Feel like bunkering down this month? Don’t. Here are the fun activities you should be getting up to in July.
From pop-up markets to free cinema sessions and DIY cheese making classes, Sydney certainly isn’t shutting down during July and neither should you. Rug up, rally your mates and get your dose of winter goodness with these 12 things for your July calendar.
1. Head to Paddy’s Markets New Pop-up Series
Whilst you might be typically accustomed to purchasing knock off bags, whacky costumes and a-grade souvenirs from Paddy’s, they’re shaking things up with a dynamic market pop-up series. Targeting food lovers far and wide, these markets will be running every week, with the inaugural event kicking off between Wednesday 4th and Sunday 8th July from 10am-6pm. The theme this week is ‘Fabulous Foodies’, and so naturally you can expect some big names in the foodie-sphere. Think Zumbo, Rabbit Hole Tea, Love Dem Apples, N2 Extreme Gelato, Diego’s Donuts plus more.
Paddy’s Markets, 9-13 Hay St Haymarket, Sydney NSW 2000
2. Bottomless Meze and Wine Nights at Efendy
Balmain institution Efendy has been feeding locals and lovers of authentic Turkish cuisine since they first opened their doors 11 years ago. As we enter the heart of the cold months, they’re now inviting you in for a feast to remember. Running every Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm, head in for bottomless meze and wine nights. For a mere $60pp, expect a selection of hot, cold and dessert meze PLUS an epic two hour drinks package, which includes a selection of red, white and rosé imported directly from Turkey.
Efendy, 79 Elliott Street Balmain NSW
The cold weather is good for some things, including the return of Sunday roast specials at many of Sydney’s top pubs and restaurants. A Sunday well spent makes for a week of content, so check out the top spots for roast meats with all the trimmings here.
4. Check out this pop up OzHarvest Café in Surry Hills
OzHarvest recently launched an exciting new collaboration with profit-for-purpose café Gratia, creating a pop up OzHarvest Café in Surry Hills from July-September. Head into Gratia over the next three months and have 100 per cent of the profits from your order donated to OzHarvest. Every $1 spent at the OzHarvest Café by Gratia can help deliver two meals to someone in need.
Gratia, 372 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Screen cults, classics and comedies, Golden Age Cinema is all about bringing like-minded cinema loving folk together to watch films, enjoy a drink or even host an event. On Friday 6th July, head in for The Rocky Horror Show, followed by Japanese anime classic Spirited Away, which will be screening on Saturday 14th July. To get the full list of movie screenings, check out the website schedule.
Golden Age Cinema, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
6. Head to Watsons Bay Hotel For Life Drawing and Liquor Sessions
Whilst the hoards head to Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel for Sunday sessions during the warmer months, they’re now inviting to you head along to a different kind of session. Running on Tuesday 31st July, head into this beachside oasis for life drawing and liquor sessions. The hour long drawing class includes a glass of wine to help get the creative juices flowing, plus all artistic equipment. At $40 per ticket, this is your chance to learn a new skill or hone in on an existing talent. For more details head to the website or contact via (02) 9337 5444
Watsons Bay Boutiwue Hotel, 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
7. Celebrate World Chocolate Day
Jumping at any excuse to treat ourselves, World Chocolate Day is Saturday 7th July, and Sydney chocolatiers are celebrating with a delicious array of so-naughty-but-nice treats. Head into Max Brenner for FREE hot chocolates, plus they’ll be bringing back their iconic baked hot chocolates, which will be available for purchase on the day. Need we say more?
Glorious truffle season is at last upon us, and so if you’re a lover of the treasured winter ingredient, this time is nigh to check out Sydney’s best truffle dishes on offer. With the likes of truffle soft-serve, truffle Mi-Goreng, truffle scrambled eggs plus more on offer, you won’t want to miss this.
If Christmas markets, mulled wine, live cabaret and freshly baked bread sounds like your kind of dream fantasy, pencil the Bastille Festival into your diary. Taking over Circular Quay and now The Rocks from Thursday 12th July to Sunday 15th July 2018, at this year’s Bastille Festival you can expect a rich smorgasbord of all things French – food villages, wine gardens, live concerts, movie screens, a live cabaret show and more.
Rooftop cinema? Tick. Popcorn? Tick. Winter cocktails? Triple tick. If that wasn’t enough to entice you, Sweetheart’s Rooftop is also hosting these special cinema screenings, for free! Running on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from now until early August, head in for comedic classics like Zoolander and Anchorman, plus Dumb & Dumber and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Sweetheart’s Rooftop, 33-35 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point Sydney NSW 2010
Attention cheese lovers! If you’ve ever wanted the chance to make your own cheese, now’s the time as Tramsheds gets ready to host interactive cheese making classes. Choose between Bubbles/Brew, Burrata and Bocconcini and Mediterranean Cheese Making, with each class allowing you to walk away with a DIY cheese making hit.
Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge NSW 2037
Looking for a weekend getaway? Look no further than the Hunter Valley. Not only is it socially acceptable to drink wine at 10am, it’s encouraged. Taste your way around a myriad of vineyards, before stopping off for much needed food breaks at a range of restaurants and cafés.