Trending florists in Sydney

Trendy online florists

It’s the new trend putting a modern spin on the traditional art of romance and courtship. Online florists are streamlining the way we gift and receive flowers – from the selection to the packaging and delivery, trendy florists are making it so easy and affordable to turn your simple ‘congratulations’ or ‘I love you’ into a heartfelt gesture. Here are 5 must-know florists winning hearts across Sydney & beyond:

1. Daily Blooms: With a bundle of feel good options available in both Sydney and Melbourne, Daily blooms offers a once-off bouquet delivery or the option to sign up your other half for regular deliveries. Lucky gal.

Florists in Syd
The ‘fresh from the market’ look is trending and Daily Blooms definitely does not disappoint.

2. The Daily Bunch: Starting from $35, The Daily Bunch will deliver a gorgeous arrangement finished off with a classy black ribbon and personalised message for an elegant touch on any occasion.

Florists in Syd
See more: @thedailybunch

3. Little Flowers: Sydney’s favourite florals are chosen and delivered daily by the bike riding folks at Little Flowers. Its small, no hassle bundle makes it the best option for an office delivery or a surprise gift on your first date. Little Flowers will generally post a ‘bunch of the day’ pic on Instagram so take a peek and submit an order before mid morning for only $30.

Florists in Syd
See more: @littleflowerssydney

4. The Botanical Alchemist: When I finally got my hands on a brown paper bouquet of pink tulips from The Botanical Alchemist, I couldn’t contain my joy. Lovely florals from TBA are locally sourced and hand-picked by solopreneur Lesley who carefully packages and crafts each bouquet. Go big or go small with TBA for your special one.  

Florists in Syd
See more: @thebotanical.alchemist

5. The Little Posy Co: Based in Perth and soon expanding to Brisbane, The Little Posy Co is the perfect expression of love and affection for your sweetheart. It’s simple colours and minimal arrangements isn’t overly done or tacky. It’s just right.  

Florists in Syd
See more: @thelittleposyco_perth
WIFI cafes in Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD cafes with wifi

Whether you’re a freelancer, a part-time creative or socialite that needs to frequent your feed over some coffee, a cafe with fast wifi and good coffee is hard to come by – especially if it’s after work hours.

Luckily, there are a handful of spots in Sydney that will share their wifi password and offer you great coffee! Here are some of the best cafes in Sydney with wifi. Hold this list close – it’ll be your best friend the next time you want to pick up your laptop and settle in a cosy cafe.

CBD cafes with wifi: Day

1. Kafeine, York St: Great for meeting with a client or colleague, not so great if you get stuck in the lunch time rush of workers picking up a delicious sandwich or cup of Campos.

kafeine-1

2. MCA Cafe, George St: With killer views of Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, this is the place to read, write and get inspired on any sunny morning. The food menu is just as creative as its art, adapting to any specific exhibitions on at the time but it is a little pricier so eat beforehand and opt for a coffee & cake instead.

3. Upperroom Restocafe, Pitt St: With a studio vibe to it, Upperroom is spacious and comfy. Choose a wide table to spread out your work or a quiet corner to enjoy cheap breakfast and coffee.

4. Brewery Espresso Bar, Erskine St: Not a favourite for food or coffee but in a city where WIFI is hard to come by, its seat by the window is a great location to sit and write as you watch bankers buzz by.

CBD cafes with wifi: Night

1. Bluebird Espresso, George St: This corner spot is tight yet cosy and perfect for its central location, conveniently located next to Town Hall station. Bluebird’s coffee and cold drip doesn’t compromise on quality and with Pappa’s famous Nutella ricotta cheesecake, what’s not to love.

2. Tom n Toms, Bathurst St: Brightly lit and filled with uni students most nights, this Korean inspired cafe offers a range of teas and sweet bread for a late night working session.

3. Cafe Tiamo, Pitt St: Take a pit stop after work to get through your to- do list at this cute cafe in Sydney’s Korea Town.

tiamo

Need to pick up your laptop outside of the CBD? See my list of Sydney cafes with wifi somewhere closer to you.

List of sydney cafes with wifi

Sydney cafes with wifi

Unlike the string of accessible cafes around Asia that offer high-speed internet, Sydney’s cafe scene is yet to embrace a widespread wifi revolution so whenever a space offers good coffee, quality food and a cosy space to work or study, the excitement is uncontainable.

Cafes with wifi by day:

Orto Trading Co, Surry Hills 

Orto Cafe in Surry Hills, Sydney has WIFI

Sunshine and donuts. What more is there to say?

Orto Trading Co is spacious, brightly lit and decorated with fresh florals. The sweet spot in Surry Hills is sure to revive your routine and motivate you for another day. Opt for an outdoor seat in the warm sun for good vibes but, Saturday mornings can get quite busy so Orto isn’t quite the ideal location if you need a quiet spot to work on weekends.  

Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore, Paddington

Ampersand in Paddington, Sydney has WIFI

Surrounded by paperbacks and a cosy, communal atmosphere, be prepared to share your table with other coffee drinkers and book enthusiasts – the large wooden table upstairs is a definite favourite for some peace and quiet when concentration doesn’t come naturally.

Elbow Room Espresso, Chatswood

Elbow room in Chatswood, Sydney has wifi

With an appetising seasonal menu and tasty batch brews and cold drips galore, it’s no surprise that Elbow Room is always buzzing amidst Chatswood’s dry coffee scene. Elbow Room is a tight squeeze but the welcoming, casual space is a favourite for writers and freelancers to get set on a high stool or a spot on the big wooden table for big ideas.

Mrs P’s, Burwood

This cafe in Burwood, Sydney has wifi

A local gem run by friendly locals – drop by mid-morning to share a conversation, take a seat by the surrounding windows and enjoy a spot of serenity behind Burwood’s busy precinct. The coffee is noteworthy, the wifi is steady and the food at Mrs P’s is hearty to keep you going and going.

The Vogue Cafe, Macquarie Centre

Macquarie Centre in Sydney has wifi

Consider yourself the trendy type? Macquarie shopping centre has established itself as a leading shopping hub and with decent WIFI to last 2-3 hours, drop by in the afternoon for a sugar kick at Vogue Cafe or a cup of brewed energy upstairs at sister cafe, The Missing Piece. Both locations attract waves of traffic especially on the weekends so aim for an afternoon slot.

Clipper Cafe, Glebe

Clipper cafe in Rozelle has wifi

The wide, wooden tables at Clipper’s cafe is alluring. With a rustic, cosy vibe on Glebe’s central street, Clipper’s is not only accessible but offers a range of affordable noms – the coffee is mediocre at best and unlikely to satiate your morning caffeine craving so make it an afternoon gem instead. This local spot in Glebe is mostly filled with University students so it’s the perfect location to get motivated to finish that essay.

Daschund Coffee, Hunters Hill

This cafe in sydney has wifi

Daschund Coffee is mostly frequented for its coffee and brunch menu but with free WIFI, it’s another prime suburban location to hydrate your creative veins with coffee as you type away. The dogs that frequent this cafe are also a great distraction whenever you need to take your mind off the task in front of you.

Piccolo’s Cafe, Rozelle

Local cafe in Rozelle, Sydney with cafe

Piccolo’s is loved for its versatility – doubling as a cosy midweek cafe and also a casual catch up spot on the weekends. The menu at Piccolo’s is simple and mouthwatering – don’t miss out on the dukkah and avo smash or the range of fritters. Spend your late mornings reading, working or checking your emails.

Cafes with wifi by night:

Chambers Fine Coffee, Rhodes

Night cafe in sydney with wifi

Open till 10:30 on most evenings and located close to Rhodes Station, take advantage of this local spot with a sweet treat after work. For warmer evenings, work on an outdoor table.

Once Upon a Time, West Ryde

Cafe in West Ryde open late with wifi

As the first late night spot at West Ryde, Once Upon a Time is the go-to cafe in the area to study or work. Walk towards the warm lights that flood onto West Parade and indulge in an Earl Grey Latte or a Green Tea Latte for a milky twist to the usual.

Well Co. Cafe, Glebe

Well Co has wifi till late in sydney

Open till late on weekends, Well Co is just the space you need for a low key writing sesh.  The upstairs is furnished to look like a cosy living room so order a warm tea, a brownie and take a seat upstairs to make the most of your Saturday evening. The plethora of food options in Glebe means you can also drop by after a dinner date or stay for the occasional live jazz gigs downstairs.

The protests that marked 2014

In the year that’s been, the world has witnessed recurring displays of fierce resistance and protest. News of rallies and demonstrations frequently dominated our headlines as we witnessed citizens of different governments and nation-states rallying together for democracy, progress and justice.

Former diplomat and researcher at the Australian National University, Dr Alison Broinowski said a loss of trust in the government, exasperation with growing social inequality, endless wars and broken promises were common causes of large scale protests across the world.

“People feel their views are disregarded and public protest is the only way to reinforce each other and get heard,” she said.

In the past year, we witnessed iconic images of impassioned protests that will be etched in our minds and hearts for years to come. Here are some of the few memorable protests that have defined the year 2014.

#ShutdownBangkok

Thailand's protest year
Credit: Victor Durnesny

In the wake of the new year, major intersections in the capital city of Thailand were blockaded by protesters adorned in Thailand’s national colours. The protesters occupied streets of Bangkok, a city of some 12 million residents, to overthrow the elected Pheu Thai party, accused of corruption and populist policies.  Who? The ‘Yellow Shirt’ protesters comprised of urban elites and middle class citizens. The leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, Suthep Thaugsuban, rallied for widespread reform and the transfer of power to an unelected ‘People’s Council.’

Thailand's protest souvenirs
Credit: Dr Burtoni

What did it achieve? The rally was the latest chapter in an eight year conflict that symbolised the rift between elite Thais and the rural poor. The Thai army intervened in May to implement martial law and dismantle the protests. A caretaker government was established and democracy was suspended.

Why was it memorable? Tourists in Bangkok at the time will not forget the festive spirit at the rally sites. Tents occupied major intersections and #ShutdownBangkok t-shirts became a top tourist souvenir.

#BusttheBudget

‘Bust the Budget’ rallies quickly gained momentum across major Australian cities and rural communities as Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his government’s federal budget on May 13th.

Credit: Takver
Credit: Takver

Who? Thousands of Australians chanted “hey hey, ho ho, Tony Abbott’s got to go” in anti-budget rallies that protested university fee deregulation and significant cuts to welfare. The protests were amassed by students, union groups, pensioners, families and retirees to contest the terms of the budget.

Who? Thousands of Australians chanted “hey hey, ho ho, Tony Abbott’s got to go” in anti-budget rallies that protested university fee deregulation and significant cuts to welfare. The protests were amassed by students, union groups, pensioners, families and retirees to contest the terms of the budget.

What did it achieve? While Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey continued to defend the federal budget, the rally cries increased pressure on a government struggling to push through its measures in the senate.

Why was it memorable? The anti-budget protests of 2014 will be remembered for the strong Aussie spirit that united us in the fight for equality and a ‘fair go’ for all.

#Ferguson

Credit: Elvet Barnes
Credit: Elvet Barnes

It’s August 9th and an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, is killed by Officer Darren Wilson in the predominantly black suburb of Ferguson, St Louis. The death of a black teen at the hands of a white police officer triggered weeks of demonstrations. The Missouri National Guard was called in to assist officers who responded to protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets. The recent decision by Missouri’s Grand Jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson fuelled another wave of violent protests, leaving buildings and cars ablaze.

Who? Protesters in Ferguson are diverse, comprising a mixture of black and white Americans as well as members from nearby suburbs and cities. To date, more than 400 people have been arrested in St. Louis for civil disobedience and unrest.

Credit: Amir Aziz

Credit: Amir AzizWhat did it achieve? The protests in Ferguson have exposed the reality of racial tension in the US and brought issues of structural inequality to the forefront of public debate. President Barack Obama condemned the violence but emphasised the experience of inequality is common in many ‘communities of colour’ across the US.

Why was it memorable? Protesters in Ferguson and across America have been defined by the confronting signs and posters accompanying the movement.

#OccupyCentral

Hong Kong’s central business district of Mong Kok was paralysed in September with university students calling on the Beijing and Hong Kong government to implement universal suffrage for the upcoming elections. Hong Kong has not experienced a protest of this scale in years and the protesters will be remembered for their courageous opposition to China.

Credit: Calvin YC
Credit: Calvin YC

#OccupyCentral began in Mong Kok but spread out to three alternate locations across Hong Kong.

Who? Launched by democracy activists and initiated by Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong. The civil disobedience movement attracted hundreds of people, predominantly students, who staged a peaceful sit in across four different locations in the city.

What did it achieve? After a meeting on November 26th, Occupy founders and democracy activists from the Pan-democrats party, advocated to end the 61 day occupation. The South China Morning Post reports a total of 69 arrests during the Mong Kok protests. Despite only minor concessions from the government, the occupation has successfully sparked national debate over political reform and economic structure.

Credit: Alcuin Lai
Credit: Alcuin Lai

Why was it memorable? The Occupy movement was famously nicknamed the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ as protesters used umbrellas to shield themselves from tear gas and pepper spray. Yellow umbrellas and ribbons were a powerful symbol of universal suffrage and democracy.

From the French Revolution to Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement, protests have acted as catalysts for change. Despite the outcome, many passive and active forms of protest this year have also made a mark in our modern memory.

Dr Alison  Broinowski said successful protests bring about change but are rarely witnessed.

“Governments and corporations don’t want to be held to ransom by ‘the mob’. But by organising, writing to MPs, asking for answers, civil society groups can push policy towards their desired objective, even if it is slow to occur,” she said.