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.