Easter: the long weekend that validates gorging on beautifully-foiled, chocolate orbs and spending treasured time with your nearest and dearest. It’s the break you’ve been longing for after feeling the first few months of the year slip through your fingers at high speed, and it would be rude not to take blissful advantage of it. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of ways to celebrate the occasion, because we want you to do just that!
1. Schedule brunch at one of Sydney’s many freshly minted cafés
It’s no secret - there’s always a new café swinging its doors open in Sydney. Consider this the perfect opportunity to assemble your friends and family for some scrumptious eats and potent caffeine.
If you’re looking for an inner-city café, our recommendation has to be Portal. This not-for-profit has just set up shop in Martin Place, serving your lattes with a dash of altruism so you can help them help others this Easter. One hundred per cent of all profits are donated to a collection of local causes and the menu boasts incredibly nutrient-rich foods, perfect for balancing out all of those cheeky chocolate eggs! And if you’re after freshly housemade bread and an almond milk cap, Good One in Bondi will offer up some reprieve from all those hot cross buns you’ve been downing.
2. Get cosy with a new read by candlelight
It’s often hard to find the time amongst the madness of busy work and life schedules to start devouring that book you’ve been dying to sit down with and simply unwind. Currently warming our bedside is Sally Rooney’s widely-acclaimed Normal People and Dolly Alderton’s gloriously witty memoir, Everything I Know About Love. We prescribe cracking open one of these beautifully-written tomes and embracing a warm, exotic, amber candle with a hot green tea, or a glass of pinot noir and indulging in some dark chocolate. The rich throw of our Amber Mahogany Bevelled Crystal Candle is just the thing to ease you into those cooler months. We’re secretly a little excited.
3. A tour of the Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift at the National Gallery of Victoria
For art aficionados and sartorial mavens, that extra bit of free time over the Easter
weekend should be allotted for a trip to the National Gallery of Victoria. One of our
favourite spots in Melbourne, the NGV has just cut the red ribbon on its latest highly anticipated exhibition, with a slew of masterpiece garbs landing as part of the Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift. Upon entering this veritable Dream Wardrobe, you can indulge in heritage garments plotted along a carefully-crafted maze in a whimsical ode to haute couture. If you weren’t already convinced, the Gift even includes Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s iconic ‘little black dress’. This one’s unmissable, so start assembling your fashion-fledged friends or escape for the day and explore the exhibition solo.
4. Reinvigorate your space for autumn
With autumn in full swing, this weekend is the down time you’ve been longing for to pull a mini interiors overhaul of your abode. The seasonal trend forecast sees a focus on form and texture, easily incorporated into the home through tweaking the accessories and fleeting furnishings in your living space. We love anything comforting, quilted or awash with emerald green from Kip & Co. And for an ambient lasting touch? The jovial interplay of sweetness and spice expelled from the Abode Aroma Ginger Pear Reed Diffuser is just the thing to awaken your space.
5. Embark on a winery hopping day in the Hunter Valley
Australia’s oldest wine region has enough cellar doors to keep you occupied for 100 long weekends. A lush day of winery hopping, vineyard exploring and sipping on the Hunter Valley’s signature Semillon is the most delicious way to take in stunning vistas, beautiful wines and country hospitality. Take your pick from a host of big-name wineries and boutique gems. Krinklewood Vineyard is coming in as our provincial favourite. And after you polish off your boozy lunch, take a wander through the lush Hunter Valley Gardens.
So whether you’re gallivanting through grapevines or indulging in a new book, we hope this carefully curated selection of glorious activities has you inspired and excited for the Easter long weekend ahead. What’s made the top of your to-do list?