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Surry Hills area guide

Restaurants, bars, shops and events in Surry Hills

Photograph: Alana Dimou

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.

Hungry? Well, ‘Surry’, as locals call it simply, is a virtual urban foodcourt brimming with Sydney’s most innovative chefs – including Nel and those rockabilly Porteño boys…

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. 

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The best happy hours in Surry Hills

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