Things to do This Month in Sydney: Your Ultimate November Guide
Sydney is back in business! Here's our pick of all the best things to do this month.
After what seems like an eternity, Sydney is starting to feel like her old self again. We could not be more excited! As the weather gets warmer, we're all about rooftop bars, beaches, getaways and exciting cultural events.
This month we're heading back to our favourite restaurants, daydreaming about our next holiday and hitting up some great new events!
Things To Do This Month in Sydney: Eat, Drink and Cooking
For Australians, Thanksgiving is really just the holiday we see on American television shows, but, if you’re keen for a star-spangled celebration then head to P&V to learn about American Whiskey culture from Westward Whiskey Founder and Master Distiller, Christian Krogstad (who is also responsible for Aviation Gin – you know, the one owned by little known actor Ryan Reynolds) will be talking to journalist and co-owner of P&V Mike Bennie. The two will talk through the modern distilling scene and explore the relationship between whiskey and wine. You’ll also be able to enjoy some takes on American snacks from Porcine – we’re talking Josh Niland approved fish hotdogs, pickles and ‘smores.
Wednesday 24th November, 6:30-8:30
Cost: $75, head here for tickets
P&V Paddington, 268 Oxford Street, Paddington
In 2021, Sydneysiders have grown to absolutely love a picnic and Matt Moran, Taylor Cullen and the Chiswick team have capitalised on that in a truly beautiful way. From Saturday 27th November, the Chiswick lawn will spring to life and guests will be treated to an epic picnic. With styling from To Dine For Picnics with rugs, tables and seasonal blooms, and cocktails from Bombay Sapphire, this is a far step from your lockdown park picnics. On the food front expect woodfired focaccia, vannella burrata, Drunken Sailor smoked tomato chutney, their classic barra-masalata and strawberry passionfruit trifle.
Saturday 27th November – Sunday 28th November, Sunday 5th December & Saturday 11th December
Cost: $139 per person, head here to book
Chiswick, 65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
Spring has sprung and for the whole month of November, The Butler will be in Bloom. Transformed into a flowery oasis with a floral inspired facelift from Sydney based muralist Sarah McCloskey and awe-inspiring installations from one of our favourite Sydney florists Boutierre Girls. Partnering with Lillet French aperitif for that fresh spring time feeling, a Lillet Spritz menu with four sweet spritzes will be on offer. If your looking for a place for sunset drinks, head The Butler, take in their panoramic views and between 4pm and 6pm every Wednesday to Sunday, and enjoy their Lillet Spritz cocktails for just $12 and, if you order through the Applejack app you can go in the drawer to win one of 10 personalised LVLY flower jars each week.
The Butler, 123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
For the first time ever Barangaroo House have opened up their venue onto their sun-soaked lawn and have a summer exclusive Fever-Tree spritz menu with five unique spritzes including a Paloma spritz and pink carnival spritz with Belvedere vodka, rosé, watermelon, citrus and Fever-Tree elderflower tonic. Check it out for the month of November!
If there’s one thing we like more than margys, it’s bottomless Patron margys and that’s exactly what we can expect from the long lunch at the Sackville. Get ready for a curated three-course Mexican-inspired meal with Kingfish tostada, three cheese quesadilla and crispy pork belly with charred corn on the cob. The margarita menu offers all the greatest hits from the twisted tommy to a spicy watermelon marg and a peach paloma.
Every Saturday & Sunday until Sunday 19th December
Cost: $79 per person
The Sackville, 599 Darling Street, Rozelle
We don’t know about you guys, but here at Sitchu, all through lockdown we've been creating a growing bucket list of all the great Sydney hospitality venues we cant wait to get back to! And, now that lockdown is set to end, our beloved bars, restaurants and cafés are getting ready to reopen and will need our support more than ever.
So whether you're wanting to head back to your local or check out a new spot that's recently opened, we've got you covered with our guide to the best new restaurants, bars and cafés that opened in Sydney this year!
After 107 days in lockdown, the legends at The Taphouse and Elm Rooftop are raising a glass to Sydneysiders with a 49% discount on all menu items in November so locals can score nearly half priced food and drinks
Deal available Monday – Friday, 5pm – 7pm
122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
Available exclusively at their iconic Coogee store from Friday November 5th, this new salad bowl offering from Chargrill Charlie's comes with ANY base you want, ANY protein you like (even Charlie’s famous chicken schnitzel!), as well as whatever dressing tickles your fancy. It’s your no-fuss, quick, easy, (and did we say healthy?) lunch or dinner treat for every day of the week. Customise any salad bowl to whatever your heart or cravings desire that day – meaning no more boring meals.
Chargrill Charlie's Coogee, 196 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
A sweet treat for an even sweeter cause, the good folks behind THICC Cookies are chipping in to help out fundraising in Movember. The New York-style choc chip cookies topped with a chocolate moustache rings in $7 a pop or you can pick up a Movember Pro-Mo box for $26 and score two chocolate chip and two Funfetti cookies. 100% of the purchase price of each Mo-choc-chip cookie sold during November will be donated to Movember to fun men’s health projects from mental health to suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancer research.
One of our favourite pâtisseries, Café de la Fontaine is serving up a taste of the season with mango and yuzu éclairs. Crisp pastry filled with mango crémeux and delicately piped yuzu chantilly. Sign us up!
1a Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point
Everyone's favourite Tex-Mex fave, El Camino Cantina are stepping up their party vibes for Dias de los Muertos. During their day of the dead festival, you can try five limited-edition frozen margs with fabulously spooky names from ghost drop to poision apple and devil's advocate. They will also have Sinful Saturdays where guests are invested to don their finest costumes and compete for a $200 best dressed prize.
Tuesday 26th October – Sunday 28th November, book here
Entertainment Quarter, Manly, The Rocks, Manly and Westfield Miranda
In the last few weeks we've all become proper picnic aficionados! And, even though restaurants are starting to reopen, as daylight savings and warmer weather starts to roll around we're pretty sure picnics are here to stay. Check out our guide to the best picnic spots in Sydney, the perfect picnic accessories from hampers and rugs to speakers and chairs and beautiful, bougie pre-made gourmet picnic hampers. Or, if you're interested in putting something together on your own check out these recipes which are all but guaranteed to help you win the picnic!
We’re obsessed with these cute-as-a-button lunchbox cakes from Casa Dolce Desserts. Their adorable tiny cakes are the perfect retro dream, topped with adorable mottos, pastel piping and with four flavours to choose from, these cakes are the perfect way to send a little love to someone in lockdown.
Pair summery seafood offerings with epic waterside views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and book a table at Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant. To celebrate the re-opening they have two fantastic offerings.
From Thursday-Sunday you can book in a seafood lunch with bottomless bubbles ($110 per person). Expect a seafood platter with delicacies like Sydney Rock oysters, baked scallops, and kingfish and salmon crudo.
For a light lunch with the same level of decadence, book in their oyster flight with bottomless Moët ($85pp) on Saturdays or Sundays. Grab your friends and enjoy 90 minutes of free-flowing Moët and a dozen freshly shucked oysters. Now, that is our idea of a delicious day out.
Bay 1-3, 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks
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!
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.
Things To Do This Month in Sydney: Culture
How much have you missed live music? If you’re anything like us, gigs and festivals being cancelled was one of the major casualties of the lockdown was cancelled gigs and festivals. Luckily, this summer, our prayers will be answered in a spectacular way with Twilight at Taronga. The annual summer concert series held at Taronga Zoo against the backdrop of a gorgeous Sydney Harbour sunset returns in January and February 2022! Enjoy listening to some of the hottest Australian artists – think Winston Surfshirt, San Cisco and the one, the only, Daryl Braithwaite - as you lounge on the lawns at Taronga Zoo. Tickets are available from midday Thursday 4th November – they’re bound to sell out fast so get in soon!
Tickets available from Thursday 4th November, head here to purchase
Get in early to secure your tickets to one of the best nights of the year via Klook. Spend the evening at the iconic Sydney Opera House and bring in the new year with an unforgettable opera experience and incredible view of the fireworks.
Start the evening with a beautiful performance of Pucini's La Boheme before making your way to one of the viewing areas to catch the fireworks. Upgrade your experience by adding the delicious pre-performance dinner and the exclusive midnight party where you'll enjoy canapes, drinks and entertainment as you bring in the new year.
Friday 31st December, from 5:30pm
From $269 per ticket
Sydney Opera House
For an iconic new year's eve experience, Opera Australia's inaugural open-air gala concert on Cockatoo Island is a must. Jump aboard the chartered ferry to sail across the harbour. You'll be in the middle of the evening's festivities, yet far away from the crowds of the CBD.
Once you arrive on Cockatoo Island, you'll find your spot for the evening. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a stunning two-hour performance of Australia's finest Opera Classics under the stars, hosted by Australian actor Jonathan Biggins. The stage is then set for unrivalled views of Sydney's midnight firework display, so be sure to opt for the midnight party package. To make the most of the experience, you can also add the pre-performance three-course dinner with matched wines. Sublime.
Friday 31st December, from 5:30pm
From $399 per ticket
As Sydney’s cultural scene reopens, the Sydney Film Festival is here to fill the void and bring us festival favourites from around the world. Think blockbusters from Timothée Chalamet’s Dune to Timothée Chalamet’s The French Dispatch (huge year for Timmy!) and Australian works like the festival opener Here Out West from eight talented Western Sydney writers and brought to life by five powerhouse female directors. Over this period the festival will present 233 films from 69 countries so there’s undoubtedly something for everyone to enjoy!
Wednesday 3rd November – Sunday 21st November
Get ready to leave your house… and the galaxy with Neighbourhood Earth. Tickets for this award-winning immersive space exhibition, which was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and NASA’s George C Marshall, are now available. The multi-sensory cinematic environment and learning space is – pardon the pun – truly out of this world. With cutting technology, you’ll traverse the solar system and come face-to-face with Mars sunsets and Venus lightening storms. Make sure you don’t miss out!
10am – 9pm from Monday 22nd November
Peak Tickets: Adult $45, Family $119, Concession / Student $35 tickets available here
Off-peak Tickets: Adult $35, Family $99, Child $20, Concession / Student $25 tickets available here
ICC Sydney, Hall 7, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney
Sculpture lovers rejoice! Even though the iconic beachside exhibition has been postponed for another year, the second annual Les Sculptures Refusées, which highlights artists who missed out on Sculpture by the Sea is going ahead. The outdoor exhibition will feature the award-winning Akira Kamada and Orest Keywan, as well as Rosanna Goslett-King, Anna Dudek and Sarah FitzGerald.
From Wednesday 20 October until Thursday 27 January
Q Station, North Head Manly
Whether you're looking for a beach read or a good solid book to get you through a rainy weekend, we've got you covered with our edit of newly released must-read Australian fiction for your summer reading list and our epic list of classic Australian books to read in your literary lifetime!
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.
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.
Things To Do This Month in Sydney: Explore
Designed and built by owners Jenny and Peter Guest, the aptly named Guestlands is a Mediterranean paradise just 40 minutes from Sydney. The Tuscan and Bellagio residences are gorgeous private boutique B&B accommodations where cobblestoned streets wind through a beautiful manicured garden.
Guestlands, 10 Blacks Road, Arcadia – book here
Now that restrictions are easing, we’re finally able to get back on the road and indulge in our wanderlust! So whether you’re keen to get on the road this weekend (anything to get out of your LGA, right?) or your planning a summer getaway check out our travel guides with the best Australian road trips, remote tiny cabins and the most stunning national parks in NSW. Or treat yourself to a proper stay with Australia’s coolest retro motels, gorgeous holiday homes that double as party venues and the most unique Airbnbs in Australia.
Things To Do This Month in Sydney: Wellness
After the last few months, we could all use a little self-care. Australian wellness label JS Health Vitamins is at the forefront of the wellness game with vitamins and supplements that not only support your inner health, but give you the confidence in your own skin to help you look and feel your best. With tools to help your skin and digestions, promote hair growth and energy and incorporate collagen into your routine for skin health. They’ve also got an exclusive code for Sitchu readers so there’s never been a better time to shop.
If you're keen to get started, JSHealth Vitamins are giving Sitchu readers an exclusive 15% discount! Simply head to their website, add your new favourite products to your cart, and use the code SITCHU.
To combat all our lockdown eating as well as the general sense of sluggishness that comes with going into a third month of lockdown we've put together a list of the best at home workouts. With everything from yoga classes, to HIIT workouts and dance classes, there's a little something for everyone!
Things To Do This Month in Sydney: Shop
Order up a Christmassy treat box from the dessert gods at one of our favourite sweet treat delivery services, OxRabbit. With five dessert box options, you can pick from brownie slabs, brownie nuggs, classic brownies including their eggnog filled brownie and Christmas cookies. What could possibly be better!
As summer rolls around it’s time to let the party be-gin, or be-vodka, whatever fun alcoholic pun floats your boat! The Bondi born Ampersand projects have released a summer series nine pack of their classic Vodka Soda & with three each of their pine lime, raspberry and passionfruit flavours. Coming in a bag that can be made into an esky, this is the just add ice solution to your next summer house party. Or, for any birthdays coming up, why not try their pink gin gift pack complete with two 500mL bottles of their iconic pink gin and two oversized summer spritz glasses.
For the fourth year in a row, leading Australian menswear retailer POLITIX is partnering with Movember to raise funds and awareness to support men’s health and to encourage men to cry like a boss.
POLITIX is supporting Movember with a special Worn to Be Heard collection of three custom-designed statement jackets, highlighting the key areas of men’s health - mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. To promote the initiative, they have partnered with The Wiggles’ Anthony Field, Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac and actor Lyndon Watts for the campaign.
This is further amplified by a world-first fashion project – the POLITIX MOVEMBER MO-HAIR SUIT, a sharp, single-breasted suit made from men’s facial hair. POLITIX collaborated with Melbourne-based visual artist Pamela Kleemann-Passi on the POLITIX Movember Mo-Hair Suit. Kleemann-Passi’s work explores the nexus of art, hair, and medical science, to use moustache hair to create a one-of-a-kind hairy fabric.
Born in Bondi in 2016, Zoë Alexandria Jewellery is one of our favourite Aussie jewellery labels. Colourful and celebratory yet elegant and refined, it’s no wonder that this brand has developed a cult following. What’s more is Zoë Alexandria is ethical to its core, each piece is hand made with raw materials and stones that are ethically sourced and sustainably produced. Their new recycling initiative invited customers to rummage through their old jewellery box and donate pieces to be used as something new, giving the jewellery a second life and earning you a credit note to be used in another Zoë Alexandria purchase. Everything at Zoë Alexandria is all about minimising waste, you can order pendants without chains, choose to skip boxes and avoid extra packaging. We can’t wait to get our hands on some of these gorgeous pieces.
All of a sudden, we’re very into picnicking! As you’re scoping out the best picnic spots within your LGA, it might be time for a picnic-themed purchase. Pick up one of these perfect and practical picnic baskets, with a pinewood lid which doubles as a cheeseboard and a fully insulated interior, you can also pick up picnic essentials from acrylic flutes for toasting, keep cups and bamboo cutlery. Plus, everything here is locally sourced, the business is helmed by Fiona and Sasha, a young couple in Bondi.
By now you’re definitely aware of LVLY, it’s one of our absolute faves and our go-to for same-day gifting. LVLY is sharing the love by partnering with kindred Australian brands to create a curated gifting experience. They’ve partnered with Mabu Mabu from Torres Strait Islander chef, Nornie Bero, BOPO Women for soothing bath soaks, Gintonica for those happy hour hits, the famous female-owned Stellar Gifting, and the memo for baby play sets and Australia’s first online cocktail service, Cocktail Porter.
With funky fresh patterns and seasonally perfect colour schemes, this homewares brand creates the perfect statement pieces. The pieces are made in Byron Bay by a couple who came from France and Holland respectively before setting up shop in Byron. They embrace sustainability, with gorgeous hand-made goods, they step up the look of any home.
We are beyond obsessed with these dreamy candles from Brisbane-based business, Blom. Leaning into the slow-made trend, these hand-poured candles are beyond beautiful! With twisting tapers, to chunky flowers and fun prints, these micro-batched candles are truly something special!
Check out their online store.
Hands up if you’re missing the bar! Aren’t we all? As we’re all drinking a bit more in lockdown we’re trying to figure out how to make our at home cocktails bar worthy! Sophisticated Cocktail Co. takes all the hard work out of cocktails-at-home by selling pre-batched sugar and preservative free cocktails in what is essentially a grown-up, eco-friendly ‘goon bag’. The Sophisticated cocktail range features espresso martinis, pina colada, gin martinis and Carrie Bradshaw-esque Cosmos. They’re a local business, born in Manly and they’re amazing!
Available online from $59 for 750mL
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.
Things To Do This Month in Sydney: Learn
We spoke to the experts at Prepare Early Education about the importance of early childhood education to your children’s development. If the last few months of lockdown have taught parents anything it’s that your little ones require constant attention, if you’re considering the enrolling your child in childcare, check out what we’ve learnt from the experts first!
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.
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!
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