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The Cinderella story of the city. The once-grungy suburb of Chippendale and the neighbouring Darlington and Eveleigh have been restyled as one of Sydney’s most creative districts. Whether you’re into fine dining or street food, art galleries, live music or just a really good beer garden, it’s all here in Chippo and its surrounds.
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These days, there’s more to do than simply polish off a pint at one of the many local pubs. From clever cocktails to world-class wine lists, Chippendale and its surrounds have emerged as one of the city’s best night spots.
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Central Park’s green wall is the tallest vertical garden in the world. Designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc, the 1200-square-metre structure is made from 35,000 individual plants spread over 23 walls. The vertical garden is also unique as none of the greenery is grown in soil, with all water and nutrients mechanically fed to each plant.
Chippendale, Darlington and Eveleigh are easily reached by train services to Central Station and Redfern Station or by bus down George Street or City Road. With many of the laneways surrounding Central Park closed off to traffic, the best way to explore the area is on foot or by bike.
Grab a latte from The Caffeine Project and head to Chippendale Green to soak up the sun and pat some pups. The inner city green space contains Halo a great piece of public art, as well as free barbecues and a water feature you can run through. From here it’s just a two-minute walk to the area’s top art spot, White Rabbit Gallery.
Want to see Chippendalians in their natural habitat? Head to the Carriageworks Farmers Markets where you’ll find them stocking up on organic fruit or scarfing down a pork bun at Kylie Kwong’s stand. Another great local hang is the bi-monthly Brewery Yard Markets, an outdoor gathering of food, arts and craft.
Ever wondered what that gothic rotunda just behind Prince Alfred Park is? Creepily enough, it’s an old funeral train station, one of the only mortuary train lines in the world. The station, which operated from 1867 to 1948, was used to transport coffins from Sydney city to the Rookwood Cemetery for burial. It was later a short-lived pancake restaurant and now sits dormant, housing a few ghosts (probably).
Chippendale, Darlington and Eveleigh are easily reached by train services to Central Station and Redfern Station or by bus down George Street or City Road. With many of the laneways surrounding Central Park closed off to traffic, the best way to explore the area is on foot or by bike. When trains cease in the evening, night rides take over from Railway Square.
Follow the sound of sizzling to Sydney’s hottest hawker street, Spice Alley. This lantern-lit laneway sells tasty Asian street food with offerings from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. With communal seating in an open-air, BYO courtyard, there’s nothing stopping you from mixing your ramen with your rendang.
Date night is sorted, thanks to the abundance of casual fine-dining eateries in the Chippendale area. From homemade pappardelle with lamb ragu at Kindred to the raw kingfish with ginger caramel at Ester, there are attractive options around every corner and at prices that won’t break the bank.
Espresso, cold drip, siphon or pour over. It doesn’t matter what way you take your coffee, you’ll find someone who makes it just right in this highly caffeinated enclave.
Food lovers don’t have to look very far, with two eating arterials, Spice Alley and Kensington Street, running parallel to each other.
Forget high street, Chippendale offers a boutique shopping experience from books and design objects to kooky one-off pieces.
Chippendale is awash with independent galleries, featuring works by acclaimed international artists as well as fresh young talent. Here’s where to start.
There’s never a dull moment in Chippendale, with markets, parks and a brand new cinema complex to help keep your diary full.
We asked, you answered. These are the spots you love to frequent during the daylight hours — from dumplings to burgers to desserts.
Whether you’re looking for casual eats or a fine dining affair, Chippendale and its surrounds have you catered for — from top-notch Italian to wood-fired feasts.
For a sophisticated tipple, look to Kensington Street and the neighbouring streets, where some of Sydney’s best watering holes sit smartly side-by-side.
The live music scene is still alive and kicking in the Chippendale area. From jazzy wine bars to beer garden bands, follow your ears to these great live music venues.
Thursday night or nay, there’s plenty to browse in Chippendale. From cellar doors to art stores, here are the best places to shop after the sun goes down.
An art gallery in a pub? A theatre in a train carriage? These are just some of the cultural experiences that you’ll find in the area.
We asked, you answered. Here are your favourite evening haunts in the Chippendale area, including the pubs, street eats and cinemas you love.
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