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Bars and restaurants in Darlinghurst

Summer dining in Darlinghurst offers a diverse array of styles and flavours to choose from. 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.

Must Do

About Inner Sydney

The lively inner Sydney neighbourhoods that are located around the city centre are packed with plenty of things to see and do and Darlinghurst, 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.

With an industrial, working-class history, Redfern and Waterloo are now home to eclectic galleries, a slow-food scene, great restaurants and cool festivals.

Getting around inner Sydney is easy with regular public transport by bus, train and light rail services.

Cycling in Manly Image James Pipino
Sydney North

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy what Sydney North has to offer. You can catch a ferry to famous Manly Beach, then take a swim at Palm Beach. Dine and shop in Mosman or treat the kids to Taronga Zoo and Luna Park.

South Cronulla beach Image Hamilton Lund
Sydney South

The Sydney South beaches are ideal for family fun, including Cronulla Beach which is great for fishing and surfing. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the coastline through Botany Bay National Park, then learn about the area's history at La Perouse Museum.

Parramatta River
Sydney West

Sydney West sits at the foot of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Take the scenic route to Parramatta on a Rivercat from Circular Quay. Once there, you can explore the history of Australia's second oldest European settlement.PenrithWindsor and the Featherdale Wildlife Park are also great spots to visit.

Local areas

  • Balmain Balmain is a colourful and artistic suburb, home to writers, actors, film directors, musicians and artists. Just a 10-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay.
  • Darlinghurst Packed with boutiques, bookshops, art galleries and cafes. After dark, Darlinghurst really comes alive with clubs, and late night entertainment.
  • Glebe Originally part of the Glebe Estate granted to the Anglican Church in the 1800s, Glebe is now Sydney's most vibrant and "alternative" community.
  • Leichhardt If you love all things Italian, and that includes handmade pasta, freshly ground coffee, seasonal gelati and stylish shoes, make your way to Leichhardt.
  • Newtown Colourful and unconventional, Newtown has inner-city attractions that range from restaurants and bars, to theatres and clubs.
  • Paddington Known for its heritage Victorian terraces, Paddington is where you’ll spot the latest trends in fashion, food and wine, and art.
  • Surry Hills Surry Hills is one of Sydney's most artistically-vibrant neighbourhoods. Explore galleries and boutiques, alfresco dining, busy gastro pubs and funky bars.
  • Redfern and Waterloo Redfern and Waterloo’s Aboriginal roots and working class past remain but is also now home to galleries, a slow food scene, vintage stores and festivals.

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