We don’t know about you, but it kind of feels like earth is closed right now. And while we might feel upended by needing to work from home, missing that upcoming gig or cancelling our holiday plans, there is one group of Sydneysiders feeling the hit of COVID-19 a lot harder—our local business owners.
Now, more than ever, we need to be throwing our support behind the brave hustlers and entrepreneurs that make Sydney a great place to be, by helping them to keep swimming through these uncertain times. You’ll be saving your hard-earned coin on commuting and eating out, so skip the toilet paper hauls (like, seriously) and use the beauty of the internet to back local businesses from the comfort of your couch.
Go Gourmet With Takeout
Just because we can’t be out and about at the moment doesn’t mean your date night should be any less gourmet. With a slew of restaurants coming to the party, it’s time to level-up with a dish from your local fave. We’ve got you covered with all the best restaurants offering takeaway and delivery right now—keep your eyes peeled for new venues being added to our site daily.
Our advice? Slurp away the self-iso sadness with a big bowl of fried chicken ramen (it’s a thing) from the legends over at Butter, followed by one (or five) of their famous hot cinnamon doughnuts. If you’re looking to try something new, Chin Chin is now offering takeaway from Wednesday through to Sunday. Succulent, saucy stir fry and spicy curry, here we come.
Revamp Your Wardrobe
While we understand that sporting pyjamas 24/7 in self-isolation is tempting, ordering up new threads gives you something to look forward to and injects much-needed dollars in the pockets of local retailers. If you’re the type who likes quality without being flashy, head to Maple Store online for casual denim staples and stylish pieces to complete your work-from-home looks. But if street style is more your taste, Above The Clouds has you covered from head to toe with labels like Nike, adidas Originals, Butter Goods and Patagonia.
Master Your Favourite Dishes At Home
If you’ve already eaten all your isolation snacks, we hear you. But with all this newfound time on our hands, what better way to spend it than cooking up a storm? The best part is, you’re not alone. Some of Sydney’s most delicious eateries are here to lend a hand.
The team over at Chaco Ramen have created the ultimate DIY frozen ramen pack that you can cook at home, featuring fresh noodles, Chaco's frozen broth and signature toppings. Meanwhile, Prince of York’s food truck, Little Prince, is slinging everything you need to satisfy those pasta cravings including slow-cooked meats and flavoursome sauces.
Sweat It Out Online
Sydney is home to some absolutely epic studios and fitness heroes and, in the light of the new COVID-19 restrictions, many have quickly pivoted to digital workouts and virtual sweat sessions to keep us all fighting fit in these strange self-isolation times.
Cycology Club has launched CYCOLOGY AT HOME, which involves the best spin bike on the market delivered to your door (contact-free), access to at-home virtual classes and cycling shoes. Meanwhile, The Barre Studio has revealed a full suite of streamed at-home workouts for just $20 a week, and your first week is free—winning.
Love Your Local Café From Afar
While you might not be visiting your beloved cafe near work for a while, you can always throw them some love by stocking up on all the equipment needed to make a masterful cup of joe at home. Most coffee shops carry all the essential brew gear from plungers to drips, filters and of course, the all-important beans, or see if you can score a prepaid coffee card for when you’re back in the office (future you will thank you). Lucky for us, a string of our favourite cafés are delivering the beans straight to your door. We recommend checking out Veneziano Coffee for their personalised subscription service or popping by Single O in Surry Hills for takeaway treats and brews.
Get Cultured From Your Couch
Just because going out is cancelled for now doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the exciting creative and cultural things Sydney has to offer. For one, the Sydney Opera House is dropping a free on-demand library, with new content being added Wednesday through Sunday every week. For a spot of physical distancing creativity, Sydney Dance Company is ready to get you moving with a full schedule of virtual classes so you can dance like no one’s watching.
Seriously, Sydney businesses have come to the party with takeaway, delivery and virtual services to keep us fed, busy and entertained in the era of self-isolation. Together, with City of Sydney, we’re throwing our support behind them and encouraging every Urban Lister to follow suit.
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Image Credit: Butter Sydney, Chin Chin, Unsplash