From delectable truffle-infused dishes and must-see stage shows, to Bastille Day celebrations and lively parties – Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied this month. Make sure you don’t miss a thing with our top picks of things to do throughout the rest of July*.
BASTILLE DAY, 14th JULY
Bastille Festival is back again for its seventh year, and highlights on this year’s line-up include everything from a Parisian Foodie Village at Customs House to Le Mulled Wine Cinema and Christmas in July Village in The Rocks, there is plenty to see, do and experience. Vive La France!
Circular Quay and The Rocks
Beurre, fromage, pate and every other delectable food under their epicurean umbrella, when it comes to French cuisine Sydney more than has you covered. An array of bistros, cafés, brasseries and restaurants make it their business to fill us with the best that France has to offer. NB: importantly, the libations at each of these institutions are equally as commendable as their cuisine.
Craving a French crêpe? From lemon and sugar to heart-warming nutella, these thin, flipped delicacies (from the right store, of course) draw in the crowds for good reason. So here is the best of the best, to point you in the right direction for when that next crêpe craving hits.
Harvest Buffet is celebrating the best of French cuisine all month long, in celebration of Bastille Day. Throughout July you can enjoy all the classics such as goat’s cheese salad, French onion soup, salmon rillette, duck confit, potato dauphinoise and much more. Plus, there’s a range of regional specialities like chicken basquaise, lyonnaise potato salad, Provencal seafood bisque, salad Perigourdine and more.
From now until 31st July
Level 1, The Star Grand Residences, Pyrmont
Hacienda’s mixology maestros have created a limited-edition cocktail ‘Twist on a French Martini’, available exclusively throughout the Bastille Festival weekend. Turning the traditionally sweet classic on its head with a sour, tart twist, this cocktail features Kettle One vodka, Chambord, Joseph Catron Crème de Cassis, pineapple juice, lime juice and egg white.
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
In celebration of Bastille Day, Creperie Suzette has created a limited-edition crepe, available throughout the entirety of July. Aptly named ‘La Bastille Tour’ this mouth-watering sweet treat features signature petite crepes topped with shortbread, caramel, mascarpone, almonds, crushed meringue, maple syrup, pecan and caramel ice-cream and a macaroon.
All month long
35 Harrington Street, The Rocks
TRUFFLE SEASON, JUNE- SEPTEMBER
Get ready to revel in the flavours of the beloved truffle this winter with a four-course feast that truly celebrates truffle season. The Chiswick' is bringing back their Truffle Dinner with Chiswick Woollahra head chef, Francois Poulard and Chiswick at the Gallery head chef, Tim Brindley, who will be joining forces for one night only to celebrate the rare, but decadently delicious truffle.
Tickets include a four-course communal dining experience at Chiswick Woollahra matched with a carefully paired selection of wines from head sommelier Eleonore Wulf. Jayson Mesman from The Truffle Farm in Canberra will also be on hand to talk all things truffle.
Wednesday 7th August
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
With truffle season in full force, fine diner 12 Micron will be serving up a seven-course truffle degustation. Dine on delectable dishes like their duck liver and black truffle choux bun and truffle and lobster tortellini. For an extra $100, experience perfectly paired wines with each course.
8th July- 25th August
$180 (Add $100 for paired wines)
Tower 1, Level 2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Rockpool Bar & Grill head chef Corey Costelloe has curated a special four-course menu to celebrate Australia’s black truffle season. The menu features charcoal-roasted Abrolhos Island scallops with truffle butter, pork and veal agnolotti del plin with black truffle, 36-month-old Cape Grim grass-fed beef fillet with potato purée, fresh truffle and truffle butter, and truffled Brillat-Savarin cheese. The menu is on offer for lunch and dinner throughout July, and for $75 you can add matched wines.
All month long
$175pp (Add $75 for matching wines)
66 Hunter Street, Sydney
Launching a Parisian truffle-themed menu for the winter season, ‘L’Atelier de la Truffle’, in collaboration with French Champagne house GH Mumm. Diners are invited upstairs to the exclusive truffle lounge where they can enjoy the new menu in style. Think luxe interiors, oversized candlelit chandeliers, and lush cushions and throws to cosy up with whilst watching the sunset over the harbour, truffle-infused Negroni in hand.
From now until 31st August
Thursday- Saturday, 5pm-11pm
10/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
EAT & DRINK
Hidden inside the five-star Pullman Quay Grand Hotel, Q Dining takes full advantage of its location. The elegant dining space exudes modern luxury, with sophisticated furnishings and a beautiful feel. Q Dining's tasting menu, designed by Executive Chef Brett Humphries, focuses on land and sea dishes, infusing native flavours and sustainable, ethical and locally sourced produce.
$149pp ($169pp for wine pairing included)
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Enjoy a Champagne-fuelled weekend at BLACK Bar & Grill, by pairing your lunch with two hours of NV Perrier-Jouët ‘Grand Brut’. Bottoms up.
From now until Sunday 1st September
Lunch, every Saturday and Sunday
Harbourside, The Star, Level G/80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Every Friday night from 6pm, the team at Nick and Nora’s build their famous Champagne Tower. You can sip on one of the 50 glasses for just $5. The perfect way to start the weekend.
Fridays, from 6pm
Level 26/45 Macquarie Street, Parramatta
Bopp & Tone have created a traditional winter feast for your Christmas in July celebrations, available all month long in their private dining room. The shared banquet includes a marmalade-glazed ham, and a Free-range whole turkey along with seriously amazing sides like spiced wild thyme honey carrots and a delectable sticky date pudding with mandarin ice cream and salted caramel to finish.
All month long
From $88 (Add $5pp for mulled wine and $8pp for a prawn cocktail starter)
60 Carrington Street, Sydney
Going out and doing Dry July can be difficult but 12 Micron has created the perfect non-alcoholic long lunch. Every Saturday and Sunday, you can sip on bottomless mocktails along with a delicious three-course menu. In addition, $5 from every diner will be donated directly to the Dry July Foundation that helps people with cancer.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Tower 1, Level 2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Burger Project has partnered with iconic chocolatier and candy maker Darrell Lea for a golden ticket contest that will score six lucky winners in Sydney fantastic chocolate factory tours. During the month of July, Burger Project customers will receive scratch cards with the purchase of any burger or Darrell Lea Smash-Up dessert. Along with minor prizes like chips, desserts and Darrell Lea treats, there are also six golden tickets to be found, one in each Burger Project store, giving the winners of each a trip for two people to Darrell Lea’s chocolate factory.
Bondi Junction, Broadway, Circular Quay, Grosvenor Place, MLC Martin Place, and World Square
For one-night-only, Middle Eastern restaurant Tayim is joining forces with natural and organic wine purveyors, The Wine Traveller to host an epic collaborative dinner. Expect a delicious four-course contemporary middle-eastern feast matched with seven special Italian wines and home-grown varietals.
Wednesday 10th July, from 7pm
34 Harrington Street, Nurses Walk, The Rocks
During July, Efendy brings back its bottomless wine offer and this time it’s paired with Turkish kebab boards. Indulge in Adana kebabs, chicken skewers, lachmacun, ezme, beef kofte and suju alongside two hours of bottomless Turkish wines. Available on Wednesday and Thursday, it’s the perfect mid-week treat.
From now until 1st August
Wednesday and Thursday nights
79 Elliott Street, Balmain
Head to The Dolphin Wine Room for an intimate dinner, that will take you on a guided sensory tour of the notorious food, wine and the culture of the region of Jura, France. Hosted by James Hird and Marie-Sophie, the 40-seat intimate and immersive four-course dinner of classiqué French dishes will be matched with an eight-glass wine list, taking you straight to the provincial wineries and eateries of the Jura countryside.
Monday 15th July, 7pm-10pm
412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Jacob’s Creek are set to bring back their sell out event, Kitchen Collective this month. Held at Sydney’s iconic Bennelong Lawn with an outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour, the pop-up restaurant will offer guest’s the ultimate cook, wine and dine experience.
There will be celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, the chance to cook by competing in true MasterChef style – against other teams and the clock, followed by a three-course sit down dinner- paired with Jacob’s Creek wines of course, and a guided wine tasting.
16th July- 4th August
Bennelong Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Fratelli Fresh Alexandria and Crows Nest are offering all-you-can-eat mussels on Wednesday 10th July. Guests can indulge in unlimited Sicilian-style mussels in tomato sauce, with endless slices of toasted Sonoma sourdough to soak up the deliciousness. To sweeten the deal, diners can also purchase a carafe of any Fratelli Fresh wine for just $20. Mussels and wine, a match made in foodie heaven.
Wednesday 10th July, 7:30pm
Alexandria and Crows Nest
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Nothing soothes the soul quite like sharing a delicious Sunday roast with your loved ones while tapping your toes to the soulful sounds of a live jazz band. This July, Chiswick Woollahra will be bringing winter creature comforts to your Sunday nights with a rotating roast and live performances from The Tilly Street Trio. Start your evening early at 3:30pm in the communal bar with some music before heading in for dinner when the roasts kick off at 6pm.
Sundays, from 3:30pm
$75pp (Min 2 people)
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
Get ready for a night of laughter at this comedy extravaganza. To kick off the night Gen Fricker, Cameron James and Bec Charlwood will be reeling in the laughs before headliner Matt Okine hits the stage. And best of all, entry is free!
Thursday 11th July, from 7:30pm
Level 1, Main Casino Floor, The Star, Pyrmont
Redfern bar Misfits is teaming up with Pirate Life to present Locals in the Lounge. Gather round on the first Thursday of every month for a line-up of local and upcoming live musicians setting up in the Out of Bounds lounge, behind the bookcase. There are $5 schooners of the new Pirate Life Port Local Lager, with $1 from each schooner sold donated to local charities.
First Thursday of every month, from 4th July
106 George Street, Redfern
Launching on July 6th, Club Sandwich is an exciting new collaboration celebrating female and non-binary talent between DJ Charlie Villas and HipHopHoe. With a Hip Hop & RnB theme and host, Queen Kilia T, will give guests RnB with a side of tongue-in-cheek. The incomparable Jamaica Moana will be debuting her new single produced by stereogamous, "Just Like This".
Saturday 6th July
1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham
The Argyle is transforming into a winter wonderland for two nights of winter-themed magic, featuring dazzling decorations, roving entertainers and a snow machine. There will be a line-up of DJs preforming each night including Jesabel and Mr Bongolicious on Friday, and Keyes and Andy Murphy on Saturday. The Argyle’s pop-up espresso martini bar will also be serving $10 espresso martinis all weekend.
Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July, 9pm
Friday night- Free, Saturday night $12.75
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
FESTIVALS, MARKETS & SHOPPING
Yes, Sydney comes alive during the summer, but the city is equally exciting in the wintertime. To help coax you out of your seasonal blues, Sydney has endless festivals, pop-ups and events that make the most of the crisp climate. From winter wonderlands and ski bars, to decadent truffle lounges and harbourside igloos, here are the awesome things to do in Sydney this winter.
Carriageworks will celebrate all things WILD at the Winter Night Market this month, curated by Biota’s James Viles. The Carriageworks Night Market will excite visitors with chefs, distillers, farmers and producers at the leading edge of their practice presenting dishes and beverages using wild, seasonal, sustainable and ethically-sourced ingredients. Along withd electable eats, the night market will host a slew of talks and demonstrations from a range of industry experts.
Friday 19th July, 5pm-10pm
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
To avoid European vacation FOMO, waterfront ristorante OTTO is bringing a slice of Italy to Woolloomooloo. Escape To OTTO will be the restaurant’s winter series including lots of different events like a Cheese Dinner with local producers Vannella, a pasta degustazione (five-courses of delicious pasta), menu del giorno, and various wine dinners. Plus, they are giving every guest who dines in the restaurant the chance to win an escape to Hamilton Island.
From now until August
Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
During Winterfest, Luna Park becomes home to an ice-skating rink overlooking the harbour, complete with regular snow falls, wintery tunes and delicious ‘winter-themed’ food and drinks. This year’s Winterfest will also be a Christmas in July theme, with a visit from Santa each day. Feeding into that theme will be offering roasted chestnuts and gingerbread caramel spiced popcorn!
Unlimited ice skating is all-inclusive in the unlimited ride pass
1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
Food lovers unit! TheFork, an online restaurant reservation platform, has launched TheFork Festival – six weeks of delicious dining experiences, at half the regular price. That’s right, diners will receive a huge 50% off the total food bill at participating restaurants during the festival, across all services at participating restaurants, whether that be breakfast, lunch or dinner. From fine diner Monopole to dumpling house Din Tai Fung, some of Sydney’s best restaurants will be taking part. C heck out their participating restaurant list for a full list of venues
From now until 11th August
Venues across Sydney
The Oxford Tavern will again play host to the monthly Petersham Community Markets. They will host a range of local stalls from ceramics, and plants, to jewellery and accessories and fashion, with live music forming the lively soundtrack for the fun day out.
Sunday 7th July, 12pm-4pm
The Oxford Tavern- 1 New Canterbury Road, Sydney
FITNESS & WELLNESS
When it comes to scenic walks, we Sydneysiders are spoiled for choice. From Palm Beach to Coogee, strap on your hiking shoes, hit the trails, and take in Sydney’s spectacular harbour and coastline.
Pelotons assemble! With such dramatic scenery and consistently fabulous weather, Sydney is the ultimate city to hone your cycling form. Beachy rides to the east, climbing challenges to the north-west and the well-loved inner city routes provide a host of options to get your two-wheeled obsession going. If you’re a seasoned cyclist or recently took off those training wheels, there is a track perfect for you.
Barre studios are springing up all over Sydney, but why is working out like a dancer so effective? Here’s the lowdown...
Brave the 40-degree heat at Bikram or sweat it out with heated vinyasa – these steam-filled studios will help you master your yoga like a pro.
If you want to stick to an exercise routine, it has to be fun. Enter: dance fitness. These classes not only break a sweat and flood your body with endorphins, but they do it in the most distracting way.
ARTS & CULTURE
In an effort to reinvigorate hump day, the Sydney Opera House are slinging 2-for-1 deals and discounts on shows, events, food and drink each Wednesday. To get in on the action, you need to sign up to their email and wait for their weekly newsletter on Tuesday 5pm, which will give you the deal for the week.
The Inn Talks series kicked off in June with a focus on finding the balance. For this month, the panel of industry thought-leaders will be discussing passion projects. Journalist and TV presenter, Shelly Horton will talk to Julie Stevanja, founder and CEO of Style Runner, cook and food stylist, Sian Redgrave and food photographer Nikki To from Buffet Digital, who will share their learnings around the often scary decision to take what you love and turn it into what you “do”.
Tuesday 9th July, 6pm-8:30pm
338 Oxford Street, Paddington
Slowly but surely, Sydney has become a bona fide art and culture hub. Our galleries and museums are bursting to the brim with world-class artists and exhibitions that delight, excite and enchant. Exhibitions come and go, so be sure to hop on them while they’re here. If you want to be wowed, wander through these mesmerising collections for an instant culture fix.
Recreating scenes from a bygone era, cinemas in historic buildings around Sydney deliver an experience from the moment you step inside. Showing the latest blockbusters and golden oldies, these Sydney film houses combine an endearing nostalgia with all the latest mod cons.
You’re terrible, Muriel! After a sell-out season in Sydney and Melbourne, the musical adaptation of the iconic Aussie film is coming back to the harbour city, continuing to delight audiences with big, brash and cheeky performances. The story of the bored girl seeking adventure and attention will get you tapping your feet to the hits of ABBA, plus new classics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall.
Sydney Lyric Theatre: 55 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
Flexing your creative muscles in Sydney has never been so easy. Some brilliant minds have developed a range of unique experiences that are perfect for a group catch up, an inventive date night or if you’re flying solo, an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded individuals or upskill. Strap on an apron, pour yourself a glass of wine, and prepare to get your hands dirty at these top Sydney creative classes and workshops.
Feeling the winter blues? There’s nothing better than a weekend of spa indulgence to lift the spirits (and your body temperature). So for anyone craving a weekend of pampering bliss – that’s all of us, right? – the lovely folk at Elements of Byron have teamed up with Habitat Byron Bay to offer a delicious winter spa and shopping package we know you won’t want to pass up on. Book in for a three-night stay at Elements before 31st August, and you’ll receive 20% off your room rate (they’ll even throw in an inclusive continental breakfast too), plus an exclusive North Beach Passport which gives you some fabulous discounts and special offers at the likes of from Zephyr Horses, The Beach People, Children of the Tribe and Tigmi Trading. Tempted much?
This offer is for a minimum three nights stay. Rooms start from $304 per night, for travel from 1st June to 31st August.
144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
From Borossa Shiraz to Hunter Valley Chardonnay, there are endless options to sample the delights of Australia’s renowned regional vintages. Better still, many of these vineyards offer boutique accommodation at the cellar door, so you can sip, swill and quaff well into the night. Whether it’s for a group holiday, romantic escape or indulgent foodie getaway, check-in to one of these beautifully chic wine stays where you can indulge and unwind with a glass – or two – in hand, before falling into bed. Bliss.
With beautiful beaches, lush hinterland and sprawling national parks, this stretch of coastline is as scenic as it gets. Bounce from one beach town to the next, or don’t – either way, you’re in for a blissful break. Here’s where to eat, stay and play on the Central Coast. You are welcome.