Is it just us, or can four days off not come soon enough? With Easter fiiiiiiiiinally around the corner it’s time to get that social calendar in order. If we’re being honest (aren’t we always?) there’s much more to this decadent time of year than chocolate, and eating your weight in hot cross buns (we know, we were shocked too).
Some of your fave spots are set to keep you fed and watered, with everything from coconut margaritas to chocolate (obvs) workshops.
Here’s what’s open in Sydney this Easter.
Closed on Friday (even the best need their down time) but open both Saturday and Sunday as normal (can we get an Amen?), the team at Casoni will be there to help balance out all that chocolate with some good old Italian carb-loading.
Get a little bit fancy and head down to 12-Micron for a modern Australian feast. Open both Saturday and Sunday as normal, there’s plenty of time for you to make your way through all their dangerously delicious cocktails.
Is it even a long weekend in Sydney if you don’t spend at least one meal sipping on vino along the water in Woolloomooloo? We’d give you a hint, but we think you’re on the same wavelength as us. One of the absolute best spots for pork belly in Sydney is conveniently open for lunch Saturday right through until Easter Monday.
Not only have they updated their brunch menu recently, they’ve also gone and created their very own hot cross buns and an extra special Easter dessert (they just get us, ya know?). Cue a white chocolate shell filled with salted caramel ice cream (we're listening), finished with dark chocolate mousse (just stop it) and almond praline. Wrap your laughing gear around these and other treats all weekend long.
Cook & Archies
Inject a little Greek goodness into your life this Easter at Cook & Archies in Surry Hills. Their oh-so-healthy breakfast bowls and slow cooked roast lamb pita will undo all the damage done by those hot cross buns (at least we hope so). Open Friday and Saturday 8am-3pm and Monday 9am-2:30pm.
acre Eatery, acre Container & Garden Terrace
If you’re like us and have one insatiable sweet tooth, continue the sugar high with acre’s baked ricotta cake—‘Cause calories don’t count over Easter, amirite? acre Eatery will be open from midday from Good Friday right through to Easter Sunday, and the acre Container open everyday from 7am-3pm except Monday.
If you’re not overindulging, you’re not doing Easter right. And we can’t think of a better way to stuff our faces than with seven satisfying courses at The Apollo. The team will be dishing up pita bread from 5:30pm Friday and midday on both Saturday and Sunday.
Cho Cho San
Take a trip to Japan with the team at Cho Cho San. Open Friday for dinner from 5:30pm and from midday Saturday and Sunday, cocktails are always a good idea, especially when it’s a four day long weekend.
Spice things up and trade in those hot cross buns for caramelised pork hock and green curry prawns at Longrain. Open from 6pm Friday and 5:30 Saturday and Sunday for dinner.
Everybody's favourite Turkish joint, Efendy, is ready and waiting for you and the family with their damn delicious menu that’s perfect for sharesies. Open 5pm-10pm on Good Friday and 9am-3pm and 5pm-10pm on Saturday and Sunday there is absolutely no reason to cook this long weekend.
Ciao Balla! Luckily for us the team at Balla are dishing up dinner with a view this Easter. Chase down that chocolate with some delectable dishes from their à la carte menu on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
If booze and seafood make for your perfect Easter weekend then Banskii in Bangaroo has you covered. This vermouth bar and bistro is celebrating with seafood all weekend long (we know, you’re excited, you should be).
If you’re heading north this Easter, stop in at Sotto Sopra in Palm beach for a taste of their wood fired Cacciucco pie, filled with mussels, white fish, octopus, prawns, tomato and parsley. You’re totally drooling and that’s okay.
Don’t let the overindulging stop at chocolate. Head to Ormeggio for their six-course seafood degustation; available on Good Friday for dinner, and Easter Saturday and Sunday for both lunch and dinner.
Saké Restaurant & Bar
The Rocks, CBD
Make your Easter even sweeter at Saké with their Dragon Egg desert; a brittle shell encasing a filling of vanilla-toasted mousse and citrus cream, paired with poached apple, chocolate puffed rice and kalamansi jelly. Deeeeeeeelish.
El Camino Cantina
The legendary Margaritas at El Camino have just gotten a whoooole lot better with their special ‘coconut’ Easter edition. Served frozen or on the rocks, once you throw back a few of these bad boys you’ll be in for a coco-crazy Easter and need a few of their tacos (aaaaaand maybe their nachos too).
The Rum Diaries
Behold the white rabbit (a mix of Ketel one vodka, Frangelico, Baileys, caramel syrup, fresh cream, white chocolate and marshmallows) AKA The Rum Diaries special Easter cocktail and (you guessed it) it’s available all weekend long. Treat yo’self as you would any other weekend, but be warned the team will close up at 10pm on Good Friday.
The Owl House
If you’re looking for bartenders with banter, or a cosy table and friendly wait staff, The Owl House is the answer this Easter weekend. Opening hours are as per usual, but with a 10pm close on Good Friday.
The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room
Known for plating up some of Sydney's best seafood, The Morrison is perfect for all those planning to overindulge in a seafood diet this weekend. Open Friday and Saturday from 11:30am-12am, Sunday from 11:30am-10pm and Monday from 11:30am-11pm consider all four days sorted.
The Royal Hotel
Boasting some of the best views in town, you won’t get a trendier Easter than one at the The Royal in Paddo. Luckily for us their open aaaaaall long weekend from 12pm-10pm Friday, 11am-12am Saturday and Monday, and 11am-10pm Easter Sunday.
Manly Wharf Hotel
With a lavish seaside BBQ, DJs, frosé and jumbo prawns on the cards, Manly Wharf Hotel is guaranteed to deliver the goods this Easter. Get amongst the festivities From 11am-12am Friday, Sunday and Monday, and 11am-1am Saturday.
The Australian Heritage Hotel
The Rocks, CBD
The Easter bunny is joining the party this long weekend at the Australian Heritage Hotel. Enjoy live music and $10 Bloody Mary’s from 11am-10pm Friday and 11am-12am Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Glenmore Hotel
The Rocks, CBD
If you’re after a totally Instagrammable location to sink a few cold ones this Easter, The Glenmore Hotel is the place for you. With the Easter bunny confirmed you’ll have the perfect backdrop from 11am-10pm Friday, and 11am-12am Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Chocolate cocktails. Need we say more? The Royal will be serving these babies up as per normal, with a 10pm close on Good Friday.
Kensington Street Social
Because life is all about balance, Kensington Street Social is here to help you balance out all that chocolate with some savoury goodness at their Easter Brunch Feast. The three course menu will set you back $80pp and is available Friday 14 right through to Monday 17 from 11:30am - 3:30pm.
Crack The Largest Chocolate Egg @ The Grounds
Feast your eyes and then fill your bellies on the largest chocolate egg in Australia. Standing a whopping 2.8m tall and weighing 400kg, they’ll be plenty for everyone. Hot tip the giant egg will be cracked Easter Sunday at 2pm.
Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt @ The Grounds
Sorry adults, this one's just for the kids (we already asked). The annual kids’ Easter egg hunt will take place on Easter Saturday from 8:30am with thousands of choccy eggs hidden through The Grounds and keep an extra eye out for the highly coveted Golden Egg.
Easter High Tea @ Shangri La
Enjoys a girls’ day out at the Shangri La with their bunny-themed High Tea by Punk Princess of Pastry, Anna Polyviou. Cross Bun Macarons and berried Easter Pav are both on offer from April 14 right through to April 17, with two sittings each day 11:30am-2.30pm and 3pm - 5.30pm.
Chocolate Workshop @ Old Clare Hotel
In collaboration with Kakawa, The Old Clare Hotel is delivering the sweetest Easter Monday around with a hands-on chocolate workshop from 1:30-3:30pm. For just $60 you’ll be treated to tempering demonstrations, tastings and even get to make your own Swiss-style truffles. Sign us up!
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