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Sydney local legends

Sydney's neighbourhood superstars share their favourite places to go

View of Sydney Harbour at Mrs Macquaries Chair Sydney
Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan

We love Sydney’s villages, from the peaceful waterside neighbourhoods of Pyrmont and Glebe to the hustle and bustle of nighttime ’burbs like Darlinghurst and Newtown. But no one knows them quite like the locals who live, work and play in the area. These local legends are ambassadors for the suburbs they choose to spend their time in, whether they’re slinging cocktails, serving flat whites or showing you the best locally crafted products and artworks. Check out where they like to hang out in Sydney’s CBD, Haymarket, Darlo’ and Surry Hills.

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Sydney local legends

PS40's Michael Chiem shares his CBD hotspots
Bars

PS40's Michael Chiem shares his CBD hotspots

There are so many world-class bars in the area. 

Discover Darlinghurst with local ceramicist Naomi Taplin
Shopping

Discover Darlinghurst with local ceramicist Naomi Taplin

Foley Street has its own community of local makers.

Surry Hills stalwart Ross Longmuir shares his favourite local haunts
Shopping

Surry Hills stalwart Ross Longmuir shares his favourite local haunts

Diversity and creativity is at the heart of Surry Hills.

Gallery director Mikala Tai shares her Haymarket highlights
Art

Gallery director Mikala Tai shares her Haymarket highlights

We're in the thick of it, and there's great Hong Kong cuisine. 

Poho Flowers owners pick out their favourite places in Potts Point
Shopping

Poho Flowers owners pick out their favourite places in Potts Point

Ed West and Dan Scala tell us what they love about the 2011 postcode.

Pyrmont café owner Eric Mendoza shares his highlights of the area
Restaurants

Pyrmont café owner Eric Mendoza shares his highlights of the area

Tap into the secrets of this suburb. 

Koori Radio host Marlene Cummins shares her Redfern hotspots
Things to do

Koori Radio host Marlene Cummins shares her Redfern hotspots

The Marloo’s Blues host gives her top tips for the 2016 postcode. 

Insta-famous hairdresser Jane Wei gives us her top tips for Newtown
Health and beauty

Insta-famous hairdresser Jane Wei gives us her top tips for Newtown

"Newtown’s really easy going and accepting." 

Fred’s head chef Danielle Alvarez shares her Paddington highlights
Restaurants

Fred’s head chef Danielle Alvarez shares her Paddington highlights

"When you live in a neighbourhood like this, you get to know a lot of people in the community."

Automata head chef Clayton Wells gives us his top tips for dining in Chippendale
Restaurants

Automata head chef Clayton Wells gives us his top tips for dining in Chippendale

"It’s changed so much."

Imara Savage shares what she loves about Walsh Bay
Theatre

Imara Savage shares what she loves about Walsh Bay

Sydney Theatre Company’s resident director gives us her highlights of the harbourside precinct. 

Sappho Books owner Meredith Baillie tells us what makes Glebe so great
Shopping

Sappho Books owner Meredith Baillie tells us what makes Glebe so great

"We’ve got a genuinely interesting mix – there’s such a diverse range of people who are attracted to Glebe."

Martijn van Eijkelenborg shines a light on Alexandria after dark
Sport and fitness

Martijn van Eijkelenborg shines a light on Alexandria after dark

The co-owner of 9 Degrees shares his nightlife tips for the area. 

The Bearded Tit's Joy Ng shares her fave local haunts after dark
Bars

The Bearded Tit's Joy Ng shares her fave local haunts after dark

The owner of Redfern's buzzy small bar shares her favourite drinking, dining and creative spaces to visit after nightfall.

Drag queen Felicia Foxx gives her hot tips for exploring Erskineville after dark
Nightlife

Drag queen Felicia Foxx gives her hot tips for exploring Erskineville after dark

Erko has many LGBTQIA-friendly spots. 

Archie Rose’s Harriet Leigh shares the hidden gems of Rosebery
Bars

Archie Rose’s Harriet Leigh shares the hidden gems of Rosebery

Rosebery’s a cool little suburb. 

Bookshop owners Tom Hespe and Tamara Kennedy guide us through the best of Kings Cross at night
Shopping

Bookshop owners Tom Hespe and Tamara Kennedy guide us through the best of Kings Cross at night

"It’s eclectic, like the area."

The Oyster Club’s Marlena Dali and Porcelain Alice on Chippendale after dark
Nightlife

The Oyster Club’s Marlena Dali and Porcelain Alice on Chippendale after dark

"We wanted to bring people to watch queer artists in a legitimate venue."

Commune’s founder Sam Ali tells us how to make the most of Newtown after dark
Things to do

Commune’s founder Sam Ali tells us how to make the most of Newtown after dark

Newtown is a great part of Sydney where individualism is celebrated.

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