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By Katie Mayor
February 14, 2019
By Katie Mayor
February 14, 2019

The former industrial heart of the city has taken on new life as a homewares and food mecca.

In this lofty land of converted warehouses, you’ll find everything from boutique food emporiums to pre-loved antiques and vintage homewares. It’s also an area in flux. The huge new town centre of Green Square continues to expand with state-of-the-art sustainable facilities that are breathing a creative new life into the area.

Flick the switch above, and we’ll dim the lights to show you the best things to do once the sun goes down. You can also explore more inner-city suburbs here.

The former industrial heart of the city has taken on new life as a homewares and food mecca.

With almost all of the venues in this former industrial neighbourhood located in converted warehouse spaces, imaginations are set to run wild with what is created therein. From escape rooms to dodgems and trampolines, you’re sure to find your thrill. Or dine on inventive cuisines among the bricks and beams of these lofty boutique establishments.

Flick the switch above, and we’ll turn on the lights to show you the best things to do pre-6pm. You can also explore more inner-city suburbs here.


Green Square is a ten-year development project, creating a new town centre for Sydney over 14 hectares. Construction has begun on an aquatic and recreation centre inspired by Sydney’s ocean pools, a creative centre managed by Redfern’s 107 Projects and an underground library and plaza recently opened.


Green Square Station is just a few quick stops from Circular Quay in one direction and the airport in the other, so the train is the easiest artery into the area. There are also bike paths that connect the city to Green Square via Alexandria, and pedalling is a good way to get between venues, which can be quite spread out. A light rail network is also on the way.


One of the most Instagrammed places in the whole country, The Grounds of Alexandria is a colourful garden and cafe with a bakery, weekend markets, a florist and the most famous pig in the land, Kevin Bacon. The grounds in question are an old pie tin factory, which has been converted into a lively community space popular with families, foodies and photographers.


Alexandria is a coffee lover’s paradise, with no shortage of well-brewed beans. Mecca Coffee has its headquarters here with an on-site roastery, the understated locals’ secret Two Tales is brewing delicious cups opposite leafy Alexandria Park and people travel from across the city and beyond for the rotating menu of global coffee beans at The Grounds.


When Archie Rose Distillery opened in 2015, it was the first independent distillery to open in Sydney since the 1850s. The distillery’s opening also helped kick off the rise in homegrown spirits which now dominate many a cocktail list around Sydney and beyond.


Green Square Station is just a few quick stops from Circular Quay in one direction and the airport in the other, so the train is the easiest artery into the area. A light rail network is also on the way, and the summer timetable has trains running until around 1.30am.


Thrill-seekers looking for fun hangs should head to Doody Street in Alexandria. At Sky Zone you can flip out on trampolines, join a dodgeball league or climb some rock. Next door live out your Stranger Things arcade fantasies, complete with bar, bowling alley and laser tag at Archie Bros Electric Circus.


This is the land of boutique booze. Archie Rose has revived the art of distilling local liquor, while The Rocks Brewing Co. was one of the earliest adopters of the craft brew movement in Sydney. The local bottle-o has been taken up a notch here too, with exquisitely curated selections at The Drink Hive and Prince Wine Store.

How to do Alexandria, Rosebery and Green Square

Do as the locals do.


Choosing between the local lineup of elite coffee brewers and brunch masters is a privileged problem keenly felt in Alexandria and Rosebery.

1. Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie

This inner-city patisserie's croissants have gained a cult following in Sydney.

2. Went to See the Gypsy

An Alexandria specialty coffee hot-spot with a state-of-the-art brew bar, salted pistachio espressos and food by an ex-Cho Cho San chef.

3. Meet Gerard

And once you have, thank him for the top-notch feed.

4. Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen

With pineapple leaves and pot plants on every table, the impression of wellbeing and earthy goodness is hard to escape.

5. Mentmore & Morley

Find fresh, inventive takes on classic dishes in a sunny indoor/outdoor space.

Restaurants and Pubs

This on-the-up area is attracting exciting new names in the food scene who are eager to move into the ever-expanding drinking and dining district.

1. Three Blue Ducks Rosebery

This big, bright outpost of a Bronte fave brings farm-to-table ethos and darn good coffee to Rosebery’s up-and-coming food precinct.

2. The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds is innovative, idealist and a little bit chic — in the best possible way.

3. Lucio Pizzeria Zetland

A traditional Neapolitan pizza bar, with an aperitivo cocktail bar to boot.

4. Sushi Jones Japanese Bistro

An affordable, unassuming Japanese eatery that will become your new go-to.

5. Fratelli Fresh Alexandria

The Fratelli empire's Alexandria outpost is all about well-loved seasonal produce and hearty Italian meals.


Worthwhile fashion outlets, delicious food emporiums and pre-loved wares reign supreme in this area of warehouse stores worth getting lost in.

1. Lunatiques

A mammoth (300 square-metres) warehouse of well-curated vintage finds from eras past.

2. Koskela

Carefully created interior warehouse with sustainability at its core.

3. Simon Johnson Providore

Become fluent in fine food.

4. The Cannery

Rosebery's fancy artisan supermarket.

5. Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre

Bring water and provisions, you could be browsing through this antique gold mine for quite some time.

How to do Alexandria, Rosebery and Green Square

Do as the locals do.

Restaurants and Pubs

From industrial warehouse to Italian farmhouse, the restaurant interiors are as inventive as the cuisine served within.

1. Da Mario

Pizza so good it'll sabotage your ability to try anything else.

2. COOH Alexandria

Wholesome dining in an unsuspecting industrial area.

3. Frenchies Bistro and Brewery

Parisian bistronomy and local brewing come together at this newish spot run by two ‘Frenchies’ with a penchant for culinary delights.

4. Pino's Vino e Cucina

Dig into rustic dishes and divine cocktails set amongst dark timber and candlelight in the style of an Italian farmhouse.

5. Nguyen Brothers Alexandria

Fresh Vietnamese cuisine on Fountain Street for your rice paper rolls and pho fix.


If you’re searching for drink diversity, you’ll never get bored in this neighbourhood rife with craft creations and cocktails.

1. Yulli's Brews

A 100 percent vegan taproom and restaurant.

2. Redfern Surf Club

An Australiana-themed bar with cocktails in cans and a taxidermy ibis.

3. Archie Rose Distillery

If you're looking to lift your spirits, this gin distillery is the place to be.

4. Bar No. 5

Once a gemstone processing facility, now a local watering hole with a cosy fire, craft beer and a pooch area.

5. The Lord Raglan Hotel

This brewpub tries to do it all, and actually succeeds.


Shopping that caters to your creative inclination, whether that be towards food and drink or the arts.

1. Prince Wine Store Sydney

With formal wine courses on offer, it is safe to say this is not your average bottle'o.

2. The Drink Hive

Not only replenishing your growlers with local brews, this joint has refillable wine stations, too.

3. Gelato Messina Rosebery

Sydney’s beloved gelateria’s home in the inner south.


A creative hub for photo enthusiasts, this huge site has a tree-filled atrium, studio spaces for rent and equipment hire and sales.

5. Hunter and Fox Tattoo

Get inked by some of the best in the biz.

Find Your Way Through the Alexandria Area

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