and discover Sydney by day or night.
There’s no end to the things to see and do in Darlo by day. Start by visiting one of the hole-in-the-wall coffee spots, then spend time hopping between the eclectic collection of museums, independent galleries and boutique shops.
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When nighttime hits, Darlo really comes alive. You can start your evening with a good feed and a glass of boutique vino, then really turn the volume up and catch a wildly entertaining drag show on Oxford Street or a play at one of the independent theatres.
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The tall stone wall on Darlinghurst Road near Green Park, which hides the Darlinghurst Courthouse and National Art School, is the original eastern wall of the old Darlinghurst Gaol. If you get up close enough, you can still see the markings that the prisoners scratched into the sandstone.
There are plenty of buses from Town Hall or Central Station — or you could pop on the T4 train to Kings Cross and enjoy a leisurely stroll down to the cafes, restaurants and pubs. Darlinghurst is a walker’s dream — with stunning architecture, parks and people-watching opportunities to encounter.
Start your day with a coffee and a Blessed Morning Bowl at Fable Coffee, then slowly meander up and down Darlo’s captivating streets, exploring all the glorious shopping from local sites like Blue Spinach and The Bookshop. Once you’ve worked up a hunger, grab some delicious pastries from Infinity Bakery and have a picnic in historic Green Park.
Fill the glittering daytime shoes of a Darlo local with a leisurely (and boozy, if you like) brunch at Son of Frank, then head towards Oxford Street to experience the local products on offer at the markets in Taylor Square. Pop your head into Pearsons School of Floristry to gaze in wonder at the breathtaking artistry, then wander to East Village Hotel and enjoy a well-earned craft beer or wine on the leafy rooftop.
In the 70s and 80s, the very same tall sandstone wall of the old Darlinghurst Gaol, along with Green Park on the other side of the road, became one the hottest gay beats in Sydney. To this day, they are both heralded as iconic LGBTQI+ Sydney landmarks.
There are plenty of buses from Town Hall or Central Station — or you could pop on the T4 train to Kings Cross and enjoy a leisurely stroll down to the cafes, restaurants and pubs. Darlinghurst is a walker’s dream — with stunning architecture, parks and people-watching opportunities to encounter. Take note, most trains stop running from Central around midnight or 1am.
Before dinner, a one-of-a-kind cocktail at speakeasy-style bar Eau de Vie is a no-brainer. Then, enjoy an expansive Italian banquet and negronis on tap at Taylor Square’s Casoni. Theatre fiends will be spoiled for options at playhouses like Darlinghurst or Griffin theatres, but there’s nothing more fundamentally Darlinghurst than seeing one of the deliriously entertaining live shows at Stonewall Hotel or Universal.
Local gem Chaco Bar serves up some of Sydney’s best ramen, while go-to Darlinghurst favourites like cheap and friendly Sushi on Stanley and cheese wheel gurus Buffalo Dining Club will see your stomach beyond contented. Afterwards, enjoy expertly made whisky cocktails at Shady Pines or some extraordinarily unique vino at Love, Tilly Devine. Or if you’re looking for a slightly louder night, exuberant live music venues like Brighton Up Bar or Oxford Art Factory will be your havens.
Darlo is peppered with hole-in-the-wall cafes — you'll find tasty French pastries at one, experimental Japanese sandos at another and top-notch coffee at all.
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Killer happy hour specials, experimental cocktails and extravagant fit-outs — a night here is quite the experience.
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We asked, you answered. Here are your favourite haunts for when the sun goes down and the streets of Darlinghurst come alive.
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