The birthday picnic

Have your cake and eat it too with the ultimate birthday spread. Curate a collection of sweet things so pretty that Marie Antoinette would weep with joy.

Fill your hamper at:

Messina, Bengong Black, Shortstop and Saga Lyte

When Messina started doing takeaway tubs, the world seemed better. If you wander to Little Hay Street, you can pick up a tub (or two), some pastries from Bengong Black, and some very special donuts from Shortstop—try the Earl Grey and Rose Cake for something different. If time allows, another pit stop in Maker’s Dozen will land you at Saga  Lyte—where you’ll discover the birthday cake of all your childhood dreams.

The lunch with colleagues picnic 

Everybody in the office is talking health kicks. Where do you go to pick up some picnic foods that offer variety, but also whet the appetite for wholesomeness?

Fill your hamper at:

Fishbowl, Mr Bao, Tea Shop Express

First, pick up a range of baos and pork steam buns for everyone at Mr Bao, and throw in some edamame while you’re at it. Keeping with the fresh theme, head to Fishbowl and choose a few bowls. Our picks are the Miso Salmon and Free Range Chicken Bowls, but you can always build your own too. For some happy sips, pick up your Bubble Tea of choice at Tea Shop Express.

The weekend with friends picnic 

As the weather gets warmer, and the sun gets sunnier, The Square is a great meeting point for friends on the weekend, with everything you need for a restaurant-quality picnic close by.

Fill your hamper at:

XOPP, Fish&Co, Hopper Kade

For a picnic with some new flavour, why not impress your mates with a Sri Lankan spread from Hopper Kade—featuring Kade bowls and roti wraps, or some of Sydney’s best Cantonese (you can’t go past the noodle dishes) from XOPP. And if you’re favouring simplicity in flavour, Fish&Co has some very good sustainable fish & chips that’ll hook you, line and sinker.

The first date picnic

So you need to impress. We get it. Why not spoil your date with a menu of treats that’ll send you soaring into loveland.

Fill your hamper at:

Bubble Nini, Kürtősh, Edition Coffee Roasters

For a first date, it’s always fun to watch someone tuck in to a burger. Try the sweet and juicy pork katsu burger with capsicum, tartare and cabbage from Edition, and share some umami chips on the side. Wash it down with a great Bubble Tea from Bubble Nini, and finish with the famous chimney cake from Kürtősh. For the gents reading this, some flowers from Bubble Nini might just seal the deal for date number two.