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Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
November 23, 2020
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Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
November 23, 2020
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Tired of the classic movie and dinner date night combo? Us too. That's why we're always on the hunt for new things to do, scouring the city for not-boring Sydney activities — ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond done-before beers at the pub. Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing your 100th with your significant other, we've got some killer (and, yes, cute) Sydney date ideas for this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.
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FREE

VISIT ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MUMMIES AT THIS NEW MUSEUM

Sydney's got its fair share of post-pandemic art and cultural events happening at the moment and, now, it has just gotten a brand new museum. Located within the University of Sydney's Camperdown campus, the Chau Chak Wing Museum opened to the public last week, bringing together the tertiary educator's artistic, scientific, cultural and archaeological collections all in the one spot.

To celebrate its launch, the four-level, 2000-square-metre museum will be showing 18 new exhibitions, from an exploration of Ancient Rome and The Mummy Room — which is home to four Ancient Egyptian mummies — to an immersive installation by contemporary Aussie artist Daniel Boyd and a major showcase of art from eastern Arnhem Land titled Gululu dhuwala djalkiri: welcome to the Yolŋu foundations, demonstrating 100 years of Yolŋu knowledge sharing through painting and sculpture. In the Natural Selections exhibition, you'll find plenty of bird, mammal, fish and shell specimens, plus a rare giant beetle collected in the 18th century. Or, check out Coastline, an art exhibition of works depicting the oceanic and coastal landscapes by Aussie artists like Grace Cossington Smith, Arthur Streeton and J W Power.

Plus, it's totally free to enter — so you and your significant other can have an educational date without spending a cent.

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BROWSE MORE THAN 160 STALLS AT THIS FESTIVE MARKET

This year might've felt like it has dragged on forever, but the festive season is right around the corner already. And if you and your partner are the kind of people who like spending this particularly jolly period searching for gifts and goodies at markets, you're both about to be in your element.

At Entertainment Quarter from 10am–4pm on Sunday, November 29, you'll be able to wander your way through a huge addition to Sydney's market scene: The Ultimate Christmas Market. It'll feature 16o stalls, all spread around the ring in the site's showgrounds — for social distancing reasons, of course.

As for what you'll be browsing and buying, it's a hefty list, with plenty of Sydney small businesses selling their wares. Whether you're looking for a present for someone else or you're keen to be your own Santa, you can check out homewares, clothes, arts and crafts, textiles, jewellery and items for pets. And, stock up on Christmas decorations, ornaments and wrapping paper as well.

There'll also be food — to take home to celebrate the season, and to eat while you're wandering around.

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UNDER $50

PUT ON YOUR STRETCHY PANTS AND EAT ENDLESS SLICES OF PIZZA TOGETHER

Roman-style pizza plays a hefty part on Maybe Frank's menu every day of the week. Come Wednesdays, however, pizza is the main attraction — as you'd expect at the Surry Hills and Randwick eateries' all-you-can-eat pizza evening, which has returned after the pandemic.

For $20, you can indeed feast on all the slices that your stomach can handle. You can choose from 11 different flavours (and potentially even try them all if your stomach is roomy enough). Start with a simple margherita and classic capricciosa, perhaps, and move on to the decadent four-cheese number and a tartufo, which comes with porcini and truffle oil.

You'll get salad and a Nutella slider as part of the deal, too. The only requirement for the all-you-can-eat pizza night is that you purchase a drink. And you'll want to try the cocktails, which are as good as any bar in the city. As an added bonus, $10 negronis and spritzes are available all night.

If you don't want a drink, you can also get the bottomless deal for $25 a head.

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PACK A PICNIC AND TAKE YOUR POOCH TO THIS OUTDOOR CINEMA

Can you feel a tingling in your toes as your feet start to defrost? That's the feeling of winter slipping away (or maybe you've been sitting cross-legged for too long) and with its demise comes the return of Australia's beloved Moonlight Cinema. Heralding the coming of the warmer months, Moonlight Cinema is a summertime tradition that is thankfully making a comeback despite everything that 2020 has thrown our way.

The season will kick off on Thursday, November 26 and run right through summer until Sunday, April 4 in its annual home, Centennial Park. Get ready to kick back on the grass and watch Moulin Rouge!, When Harry Met SallyBohemian Rhapsody and Pulp Fiction. A week of Christmas films will help you feel merry, with Die HardLove ActuallyElfHome Alone and The Nightmare Before Christmas on the bill. And, from this year's releases, there's a little bit of everything. Christopher Nolan's Tenet will screen in the evening air, this year's new version of The Secret Garden will play surrounded by plenty of grass, and Australian comedy Rams — about feuding sheep-farmer brothers — will do the same.

Nosh-wise, Moonlight Cinema will again let you BYO movie snacks and drinks, but the unorganised can also enjoy a plethora of snacks from food trucks — perfect, messy treats made for reclining on bean beds. As always, the cinema is dog-friendly, too, so your pooch can be third wheel on your date night.

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Arabella on Airbnb by Love Space Photography

ESCAPE TO A TINY HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY FOR A WEEKEND

They say good things come in small packages and that might hold especially true for your next getaway. When it comes to that romantic weekend for two, it's the tiny houses that hold the biggest charm. Escape reality with a few nights spent in a secluded mini abode, king of your own little castle. Perhaps you fancy a quaint rural stay complete with rolling green hills? Or maybe a petite retreat by the water? Well, whatever your vibe, NSW has a pint-sized holiday home to suit.

One of our favourites is Arabella, pictured above, an award-winning designer stay, complete with a fairytale-like forest setting. The tiny home itself is impressive, but it's the incredible one-way glass bathroom hidden among nearby trees that steals the show.

So you don't have to spend hours scrolling through Airbnb, we'd done the hard work for you and rounded up 20 small-but-mighty tiny houses you can book all over the state. Pick a favourite, pack a bag and get set for a taste of that minimalist life.

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Top image: Moonlight Cinema

Published on November 23, 2020 by Concrete Playground

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