Good things come in small packages, and the historically significant streets and laneways of Chippendale are no exception. Here you’ll find well-preserved residential and industrial buildings spanning from 1838 through to 1950, with a mix of lovely Victorian terraces and converted warehouses throughout.
Chippendale is a small inner-city suburb to the south-west of Sydney's city centre, located between Redfern, Chinatown and Glebe, and close to Central Station. It’s bordered by Regent Street, Broadway, Cleveland Street and City Road, with Abercrombie Street running up the middle of it towards Pyrmont and Ultimo.
The area is considered historically significant as a former 19th century industrial precinct, and is known for its well preserved, high quality 19th century housing, especially terrace houses. The western part of Chippendale is primarily a commercial and residential district, and includes the University of Notre Dame. The eastern side is similar, but includes more restaurants, the Central Park complex (a shopping centre, apartments, restaurants and a park) on the old Kent Brewery site.
Chippendale is known for its high-quality restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, and is considered an up-and-coming dining precinct, with a slew of casual, hip eateries. Highlights include the hip Freda’s, with its expertly-made cocktails and delicious share plates, the recently opened Automata, run by ex-Momofuku Seiobo chef Clayton Wells, and Din Tai Fung, with its excellent xiao long bao (soup-filled dumplings). There are also plenty of good pubs, especially considering the suburb’s size, and great cafes, including Something for Jess and Cafe Giulia.
Chippendale is known as a bit of a creative hub, with a slew of galleries peppered throughout the suburb. White Rabbit is the most well-known Chippendale gallery. Its exhibitions focus on groundbreaking contemporary and conceptual Asian art. The recently opened Ambush Gallery in the Central Park complex shows everything from photography to street art and is well worth a look. You can also sign up for a free walking tour of Chippendale’s galleries on the first Saturday of every month.