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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.
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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.
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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.
Choosing between the local lineup of elite coffee brewers and brunch masters is a privileged problem keenly felt in Alexandria and Rosebery.
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.
Worthwhile fashion outlets, delicious food emporiums and pre-loved wares reign supreme in this area of warehouse stores worth getting lost in.
From industrial warehouse to Italian farmhouse, the restaurant interiors are as inventive as the cuisine served within.
If you’re searching for drink diversity, you’ll never get bored in this neighbourhood rife with craft creations and cocktails.
Shopping that caters to your creative inclination, whether that be towards food and drink or the arts.
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