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BEST HIGH TEA – BURNT ORANGE

High tea at Burnt Orange on a wrap around verandah overlooking the sea is equal parts charming and delightful. Life goes slower when you’ve got a cuppa in your hands and your finest china out on display. Burnt Orange exudes an Australiana feel with its white door frames and wooden floor boards. Enjoy the relaxing […]

BEST BOULDERING – 9 DEGREES

Bouldering is a form of indoor climbing that does not require ropes – so it’s a freer and more sociable experience. Unleash your inner Spider-man at 9 Degrees, a climbing space that is open and airy, and inviting. Unlike other gyms in Sydney which often focus on power and strength, the movement problems at 9 Degrees […]

BEST FUNKY NIGHT OUT – FREDA’S

Freda’s is full of awkward cool intercity types; braless and knitted jumpers, wearing velvet and round glasses – the kind loved equally by Gandhi and Trotsky. There are eclectic beats, funky jams and an indulgent menu with items like a cheese platter for people who can stomach eating in a pulsing venue where everyone’s squashed […]

BEST ETHICAL SHOPPING – THE CRUELTY FREE SHOP

The Cruelty Free Shop is your friendly neighbourhood vegan supermarket. Stop by for a much needed snack after reading up on Peter Singer’s 'Animal Liberation.' You can stock up on milk free chocolate that tastes exactly like Nutella; gelatine free pillowy marshmallows; or vegetarian sausages courtesy of Suzy Spoon’s. Whether it be for those lactose […]

BEST LOCAL PUB – THE LORD ROBERTS HOTEL

The Lord Roberts Hotel is an allrounder. You will find your classic schnitties, parmas, fish & chips and burgers alongside cheese platters and delicious chef specials. With the grill flared up, snacks to nibble on and a pint in hand, this Darlinghurst hangout is excellent if you’re looking for a laid back night. Weekly Trivia […]

BEST CHOCOLATE – KAKAWA

Kakawa is a chocolate shop that sells a no frills approach to indulgence. With nowhere to sit in front of the display of luxury chocolates, it is a shop for those cynical of places trying to recreate the Willy Wonka experience (we’re looking at you, large mixing chocolate vats at Max Brenner). What is distinctly […]

BEST PUB FOOD – THE PALACE HOTEL

The Palace Hotel on George Street was first established in 1877, so these guys know a thing or two about tasty food. It’s no surprise to find then, that their menu is top-notch. Pub food is often hearty, but it’s not always first-class degustation. The Palace Hotel has gone that extra mile, though. With an […]

BEST ROOFTOP BAR – HENRY DEANE

Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade, located in Millers Point, is the perfect venue for Friday night drinks, birthdays with a view or simply a cocktail at sunset. The cocktail lounge of the venue takes up levels four and five – experience crisp views stretching from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay. On a perfect summer’s day […]

BEST BARBER – THE HAPPY SAILORS BARBERSHOP

The Happy Sailors Barbershop brings whimsy and style to a clean cut. Old timey saloon songs and traditional barber poles signal a time gone by rooted fiercely in chic modern design. The Happy Sailors offers two cuts: a haircut or a buzzcut. Decked out with those iconic vinyl barber chairs and with an interior peppered […]

BEST BUTTONS – ALL BUTTONS GREAT & SMALL

This specialty store pushes all the right buttons. Since 1989, All Buttons has been supplying buttons for every sort of need. You’ll find buttons made out of glass, bamboo, coconut, bone and metal among the collection of over 13,000 buttons in all different shapes and sizes. These guys have had some serious celebrity clients including […]