Bars and restaurants
Dining in vibrant Inner Sydney neighbourhoods offers a delicious range of styles and flavours. Discover lazy breakfast venues, sip afternoon cocktails or have wine and nibbles in a tapas bar. Head to stylish restaurants and enjoy anything from late-night gourmet pizza to zesty Thai or classic French cuisine. After an early dinner or before a late supper, enjoy a play at theatres where stars of film and stage such as Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett have performed.
About Inner Sydney
The lively inner Sydney neighbourhoods around the city centre are packed with plenty of things to see and do, from trendy bars to great theatre. Stroll through markets and galleries, find that hidden treasure in a second-hand shop or spend a lazy afternoon in an outdoor cafe enjoying the scent of frangipanis in the air.
To the east are Paddington, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst, each with its own style. Stroll through Paddington's famous markets, or peruse the latest exhibitions in its galleries. Catch a performance at Surry Hills' Belvoir St Theatre or visit Object Australian Centre for Design and Craft, which supports young designers. Darlinghurst is abuzz with cafes, restaurants and bars.
During the day, take your time exploring the fashionable designer boutiques on Oxford Street, William Street and The Intersection. By night, the street comes alive with nightclubs, pubs and late-night bars.
Glebe, Newtown, Balmain and Leichhardt make up Sydney's inner west. Second-hand shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, bookshops and design shops line the main streets of each neighbourhood – Glebe Point Road, King Street, Darling Street and Norton Street, respectively.
The popular Glebe Markets take place every Saturday and offer everything from organic produce to vintage fashion and artworks. Visit bohemian King Street Newtown for great food, vintage fashion and bookshops. In Balmain, enjoy food, markets and architecture dating back to the early 1800s. Head to Leichhardt for all things Italian, including fresh pasta, coffee and homemade gelato.
Getting around inner Sydney is easy with regular public transport by bus, train and light rail services.