Things to do at Home in Sydney: Your Ultimate September Lockdown Guide
Your guide to surviving lockdown in Sydney with our pick of the best things to do.
As Sydneysiders go into yet another month of lockdown, we're all finding ourselves desperately searching for something to keep ourselves occupied. The old faithful lockdown activities - think Netflix, eating, and walks - are starting to be replaced by picnics, cooking boxes and retail therapy! As things seem to be opening up a bit (finger's crossed) we've stepped up our game with the list of the best things to do this month in lockdown.
From online cocktail classes to virtual museums, at-home exercise classes and plenty of outlets for retail therapy (go on, treat yourself!), 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
Lotus Dining Group has just opened pre-orders for its famous mooncakes, ahead of this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival on 21 September. If you’ve never heard of Mid-Autumn Festival, East Asian cultures have been celebrating it for over 3,000 years. It happens each year when the moon is said to be at peak fullness. It’s customary to send mooncakes as gifts to loved ones and a celebration of this togetherness is particularly fitting in 2021. Now, how iconic are these mooncakes? Last year 1,000 boxes of mooncakes sold out within a week, so we’re not expecting these to last long! Freshly made, choose from Golden Jade yolk, red bean and the deluxe creamy salted duck yolk. Head here to order.
Lotus Dining Group mooncakes can be delivered throughout Sydney for a small fee, or picked up from Lotus The Galeries in the CBD.
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.
A zero sugar, zero carb seltzer that’s insanely low-cal? Surely, it’s too good to be true! But, as they say, God works in mysterious ways. SAINTLY Hard Seltzer has just launched their brand-new cocktail-inspired seltzers. With just 76 calories per can the flavours from The Faithful Ginger Mule, Glory Be Grapefruit Margarita, Almighty Mojito and the Paradise Passionfruit Martini. These seriously delicious seltzers are beyond worthy of praise.
Set to take gin-lovers on a virtual journey, Scapegrace Black Gin has partnered with Australia’s first dedicated digital bar, Box Bar. Arming thirsty folk with all the essentials, this custom cocktail kit comes complete with the iconic black gin, mixers, and garnishes.
The limited-edition Scapegrace Black Box is available from August 16th, ahead of the virtual masterclass taking place September 4th at 4pm. Head to Box Bar to bring the bar to you.
$55 plus shipping
Delivery nationwide (18 years and older)
Local wine brand Taylor Made has teamed up with Australia's top cocktail bar Maybe Sammy to bring you an exclusive experience at home.
Book your tickets to their online masterclass and you will receive a cocktail kit including the tools and ingredients needed to shake and stir along at home to make a delightful Passionfruit Sgroppino and Claret Snap, using Taylor Made Wines’ new release King Valley Prosecco and Clare Valley Malbec.
With only 200 tickets and kits available, you need to get in quick to secure your spot.
Tuesday 28th September, from 6pm
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 Whisky 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 the 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.
Things To Do At Home in Sydney This Month: DIY and Craft
For a stylish puzzle that would be better suited as a piece of art on the wall, Ponder Designs Co has got you sorted. With three beautifully illustrated designs that are vibrant and trendy, you will find it hard to just pick one of their 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. Better still, buy all three and you will be kept busy all lockdown.
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 This Month in Sydney: Wellness
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.
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 at Home This Month in Sydney: Shop
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.
C.A.N, which stands for Create Action Now, is the brand new, delicious ready-to-drink beverage hitting the market. With two flavours – ruby grapefruit and pineapple and passionfruit – and bright and beautiful packaging, these low cal, low sugar vodka soda mixes are all about making a difference. C.A.N has already donated $5,000 to Conservation Volunteers Australia’s sea to source project which is focused on keeping our waterways clean, healthy and plastic free. Plus, they’re delicious!
Available via Boozebud and at your local bottle shop.
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 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 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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