October is one reeeeally good month for food, and guys, this year is looking better than ever. Because let’s face it, the sun is shining (thank you daylight savings!) and there’s nothing we’d rather do than spend all our time feasting with our crew.
Brunch just got boozier with bottomless bubbles and a pop-up desert oasis in Hyde Park (you can thank us for that one). And since the days are a little longer, that just means more time for activities.
Here are our top 15 things to do this weekend in Sydney.
The legends over at SHUK have mastered brekky (seriously, have you tried one of their shakshukas?) and have set their sights on your weekend dinner plans. Their a-la-carte menu is almost entirely vegan and gluten free so all your fussy food friends are welcome. We’ve got our eye on the halloumi with pears and fennel, and the cauliflower and porcini mushroom ragu. Head here to book.
When: Thursday 5 October – Saturday 7 October, 6pm – 10pm
Where: SHUK Bondi
Old Forester Statesman Pop-Up Bar
Bourbon fans, this one’s for you. Old Forester is celebrating the new Kingsman: The Golden Circle film by transforming one of Sydney’s inner city bars into an Old West saloon (yep, we’re for real) and introducing an exclusive Statesman bourbon. Thank your lucky stars the prohibition is over because you can drink this classic bourbon straight or mixed into one of four themed cocktails. Meet you at the bar.
When: Thursday 5 Oct – Saturday 7 Oct, 5pm - late
Where: Zeta Bar, Hilton Sydney
See ya later uncomfy shoes that give you blisters after 2.8 seconds. FRANKiE4 is here to save the day with podiatrist-approved shoes that don’t hurt your feet (or your style). They’re having a pop-up this weekend and opening night will be filled with bubbles and style advice from the best in the biz, as well as 20% off errrrythang.
When: Thursday 5 October – Friday 6 October, 10am – 9pm. Saturday 7 October – Sunday 8 October, 10am – 5pm.
Where: The Studio, Roseberry
Brand’s Laira Cellar Door @ Night Noodle Markets
Looking for somewhere to escape the mayhem of the Night Noodle Markets? Pull up a chair (well, wine barrel) at the rustic Brand’s Laira Cellar Door for a glass of Coonawarra vino (or two). Inspired by the vineyard’s iconic cab sav, Black Star Pastry have created a ‘cherrymisu’ that involves layers of gingerbread sponge, cherry compote, mascarpone and mulled wine jelly goodness.
When: Saturday 7 October – Sunday 8 October, 4pm – 10pm
Where: Hyde Park
Fashion Weekend @ Macquarie Centre
Spring fashion is here and that means it’s time to ditch the coats and get yourself a whole new look. But if you think florals for spring is groundbreaking (Miranda Priestley says defs not), then maybe you need a liiiiittle bit of help. This weekend, you can book a personal stylist for just $20 and they’ll help you find a bomb outfit worthy of an entire Insta photoshoot. Your wardrobe will thank us later.
When: Saturday 7 October – Sunday 8 October, from 9am
Where: Macquarie Centre, Macquarie
Thursday 5 October
Organic Dinner @ Aria
Ah Moran, you’ve done it again. Aria is serving up a four-course dinner focused on all things organic, which means everything from the dry-aged beef to the glass of Sav Blanc to the itty bitty tomatoes are au naturale. And with a view of the bridge and bubbles to start, we think it’s time to swap those Netflix plans for a night of glam. Grab your tickets here.
When: Thursday 5 October, 6:30pm
Where: Aria Restaurant, Sydney CBD
You know you’ve become a real adult when you start to talk about the ‘essence’ or ‘smoky undertones’ in your food and bev. Well the legends at Society di Catania are all about growing up but having a whole lot of fun. This Thursday night, they’re serving up bespoke smoky cocktails served in skull-shaped glasses (um, how freaking cool!). And no night here is complete without an indulgent amount of meats, cheeses and of course, pizza.
When: Thursday 5 October, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Society di Catania, Potts Point
Friday 6 October
Keep It Disco @ Cake Wines
The dance masters over at Cake Wines are the real MVPs for all things wine and a good time. If you’re down for a boogie (so basically, all of us), you’ve come to the right place. They’re throwing a disco bash at their Cellar Door this weekend so you can groove to boogie beats from Andy & Oscar. Happy Friday friends!
When: Friday 6 October, 6pm - late
Where: Cake Wines Cellar Door, Redfern
Saturday 7 October
La Champagne Brunch with Moët & Chandon Rosé
Stop everything. We’ve found bottomless rosé (and rosé cocktails). Gather the gals this weekend for a #treatyoself brunch with a freshly baked pastry in one hand and glass of blush pink rosé in the other. There’ll be classic Moncur Salmon Benedict and decadent fresh berry French toast on the menu too, but let’s face it, they had us at Moët.
When: Saturday 7 October, 11am-1pm
Where: Bar Moncur, Woollahra and Mosman
Sunday 8 October
The Rainbow Walk
The Bondi to Bronte coastal walk is almost always chockers with people come Sunday morning, but this week it’ll all be happening to show support for marriage equality. Oh yes. Come decked out head to toe in your brightest, most colourful outfit (BYO tutu) to get the good vibes going and show your support. Let’s get this done people.
When: Sunday 8 October, 9am – 12pm
Where: Bondi to Bronte walk
Hunter Valley Uncorked
Fancy a trip to the Hunter Valley this weekend minus the three hour road trip? Well lucky you because the very best of the vineyard is coming to Balmoral Beach this Sunday. There’ll be gourmet goodies on offer, so grab your picnic blanket and your crew (aka the essentials) for a grown-up Sunday sesh.
When: Sunday 8 October, 11am – 5pm
Where: Balmoral Beach
Brunch at Hyde Park Palms
We’ve teamed up with Good Food Month and the team behind Three Blue Ducks (#couplegoals) to bring you the very best of brunch this Sunday. We’re talking spring vegetables with whipped ricotta and soft egg and an almond, fennel and strawberry tart—all made with love using fresh, sustainable produce. Plus, there’s going to be plenty of rosé and Pimm’s because boozy brunches = life. Grab your ticket here.
When: Sunday 8 October, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Hyde Park Palms
New Form Curated Design Market
Guys, this is not your average arts and crafts market. The legends at New Form have expertly curated and handpicked a bunch of local fashion, music, art and foodie delights. Which means no more rummaging through boxes searching for that one treasured vintage tee—you can get straight to the good stuff.
When: Sunday 8 October, 10am – 4pm
Where: 3 Gladstone St, Enmore
Newtown Good Food Fair
PSA: your fave inner west foodie festival is back and this year is looking better than ever. Feast your way through all your usual King Street go-to’s with a burg’ from Mary’s, a too-pretty-to-eat treat from Black Star Pastry and a tinnie from Young Henrys (obvs). If that isn’t tempting enough, Holey Moley will be there with a mini putt-putt course, of course.
When: Sunday 8 October, 11am - 4pm
Where: Newtown Square
Watercolour & Wine Workshop
Remember those preschool art classes where you’d just sit and paint for hours? Well this is like that, but with wine. Learn how to create your own watercolour painting in this cosy communal garden space tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of the inner west. If only we could learn how to turn water into wine. Get your tickets here.
When: Sunday 8 Oct, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Camperdown Commons
Sculpture by the Sea is headed for Sydney this month. More details here.
SHUK | Image credit: Caitlin Hicks