Marlene’s Redfern highlights
Dine in or takeaway classic Thai dishes such as jungle curry, chilli paste moo crab or tom kar from this Redfern Street cheap eatery. It’s open every day and you can order online from Menulog, too.
Redfern Park's basketball courts are surrounded by the Redfern Oval, home to the South Sydney Rabbitohs. With $32 million in renovations, the outdoor courts and skatepark have been refurbished and offer a decent view of the city's skyline. The courts are open 24/7 – it's just too bad there aren't any lights to continue games past sundown.
In mid 2011, seven artists (Jess Cook, Jamie Gerlach, Chris Hancock, Michelle McCosker, Alasdair Nicol, Kali Reid, Matthew Venables) were given the keys to a large warehouse space at 107 Redfern Street, by the City of Sydney as part of their accommodation grants. Their aim was to turn it into a creative hub for the area, accessible for local artists and the community.
QBee Nail Salon in Redfern offers manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments like waxing, tanning and eyelash extensions. They’re open daily.
Open every day, this local café on the edge of Redfern Park is a favourite haunt of the South Sydney Rabbitohs (their training ground is minutes away). It’s a ten-minute walk from Redfern station and the brekky and lunch spot has free WiFi, as well as lots of room for kids to run around and places to park a buggy.
Redfern residents were already pretty happy with George Woodyard thanks to the ace snackage available from the simple and delicious canteen, Scouts Honour. Now that the day trade was conquered, Woodyard, Anne Cooper, AmandaBaxter and Matt Turk decided it was time to rule the night by opening a bar. The new Regent of afterhours eats is Bart Jr.
The new owners are the W Short Hotel Group, who also count the Glenmore and the Australian Heritage Hotel among their flock. They’ve cosied up the place, but there’s no serious refurb to get accustomed to. It’s just a little nicer, a lot cleaner and there’s a beef stroganoff on the menu. It’s not fancy stroganoff, mind. The parmagiana and the burger are also solid counter meals and there’s not a slider to be seen, praise be.