Things to do at Home in Sydney: Your Ultimate August Lockdown Guide
Your guide to surviving lockdown in Sydney.
As Sydneysiders go into yet another week of lockdown, we're all finding ourselves desperately searching for something to keep ourselves occupied.
From epic takeaway options and binge-able content to virtual museums, online exercise classes and plenty of options for retail therapy, here's your guide of all the great things to do in Sydney during lockdown and all the things we're looking forward to getting back to as soon as lockdown ends.
Things To Do At Home in Sydney this Month: Eat, Drink and Cooking
Providoor, a newest brand revolutionising Sydney's foodie scene, is here to bring a bit of joy to your lockdown with a live cooking class from food god, Neil Perry. Click here to order your Neil Perry Cook-at-Home box and then log onto the Providoor Instagram to cook along with one of Australia's favourite chefs making an exquisite meal of chicken salads, steamed snapper, braised pork and chocolate mousse. An activity and a truly delicious lockdown meal, what could be better?
Instagram Live via @providoor, Friday 14 August
Lockdown is all about treating yourself and the perfect way to do exactly that is with Caramel Waffly's DIY boxes. Rather than enjoying their signature Dutch waffles - stroopwafels for those in the know! - at markets, you can enjoy it at home with their boxes containing six waffles, six toppings, Belgium chocolate and a serving board and a chefs hat just to make the whole experience even more fun!
I think we're all missing a cheeky little Friday afternoon work drink and let's be honest, holding a glass of red in bed while you wave at your colleagues in their little zoom boxes doesn't quite have the same appeal. Enter Whiskey Loot and Gin Loot. Experts in all things liquor, they've invented the perfect lockdown solution. They'll send out either a premium whisky or gin tasting kit and your team can jump on a Zoom with one of their experts for a guided tasting session.
If you're looking to take a break from the takeaway meals, but aren't quite ready to commit to cooking a whole meal from scratch, these restaurant meal kits are the perfect choice. We've rounded up a list of the best Sydney restaurants who have put together decadent at-home meal kits so you can whip up a restaurant quality dish in the comfort of your own home. Think exotic gastronomic adventures with ATLAS, tacos, ramen and fresh pasta galore!
We think it may actually be illegal to cook your own food in lockdown… never fear because we have compiled a slew of epic lists from the best takeaway in inner-city Sydney , the best takeaway in the eastern suburbs and the best takeaway in the inner west to the best takeaway in the northern beaches and north shore. From crispy, crunchy croissants to decadent degustations being served takeaway style, there is so much glorious, glorious food available for takeaway right now in Sydney. Your mission? Eat it all.
They say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Well we say a truckload of Bennet Street Dairy cookies helps the news of extended lockdown go down. Check out our favourite dessert delivery spots in Sydney for a much needed sugar hit.
As we go into our third week of lockdown, let’s face it, your homemade G&Ts just aren’t cutting it anymore. Luckily, Sydney’s finest bars are offering curated cocktails available for takeaway or delivery. Enjoy a top-class tipple from Dulcie’s King Cross, Maybe Sammy or Poor Toms? Yes please!
Looking for inspiration to take with you to the kitchen? Sitchu has you covered with an epic range of recipes to suit every lockdown mood. Looking for some carb-based comfort? Check out our epic pasta recipes. Looking for a quick and easy mid-week meal? We got you! In the mood for some succulent, soothing set-and-forget slow cooker recipes? We have those too. Or, if you just really need a drink, (no judgement) check out our favourite winter cocktail recipes.
We've also got a list of recipes from your favourite Sydney spots think Taqiza's beef cheek birra tacos, Sunday Potts Point's rhubarb, blood orange, Fireball cobbler, FISH SHOP Joel Bennett's pan fried snapper, Re's Evan Stroeve's award-winning Tulip cocktail recipe and Bistro Guilllaume's Chef Guilllaume Brahmi's favourite French fare.
Beloved New Zealand baking company Hill St have finally brought their delicious and fool-proof baking kits across the ditch. Dairy-free and vegan these mixes will take you back to your childhood with chocolate and vanilla cake mix, versatile dough and choc chunk cookie baking mix as well as themed kids cupcake kits. And it's only $6.50, as if we needed another reason to eat cake.
Available at Woolworths and online.
Things To Do At Home in Sydney This Month: DIY and Craft
The wonderfully named Little Succers is letting you combine your love for DIY with your plant obsession courtesy of their build at home terrarium kits. They'll send you everything you need from soil, charcoal, sand succulents and whimsical decorations. It's the perfect way to keep busy and add a touch of life to your living room.
Have a DIY moment with Bondi Clay. This lockdown for just $59, you can pick up a kit with 6kg of clay, an 8-piece tool kit and instructions on how to make your very first ceramic pot! Once you’ve made your masterpiece, bring it back to Bondi Clay for firing and glazing.
There’s better time than a lockdown to nurture a new hobby and if, by chance, online shopping has become your hobby it might be time to switch to something a little more cost effective. Why not give sewing a shot? Not for nothing but we’ve heard it’s sew in right now! So, if you’ve got a machine, check out these patterns from Singer for reusable snack bags and for the all important face mask!
Of all our favourite DIY projects, Cardigang has to be our favourite. The stylish Aussie start-up sells DIY Knit Kits which give you all the gear you need to create your own 100% Australian Merino wool jumper, beanie or scarf. With eleven unique Knit Kits, which they swear are all designed with beginners in mind, you can choose from a huge range of vivacious colours, perfect to brighten up your winter wardrobe. The chunky and woolly style will keep you warm and in fashion.
Back by popular demand, Champainting by Cork and Canvas have released 13 on demand art classes to keep your creative juices flowing at home. Simply pick the painting that takes your fancy and you’ll be treated to an on-demand video tutorial. If getting your Picasso on in your pajamas takes your fancy then, classes are only $35 – plus, you can use your Dine & Discover vouchers!
Things To Do At Home in Sydney: Culture
Trying to read more? Scribd is here to help. Recently-launched in Australia, Scribd, a new app has an epic range of books and audio books to suit everyone’s tastes. With everything from audiobooks, eBooks, magazines, podcasts and even sheet music, and a 30-day free trial there’s neve been a better time to give it a go. Read Australian classics from Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, the recently-adapted Penguin Bloom, the 2017 Stella Award winning The Museum of Modern Love or the dark and sexy The Paris Affair by Pip Drysdale.
If you're running out of things to binge then it might be time to step into the intellectual domain of documentary films. If you're in the mood for an inspiring documentary, check out In My Blood It Runs, on Netflix or ABC iView, and see Alice Springs through the eyes of Duhuan, a 10-year old Arrente/Garrwa boy or check out The Australian Dream on ABC iView as it documents the story of AFL legend Adam Goodes and delves into the ideas of race, identity and belonging in modern day Australia. Or if you're stuck in a sweatpants and socks rutt the delve into the world of high fashion with The September Issue. Or, get ready to have your faith in humanity restored, watching The Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds.
Like the rest of Sydney, Taronga Zoo is closed but that doesn’t mean you can’t schedule in some quality time with the zoo’s cutest residents. The gorgeous keepers at Taronga have set up 24/7 live streaming cams, so you can catch a glimpse of their animals as they meander around their enclosures. You can drop in on meerkats, otters, capybaras, lions, elephants and tigers.
Get a Culture Hit at a Virtual Museum
There’s no denying that we’re all going a bit stir-crazy at the moment, so why not broaden your cultural horizons by going on a virtual tour of some of the worlds best museums. Our picks of museums with the best virtual offerings? The British Museum will let you browse their whole collection through an interactive virtual timeline, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery will take you through their historic collection and teach you about their many masterpieces, you could check out Renoirs at the Musée d’Orsay and make believe you’re sat beside the Seine or learn about Van Gogh’s love life with Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.
You can even celebrate NAIDOC week by jumping onto The Australian Museum website and reading up on the Unsettled first nation’s exhibition which will be open post-lockdown until the October 10 2021.
Though perhaps the coolest museum to explore online is The Museum of Broken Relationships which helps curate, commemorate and celebrate the items people are left with after a relationship ends.
Binge your Way Through the Best Content on Streaming
We’ve made a universal declaration that it’s perfectly okay to ignore those judgemental ‘your screen time has increased’ notifications during a lockdown and, with that in mind, we’ve curated some epic lists of content to stream. Check out the best Netflix movies according to Rotten Tomatoes, our favourite new TVs shows to stream, the most engaging documentaries (including the always adorable Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds), the best Netflix and Stan movies for your next binge and, of course, the best TV shows to watch on Amazon, Stan and Netflix.
Things To Do at Home This Month in Sydney: Wellness
If you're looking to cut back and ditch the booze with some of the best alcohol-free beverages on the market. From alcohol-free mezcalita, Brunswick Aces alcohol-free gin and delicious wines from plus & minus for all the flavour of a rich red without the hangover!
Fantastic news for everyone who has been going for long walks lately (which, yes, we guess is all of us!), for the rest of lockdown Centennial Parklands will be closed to cars each weekend. So pedestrians will have free reign of one of inner-city Sydney's most picturesque green spaces.
The gorgeous and generous Poppy Lynch of Chandra Yoga School is here to bring a much needed healthy hit to lockdown. During lockdown she is bringing her welcoming, accessible yoga classes to the masses with free or pay-as-you-feel, Zoom yoga sessions. The perfect way to keep active while still staying socially distanced, this is the perfect lockdown activity and we cannot recommend it enough! To find out about their free / pay-as-you-feel Zoom classes, head here.
Things To Do at Home This Month in Sydney: Shop
Did somebody say retail therapy? For four days - and four days only - you'll be able to shop up a storm from the comfort of your own home with the Aje Warehouse sale. The sale is offering up to 60% off past collections with over 280 styles pulled from the Aje archives all for under $300.
7am Thursday 5 August - 11:59pm Sunday 8 August, online
Brighten Someone's Day with Sydney's Best Gifting Services
We're all looking for someone to send a little love this lockdown. Whether you've got a friend living alone or you're just looking to send a little extra love to someone you miss, there are so many great gifting services available in Sydney. Check out the best same day gifting services and same day flower delivery for all those lockdown birthdays you almost forgot. Send a sweet treat including personalised brownie slabs and epic cookies. Or, for the gift that keeps on giving, the best Australian subscription boxes.
Look, we're going to get out of lockdown eventually and, when we do, we're all going to need something to wear after we've peeled off our WFH tracksuits. Shop the best winter trends from matching seperates, textural clothing, polo collars and 70s silhouettes.
Things to do in Sydney Post-Lockdown: What We're Looking Forward To
Making our Way Back to Sydney’s Best Restaurants, Bars and Cafés
We don’t know about you guys, but here at Sitchu, we’ve been creating a growing bucket list of all the great Sydney hospitality venues we want to check out as soon as lockdown is over. Our beloved bars, restaurants and cafés will need our support more than ever after this lockdown ends, so why not start making your own foodie bucket list? Check out our guide to the best new restaurants, bars and cafés that opened in Sydney this year for inspiration!
A seriously loved musical, Hamilton became an instant phenomenon when it debuted on Broadway. With awards from Tonys, Grammys and even a Pulitzer Prize to its name, it's hardly a surprise that Hamilton has opened to sold out crowds in Sydney. Many Star Sydney venues are offering exclusive - and often themed - pre-show menus for theater lovers. Check out BLACK Bar & Grill, Flying Fish, Cucina Porto and Sokyo and make sure you order the signature cocktails each named after a specific founding father.
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