Sydney is spoilt with diversity. There are bustling bays by the beach, inner city hipster hangouts and everything in between. Here is our guide to the coolest neighbourhoods in Sydney.
Despite being one of the grungiest suburbs in the city, Newtown has a very villagey feel to it. If you’re a hipster, muso or a nightlife lover, you will feel right at home here. Lined with traditional terraces and some of the city’s most creative street art, this hip haunt has become a favourite amongst Sydney’s creative community. Newtown is also home to some of the best restaurants in town including Bloodwood and The Stinking Bishops cheese shop. After you’ve feasted make sure you drop by the Enmore Theatre to see a gig or go to one of many bustling pubs like the Courthouse Hotel (or the Courty as the locals say).
Being in Cronulla, it is hard to believe you are still in Australia’s most populated city. Although it is only less than an hour’s drive from the city, the neighbourhood feels like a small coastal town. The laidback, surf-loving locals keep life simple down south – spending the day sitting in sun on the pristine beach, sipping on great coffees from Grind Espresso and Blackwood Pantry and ending the days with fish and chips and a cold beer.
Balmain has everything you would want in a suburb; convenience, location and million dollar views. The neighborhood juts into the Sydney harbour and looks over to the city’s skyline and is only a hop, skip and quick ferry away. Darling Street runs through the centre of Balmain and is lined with amazing restaurants, boutiques and cafes, all nestled into traditional terraces. Or if you want to get away from it all, head down the Ballast Point Park down by the water’s edge with the newspaper and you will feel a million miles away.
Arguably Sydney’s most well-known neighbourhood, Bondi has a lot to love. Hugging Sydney’s eastern shoreline, it is home to a beautiful beach which backpackers, trendy locals and surfers flock to, day in day out. The nightlife here is also an attractor, with laid back beach bars like Bucket List always pulling in the party crowd. If you’re active, you will love it here too. There are a bunch of yoga studios, gyms and also the famous Bondi to Coogee walk to enjoy.
If you love food, you will love Surry Hills. This incredibly trendy, inner city suburb has become a popular destination for famous and upcoming chefs to set up shop. Bill Granger’s cafe, Bills, is where you can enjoy his famous scrambled eggs and corn fritters and Billy Kwong is where you can taste the innovative cuisine cooked by celebrity chef Kylie Kwong. Art lovers will also enjoy the string of small, eclectic galleries such as the Badger & Fox Gallery and the Brett Whiteley Studio.
#WhatBirdIsThat / I've walked past this #mural everyday for the past three weeks and I ❤️ it / It was painted by Peter Day and depicts Australian flora and fauna. Day was appointed Artist-in-Residence in Surry Hills in 1981 through a grant from the NSW Premiers Department / The basic concept of the work was to camouflage the existing white wall to make it merge with the surrounding trees, grass and sky. Painting commenced 3 January, 1981 and, as the work progressed, local residents saw a section of Nickson Street disappear into native bush land and a series of colourful birds and animals appear. 🕊🦋🌴🍃