Lined with terrace houses, Sydney’s inner city suburb, Surry Hills, has a hip strip with relaxed, village vibe like. Hidden in the downtown, the once rough-around-the-edges district has emerged as a top culinary, shopping and arts destination.

It’s now one of my favourite suburbs in Sydney, with uber fashionable outlet (wait for the sales though!!)


Don’t bother bringing a magazine to brunch in Surry Hills—you’ll likely be seated at one of the communal tables typical of its stylish but unfussy restaurants, and a Sydneysider will undoubtedly strike up a casual conversation (and give you the inside scoop on the best spots to check out in the neighbourhood – trust me!). This place feels more like a quaint village—albeit one with the city’s most innovative new restaurants and bars, shops, and emerging art galleries.

I angled for a sidewalk table and soaked up the street’s eclectic mix of creatives, artisans and young families wandering past over a perfectly filtered Chemex coffee. Gnome Espresso (& wine bar) it’s a snug space that turns into a wine bar most evenings.

Today, Surry Hills is Sydney’s answer to London’s Notting Hill or New York City’s Nolita: a boho-chic enclave that’s temptingly crammed with under-the radar gems. from a rollicking tapas bar owned by Australia’s chefs of the moment to the Gelato Messina. Divine!


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