Redfern and Waterloo


Storied past, bright future

Redfern and Waterloo's working class heritage and vibrant Aboriginal community provide strong foundations for this iconic Sydney area. Combined with a flourishing surge of cutting-edge galleries, a buzzing food and bar scene, vibrant local cafes and a string of vintage stores, this area continues to evolve and fascinate.

  • Carriageworks, Redfern
  • Eathouse diner, Redfern

Past and Present

Located on the southern fringe of Sydney City, the suburbs of Redfern and Waterloo have a rich social and political history. There’s a strong sense of community here, and a thriving network of local businesses have sprung up over recent years, making this a vibrant urban area well worth a visit.

While respectful of the past, the suburbs of Redfern and Waterloo are intent on embracing the future, too – perhaps no more so than at the historical Eveleigh rail yards, transformed in recent years to the cavernous, multi-venue space known as Carriageworks. The eclectic program here features theatre, music, dance parties and mini-festivals.

On Saturdays the space is a buzzing hive of activity as the Carriageworks Farmers' Market comes to life. Grab a coffee, chat to the farmers about their produce and fill a bag with everything from mussels and meats to organic veggies.

The cafe culture of Waterloo and Redfern has really taken off, with great coffee easy to come by. Here you’ll find inventive breakfast and brunches, with all-day breakfast the go-to for many. Try the Rag Land on Raglan Street for vegemite hotcakes or a new twist on an old favourite, their famed pork belly and egg roll. Three Williams on Elizabeth Street offers good coffee, big breakfasts and super-crispy fries, or head to Redfern’s Street’s Baffi and Mo for perfect scrambled eggs and divine potato rosti.

Award-winning Kepos Street Kitchen on Phillip Street in Waterloo is modern Australian gone middle eastern; tuck in to ‘dad’s favourite breaky’, a platter of falafel, hummus, labneh, hardboiled egg and tomato salad, and don’t forget to try the ksk churros, served with luscious salted caramel.

After brunch, head to Waterloo’s Danks Street or Redfern’s Regent Street to browse vintage furniture and retro collectables. For mid-century furniture and retro pieces, try Retro on Regent or Graham & Graham Design, two of the excellent retro furniture stores you’ll find on Regent Street.

As the day draws to a close you’ll find that the small bar scene here is thriving, with hip establishments dotted along the L-shaped hub of Redfern and Regent Streets. Arcadia Liquors was one of the first on the scene, its sympathetically renovated industrial interior is a great spot for a stein of german beer or a good glass of red.

Local favourite The Dock is friendly and unpretentious, with late night singalongs to their unashamedly cheesy party playlist a common occurrence. And the artsy Bearded Tit has found its feet down the road on Regent Street - nab a cocktail and a booth and settle in for the evening.

  • Carriageworks

    Arts and Culture

    Housed in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards, multi-venue arts space Carriageworks has a distinctive 19th century industrial atmosphere, plays host to cutting edge theatre, exhibitions, shows and performances. It also has a restaurant and bar onsite.

  • Wah Wah Lounge, Waterloo

    Food and Wine

    Cafes, bar and restaurants, Redfern and Waterloo have you covered for all three. Come dinner time, try Pu’er for colourful, Asian fusion dumplings, Moon Park for avant-garde Korean fare, or book yourself in for one of Studio Neon’s underground dinners.

  • Mao and More


    Redfern and Waterloo are well known suburbs for vintage furniture and antique shopping. There’s also modern furniture, homewares and clothing, and the Carriageworks Farmers makret held weekly.


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