Make it a slushie
Cool down this summer with a tequila slushie at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. The pub has collaborated with Don Julio Tequila to create a colourful Mexican-inspired pop-up serving two types of slushie: a classic Margarita (tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice) and a Palmoa (tequila, grapefruit soda and lime juice). You can relive your servo slushie runs of childhood by combining the two. The slushies are $14 each, and available until January 1.

Save coffee bags from landfill
Small-batch Sydney coffee roastery Madding Crowd Coffee has launched the Swag-Bag ($45): a sustainable coffee bag that’s a reusable alternative to single-use packaging and crafted to last forever. The bags are like “keep cups for coffee beans” – and have so far saved more than 10,000 plastic sacks from landfill. Handmade in Newcastle using locally sourced materials, the bags are made from the same material used for heavy-weather sailcloth and hardy outdoor adventure equipment, protecting beans from oxygen, humidity and UV.

Life’s a beach
Mode Sportif Beach House has popped up in the east, bringing a curated selection of Christmas gifts and summer essentials to The Bungalows at Bondi. Expect swimwear, dresses, jewellery, hats, bags, shoes and homewares. There’s In the Roundhouse crab plates, garments from Maggie Marilyn and Albus Lumen, Mara and Mine sandals and artworks by Daimon Downey. It’s open Sun to Fri 10am–4pm and Sat 10am–5pm. Until December 20.

A delicious crossover
Tiny house getaways with Unyoked have just got a whole lot more tasty, thanks to a collaboration with Sydney pasta joints Ragazzi and Fabbrica. They’ve put together a food box that’ll make checking out from city life easier than ever. Add a box to your stay, then before you leave the city swing past Fabbrica to collect your package, which includes Ragazzi pasta, toasted sandwiches, meats, cheese, accoutrements and jarred desserts. Anything that needs cooking can be cooked over a campfire.

A new local
A new cafe, Frank & Chitch, has opened in Earlwood, bringing great coffee and food to a space just metres from the Cooks River Cycleway. The cafe – named for British bulldog (Frank) who made headlines after dying on a flight in 2019 and his owner (nickname Chitch) – the cafe welcomes pups with a dog station, puppy treats and a puppycino. For humans, there are dishes such as fried-chicken burgers, falafel salad and poke bowls, as well as coffee from Little Marionette.