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You don’t need to be a Surry Hillbilly to make the most of this trendy inner-city suburb. Do as the locals do and take a stroll down Crown Street where you’re guaranteed to pass a top-notch coffee spot, an arty bookstore or newly renovated pub at every ten steps.
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If you’re up for a colourful night on the town then you should probably head for the hills. Trade up the cold drip for a microbrew and embrace an impromptu pub crawl as you experience some of the best Sydney restaurants, bars, pubs and kebabs. In that order.
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Australia’s alleged earliest surviving film was shot in Surry Hills. Patineur Grotesque (The Humorous Rollerskater) was filmed in Prince Alfred Park by French director Marius Sestier in 1896. Though it was screened in France in 1897, it was only screened in Australia for the first time in 2010.
Surry Hills is surrounded by Central Station on its western edge and the Eastern Distributor on its east. Though there are also buses that run through the area, the suburb and its many cafes, shops, restaurants and bars are best explored on foot.
Do as the locals do, and plan to spend your day lazing in the sun at Shannon Reserve. Hit Maloneys Grocer (and/or Messina) beforehand to grab some treats for an afternoon picnic at the iconic park. Head to the park on the first Saturday of the month, and you’ll be met with the beloved Surry Hills Markets where you can hunt down some fine, bohemian treasures.
With cafes every couple of paces, Surry Hills epitomises Sydney cafe culture. And thanks to the many cafes with outdoor seating, the suburb certainly dabbles in the city’s love for the outdoors, too. Go to Artificer to drink your coffee on the bench out front, or make your way to Suzie Q to sip your morning brew while browsing their collection of rare records.
Along with building its offices in 1940, Paramount Pictures also constructed a secluded art deco theatrette for screenings, which remains today, restored as the beloved Golden Age Cinema. It’s in this cinema where servicewomen would watch newsreels and films during WWII, and now, almost 80 years later, it’s still screening films for Sydneysiders.
Surry Hills is surrounded by Central Station on its western edge and the Eastern Distributor on its east. Though there are also buses that run through the area, the suburb and its many cafes, shops, restaurants and bars are best explored on foot. Take note, most trains stop running from Central around midnight or 1am.
Golden Age Cinema, dedicated to the, well, golden age of cinema, screens arty, independent and classic films. They also host free live music on Thursdays and Saturdays every week. Plus, with its vintage bar serving cocktails and ‘supper’ (as well as Messina), Golden Age sets the scene for a trip into a glamorous time when cinema was king.
Surry Hills is covered with grade A pubs of all varieties. Some cater to you and your pooch like The Carrington and The Beresford, others cater to your epicurean desires like The Dolphin and The Horse with its resident Chicken & Sons. Then of course there are those dedicated to the beers you crave like The Local Taphouse and Keg and Brew with their vast ranges of independent and craft brews.
Surry Hills is overflowing with great cafes. Whether you're a cold drip drinker or a skim cap sipper, the cafe scene has your caffeine fix sorted. Here's where to start.
Build-your-own salads, pub grub, top-notch sandwiches and Korean lunch specials — lunchtime options abound in Surry Hills.
A mecca for luxe, bargain and window shoppers alike, Surry Hills is dotted with shops for all tastes. Fashion, books, records, vintage, design objects — you want it, you’ll find it.
From an iconic artist’s home and studio to where operatic magic is made, Surry Hills is a veritable design hub, offering some excellent arty experiences.
With great parks, a standout pool and a bowling alley in a bar, Surry Hills has a slew of outdoor activities for when the sun's out — plus, plenty more for when the rain moves in.
We asked, you answered. These are the spots you love to frequent from your morning coffee to your favourite dog spotting park.
The only issue when it comes to dining in Surry Hills is deciding where to go. You may never make your way through every eatery, but you should definitely start with these.
Tucked down alleyways, above (or below) Oxford Street and behind clandestine doors, some of Surry Hills' bars make you work to find them — but once you do, you'll be well rewarded.
From an institution inspired by Warhol's Factory to an intimate local favourite, catch some tunes and throw some shapes at these live music haunts around Surry Hills.
Browse the Thai grocer frequented by Sydney’s top chefs, find your next read or finally commit to that ink you’ve been considering — all post 5pm in Surry Hills.
After sunset in Surry Hills, you’ll find music, comedy, theatre, cinema and gallery openings to boot. Plus, you can never go amiss with a class to upskill your artistic prowess.
We asked, you answered. Here are your favourite haunts for when the sun goes down and the streets of Surry Hills come alive.
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