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15 Things Sydney Got Really Fucking Excited About In 2015

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1. Taking an Instagram pic at Aqua S.

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This bright blue, sea salt flavoured soft serve has been the item to have on your Instagram feed since the Aqua S store opened early this year. The cloud-patterned photo wall was basically purpose built for social media.

2. H&M Opening.

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Sydney-siders queued dedicatedly outside the H&M CBD store before it opened its doors for the first time, eager to browse Australia's third outpost of the international cult-chain store (the first Sydney outpost opened in North Ryde in 2014.)

3. Gelato Messina doing delivery.

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Messina originated in Sydney and has maintained a strong fanbase there ever since, so it's not surprising that people lost their shit when they announced a delivery service in partnership with Suppertime.

4. The friendly Opera House seal.

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The seal that sometimes sun bakes on the Opera House steps reportedly appeared in 2014 but has continued to pop up throughout 2015. People are pretty happy that he's stuck around.

5. Vivid festival.

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Sydney’s annual festival of music and creativity continues to draw in strong crowds. This year was no exception thanks to gigs by Aussie music stars such as Flume and Chet Faker at the Opera House forecourt, and the whimsical use of the MCA as a screen on which to project fairytale-inspired lights.

6. Tella Ball Milkshakes.

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Some enterprising guys at a cafe in Erskineville started sticking Nutella-filled doughnut balls on top of their chocolate milkshakes and the people of Sydney went crazy for it. The End.

7. Doughnuts in general.

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2015 was the year that Sydney was actually obsessed with doughnuts. Boutique doughnut businesses sprung up left right and centre, due to popular demand and a foodie fixation with the comforting, carb-y confections. We're not complaining.

8. Forever 21 Opening.

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Sydney was graced with yet another big, bright International retail chain with the opening of Forever 21 in Pitt St Mall. The usual anticipation-fuelled hype ensued. The launch party even involved a squad of cheerleaders.

9. The Night Noodle Markets.

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The annual Night Noodle Markets is always an exciting affair in the city of Sydney, however this year's attendees were spoiled for choice with a myriad of quirky new offerings, such as ramen tacos, fried rice served inside a pineapple, and bao buns filled with ice cream.

10. This extravagant cheese toastie.

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When chef Peter Gilmore took over the Bennelong restaurant at the Opera House this year, one new menu item caught the particular attention of Sydney-siders: the fancy-schmancy cheese toastie, made with creme fraiche brioche, five different kinds of cheese, and black truffle.

11. Zara Home Opening.

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Zara opened their very first home store in Sydney late this year, and it looks set to become just as popular as its clothing-stocked cousin, judging by the initial crowds.

12. Katherine Sabbath's sweet creations.

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Katherine Sabbath is literally the lady who won Instagram in 2015. She began to make a name for herself in 2014 as an uber talented, self-taught baker, but this year saw her really explode. As if you wouldn't get excited over such a magical looking cake?!

13. T.Swift's concert.

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When Taylor Swift came to town in November, dedicated fans flocked to her sold-out show at the ANZ stadium, and there wasn't really one bad review. In fact, die-hard fan-girls (and boys), and professional critics alike sung her praises.

14. These OTT Bloody Mary's.

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So, a cafe in Darlinghurst called Bloody Mary's opened with one mission and one mission only: to make the most over-the-top, overflowing, and sometimes downright odd variations of this classic brunch time cocktail. Sydney got on board. Fair to say, mission accomplished.

15. Mary's doing delivery.

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Basically in 2015, Sydney became obsessed with comfort food. Was everyone going through a break-up or collectively hungover? Whatever. Ice cream, doughnuts, toasties, cake and finally burgers made the city tick. You don't have to be heartbroken or hungover to thoroughly enjoy a Mary's feed, however.

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