitely the mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon. 

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Juicy Lucy | Image Credit: Claudia Shmueli

Where To Go Out On A Sunday Night In Sydney

Where To Go Out On A Sunday Night In Sydney

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

Sundays used to be a night of pain, agony and despair, as you mentally prepare for the coming week of work. But hold the phone team, because this is no longer the case. From cheap drinks to live music—Sunday nights are officially the new Saturday (as voted by us, duh). 

We’ve found a bunch of drinking holes, restaurants, pubs and venues that will have you wishing Sunday night was every night.

To Drink

Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice 

Wynyard

With a lengthy and on point beer and pizza menu, Sunday’s are sorted at Frankie’s with live music from 4pm every Sunday. We can all agree pizza = life, but if you fancy yourself a bit of a beer wizard (yes, this exists), then Frankie’s has got to be your go-to joint for a cheeky beer (or 7) this Sunday arvo. 

The Dolphin Hotel

Surry Hills

From 5pm to 7pm each Sunday, The Dolphin Hotel sports their famous Aperitivo Hour with spirits, wine, beer and snacks at just $5 to $7 bucks, prices that work oh-so-well for us. BTW If you love cheap drinks, become a regular because The Dolphin’s Aperitivo Hour runs Sunday to Thursday (and we’re obsessed). 

Hotel Palisade

Millers Point

Sunday sessions only have one real mandatory in our eyes. Okay, two. Drinks (duh) and a damn good view. Be it the beach or, in this case, The Bridge, as is the case with Hotel Palisade. Head straight up to Henry Deane (it’s open until 10pm) because this plush bar serves great cocktails and share plates to match. 

To Eat 

The Tilbury

Woolloomooloo 

If you accidentally got #rekt this weekend and are in need of a hearty meal to fix your broken self, look no further than The Tilbury for a home-cooked (yet fancy AF) roast this Sunday night. The menu changes from month to month, with pork loin, leg of lamb and striploin all up for grabs with sides that will fix you up in no time—crispy crackling, cauliflower cheese, roasted pumpkin, Yorkshire pudding and a whole lotta potatoes. Hangover officially cured. 

Hotel William

CBD

Every Sunday you’ll find $10 burgers at Hotel William, which may just be what your body needs at the end of the weekend. At $10 for a burger, you might as well get yourself 2 or 3—think of it as a pre-winter bulk, amirite? 

To Sunday Sesh 

The Newport

Newport

The Newport may just be one of the most Instagramable venues ever, so spending your Sunday arvo here with live tunes is advised. 

Cork & Chroma

Surry Hills

We’ll go ahead and say this isn’t technically a Sunday sesh, but it does involve wine, painting and more wine on a Sunday night (our kind of thing). Bring a bottle of vino and enjoy a night of painting in a group of fellow wine lovers and amateur artists. Booking ahead at Cork & Chroma is a must to ensure a spot.

Coogee Pavilion

Coogee

Don’t be stuck on your couch this Sunday arvo when you could be sippin’ cider on Coogee Pavilion’s rooftop with DJs like Linda Marigliano and Client Liaison. There is literally no time more perfect to get your boogie on in the Sydney sunshine, and what makes life even sweeter is the fact these Sunday sessions are totally free—well those 4 espresso martinis aren’t exactly… But entry is. 

To Dance 

LazyBones Lounge

Marrickville

Every fourth Sunday of the month, Lazybones in Marrickville is where you can get your jazzy side in touch with a free musical soiree. Sip on a cocktail and enjoy Judy Bailey’s Jazz Connection, a collection of young jazz musicians performing for free, you heard us, FREE. Start whipping out those jazz hands, friends. 

Or just keep it chill with Sydney's best food trucks

Hotel Palisade | Image credit: Nikki To

Paddington Markets Sydney: Food Craft Fashion

by elle @ SydneyCloseup.com

Each of Sydney’s markets has its own personality, and Paddington markets Sydney is really good for quality clothes, craft and jewellery. Things for sale are either designed and made by the stallholders or curated by them, by and large from artisanal sources. You’re very unlikely to find junk. Nor do I recall seeing second hand […]

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Sydney Summer 2017 – Special Menu

by Emma Nguyen @ I Love Pho

Enjoy an Authentic Vietnamese Fresh & Tasty & Healthy Cuisine.  

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delicious. – The Ultimate Guide to Kensington Street

by Kensington Street @ Kensington Street

The Ultimate Guide to Sydney’s Kensington Street Dining Precinct delicious. by Sophie Kitchen, 14 July 2017 Here are our picks of Kensington Street’s many foodie offerings, writes Sophie Kitchen. Handpicked Cellars As the name suggests, Kensington Street’s very own cellar door ‘handpicks’ wines from over 21 regions in five countries, making it a must-visit one-stop [...]

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