Glorious sunny days, long lunches, sneaky swims, golden sun-downers, and late festival nights… It’s the best time of year to be a Sydney-sider. To feed your insatiable FOMO appetite and break your bank, we give you some of the best things we’ve done – or are about to do - this month.
Ramen & Chill At Rekodo
A kissaten but make it Sydney. While arguably the beautiful Klipsch La Scala speakers take centre stage, the cocktails and snacks at Matt Moran’s swish, new-ish Barangaroo eatery are a pretty delightful support act. The ‘Ramen & Chill’ cocktail is replete with actual noodle pieces frozen on crystalline ice cubes, while Moran’s watermelon, ume, coconut and shiso starter begets the novel pleasure of spearing melon with chopstick.
Where: Level 2, Barangaroo House
When: Every day except Monday
How: Click here, take your nightcap outside and enjoy the view.
Sun & Sea
Via The Australian
A group of Lithuanian artists filled Town Hall with 26 tonnes of sand, umbrellas, frisbees and scantily clad opera singers to create the setting for their boisterous performance about the end of the world.
Where: Town Hall, Sydney CBD
When: 6-8 January 2023
How: Click here to wallow in your FOMO
Via Sydney Festival
A performance that classifies itself as a ‘fucked up musical’ is a work that we’re excited about. Created by Charlie Chaplin’s grandson, this outrageous experience is a melange of theatre, acrobatics, mime and dance in a spinning, confusing, utterly delightful room.
Where: Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay
When: Until 25 January
How: Book here and grab a drink at Maybe Sammy while you’re down that way.
Dinner at Fontana
Via Good Food
If your high-school classroom was a restaurant headed by Sydney’s coolest chef… Harry Levy (of Don Peppino’s fame) is back with some of the tastiest Italian and best understated service in Sydney.
Where: Above a Vietnamese joint in Redfern (133a Refern Street, Redfern)
When: Wednesday – Saturday from 5.30pm
How: Book here and no doubt see an off-duty celeb while you’re there.
Yoga at Egg Of The Universe
Heated yoga can be gross. At Egg of The Universe it’s the good-sweaty kind, and you can chase it with a tasty and vice-free breakfast in their excellent wholefoods-centric cafe.
Where: 713 Darling Street, Rozelle
When: Yoga from 6.30am – 7.30pm
How: Unlimited10-day $30 intro passes are available here
Sake-tinis at Maho Magic Bar
Via Maho Magic Bar
Rather than making it your destination, the best way to enjoy this pop-up Japanese cocktail-bar-cum-magic-show is as a pitstop on the way somewhere else – much like a caravan at Burning Man.
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
When: Tuesday – Sunday until 29 January
How: Book here and stop by the giant luminescent sculptures at Cupid’s Koi Garden on the way
Sunset Swim At Seven Shillings
Via Secret Sydney
The water quality in Sydney harbour is at historic highs. Longer than Milk Beach and closer than Camp Cove, Seven Shillings is one of the best secret harbour beaches in Sydney. (We’re not ready to tell you about the others just yet.)
Where: St Mervyns Ave, Point Piper
When: Gates are open until sundown.
How: Go at high tide
Set Menu at Kuro
The best Japanese in Sydney you’ve never heard of, thanks to Michelin-starred chef Taka Teramoto. It’s set menu only here, which means you can sit back and enjoy the sweet relief of knowing that fine-dining in Sydney is not in fact dead. Must try: black karage and wagyu.
Where: 368 Kent Street, Sydney
When: Lunch and dinner Tuesday – Saturday
How: Book here
The Whale at Westpac Open Air Cinema
The Open Air Cinema at Macquarie’s Chair is, in our humble view, the best open air cinema on the planet, provided you’re not braving drizzle in a godforsaken poncho. This year’s program is solid but will be topped, we think, by the Australian premier of psychological thriller The Whale on 22 January.
Where: Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney
When: Through to 21 Febuary
How: Book here but eat somewhere nice first