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Marrickville area guide

Restaurants, bars, shops and events in Marrickville

Photograph: Anna Kucera

Once upon a time all the cool kids lived in Newtown. Then came Surry Hills. Now, well, the coolest of cool kids live in Marrickville – a suburb that used to be best known for its mall. No more: today this spread-out 'burb 7km south of the CBD is jam-packed with a huge array of multicultural residents including young families, students and artsy types chasing the affordable rents. That latter set means new Marrickville is all about awesome coffee (if you haven't been to Cornersmith, rectify your error at once) and great nights out at the fringe of Sydney's arts scene (the Factory is booking some adventurous, quirky live acts). Marrickville's also home to the official sandwich of Sydney, bánh mì – the best in town is Marrickville Pork Roll's take.  Get there before the cool kids move on.

Marrickville highlights

Batch Brewing Co

Batch Brewing Co

This bare bones brewery down in Marrickville is keeping things simple with a brewery operation out the back of their Sydenham Road warehouse, and a tasting bar out front. Set up by two American gents who started out with an American West Coast pale ale and then swiftly moved onto experimental brews, Batch is beer nerd Nirvana. Depending on when you visit they might have a milk stout made with Campos coffee for an extra kick, or perhaps a few bottles of their Christmas in July porter brewed with star anise, allspice, vanilla and ginger. Haven't yet developed a taste for dark beers? Try the Alice, an American-style wheat beer that is light, bright and just a little cloudy. The base of operations is a big, breezy space with a few comfy couches and some tall tables. Find a pew, grab a $5 jar of beer and watch the world go by through the open roller door. In the big double door fridges they have longnecks and growlers chilled and ready to go home with you for round two, or you can settle in, grab a snack on Saturdays from a food truck out the front or order in a pizza from Nom up the road and try the lot. Batch Brewing Co are part of the Bottled Lightning Co. craft beer collective.

The Addison Road Centre
Things to do

The Addison Road Centre

It's home to the weekly Marrickville Market, as well as the Addison Galleries, Reverse Garbage, Aerialize, Sidetrack Theatre and many, many more creative and inventive types.

PHD (Pho Hai Duong)

PHD (Pho Hai Duong)

You don’t need a doctorate to know why punters come here. It’s all about the kickass pho. Bright red walls and smart wooden chairs and tables herald an upward shift from the formerly down-and-daggy Pho Hai Duong, but their signature pho remains unchanged. This Vietnamese noodle soup hits the spot at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and its restorative powers can’t be underestimated, especially when you’re feeling sick, seedy or hungover. Chirpy red bowls of fresh rice noodles are filled to the brim with a life-giving broth that is clear, sweet and not overly salty. There are eight kinds of pho to choose from, including plain beef or chicken (each $9), seafood ($10.50) and tofu with vegetables ($9). They even knock out a free range chicken version ($12). All you need to do is add your own mint, bean sprouts and squeeze of lemon. The menu runs to a massive 143 savoury dishes, including a very respectable bun rieu cua ($9) - a crab and pork noodle soup with bobbing cubes of cooked pigs blood and deep fried tofu. If the thought of pigs blood is too much to stomach, check out the bun cha tom mia ($11), a light and refreshing cold noodle salad with chargrilled sugar cane prawns.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Marrickville Tennis Club
Sport and fitness

Marrickville Tennis Club

Happy with your current level of fitness? Then mosey on down to Marrickville Tennis Club where you can get a work out then cancel out its effects with a cheap meal and $10 jug of beer amongst a rather varied cross-section of the inner west's best folk, whether young, old or ex-con (sounds scary – isn't).