Marrickville has arguably had what we're calling one of Sydney's hottest glow-ups. It didn't happen overnight but, today, walking down the main strip spotted with eccentric street art, it's very hard not to love this suburb for its charisma, charming brick buildings and neighbourhood cafés. The formerly industrial swathe of land in the Cook’s River basin has become a desirable postcode for families and a proper melting pot with lots to see and do (and eat). The suburb has been heavily influenced by waves of Greek and Vietnamese residents, with a healthy dose of creative colour on top as the Inner West’s rainbow and arts communities steadily move out from the centre.
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What Marrickville is known for
These days most people head to Marrickville for its exceptional Vietnamese food – some of the city’s best banh mi are found along Illawarra Rd. Henson Park oval is a destination for sports fans; bookish types head for the award-winning, architecturally designed library; and music lovers flock for live music at after-hours haunts like the Factory Theatre, and the Red Rattler.
Why do the locals love it?
Eliza Carr is a new resident and loves the area because it hasn't suffered from the city sprawl or had its local identity undermined by over-developement. "It feels like a close knit neighbourhood even though it's quite close to the city. It's also a great place for the noodle lovers. Flu season is no match for the plethora of phos available on Illawarra Rd. It's also a really pretty suburb - it's filled with Federation houses with stained glass and lovely gardens."
How do I get to Marrickville
Marrickville is a short 7kms from Sydney CBD, making it an easy drive but far enough out that parking rarely poses a problem. If you’re using public transport, Marrickville Station is on the T3 (Bankstown) train line. Sydenham Station also lets you out an easy walking distance to Marrickville Road’s main shops. The 308, 352, 355, 412, 418, 423, 425 and 426 bus lines all cut through Marrickville.
It’s a big suburb, hemmed in on the south side by the Cooks River and sharing borders with Dulwich Hill and Petersham to the West, Stanmore and Enmore to the North, and St Peters and Sydenham to the South East.
Map of Marrickville
If you only do one thing
Every Sunday the Addison Road Centre becomes a buzzing hive of activity thanks to the weekly markets
. Arrive hungry because the breakfast offerings are spectacular: corn fritters off the barbecue, bacon and egg rolls, fresh juices, gozleme, buddha bowls, and chai tea. Once you’ve sated your hunger time to fill your kitchen with fruit and vegetables, hot smoked salmon, soda bread, fancy cheeses, free-range eggs, bagels, Portuguese custard tarts and local seafood. From there you can browse handicrafts, plants, secondhand books, and clothing. They even have pony rides for the little humans in tow.