12 ways to support local and cheer up your COVID lockdown

By Natalie Popow

With the current Sydney-wide lockdown in place, local Parramatta businesses have pivoted quick-smart and rallied their resources to keep on serving the community in a COVID-safe way.

Here are 12 ways to support your much-loved local Parramatta businesses, enjoy some tasty food and keep yourself and the family entertained during this COVID lockdown period. 

For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 lockdown, visit the NSW Health Website

1) Stock up on gelato 

If ever there was a time to treat yourself, it’s now, and what better way to do so than with gelato? Make space in your freezer for a tub of up to 5 Messina gelato flavours, selling in 500ml, 1 litre or 1.5 litre tubs. With mango cheesecake, red velvet, and malt brownie among many other delicious flavours, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a Netflix bingeing session.

For an extra special treat try their special Lockdown Cookie Pie (𝘣𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘦 𝘱𝘪𝘦, 𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘤 𝘩𝘢𝘻𝘦𝘭𝘯𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘳𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘦) and take a bottle of their fresh deliciously cream Jersey cow milk to wash it down with. 

Messina Gelato on Church Street Parramatta is open for takeaway only or for home delivery via Deliveroo. Customers must wear face masks, check in using the QR code and use hand sanitiser.

2) Don’t feel stale, get freshly baked bread & pastries

Starting to feel like groundhog day? Freshen up your mornings with freshly baked bread and pastries by picking up a sourdough loaf from Bourke Street Bakery or order online from Shepherd's Artisan Bakehouse (regular stallholders at the Parramatta Farmers Markets. 

If you’re running low on essentials and want to avoid the crowds at your local supermarket, Bourke Street Bakery is still open for takeaway, offering freshly baked bread, pies and pastries daily. From your croissants, danishes and muffins, to your sausage rolls and pies, you’re sorted for breakfast, morning tea and lunchtime. Their daily artisan sourdough loaves are perfect for toast, making sandwiches or going with a steaming cup of soup.

Bourke Street Bakery on Church Street Parramatta is open for takeaway only. Customers must wear face masks, check in using the QR code and use hand sanitiser.

3) Coffee on the move

Out for a walk in Parramatta Park and in need of a caffeine kick? Gatehouse Tea Rooms and Georgie Boy are open for takeaway, offering people good food and a steaming brew to warm up your morning, lunchtime, or afternoon stroll. Other cafes open for takeaway include White Henry, the Social Hideout and The Container. 

4) If you don’t feel like cooking 

With working from home, keeping on top of the news and making sure the kids stay entertained during the school holiday period, there’s a lot to juggle during a lockdown. It’s totally understandable if the last thing you feel like doing is cooking a big meal. Our beloved local restaurants also need your support during this difficult time too so take a night off and order takeaway or home delivery from your local. 

Looking for inspiration on places offering home delivery and takeaway? 

  • Kouzina Greco’s warms the soul with the nutritious and delicious vibes of Greek home-cooking. 
  • Make yourself an amazing charcuterie or cheese board with fresh French produce from Parramatta Farmers Markets' regular Steph's Gourmet Foods
  • Kukula’s in North Parramatta and North Rocks serves up delicious Portuguese fare and are offering a special 15% discount on all shared platter meals for pick up only. 
  • Chatkazz in Harris Park offers up the best in Indian cuisine. 
  • Volcano's have created a lockdown menu to feed the family with their takeaway family feasts.
  • On Ya Gnocchi (regulars at the Parramatta Farmers Markets) do online orders with home delivery and have a Stay at Home special running at the moment. 
  • Get local honey and jams from Summerland Honey, delivered to your door. Phone: Joyce and Greg on 0412 569 335 or 0412 361 237 or email: summerland_honey@aapt.net.au
  • Enjoy sweet and savoury treats from Serena's Finer Things.
  • Check out our Go Local page for the full list of businesses or contact us via hello@discoverparramatta.com to be listed. 

If you’re going to the restaurant to pick up takeaway be sure to wear a mask, check in with the QR code, observe social distancing rules and use hand sanitiser. 

5) Tunes delivered to your door

Music helps to get us through the tough times. Local record store legends, Beatdisc Records, knew this would be a difficult couple of weeks for their customers so are offering free contactless home delivery for phone and online orders over $30 during this lockdown period. The perfect ad-free playlist or soundtrack to your lockdown household living room dance party. Check out their full in-stock list of vinyl, CDs & cassettes online and keep the beat going safely from home.

6) Stay fit at home

KX Pilates recently opened their new studio on Church Street. While their studio is closed during the lockdown, they're offering 3 different ways for clients to get a great online workout:

  1. Instagram Live workouts are now available. The workouts can be accessed via the official KX Pilates Instagram account through the handle @kxpilates  
  2. KX Pilates Parramatta are hosting live workouts on Zoom.
  3. KX at home on demand workouts can be accessed on the KX App and is free for active clients of KX Pilates Parramatta or costs $5 for new clients who haven't signed up with KX Pilates yet.

7) Pinot & Picasso art box 

Stay creative and entertained during this lockdown with a Pinot & Picasso art box. Pick up your paintbrush and watch a live-streamed or pre-recorded guided video with their artists. It’s great for keeping the kids busy these school holidays, giving you some creative distraction or trying a new type of self-expression. The express delivery is free and contactless for NSW residents. 

8) Riverside Theatres Digital 

Riverside Theatres may have closed its doors during this COVID lockdown, but this is the perfect time to catch up on some local content on their Digital Program. Returning by popular demand, Riverside Theatres will present critically acclaimed show Chop Chef from Blush Opera, streaming in an exclusive online Watch Party on the Riverside Theatres Digital platform on Friday 16 July, and available to watch on-demand until Sunday 25 July 2021.


9) WARAMI Yuin Byalla

2021 marks the third year of WARAMI, a festival celebrating and commemorating First Nations culture in Parramatta. During Reconciliation Week, First Nations experts attended a talk at Riverside Theatres called Yuin Byalla in Burramatta (Truth Talking in Parramatta). If you missed the live event, we are now offering our community free access to the live stream recording.

It’s a must-watch, featuring award-winning writer Bruce Pascoe, astronomer Karli Noon, Australia’s first Indigenous youth-led climate network SEED, Aboriginal rights advocate Monica Morgan and Kamilaroi water scientist Brad Moggridge as they discuss the important connections Indigenous Australians have with the land, sky, water, plants and animals.

10) Virtual tour 

Get a bird’s eye view of Parramatta and explore our beautiful river City on our 360 Virtual Tour. The tour covers points of interest and historical buildings in the centre of Parramatta, Parramatta Park, North Parramatta, Harris Park & Rosehill, along the Parramatta River Valley Way and Sydney Olympic Peninsular. 

11) Parramatta Lanes Digital Playground

For the Laners out there, coming up this October is the 10th Anniversary of Parramatta Lanes and we’re cooking up something special for this year’s festival. If you’re looking for creative inspiration, last year’s Eats, Beats & Art digital Lanes experience is still live on the website so you can engage with local creatives. 

12) Happy hour o’clock

If you’re missing your happy hour session, why not set a time on a Friday afternoon to sample some locally made beers? Parramatta’s local micro-brewery, the Riverside Brewing Company, are offering free delivery on all orders over $100 within a 10km radius during this COVID lockdown. Their cellar door is also open for takeaways. From golden, to pale, to amber and Indian ales – there’s something to suit all beer fans. Want your mates to join you viritually? Read our guide for hosting a virtual Friday night drinks

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