It’s official—the warmer weather is here! That means bare limbs, beach swims, and a whoooole bunch of fun things to do in Sydney. We’ve also found the best new restaurants and cafes in Sydney to keep your bellies happy too. So pack the SPF and your elasticised eating pants, it’s time to get out and about! How many can you tick off the list this October?
#10 Listen Out Festival is back!
If you’re any kind of dance music enthusiast we hope you’ve already got your tickets to Listen Out because the line-up is killer. With Childish Gambino, Joey Bada$$, and Ryan Hemsworth all performing live on Saturday 3rd October in Centennial Park, it’s sure to be one helluva party.
When: Saturday 3rd October
#9 Vietnamese deliciousness at So. 9
Not only does this new Vietnamese restaurant in Waterloo look good, the food here is top notch too. Classic Vietnamese dishes are on the menu at So. 9 and are made at three different food stations—the banh station, banh xeo station, and the pho station. For a cheap lunch on the go, pay a visit to the take-out banh mi counter, order your favourite roll (first timers should try the classic pork), and be the subject of lunch envy among your co-workers.
#8 Henleys Wholefoods opens in Double Bay
While us Sydneysiders love a good burger, doughnut, and crazy milkshake, we’re also health conscious folk too. Henleys Wholefoods deliciously caters to our non-cheat days with nutritious breakfast, lunch and takeaway options. Now open in Double Bay, even more of Sydney can get in on this wholefood action.
#7 Explore the newly opened Barangaroo Reserve
This could be one of the best new picnic spots in Sydney. Right on the water with views of the harbour, we suggest you pack your pic-a-nic basket (said in a Yogi Bear voice) and your walking shoes and explore this beautiful part of the city. As part of the launch, there’ll be Giant Picnics as well as live performances and events too. Visit the website for details.
#6 Say ciao to new Italian restaurant Beccafico
We pretty much always have time for gnocchi. Especially when it’s as good as the gnocchi at Beccafico. This new Sydney Italian restaurant is a welcome addition to the once desolate Danks Street precinct and serves up Italian style brunch (meatball panino, anyone?) and classic dishes for dinner, including our favourite, paccheri with oxtail ragu and celery leaves.
#5 Sydney’s newest outdoor cinema: Flicks at The Greens
Running until 11th October, The Greens North Sydney are hosting their very own open air cinema showcasing both new and classic movies on their outdoor screen. Grab a beanbag, some popcorn and a bottle of wine before you settle in to watch movies that include Dirty Dancing, Minions, and Jurassic World. Buy your tickets online and pray for good weather!
#4 It’s matcha lamington madness at Café Oratnek
Matcha is having a bit of a moment, which is totally fine in our books. Head to this new Redfern café with a Japanese twist and experience the matcha lamingtons that can be seen all over Instagram. Sure, they may look a little scary (they are green, after all), but we can confirm these bad boys are, in fact, delicious. Order one before or after a katsu sandwich and call it a day… even if it is only lunchtime.
#3 Shop and eat your heart out at William Street Festival
This eclectic part of Paddington is home to some of the best shopping, pubs and galleries in Sydney. William Street Festival is an annual event that brings together fashion, food, and the community for one glorious day. The street will be closed to cars and there’ll be live music, tasty food and an open air cinema. Mark it in your diaries, people!
When: Saturday 17th October
#2 Get some baos into your bellies at Mr Bao
Oh baos, your range of delicious fillings encased in a beautiful cloud like exterior are the kinds of snacks we dream about. Once only served at markets around Sydney, Mr Bao is bringing his baos to a more permanent location in the CBD. That means baos every day of the week. Let us reiterate… Every. Day. Of. The. Week!
#1 Sculpture by the Sea hits Bondi
Sculpture by the Sea, AKA one of Sydney’s most loved public art exhibitions, is back for its 19th year. This October over 100 sculptures will be lining the incredibly scenic 2km coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama. It’s totally free (yay, free!), so make sure you get some buddies together and check it out—it’s well worth battling the crowds.
When: Thursday 22nd October to Sunday 8th November
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 The Greens North Sydney!
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