Well helloooooo November! Even though November isn’t technically summer, it’s basically an honorary member of the summer family and, for that, we love it. There are a tonne of things to do in Sydney this month which involve checking out brand new restaurants and cafes, heading to community festivals, sipping fancy organic tea and getting stuck into metres and metres of pizza. Get ready guys, this November is going to be MASSIVE.
#10 Spice Alley Opens on Kensington Street
This part of the city keeps getting cooler and cooler. Kensington Street’s Spice Alley has just opened and is serving up some of the tastiest Asian food in town. Take a walk down the tiny alleyway and take in the sights and smells of the street food being tossed, skewered and fried. There are currently four permanent stalls in Spice Alley—Alex Lee Kitchen, Old Jim Kee, Bang Luck and Hong Kong Diner—but if you’re looking for something that’s a limited time only thing, head to Poklol for their epic chichi fries with bulgogi beef.
#9 It’s tea time at The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar
Tea time has been given a makeover. Forget tea cosies and lace doilies, The Rabbit Hole makes drinking tea seriously special with a completely modern take on the humble brew. The space itself is almost like an art gallery, except the art here is the creative tea varieties (banana split or lime pie, anyone?!). There is also a selection of food to accompany your sipping, but really—if you’re here, it’s all about the tea.
#8 Foys Kirribilli sails into town
The newly revamped Foys Kirribilli sits pretty within Australia’s oldest open boat sailing club, which basically means it’s as close to the water as you can get (without actually submerging yourself). But just because Foys Kirribilli is in an old establishment, it doesn’t mean the food is old and dowdy. In fact it’s quite the opposite—think Tasmanian salmon cured in tequila (it works!), slow roasted lamb shoulder, and grilled prawns with garlic lemon. We can’t think of a better spot to have a few glasses of wine and some chats while overlooking the harbour. Head in on Thursday nights from November 12th for Sunset Sessions at the Flying Bear (the bar below Foys Kirribilli) where you'll enjoy live music and food/drink specials. Cheers!
#7 Return to Rio... Returns!
Return to Rio isn’t just another music festival. It’s a weekend filled with good tunes, good food, drinking, dancing and a whooole lotta fun. Escape Sydney from 13th to 15th November, and head 1.5 hours north to Wiseman’s Ferry for a festival unlike any other. Go camping, glamping, or book a cabin and remember to pack your fancy dress costumes (the more outlandish the better). For more information and to get your hands on a ticket, head here.
When: 13th to 15th November
#6 Silvereye opens in Chippendale
What happens when you put together an ex-executive sous chef from Noma Copenhagen, The Old Clare Hotel and the best of Australian produce? Silvereye, is what. There are two tasting menus on offer (long or short) which change regularly based on the availability of ingredients. There’s also a big focus on Champagne at Silvereye, but not your typical Champagnes—we’re talking artisanal, unique, and a bit left-of-centre. If you’re looking for a fancy place to take bae, this new Sydney restaurant might just be it.
#5 Dead Ringer is dead good
When the guys from Bulletin Place (one of the world’s best bars) open a new bar in Sydney, you take notice. Opening on the Taylor Square end of Bourke Street, Dead Ringer is not only shaking up creative cocktails, their food offering is on point too. For small bar bits, opt for the moreish pasta chips with a parmesan dip, but if you’re there for dinner, go for the deliciously succulent roast chicken with a side of mash… because mash is the best).
#4 Giddy Up at Melbourne Cup
It’s that time of the year again! Whether you’re a gambler, love a bit of Champagne or simply appreciate an afternoon off (if you’re lucky), Melbourne Cup is one of those days where you can get a little silly and pretend you actually know something about betting on horses—it’s all about the name of the horse, right?
If you’re looking for things to do in Sydney for Melbourne Cup, head here.
#3 Via Napoli opens in Surry Hills
We’re not sure how to say this, so we’ll just go on and say it—TWO METRES OF PIZZA. Via Napoli (AKA, Sydney’s best pizza) has just opened its doors to the pizza hungry folk of Surry Hills and are cooking up metres and metres of the stuff. If two metres of pizza borders on too big for your crew, they have slightly more modest one metre pizzas as well as your regular sized pizzas too. Don’t miss the heavenly burrata, it’s the kind of cheese we dream about in the wee hours of the morning.
#2 Get into the community spirit at Newtown Festival
Everyone is welcome at Newtown Festival—even your furry friends! Get stuck into some awesome food, listen to local acts, watch live art, and rummage through garage sales on Sunday 8th November. All funds raised by Newtown Festival will go towards providing community support services at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. So not only will you have an excellent Sunday, you’ll also be doing good for the community. Double win!
When: Sunday 8th November
#1 Mango season is here!
Mango lovers, rejoice! The season for mangos in all their glorious sweetness is upon us, which basically means we’ll be putting mangos in, on, and around everything. From smoothies to salads, desserts or simply having them as is, we can’t wait to get our mango on this November. Just order us a tray of these golden beauties and we’ll be happy campers.
Can't wait to hit up all the events this month? Well why not WIN somethin' while you do?! Simply Instagram and tag @miniaustralia and #theminiedition when you are at any of the events or locations, and you’ll be in the draw to win $150 to spend at Foys Kirribilli!
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