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A DAY AND NIGHT GUIDE
CHIPPENDALE, DARLINGTON AND EVELEIGH
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By Erina Starkey
January 03, 2018
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By Erina Starkey
January 03, 2018
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For arts and eats, you can’t go past the busy inner city area of Chippendale, Darlington and Eveleigh.

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.

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.

For arts and eats, you can’t go past the busy inner city area of Chippendale, Darlington and Eveleigh.

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.

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.

DID YOU KNOW

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.

GETTING AROUND

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.

DON’T MISS

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.

LOCALS LOVE

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.

DID YOU KNOW

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).

GETTING AROUND

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.

DON’T MISS

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.

LOCALS LOVE

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.

How to do Chippendale, Darlington and Eveleigh

Do as the locals do.

Cafes

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.

1. Brickfields Bakery

The sourdough specialists. Head to this bakery cafe for fresh bread, flaky pastries and Mecca coffee.

2. Something for Jess

A colourful corner cafe serving cold drip coffee and farm-fresh food.

3. White Rabbit Teahouse

A Chinese teahouse inside Chippendale's contemporary art gallery.

4. Tripod Cafe

A friendly neighbourhood cafe with cold brew coffee and a garden courtyard.

5. Concrete Jungle

An eco-conscious cafe bringing a touch of greenery to Chippendale.

Restaurants and Pubs

Food lovers don’t have to look very far, with two eating arterials, Spice Alley and Kensington Street, running parallel to each other.

1. A1 Canteen

Clayton Wells' new diner doles out an all-day offering, from breakfast doughnuts to lamb shoulders and batched cocktails.

2. Ippudo

Are you a hopeless ramen-tic? Find comforting bowls of bone broth at this popular ramen chain.

3. The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen

Across from the Seymour Centre and hidden just out of view from the hustle of Cleveland Street is a real quacker of a pub.

4. The Rose Hotel

This vibrant beer garden has provided an inner city oasis for over one hundred years.

5. Mekong

Spice Alley's sit-down restaurant takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia.

Shops

Forget high street, Chippendale offers a boutique shopping experience from books and design objects to kooky one-off pieces.

1. Cult Design

A designer furniture store with homewares by Hay, Nau, Vipp and Gubi.

2. Sterling Apothecary

A charming 'olde' world barber 'shoppe'. Get ready to love your new ‘do.

3. Triple Major Store

A concept store originating from China celebrating independent fashion.

4. Kakawa Chocolates - CLOSED

An artisan chocolate store selling top-notch chocs, including grand cru single origin for the connoisseurs.

5. Journals

This family-run store is a one-stop shop for gifts, hard to find magazines, stationery and, of course, journals.

Arts and Culture

Chippendale is awash with independent galleries, featuring works by acclaimed international artists as well as fresh young talent. Here’s where to start.

1. White Rabbit Gallery

A free art gallery showcasing rotating exhibitions featuring contemporary Chinese works.

2. Verge Gallery

This creative space offers an exciting program of exhibitions, discussions and performance, plus an in-house reading room.

3. Carriageworks

Set within historic Eveleigh Rail Yards, this arts venue plays host to world-class exhibitions, performances and festivals.

4. Galerie Pompom

This mixed media gallery exhibits work from young and emerging Sydney and Melbourne-based artists.

5. Wellington St Projects

Located in a converted warehouse space, this artist-run gallery hosts a new exhibition every month.

Leisure

There’s never a dull moment in Chippendale, with markets, parks and a brand new cinema complex to help keep your diary full.

1. Carriageworks Farmers Markets

Grab your canvas tote. This farmers' market is loaded with seasonal produce, biodynamic food and gourmet goodies.

2. Palace Central Cinemas

Forget gold class, this premium new cinema complex contains ten screens, as well as a pretty-in-pink lounge bar.

3. Brewery Yard Markets

An artisanal market within a commercial shopping centre. Yes, it can be done.

4. Pine Street Creative Arts Centre

This creative centre runs a number of workshops, from pottery and jewellery making to drawing and photography.

5. Humming Puppy

This yoga studio in a converted warehouse makes for an inspiring place to say your oms.

Locals Love

We asked, you answered. These are the spots you love to frequent during the daylight hours — from dumplings to burgers to desserts.

1. Sneaky Possum

Chippendale's multifaceted bar can satisfy your morning caffeine fix and your late-night margarita craving.

2. The Lord Gladstone

Continuing the Abercrombie's legacy of deep-fried Golden Gaytimes and Chippendale chill-outs.

3. Spice Alley

A not-so-secret, hidden alley of Asian culinary delights.

4. KOI Dessert Bar

Chippendale's beloved dessert bar and restaurant.

5. Din Tai Fung

An infamous Taiwanese noodle chain is introducing Sydney to the best dumplings it's ever had.

How to do Chippendale, Darlington and Eveleigh

Do as the locals do.

Restaurants and Pubs

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.

1. KINDRED Restaurant

A cosy trattoria serving top-notch pasta made from scratch in-house. And there's a whole slew of vego options.

2. Automata

An experimental dining experience by top Australian chef Clayton Wells with one of the best degustations around.

3. Ester

With a wood-fired oven as the restaurant's core, Ester's hearth produces food with heart.

4. LP's Quality Meats

If you’re not addicted to smoking, then you haven't tried LP's Quality Meats.

5. Olio

Kensington Street's Sicilian restaurant serving traditional dishes with contemporary flourishes.

Bars

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.

1. The Clare Bar

Three high-end restaurants, 62 guest rooms and its very own custom-designed scent.

2. Sneaky Possum

Chippendale's multifaceted bar can satisfy your morning caffeine fix and your late-night margarita craving.

3. Monkey's Corner

A near-faultless small 20-seat cocktail bar from the team behind KOI dessert bar.

4. Palace Central Bar

You'll find more than just popcorn at this upscale cinema bar.

5. Spritz Bar

A Chippendale rooftop bar slinging a whole menu of spritzes and Sicilian-style bar snacks.

Live Music

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.

1. The Lansdowne Hotel

The resurrected Chippendale pub has an entire floor dedicated to gigs, plus a Mary's burger pizza.

2. Freda's

Finding Freda’s is like stepping through the back of a magic wardrobe.

3. The Chippo Hotel

The Chippo boasts A+ live music vibes and a New Orleans-inspired menu.

4. Knox Street Bar

This cement-walled drinking dungeon hosts live music, storytelling, burlesque and drink-and-draw classes.

5. The Lord Gladstone

Continuing the Abercrombie's legacy of deep-fried Golden Gaytimes and Chippendale chill-outs.

Shops

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.

1. Handpicked Cellar Door

Chippendale's wine and cheese haven (and they deliver).

2. Jasmine Asia Market

A grocer where you can discover and bring home the tastes of Asia, from south to east to west.

3. Inner Vision Tattoo & Piercing

This award-winning tattoo parlour specialises in photorealism, portraiture and Japanese iconography.

4. UPS Skate Shop

A gnarly skate shop in the Central Park Mall. Roll in for street and skatewear, wheels and skateboards.

5. The Beer Barrel

This hidden gem specialises in pouring quality craft beers directly into growlers.

Arts and Culture

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.

1. Zigi's Wine Bar

Art, wine and cheese, it’s the golden trifecta. It’s not in the title, but they do cooking classes, too.

2. Down / Under Space

This event space, hidden below Chippendale bar Freda's, plays host to performances and art from emerging creatives.

3. Seymour Centre

A performing arts centre which hosts quirky and subversive theatre, dance and comedy.

4. Sound Lounge at Seymour Centre

This live music venue at the Seymour Centre hosts regular jazz sets, classical music and intimate gigs.

5. Goodspace Gallery

Chris Loutfy of Press Books curates this art gallery on level two of The Lord Gladstone, with exhibitions changing monthly.

Locals Love

We asked, you answered. Here are your favourite evening haunts in the Chippendale area, including the pubs, street eats and cinemas you love.

1. The Rose Hotel

This vibrant beer garden has provided an inner city oasis for over one hundred years.

2. The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen

Across from the Seymour Centre and hidden just out of view from the hustle of Cleveland Street is a real quacker of a pub.

3. Spice Alley

A not-so-secret, hidden alley of Asian culinary delights.

4. Palace Central Bar

You'll find more than just popcorn at this upscale cinema bar.

5. Mekong

Spice Alley's sit-down restaurant takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia.

Find Your Way Through the Chippendale Area

Track down the must-visit local haunts.

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