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By Concrete Playground
March 09, 2020
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By Concrete Playground
March 09, 2020
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A mere 30-minute train ride from Sydney CBD is a not-so-hidden gem. Life in the southern suburbs moves at a slightly slower pace — giving you ample opportunity to explore the beautiful beaches, bars and stores.

Situated on the coast, it’s less crowded than its eastern suburb counterparts but equal in its beauty, charm and close-knit community feel. It’s also a lot more culturally diverse than it often gets credit for, with prominent Asian and European cultural hubs thriving in Hurstville, Rockdale, Ramsgate and beyond.

Whether you’re new to the area, have lived there your whole life or only pay the occasional visit, there’s always something to be uncovered. We’ve put together this guide to the southern suburbs with American Express so you can shop small and support local business. Take along your American Express Card and you’ll be able to treat yourself to everything from a yum cha feast to a new surfboard.

GETTING AROUND

Train is the easiest way to get to this part of Sydney — take the T4 Line from Central to Cronulla, stopping at all notable hotspots, including Hurstville, Kogarah and Miranda along the way. For Brighton Le Sands, it’s easiest to get the train to Rockdale, then catch the 478 bus down Bay Street.

DON’T MISS

While most people travel to Brighton-Le-Sands and Sans Souci for a dip in the surf, you should take the time to have a drink and a bite to eat at one of the beachside restaurants. Not only will you have an epic view of the water, but you’ll also get a front-row seat to watch the planes soar over Botany Bay.

HIGH STREETS

Aptly named Cronulla Street, the pedestrian street in the centre of Cronulla is a treat any time of the year. Wander along here and you’ll find a bunch of food and drink offerings alongside stores selling surfwear, books and homewares. Meanwhile, Hurstville’s Forest Road is your hub for Asian street food and hard-to-find ingredients.

LOCALS LOVE

Unsurprisingly, Cronulla is designed for al fresco dining — you need to take advantage of the proximity to the beach and the views, after all. In the morning, grab a coffee from local institution Grind Espresso or an acai bowl from D.Bowls to enjoy as you stroll along The Esplanade. Then, as the sun sets, head to Next Door for fruity cocktails and snacks.

THE SHOPPING LISTS

Explore three of southern Sydney's thriving shopping precincts.

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Your Southern Sydney Hit List

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  • Food & Drink
    Hurstville

    Christopher's Cake Shop

    Long-running bakery serving traditional Greek sweets and other treats.

  • Food & Drink
    Hurstville

    The Hellenic

    All of your Greek food favourites — haloumi fries, spanakopita and pitas — done well.

  • Food & Drink
    Hurstville

    Like Noodle

    Slurp spicy noodles in this bustling Forest Road joint.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Carlton

    Arcadia Unbound Comics & Toys

    South Sydney's long-running haven of pop culture merchandise.

  • Design & Style
    Hurstville Grove

    Hillcrest Florist

    This neighbourhood florist offers all manner of beautiful blooms for any occasion.

  • Food & Drink
    Hurstville

    Wellmay Asian Mart

    Amp up your cooking with hard-to-find ingredients from Westfield's longstanding Asian grocer.

  • Food & Drink
    Bexley

    Sydney Party Shop

    A one-stop party shop that'll make your next themed event something special.

  • Food & Drink
    Hurstville Grove

    The Bottle-O Grove Cellars

    Specialty spirits, craft beers and international wines.

  • Food & Drink
    Hurstville

    Harvin Spices

    When a recipe calls for an obscure or hard-to-find ingredient, don't fret — you might find it here.

  • Food & Drink
    Bexley North

    German Butchery Deli & Cafe

    A German-style deli stocking cold cuts, bread, cured meats and more.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Sans Souci

    Kitepower Australia

    Get kitted out for your new favourite hobby at this beachside shop specialising in everything kiteboarding and kitesurfing.

  • Design & Style
    Monterey

    B & M Florist

    This Monterey institution has been a go to for beautiful flowers for more than 30 years.

  • Design & Style
    Sans Souci

    The Party People

    Sans Souci has been home to this family-run party supply shop since the 1980s — inside, find all the costumes, balloons and decorations you could need.

  • Design & Style
    Kogarah

    Manchester Warehouse

    Enough linen and soft furnishings to please even the most fussy of shoppers.

  • Design & Style
    Ramsgate

    French Cargo

    A Francophile's haven of authentic new and vintage homewares from the stylish markets of Paris.

  • Food & Drink
    Kogarah

    Fardoulis Chocolates

    This locally beloved chocolatier specialises in gourmet gift hampers and boxes.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Sutherland

    Wanderers Travel Co

    Improve your travel game with this sleek line of leather travel luggage.

  • Design & Style
    Cronulla

    Cronulla Living

    This homewares store stocks all the essentials for styling a beachside pad.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Cronulla

    Berkelouw Cronulla

    Pick up a new read to enjoy on lazy beach days.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Cronulla

    Harperwood Floral Design

    Floral artistry for every need.

  • Design & Style
    Cronulla

    Hazards Swimwear

    Find everything you need to be beach ready at this Cronulla boutique.

  • Design & Style
    Cronulla

    Meet That Store

    A chic Cronulla boutique for when you need to dress a little bit fancy.

  • Food & Drink
    Cronulla

    Grind Espresso

    A beloved local haunt for simple cafe fare.

  • Food & Drink
    Cronulla

    Next Door Cronulla

    Coffee, mimosas and food made by friends, served with ocean views.

  • Food & Drink
    Brighton-Le-Sands

    Bay Vista

    This Brighton-Le-Sands dessert haven specialises is all things sweet — and is open well into the night.

  • Food & Drink
    Brighton-Le-Sands

    Neptunes

    Brighton Le Sands' stalwart all-day eatery has had a multimillion-dollar revamp.

  • Food & Drink
    Sans Souci

    Son of a Baker

    It's worth making the extra effort to get to this beachside Balkan cafe

  • Food & Drink
    Banksia

    Banksia Hotel

    Colin Fassnidge returns to his pub grub roots at this south Sydney local.

  • Design & Style
    Woolooware

    Girl Meraki

    A small south Sydney homewares boutique run by a mother-daughter duo.

  • Food & Drink
    Cronulla

    Henrys Cronulla

    A sun-drenched brunch, lunch and dinner spot in the heart of Cronulla.

  • Food & Drink
    South Hurstville

    Oregano Bakery

    Sydney's cult scroll providore.

  • Design & Style
    Miranda

    Seaweed & Sand

    A home decor store for ocean lovers.

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