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The Localist: Inner City"
By Concrete Playground
July 17, 2020
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By Concrete Playground
July 17, 2020
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From the sparkling harbourfront of Barangaroo and the sandstone buildings of The Rocks to the hawker-style eateries in Haymarket and the small bar scene in Redfern, Sydney's inner city is a diverse landscape of culture, history and art.

You can sip a cocktail and watch the ferries putter past in Barangaroo, hop on a train and be feasting on dumplings 15 minutes later in Chinatown, then head to a Redfern bar for a late-night performance.

We’ve partnered with American Express to bring you the very best of local businesses in the inner city. You can shop small at all of these divine hotspots with your American Express Card.

GETTING AROUND

A good pair of shoes, your Opal card and the Sydney Trains timetable are all you need to get around the inner city. Central Station is the bustling transport hub of Sydney — from here, you’ll be able to find your way anywhere you want to get to either by train (to Redfern and around the city circle), light rail or on foot.

DON’T MISS

Say what you will about Sydney’s nightlife, but it does boast a thriving small bar scene. These haunts, including the CBD’s PS40 and Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern, and The Bearded Tit in Redfern, are experts at stirring, shaking and serving up inventive cocktails, and live entertainment, for the post-work crowds.

HIGH STREETS

The CBD’s Pitt Street is where you’ll find high-end boutiques and big-name brands, while Barangaroo Avenue plays host to specialty food stores and eateries. Meanwhile, Redfern’s high street offers a more suburban experience with an eclectic mix of buzzing bars and neighbourhood essentials.

LOCALS LOVE

In a city that’s seen a few facelifts (hello Light Rail and Barangaroo), it’s comforting to know that good local businesses can withstand constant change. Nowhere maintains this sense of history and local pride better than the Victorian-era mall, the Strand Arcade, housing longstanding milliner Strand Hatters, cobbler Andrew Macdonald Shoemaker, and the artisan hub Courtesy of the Artist. Head inside for a history lesson in quality customer service and craftsmanship.

THE SHOPPING LISTS

Explore four of the inner city's thriving shopping precincts.

Brian and Vincent from Incu
The Localist: Rosebery
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Hazem from Redfern Convenience Store
The Localist: Redfern
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Your Inner City Hit List

Looking for fresh produce, funky cheese or a one-of-a-kind gift? Find what you're looking for here.
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  • Food & Drink
    Randwick

    Chat Thai Randwick

    The Sydney stalwart's eastern beaches outpost.

  • Food & Drink
    Sydney

    Opera Kitchen

    The harbourside restaurant has a new bakery, pasta bar and Japanese kitchen dishing up ramen and katsu sandos every day.

  • Food & Drink
    Surry Hills

    Golden Age Cinema and Bar

    This revamped screening room and small bar brings a little old-school charm to 'going to the movies'.

  • Design & Style
    Sydney

    Face of Man

    A 40-year-old barbers with that old-school smoking lounge charm.

  • Design & Style
    Sydney

    SHINKA Hair The Galeries

    Japan-trained hairdressers and specialist treatments.

  • Food & Drink
    Pyrmont

    Peg Leg Tavern

    A good location for people-watching with a side of plant-based dining.

  • Design & Style
    Barangaroo

    Somedays Barangaroo

    This Barangaroo boutique has Nordic brands and upmarket gifts for when you need them most.

  • Design & Style
    Sydney

    Manning Cartell - The Strand Arcade

    Ethically made evening wear and sophisticated style is what you'll find from this Australian brand.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Chat Thai

    The Sydney stalwart's northern beaches outpost.

  • Design & Style
    Darlinghurst

    Zink & Sons Tailors & Shirtmakers Sydney

    Visit this Oxford Street stalwart for bespoke tailoring.

  • Design & Style
    Darlinghurst

    Fabrique Vintage

    Head here for second-life denim and Americana.

  • Design & Style
    Surry Hills

    Above The Clouds Store

    Head to this Crown Street store for the freshest kicks and streetwear labels from around the globe.

  • Food & Drink
    Erskineville

    The Fruit Village

    A reliable local gem.

  • Design & Style
    Sydney

    Jet Cycles

    Here's where you'll find premium bike brands Specialized and Cannondale.

  • Design & Style
    Sydney

    Clarence St Cyclery

    Chat to the friendly staff about which bike model is best for you at this long-running CBD store.

  • Food & Drink
    Waterloo

    Waterloo Superior Meats

    Regulars return week after week to have a chat with owner Kristallis — and pick up house-made snags and lamb on the bone.

  • Food & Drink
    Surry Hills

    Crown Street Grocer

    Small but mighty; this is where you'll want to do your weekly food shop.

  • Design & Style
    Alexandria

    Mr Cook

    For epic wedding-worthy garlands, call Mr Cook.

  • Design & Style
    Rosebery

    My Violet

    For showstopper bouquets of vibrant blooms put your trust in Myra Perez.

  • Design & Style
    Paddington

    Belance

    Bespoke tailoring and luxe accessories.

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