October 15, 2021

Sydney's Top Places to Visit This Weekend Following the Lockdown

Belen Arce
Sydney's Top Places to Visit This Weekend Following the Lockdown
After more than 100 days of lockdown, this weekend is Sydney’s first after the celebrated Freedom Day on Monday, October 11.

Restaurants, bars, hairdressers, and, of course, IRL events are all back on the social agenda – even introverts are surely glad!

To help you narrow down some of the most appealing plans to enjoy this weekend, Toyota has put together a list of exciting destinations within the state borders of NSW for you. Sure, you can’t make it to Queensland just yet, but how about checking these venues instead?

Aiden Darling Harbour

The first of Best Western’s Aiden hotels in Australasia, this boutique establishment aims to provide visitors with affordable luxury!

Little National Hotel

With a central location and luxurious facilities (super king beds and a virtual mini bar, anyone?), Little National in Sydney ticks all the boxes for the staycation you deserve!

Santa Catarina

Traditional Oaxacan cuisine is given the high-end treatment at Sydney’s Santa Catarina, with an extensive list of mezcal to accompany your favourite Mexican dishes.

We are also adding our own suggestions to the above so you can keep them on record for the exciting times ahead. Pull out your pen and paper (or excel sheet, if you prefer) and get those bookings in as soon as possible!


One of Casper’s EIC favourite restaurants when she comes to Sydney, Apollo is a Greek must. The food there is something tempting for most nights: zesty and full of fresh herbs.

Fellr Garden of Fizz

Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens throughout spring and summer for Australia’s first pop-up hard seltzer bar. You can head over from 10 am–7.30 pm Thursday–Sunday. The seltzer-only bar will feature Feller’s dry and lime, lime and soda, and watermelon and passionfruit seltzers, as well as a new range of cocktail seltzers coming to the shelves soon. 

Lady Banks Rooftop Bar 

There’s a new kid on the block from October 14: Lady Banks is opening its doors to panoramic views that capture the CBD skyline and the Blue Mountains. Plus, there are tasty brews and a top-notch share-style menu to enjoy, too. 

The Powerhouse Museum

Are you feeling culture-starved? Well, the Powerhouse Museum is not mucking around, with five new exhibitions unveiled for its official reopening from October 11. It’s free to enter the exhibitions that span photography, design, music, ceramics, and applied arts. 

Image Credits: Aiden Darling Harbour, Little National Hotel, Santa Catarina, Plama, Appolo, Lady Banks, The Power House Museum

And now for what so many of us have been waiting for: salons!

Paloma Hair Salon

It’s about time to head back to one of Sydney’s most sustainable hair salons, proud of being a 98% recyclable salon. Paloma works with sustainable salons to collect, repurpose, and redistribute resources, such as packaging, clippings, and tools. 

Edwards & Co

One of the top salons in the city is back on track, and every blondie is for sure on their waiting list. It is also the blow-dry place where A-Listers head when they need something super! You will feel and look like a star with a signature blow-dry from Edwards & Co. 


This is not your regular beauty salon; Venustus combines a beautiful aesthetic with healing practices to give both your body and soul a well-deserved TLC moment. You’ll go for the massage and stay for Jeannie’s energy.  

Melanie Grant

This is the favourite facial temple for beauty editors and celebs alike, and for a good reason! Melanie’s hands are one the most coveted Sydney offerings, from clinical to organic bespoke consults. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Melanie Grant Skincare Edit with all the goodies your skin will ever need.

The Parlour Room

I think it’s safe to say that it’s time to bring manis back for good. And what better place than Natalie Ferrari’s bubble to nail? A perfect manicure is very much needed these days when the social agenda is in its full swing! 

If you liked this article, check our latest feature on Australian fashion here.

Image credits Paloma Hair Salon, Edwards & Co, Venustus, Melanie Grant & The Parlour Room
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