Once the scruffy home to Sydney’s rag trade and a former local haunt for nefarious folk like the Kate Leigh, Surry Hills is now Sydney’s buzziest and most happening ’burb.
Want clothes? Hop along Crown and Bourke or hit the monthly markets for some seriously cool vintage.
Thirsty? From absinthe to big bold reds, Surry Hills has got you covered. In fact, so transformed has this steep little slice of Sydney been that some are wondering whether it’s lost its rougher charms. Maybe. But when you’re six-in at the Cricketers on a Friday arvo, mixing it with the gentrifiers and the gentrified, it's hard to think of a place in Sydney you’d rather be.
Surry Hills highlights
The best bars in Surry Hills
Some of the best drinking dens in the city are clustered inside the 2010 postcode, which means a sip trip around Surry Hills involves a whole lot more excellent cocktails, biodynamic wines and craft brews with a whole lot less trekking between venues.
The best happy hours in Surry Hills
The best restaurants in Surry Hills
The best shops in Surry Hills
Art and culture in Surry Hills
Deutscher and Hackett Gallery
This space in the midst of bustling Oxford Street – which has a twin down in Melbourne – is run by Chris Deutscher (of Deutscher Fine Art, which sold lots of...
Mark Hanham Gallery
Sydney-born artist Mark Hanham is known for his cityscapes of Sydney, Paris, London and New York. This gallery is dedicated to exhibiting his output of...
The Hughes Gallery
A colourful character on the Sydney art scene and former subject of the controversial Archibald portraiture competition held each year (entries always...