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Chippendale area guide

Restaurants, bars, shops and events in Chippendale

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Sandwiched between Cleveland Street and Broadway and a longtime favourite of the Sydney Uni set, Chippo packs a lot of punch for a little fella. The area has just welcomed mammoth the Central Park development to the old Carlton & United brewery site – Daiso is the most exciting thing for us – and there’s increasingly tonnes of eating, drinking and art-watching to be done: hit up the always excellent White Rabbit CollectionCafé Giulia and Brickfields. No visit to Chippendale is complete without a stroll down Spice Alley, where pan-Asian snacks abound, and frequent pop-ups mean there's always something new on. 

Chippendale Highlights

Spice Alley

Spice Alley

Tucked behind the Kensington Street laneway in Chippendale, the open-air courtyard is serving up hawker style dishes from across the globe. 

Palace Central Cinemas

Palace Central Cinemas

Opened in October 2017, Palace Central is a 13-screen complex with multiple lounges and bar areas and sweeping views.

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

White Rabbit is a a state-of-the-art, four-floor temple to 21st century Chinese art hidden on a backstreet in Chippendale.

Ester Restaurant and Bar

Ester Restaurant and Bar

  • 5 out of 5 stars

It’s hard not to fall totally in love with Ester the moment you walk through the door – that's why it's Time Out's restaurant of the year.

The best restaurants in Chippendale

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

Head to Chippendale for Judith Neilson's extraordinary four-floor temple to 21st century Chinese art

Automata

Automata

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 3 of 4

A Sydney deg that’s short, razor sharp and won’t break the bank? Where do we sign up?

Kindred

Kindred

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

The odds are in vegetarians’ favour at Matt Pollock’s buzzy neighbourhood Italian

The best bars in Chippendale

The Lansdowne Hotel

The Lansdowne Hotel

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

The reborn Lansdowne Hotel has brought Sydney’s live-music scene back from the brink

The Rose Hotel

The Rose Hotel

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

Sport and candlelight – an odd combo that works a treat for this uni pub

The Lord Gladstone

The Lord Gladstone

  • 4 out of 5 stars

This Chippendale pub just wants everyone to have a good time

More things to do in Chippendale

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

Head to Chippendale for Judith Neilson's extraordinary four-floor temple to 21st century Chinese art

The Lansdowne Hotel

The Lansdowne Hotel

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

The reborn Lansdowne Hotel has brought Sydney’s live-music scene back from the brink

Palace Central Cinema

Palace Central Cinema

Opened in October 2017, Palace Central is a 13-screen complex within the Central Park Mall with multiple lounges and bar areas and sweeping...