Must-Have Mods for Sims 4 City Living

Some of the best mods for the City Living expansion pack. With things like custom elevators, gaming enhancements and improvements, along with fixes for all kinds of annoyances, there’s something in here for all players!

City Living, by far, is one of my most favorite packs–easily top five for sure–but just like many other Sims 4 packs, it could use a few tweaks here and there to make the gameplay experience more enjoyable. If you share the same sentiment, keep reading for some of the most interesting mods for the Sims 4 City Living.

Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

While researching the mods for this post, I checked to make sure they were still working and being maintained by the creator, but the status could change at any time. Before downloading any mods, be sure to read the full download post and follow all directions specified by the creator. Mods tend to “break” after patches, so always check the creator’s website for updates.


General Gameplay Improvements
Gaming Enhancements
Autonomy and Other Annoyances
Food, Grocery and Market Stalls
Bug Fixes
Festivals and Sales Tables
Elevators (Mods and Custom Elevators)
Visual and Audio Effects
Neighborhood Changes

** Links are embedded in the mod’s title **

General Gameplay Improvements

Carryable Performance Stage plus Sing Songs! by littlemssam

Overrides the performance stage so that sims can place them in their inventory and perform wherever they want.

Visible Political Position Trait by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “visiblepoliticalpositiontrait”

Makes sims’ political position a visible trait in the Simology Panel.

More Followers Resolution for Everyone by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “morefollowersresolutionforeveryone”

Unlocks the “more followers” New Year’s Resolution for sims who are not in the social media career.

Wooden Instruments Disabled by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “woodeninstrumentsdisabled”

Disables the wooden guitar and violin from being used autonomously by sims at the performance stage.

Call and Visit Tweak by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “callandvisittweak”

Offers a higher chance for sims to get invited to opera and karaoke events. Whether or not your sim is invited to city festivals will now be determined by your sim’s mood and preference.

Barfly Karaoke by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “barflykaraoke”

Sims will autonomously sing karaoke at regular bars (if a karaoke machine is present) and their behavior will be more appropriate for the venue.

Gaming Enhancements

Longer Basketball Games by littlemssam

Adds new options to the basketball hoop pie menu for 6 and 9 round basketball and dunk competitions. The original is 3 rounds.

Online Gaming with “Headsets” by littlemssam

Applies a headset to sims playing games online.

Livestream For Everyone Videoconsole by littlemssam

Unlocks the “live stream” interaction on the gaming console for everyone.

Shorter Console Games by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “shorterconsolegames”

Shortens the duration of the online gaming sessions on the console, making it possible for sims to squeeze in a quick game before work or school.

Console Yourself by RVSN

A smaller gaming mat for sims living in not-so-large spaces.

Autonomy and Other Annoyances

No Bubble Blower or Talking Toilet Reactions! by simmytime

Prevents sims from autonomously reacting to bubble blowers and talking toilets.

Less Bubble Blower Coughing by lazarusinashes

Reduces the chance of failure when using the bubble blower.

Watch Speech Tweak by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “watchspeechtweak”

Increases the probability of sims autonomously listening to a speech given at the podium in Uptown.

Food, Grocery and Market Stalls

No Yelling Vendors by lotharihoe

Removes the “show off” interaction from market stalls, cafeteria stations, and craft sales table vendors.

Cook Experimental/Cultural/Jungle Food Without Tasting It First by claudiasharon

Reading these books will allow sims to prepare experimental, cultural, and jungle recipes without having to taste them first.

Cookbooks by littlemssam

Just like the mod above, allows sims to prepare experimental, cultural, and jungle recipes without having to taste them first.

City Living Food Retexture by UtopiaSims

Re-textures all City Living recipes making them visually appealing.

Spice Market – Chili, Curry, Saffron & Wasabi buyable by littlemssam

Makes the City Living spices: chili, curry, saffron, and wasabi purchasable on the PC.

For more food related mods, check out:

Better Quality Food MarketStalls by littlemssam

Food purchased at the market stalls will now be excellent quality.

Market Stalls | Toddler Can Order & More Food Options by littlemssam

Allows toddlers to purchase food from market stalls. Super useful for taking the family out to enjoy San Myshuno’s festivals.

Need family activity inspo for your gameplay families? Check out:

More Grocery Shopping by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “moregroceryshopping”

Adds vegetables, herbs, and other produce that should’ve been included in the produce stalls in San Myshuno.

City Life Ice Snacker by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “citylifeicesnacker”

Randomly generates townies eating ice cream in San Myshuno. Useful if you like having a little variety in the sims walking around town.

Less NPC Market Stall Orders by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “lessNPCmarketstallorders”

NPCs will order food from market stalls less often, leaving room for your sims to place their order and receive their food in a timely fashion.

Bug Fixes

Landlord Text Fix by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “landlordtextfix”

The landlord will no longer tell sims not to call him when he wasn’t needed, during visits where he was actually needed.

Karaoke Duet Filter Fix by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “karaokeduetfilterfix”

Fixes the bug that causes sims to be missing from the karaoke sim picker.

Festivals and Sales Tables

Sell More Self-Made Woodwork at the Flea Market by littlemssam

Allows more woodwork to be sold at the flea market. Items include: garden plant box, garden pot, toilet, bathtub, etc…

Flea Market Appears Every Sunday by littlemssam

Allows the Flea Market to spawn every Sunday. Comes in handy for starving artists and other sims who could benefit from a few extra sales a week.

For gameplay ideas, a few incorporating the Flea Market:

Craft Sale Table Fix by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “craftsalestablefix” or “craftsalestablefix_version2”

Fixes the bug that prevents sold items from disappearing from the sales table.

Thirst Tweak_Festival Tea by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “thirsttweak_festivaltea”

When sims drink Sakura tea at the Romance Festival, they’ll receive an energy boost that should help them stay awake and at the festival longer.

Stop Those Annoying Festival Notifications! by claudiasharon

Disables the notifications for City Living and Snowy Escape festivals.

No Festival Notification by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nofestivalnotifications”

Just like the mod above, disables the festival notifications for both City Living and Snowy Escape.

No Festival Notification Sound by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “NoFestivalNotificationSound”

Removes the sound from the festivals notifications for both City Living and Snowy Escape.

No Rain During Festivals by lotharihoe

Prevents rainy weather from ruining festivals.

Market Science Retail Stands by RVSN

Custom market stalls and displays that allow sims to sell everything!

Elevators (Mods and Custom Elevators)

Elevator Fix for Toddler & Pets by littlemssam

Allows toddlers and pets to properly use elevators in apartments.

Tiny Elevators For Pets by littlemssam

Custom elevators perfectly sized for pets.

WEE Working Elevators Everywhere by littlemssam

Custom elevators that can be placed anywhere!

Uplifting Elevators by RVSN

Another custom elevator that can be placed on any lot. Including homes!

Visual and Audio Effects

Keyboard Piano Sounds by littlemssam

Changes the keyboard sounds to match the piano’s.

Lot Trait Effects Hider by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “lottraiteffectshider” or “lottraiteffectshiderv2”

Disables lot trait effects, ie: the little light bulbs and plus signs that float over sims’ heads when benefiting from lot traits.

No Karaoke Effects by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nokaraokeeffects”

Disables the visual effects cased by singing karaoke.

No Festival Call To Action by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nofestival_calltoaction”

Removes the orange highlights around computers, curry, and tea fountains at festivals.

No Festival Tea Glow by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nofestivalteaglow”

Disables the glow sims emit after drinking tea from festivals.

No Mural Decay by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nomuraldecay”

Prevents street murals from decaying.


Less Random Hats and Accessories by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “lessrandomhatsandaccessories”

Tones down some of the… interesting outfits that sims tend to spawn in. This mod technically isn’t related the City Living, but it takes care of City Living’s accessories too, so I thought it was worth mentioning.

Situations Outfits Be Gone by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “situationoutfitsbegone”

Tones down the outfits sims tend to spawn for City Living festivals.

Wear Costume Tweak by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “wearcostumetweak”

Enables a user-directed interaction for sims to wear costumes when attending the Geek Con and Romance festivals, Spooky and Costume parties, as well as bar nights and acting gigs

Neighborhood Changes

Sim Spawn Overhaul by lotharihoe

Completely overhaul’s the walkby system. If seeing Nancy Langraab hanging out in San Myshuno, Willow Creek, and Sulani every. single. day is too much for you, give this mod a try.

BG-Walkby Overhaul by zero

Just like the mod above, completely overhaul’s the walkby system and attempts to keep sims in their home neighborhood.

Keep Sims in their Home Region by kuttoe

Same as the other mods above.

And that’s all for now. I hope you find these mods useful!


For more pack related mods check out the links below:

Must-Have Mods for Sims 4 Parenthood
Must-Have Mods for Sims 4 Seasons
Must-Have Mods for Sims 4 Cottage Living

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Better Food and Cooking in Sims 4

A roundup of some of the best mods for food and cooking in the Sims 4. Features things like custom recipes, grocery shopping, preserve canning, autonomy fixes and better looking food!

Note for Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

One of my most favorite things in life is food! From cooking shows to Pinterest recipes to art, I love it all. So I’m sure this comes as no surprise that I’m the same way with my sims which is why I’m always on the hunt for mods that makes their food prettier or cooking itself a little more interesting. In this post, we’ll discuss my favorite mods that makes food and cooking better in the Sims 4. You might want to get comfortable though, this is a long one. *This post will be updated continuously as I find more amazing mods to add to the list so remember to subscribe for updates!

For easier reading, jump to the desired section using the links below:

Cooking and Baking Mods
Cookbooks, Snacks and Serving Options
Custom Food Textures
Buyable Foods and Drinks

Cooking and Baking Mods

I like a little bit of realism when it comes to cooking for my sims. If you do too, take a look at the mods below that can do things like, add custom recipes to the game or even implement grocery shopping.

Custom Food Interactions by TheFoodGroup – this mod makes it possible to cook custom foods and adds recipes to the game. There are plenty of recipes that can be found within the download post itself but there is one creator whose recipe catalog is huge and worth mentioning on it’s own and that’s icy-spicy-scalpel.

  • icy-spicy-scalpel – has hundreds of custom recipes including cultural Indian dishes, holiday dishes and even custom harvestables that your sim and grow in their garden and use while cooking. She even has a custom canning station which is personally something I’ve always wanted in this game.

Custom Drink Interactions by TheFoodGroup – just like it’s sister mod above, it makes it possible to have custom drinks in your game. Drink options include non-alcoholic and alcoholic options. There are recipes linked in the download post and icy-spicy-scalpel has a large selection of drink recipes as well.

Grannie’s Cookbook by littlbowbubs – Just like the mods listed above this one adds custom recipes to the game but only requires a special cookbook, Grannie’s Cookbook, that can be placed in your sim’s house and passed down from generation to generation. As someone who is a legacy player, I find this adorable.

Ye Old Recipe Book by littlbowbubs – Another one of Jess’ creations that is solely for medieval recipes. Great for historical or even off-the-grid players.

No Required Recipe Ingredients by scarletqueenkat – if you want your sim to finally be able to make all those recipes that are usually grayed out for lack of ingredients, this mod removed the ingredient requirement for those recipes such as fried fish which requires your sim to have fish available to prepare the meal.

Srsly’s Complete Cooking Overhaul by srslysims – this mod is gonna get you as close as you can get to grocery shopping in the Sims 4. Unfortunately, I don’t have this one installed as I use the No/All Required Recipe Ingredients mod instead so I can’t provide any personal insight but I’ve heard good things about this one.

Bake Cupcake Machine Items in Oven by emilypl27 – if you usually find yourself scrambling to make room for that clunky cupcake machine in your sim’s house or bakery, you’ll definitely want to check this one out. It takes all recipes from the machine and makes them bakeable in the oven. However, if you do like the idea of having the cupcake machine but need one that’s just a little smaller and cuter, check out the Smaller Cupcake Machine by esmeralda.

Juice Blender by plasticbox | updated by floppant – with this mod, your sims can use produce from their garden, such as: apples, grapes, carrots, etc … to make juices! It goes perfectly with breakfast and is non-fattening!

Healthy Drinks by littlemssam – does the same as the mod above except you can grab them straight from the refrigerator. No blending or additional appliances required!

Cookbooks, Snacks and Serving Options

Cookbooks, Cultural, Seafood and Jungle by littlemssam – adds buyable cookbooks to the game that can be purchased by your sim. After just a few sim hours, they will have learned all recipes from the City Living, Cats & Dogs and Jungle Adventure packs (depending on which ones you download) without having to try them all individually at food stalls and restaurants, adding so much more variety to meals at home.

More Serving Options and Better Mealtimes by littlemssam – this mod does a whole lot from providing additional serving sizes (meal for 2, for example) to re-categorizing dessert recipes and skill requirements to correspond with baking instead of cooking.

More Experimental Food Servings by littlemssam – adds additional servings options to experimental meals.

More Seafood Servings by littlemssam – adds additional servings options to seafood meals.

Food Related Mods by bienchen. Bienchen has a ton of mods that are useful in the cooking department that I recommend checking out. They can all be found on one page so I’ll list them all together below:

  • Faster Cooking (faster cooking)- reduces the number of unnecessary idles performed during cooking (randomly viewing a salt shaker while in the middle of scrambling eggs) to speed up the process
  • More Food At Bar (morefoodatbar) – expands the menus in bars
  • More Food at Cafe (morefoodatcafe) – expands the menus in cafes
  • Use More Ingredients (pboxupdated_usemoreingredients) – increases the amount of fresh ingredients required for cooking to make things a little more realistic
  • Better Food Quality (betterfood quality) – improves the quality of foods in restaurants, market stalls, cafes, bars and buffet tables so your sims go home full and happy
  • Fridge More Snacks (fridge_moresnacks) – expands the options available in the snack menu on refrigerators (pretzels and croissants!)
  • Better Bread (betterbread)- makes bread recipes (muffins, bread loaves, bagels, etc …) more filling so they can serve as actual meals (think coffee and bagels for breakfast)
  • Banquet Table Tuning (banquettabletuning) – adds additional options to the banquet table (requires Luxury Party Stuff)

Custom Food Textures

Okay so, the food in the game isn’t too pretty to look at especially if you zoom in too close, but these custom food textures make your sims’ recipes look delicious!

*Note: You must have the required packs for these textures to work. Also, be aware that they are default replacements and will override the original food textures in game.

**Note: All of these food textures can be used together so no need to worry about conflicts.

Food Texture Overhaul by asteria-sims (provides textures for most base game foods)

Wedding Cake Texture by lovintree (turns the standard gourmet wedding cake into a beautiful two-tiered red velvet cake)

Base Game Food Texture by utopiasims

Get Together Food Texture by utopiasims

Get To Work Food Texture by utopiasims

City Living Food Texture by utopiasims

Luxury Party Food Texture by utopiasims

Spooky Food Texture by utopiasims

Seasons Food Texture by utopiasims

Jungle Adventure Food Texture by utopiasims

Buyable Foods and Drinks

Maybe your sims are busy and don’t have time to cook. Or maybe they’re having a party and forgot to order pizza. Orrr maybe they just want McDonalds for a change? Regardless of the reason, these buyable foods and drinks, by Around The Sims 4, provide so many new options for your sims to enjoy and the best part is, they require no additional mods and are located right in buy mode, cooked and ready to eat!

Middle Eastern Editable Pastries (baklava, makrout, etc.)

Alcoholic Bar Drinks (vodka, margarita, etc.)

Drinkable Hot Drinks (herbal tea, hot chocolate, etc.)

Drinkable Cold Drinks (soda, beer, etc.)

Drinkable Cold Drinks (milkshakes, energy drinks, etc.)

Edible Pastries (apple pie, sandwich baguette, etc.)

McDonald’s Custom Foods and Drinks (big macs, chicken nuggets, etc.) – these items can even be ordered in restaurants!

Edible Junk Food (Oreos, Pringles, etc.)

Edible Movie Theater Popcorn

And that’s it for now! I hope this post gets your sims better food and cooking in their lives.


Credits: thefoodgroup, icy-spicy-scalpel, littlbowbub, scarletqueenkat, srslysims, emilypl27, plasticbox, floppant, asteria-sims, lovintree, utopiasims, aroundthesims4, littlemssam, bienchen83 for their amazing mods and custom content!

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