You’ve cleaned up the mess (how does wrapping paper always get everywhere?) and now it’s time to decide what to do with another day off.

You could see a movie (but that’s probably what everyone else is thinking), or maybe shopping the sales could be a good option; beware that both are very stress-inducing.

We think the correct play here is to seek out one of the spots on this guide (definitely call ahead to see if they have any room), and settle in for a nice, long, leisurely lunch or dinner. Let someone else handle the cooking today – you can always have those Christmas leftovers tomorrow.

Boxing Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means we get an extra public holiday on the 28th. Bearing that in mind, here are the venues staying open over the two days.

Note: we’ve been as diligent as possible with the information on this page, which was confirmed in writing from each venue in the week prior to Christmas. But the Omicron situation is changing almost daily. We strongly advise you call ahead to make sure that the place you plan to visit is open on the day.

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What’s Open for Summer: Cafes
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Restaurants

Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

Bar

Open as usual on Boxing Day the 26th and 28th.

210 Australia Street, Newtown
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Henrietta

Restaurant

Open on Boxing Day the 26th and 28th from midday–9pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

Shop 1 500 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Butter

Restaurant

Chatswood is open 11am–5pm, and The Rocks are open 11am–6pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

6 Hunt Street, Surry Hills
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Restaurant Hubert

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 28th. 15 per cent surcharge.

15 Bligh Street, Sydney
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Sinaloa

Restaurant

Open from midday–late. 10 per cent surcharge.

37 Bay Street, Double Bay

Simulation Senpai

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 26th for lunch from 11.30am–2.30pm, and dinner from 5–8.30pm.

The Exchange 1 Little Pier Street, Sydney

The Pacific Club Bondi Beach

Restaurant

Open from midday–10pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

Ground Floor 182 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Harajuku Gyoza

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 26th and 28th until 9pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

9 15 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

Yulli's

Restaurant

Open from 5pm–10pm.

417 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Ho Jiak

Restaurant

Open from 11am–10pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

92 Hay Street, Haymarket
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Ho Jiak Town Hall

Restaurant

Open for lunch from 11.30am–2.30pm; and dinner from 5pm–9.15pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

125 York Street, Sydney
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Belles Hot Chicken Barangaroo

Restaurant

Open as usual with public holiday surcharge.

Shop 5 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo

Franca

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 28th from 12pm for lunch; and 5.30pm for dinner.

81 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Bars

Bondi Beach Public Bar

Bar

Open from midday–late. 10 per cent surcharge.

180 Campbell Parade, Bondi

One Drop Brewing

Bar

Open from midday–8pm.

5 Erith Street, Botany

Mountain Goat Newtown

Bar

Open midday–late. 10 per cent surcharge.

435 King Street, Newtown

Cantina Ok!

Bar

Open Boxing Day the 28th as normal.

Council Place, Sydney

Bucketty's Brewing Co

Bar

Open midday–10pm.

26 Orchard Road, Brookvale

Dulcie’s Cottage

Bar

Open midday–10pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

60 Main Street, Merimbula
Book a Table

Batch Brewing Co

Bar

Open on Boxing Day the 28th until 8pm.

44 Sydenham Road, Marrickville

Batch Brewing Co Petersham

Bar

Open on Boxing Day the 28th until 8pm.

292 Stanmore Road, Petersham

The Lord Dudley Hotel

Bar

Open from midday–10pm.

236 Jersey Road, Woollahra

Cafes

Cuckoo Callay Surry Hills

Cafe

Open on Boxing Day the 26th and 28th from 8am–4pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

413 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Mayflower

Cafe

Open as usual 7am–3.30pm.

2/203A Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Cafe Oratnek

Cafe

Open Boxing Day the 28th as usual.

4 Pitt Street, Redfern

Fleetwood Macchiato

Cafe

Open Boxing Day the 28th 8am–2pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

43 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
547 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Sonoma Bakery

Cafe

Braddon, Alexandria, Bowral, Rose Bay and Bondi are open as usual. 10 per cent surcharge applies.

Brickfields

Cafe

Open until 2pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale

The Fold

Cafe

Open from 8am until 3pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

403 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill

Bourke Street Bakery

Cafe

Open on Boxing Day the 28th from 7am until 4pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Circa Espresso

Cafe

Open from 8am until 3pm. 20 per cent surcharge.

21 Wentworth Street, Parramatta

Bills Double Bay

Cafe

Open on Boxing Day the 28th from 8am until 10pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

16 Cross Street, Double Bay

Bills Surry Hills

Cafe

Open on Boxing Day the 28th from 8am until 10pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Bills Bondi

Cafe

Open on Boxing Day the 28th from 8am until 10pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

79 Hall Street, Bondi

Bills Darlinghurst

Cafe

Open on Boxing Day the 28th from 8am until 3pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Busta

Restaurant

Open as usual on Boxing Day the 28th.

Shop 8 2-12 Pittwater Road, Manly