At first glance this three-storey building doesn’t look terribly special, but step inside and the energy here can be overwhelming. Travellers from all corners of the earth come together here to drink, dance, have fun and play – Bacchus would be proud. (Bianca de Meyrick) 262-264 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. 9692 8418, www.yha.com.au

BEST POOL (INDOOR): Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

The Harry Seidler-designed aquatic centre is the best spot in Sydney for year-round swimming, with its Olympic-sized heated indoor pool. If laps of freestyle aren’t your thing, get your endorphin fix in the fully equipped fitness centre, splash around in the spa or sweat it out in sauna. (Danielle Bevins-Sundvall) 458 Harris St, Ultimo. 9518 […]

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER: Vision Personal Training

Ever wasted hundreds of dollars at the gym, but failed to see results? Well, Vision is a little different from other fitness centres. Here, each trainer works with you to help you achieve the physique, strength and fitness you’re after – and if they’re no good, they promise a full cash refund. The only downside? […]


After a hard week of work, here’s your chance to discover the healing power of touch at Aveda. Silly little things like tension and stress will vanish at the fingertips of their highly trained masseuses. The relaxing and uplifting massages on offer provide a full sensory experience that Aveda promise restore wellbeing and calm for […]

BEST HAIR DAY: Toni & Guy, Paddington

Sure, it’s a franchise. Sure, getting a ‘Toni & Guy’ style has at times been synonymous with putting a new-age hair helmet on. But this spacious, light-filled coiff-centre has over the years been my bedrock for reliable cuts, dispensed by painfully trendy youths straight off the plane from London. My only complaint? As soon as […]


V Club was established as a place to escape to – a place where gym-junkies would be totally spoilt for choice. The joint boasts over 2,700m of floor space across four levels, featuring an impressive six dedicated studios for dance, yoga, Pilates, fitness, cycling and – wait for it – pole dancing and exotic dance.  What’s […]

BEST FRESH FLOWERS: Orange Grove Markets

Once you’ve finished running the kids to Saturday morning sport, let them do the running as they chase you through the maze of scents and stalls on offer at the weekly Orange Grove Markets. Not the best if you’re a hay fever sufferer, but this is the place for beautiful, perfectly fresh cut flowers – […]


Nestled deep in Sydney’s design district, Stella Design has been out there plying the trade for over seven years now, and each of those years they’ve grown along with their clients. Thanks to a winning combination of creative design skills, business acumen and marketing know-how, what’s more, they offer free initial consultations to curious companies. […]

BEST DENTIST: Pyrmont Dental Health

Pyrmont Dental Health is one place that will help you rewire the kids’ distrust fear of dentists. Just step into the waiting room decked out with cosy lounges, aquariums and a level of serenity usually reserved for yoga studios  and suddenly – what’s that, you need a root canal? Piece of cake. Sugar-free, natch. (Bianca […]