From staycations and arty affairs, to foodie feasts and mind-blowing musicals, Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied. Live music is back just in time for Cinco de Mayo so you can boogie on the dance floor while enjoying great deals on tacos and margs! Mother's Day is also not that far away so make sure you're prepared with our gift guide.
Avoid FOMO with our top picks of things to do in Sydney this May!
Things to do in Sydney this Month: Eat & Drink
The 13th of May is international hummus day and we’re celebrating everything we love about the delicious – yet humble – chickpea dip. For our money, one of the best spot for hummus in Sydney would have to be Cubby’s Kitchen Bondi. This Eastern Suburbs hidden gem, co-owned by Toko Group’s Matt Yazbek and former NRL Player, Anthony Watmough, is one of our favourite new restaurants in Sydney. Family-friendly and low-fuss this Lebanese local is known for their rich flavours, generous servings and their lively atmosphere. Their dips are absolutely to die for, think baba gannoush with eggplant chunks, sweet miso and burnt sesame, smoked labne with pistachio crumbs and pomegranate oil and, of course, the holy grail of dips: hummus. Cubby’s special hummus is served with pulled flinders island lamb, pine nuts and tahina and their classic Hummus loaded with chilli edamame and chilli oil and served with delicious flat bread.
Shop 4, 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Gather the girls for a serious beachside brunch! The new bottomless brunch offering from Marrah - the gorgeous restaurant within the Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel - is coming this May. Expect DIY mimosa stations, delicious brunch boards and the perfect backdrop to a truly memorable brunch. Just a few short steps from the beach, this feels like the beginning of a perfect weekend!
From Saturday 15 May
253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
What better way is there to chase away the Sunday scaries than with a decadent, delicious, boozy pizza party? This month, Chef Dan Hong is taking the reins to showcase his unique take on pizza and Italian cuisine. Dan Hong is the Executive Chef of restaurants including Mr Wong, Queen Chow, Lotus Bistro and other Merivale faves. You can expect his quirky, modern-Asian-fusion take on the RIA pizza menu with silken tofu, century egg and aged ponzu and oysters with kimchi water granita as well as pizzas like you’ve never had them before topped with black pepper beef tongue, spicy strange pork and kimchi, blue cheese, miso ranch. Spots fill up quickly so make sure to book now!
Sunday 16 May, from 5pm
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point
It’s Australian Cocktail Month and, to celebrate, Pacific Club has partnered with Don Julio to launch Tequila Terrace. Head Chef Tapos has created a bespoke bar snack menu of South American-inspired snacks and signature tequila cocktails. On the food front you can expect Yellow Fish tuna tostadas, half shell scallops, slow cooked wagyu on sourdough, freshly shucked oysters and spanner crab cake steam bun. Wash it all down with some showstopping signature cocktails ($15) like licence tequila, the Pacific Club margarita or a blueberry habanero marg!
Available throughout May
182 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
A perfectly curated carnival of pleasures has come to Sydney taking over The Star Sydney. Indulge in a feast for all the senses with treats taking over each of The Star’s Signature restaurants including Sokyo, BLACK Bar & Grill, Flying Fish, Cucina Porto and CHUUKA along with The Darling Spa have revolutionised themselves around the idea of luxury. BLACK Bar & Grill will be serving a tasting plate of the finest Australian meat in a restaurant inundated with magnolia blooms from floral artist Doctor Cooper. At Sokyo you can enjoy a tasting flight of Japanese whisky and beef tenderloin tataki whilst listening to tunes from DJ Alex Dimitriades. Or you can get a massage while listening to an ambient sound scape curated by Tame Impala’s Cam Avery. There’s really no end of ways to treat yourself at The Star, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Available throughout May
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
With entertainment from some of Sydney’s finest drag queens and a delicious range of eats from the Prince of York menu. Enjoy a share menu of oysters, kingfish crudo, house-baked focaccia, local burrata with honey and figs, falafel with garlic sauce and a killer spicy crab sandwich as well as a delicious orange pistachio cannoli! Throw back Tommy’s margaritas, spritzes, lager or wine for two hours while their royal highnesses’, Sydney’s finest Queens dazzle you with their talent.
Every Saturday from 12-4pm
18 York Street, Sydney
When you think fried chicken, you think of Butter. They have become the unofficial mecca of Sydney’s fried chicken scene. Over the next six months, Butter’s famous Fried Chicken Ramen is coming back with a unique twist. Introducing the Butter Ramen Club tour, Butter’s Executive Chef Julian Cincotta has teamed up with four of Australia’s best chefs to create 6 ramen variants over the next 6 months. Running until the 26th of October, you can expect ramen variations from heavy hitters such as Ume Burger Head Chef, Kirby Craig, Nick Smith of the Rising Sun Workshop and Luke Powell, the owner and head chef at LPs Quality Meats.
Butter purists will be thrilled because the famous fried chicken ramen from Julian Cincotta will be the first dish to return. With fresh tenders, thick-cut ramen noodles, enoki mushrooms, ajitsuke tamago, all served in a chicken and dashi based broth. From Wednesday May 19, the baton will be passed to Kirby Craig of Ume Burger who has created the Ume Miso Corny, a delicious soul warming treat!
Only be available in store from Butter Surry Hills, Parramatta + Chatswood
With some of the most stunning views in Sydney, Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant is an absolutely mind-blowingly beautiful spot. Head Chef Craig Knudsen (formerly of Qualia – one of Australia’s best luxury resorts), has developed a menu that shows a mastery of subtlety, delicately balancing flavours while showcasing beautiful fresh ingredients. Their seafood platters are the best in the game and a truly exceptional show of modern Australian cooking. Refusing to be pigeon-holed, the menu has a broad range of Asian and Mediterranean influences. For a stunning view and even more stunning dishes, you can’t look past Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant – an absolute must-try!
Campbell’s Stores, Bay 1 – 3, 7 – 27 Circular Quay West
Woolloomooloo’s plant-based gem Alibi Bar and Kitchen are known for their deliciously regal, visually stunning high tea. The traditional, tiered tea is stacked with sweet and savory treats and best enjoyed with a spot of champagne or the traditional tea and coffee. From this month, the Alibi will be offering their beautiful high tea including duck pancakes, cashew meringues and scones (of course) as a fully take-away feast. Pick up the tiered cardboard tower and treat yourself to the mother of all DIY picnics enjoying the feast in the nearby botanic gardens, at home or even on the Woolloomooloo wharves themselves.
Saturday and Sundays, 12pm – 4pm
With COVID-19 putting a dampener on our foodie plans in 2020, we are hopeful that we will be reunited with the bar scene in 2021. From intimate wine bars to cosy underground hangouts, we welcome all kind of wondrous new watering holes to Sydney this year. So, whether you’re after cocktail and a bite or wine with a beautiful view, we've found the best new bars in Sydney. These are the drinking spots your 2021 calendar is crying out for.
Things to do in Sydney this Month: Arts & Culture
Live music is back and we could not be more excited! Selina’s the iconic live music venue that hosted the likes of Nirvana, INXS and Midnight Oil over the last 50 years, is back and better than ever before. Hidden inside the Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel, Selina’s was closed indefinitely but a demand for live music has allowed it to reopen its doors. Kicking off again on Friday 7 May with Sneaky Sound System and continuing with more great gigs from all our favourite Aussie acts.
Sneaky Sound System, Friday 7 May
253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
Irish whiskey, live music, community spirit – what more could you possibly want? Known for spotlighting the nation’s most exciting new talent. With free gigs at The Royal and The Beresford, you’ll experience sets from the likes of Jaguar Jonze, Alice Ivy, The Andy Golledge Band and The Buoys. House of Rounds will also be returning to Marrickville’s Vic On The Park in early June tying the Jameson House of Rounds to three of the coolest venues in Sydney.
Until Thursday 27 May
The Royal and The Beresford
Sculpture by the Sea really is the jewel of the Sydney art scene. In fact, as anyone who has ever tried to park in Bondi during the exhibition will tell you, it might just be one of the nation’s most popular free events. This year, the team behind Sculpture by the Sea will be mounting ‘Sculpture Rocks’ a free exhibition of Japanese Sculpture along the Sydney Harbour foreshore. The exhibition will feature 18 works by 14 Japanese artists including an ephemeral work by Akira Kamada, as well as works by Keizo Ushio, Takeshi Tanabe, Mitsuo Takeuchi, and – our personal favourite - Ayako Saito. Featuring artist from both Japan and Australia, the exhibition is a celebration of the vibrant sculpture scene that Sculpture by the Sea has fostered over the last several decades. Plus, it’s free, so what do you have to lose!
Thursday 20 May – Thursday 3 June
Campbells Cove, The Rocks
How long has it been since you cut loose and boogied with your besties on a dance floor? Too long! Now that live music, dancing and good times are all officially back, we’re all hankering for a night on the town. So fire up the group chat, gather the gang and dance the night away at our favourite dance floors in Sydney.
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.
March - November
Sydney Lyric Theatre
From the team behind Paddington’s Tequila Mockingbird, ESTEBAN is a renowned Mexican restaurant as well as the bar with the most tequila and mezcal in all the land (literally). You’ll find this laneway bar in the heart of Sydney’s CBD but with the traditional cuisine, street art and mezcal you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d found yourself in Mexico. Owing to a collaboration between the venue and the Rediscover Sydney campaign, ESTEBAN is launching a new live music night called – wait for it – ESTEBANd. Every Thursday night, for the next three months the laneway will host traditional Latin music nights with performers from local samba, tango and rumba groups. If we ever needed a reason to go out in the CBD, the chance to enjoy authentic Latin music and delicious Mexican meals would surely be it!
1 Temperance Lane, Sydney
Things to do in Sydney this Month: Explore
Where the Australian bush gives way to villages that charm with their heritage shopfronts, when it comes to things to do, the Blue Mountains delights, on and off the beaten track. Bounded by the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park, people come for the incredible vistas but stay for the villages. Each is a standout for their boutique shopping, art galleries and delectable foodie scene that plays on the very essence of locally grown produce and home-style cooking.
An easy 90-minute drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a haven that seems worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The chances of finding a quiet spot away from it all are all but guaranteed with bush trails that lead to secluded watering holes, meandering countryside in the valleys and botanic gardens that change with the seasons.
From Glenbrook to Mount Victoria, the Blue Mountains is packed full of things to do. Whether you're looking for couples-only retreats, family-friendly fun, foodie delights or heart-thumping activities, the Blue Mountains delivers in spades. So, pack your overnight bag because you will need more than a day to explore the wonders of this mountainous getaway.
Things to do in Sydney this Month: Shop
Our mums do so much for us and it’s time for us to show our appreciation. We know how hard it can be find the perfect gift, so we’ve done all the work for you. Check out our gift guide featuring everything from luxe linen bed sets, organic beauty products, gourmet goodies and chic jewelry. Or, if you’ve managed to leave things to the last minute (no judgement) we’ve got you covered with the best same-day flower delivery services in Sydney.
One of our favourite Australian jewellery brands, The Silver Collective is run by mother-daughter duo Maria and Anastasia. With delicate pieces that suit a laid-back lifestyle in gold, silver and rose gold as well as eye-catching jeweled pieces that bring a touch of sparkle to any look. If you’re looking for a piece to gift Mum this Mother’s Day check out Maria’s Gift Guide for pieces perfectly curated by the Mum behind the mother-daughter duo for the mother figure in your life. Or, you could just buy a piece to keep for yourself because these pieces are drop dead gorgeous.
We might not be able to plan a getaway to the beaches of Mexico this year but, with a bottle of Jarritos and a very good imagination, it just might feel like you’re there. The popular Mexican fruit-flavoured soda Jarritos have launched a delicious Passionfruit which hit shelves early this month. With flavour extracted from real passionfruit, this line will be the 10th flavour available to Australian Jarritos connoisseurs.
Arriving down under just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the new flavour is making quite a splash . Donut Papi are celebrating the release with their Parrion Don Jarritos treat which is covered in a Jarritos glaze, sprinkled with passionfruit and filled with a gel centre, the sweet treat will be available from Wednesday 5 May until Wednesday 12 May. On Cinco de Mayo itself Jarritos will be giving out 100 free passionfruit Jarritos and donuts from Donut Papi locations. Sinaloa in Double Bay will also be serving up Jarritos Passionfruit palomas and Jarritos Passionfruit margaritas for $12. So pick up a bottle and start celebrating!
Bstore, Australia's largest retailer of Brikenstocks and other stylish and comfortable shoes, have launched their 1-for-1 tree project initiative. Through this program they have pledged to plant a tree for every pair of shoes sold as part of a major reforestation project. Their chic winter shoes are to die for, from Frankie4 boots to Blundstone boots, EMU cosy slippers and some killer white sneaker. All you need to do is get shopping and then Bstore will get planting!
From the genius minds behind the Crammington and the Hot Cross Croissant, Banksia Bakehouse has released a brand new range of sweet treats that hero the local honey from Amber Drop Honey. The four new honey-inspired creations include an iconic cube-shaped croissant ($12) named after honey connoisseur Winne the Pooh filled with mascarpone cream, honey jelly and topped with honeycomb and fresh figs, a honey pear tart ($10), a mini hive ($12 - pictured) which combines honey caramel, vanilla sponge, Italian buttercream and finally, the big mama, the bee hive - a cake fit for Queen Bey herself, this cake features the same great layers as the mini hive but takes everything to the next level. There a lot of buzz around these cakes (pun intended) so get in quickly!
Grosvenor Place, T4/225 George St, Sydney