Eating and art in Surry Hills
Eating and drinking in this inner Sydney neighbourhood is truly a feast for the senses, with local favourites serving up fabulous breakfasts, brunch, lunch and dinner. It’s also a prime spot to imbibe, with excellent pubs and a thriving small bar scene.
Inner City dining - Surry Hills Restaurants
Located on the south-east fringe of the Sydney city, Surry Hills is well-known for its cafes, eateries, small bars and upscale restaurants. There are many hidden gems for you to discover, both along the bustling thoroughfare of Crown Street and in the streets and laneways surrounding it, so it pays to do a bit of exploring - but then, that’s half the fun.
Surry Hills does brunch well; it’s one of the best neighbourhoods in Sydney for breakfast. Sydney mainstay bills Surry Hills is a well-known breakfast haunt; try Bill Grainger’s famous ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter, or the savoury sweet corn fritters. For a creative and ever-changing menu, Devon Cafe’s menu blurs the lines between simple cafe food and fine dining; it's breakfast, but not as you know it. Or you can join the queue at Bourke Street Bakery and pick up fresh sourdough loaves, a pork and fennel sausage roll or lemon tart and enjoy a DIY breakfast in the park.
Surry Hills is a great place to get your caffeine fix, with some of Sydney’s most talented baristas serving up lattes, espressos and filter coffees in the cafes on the city’s edge. Award-winning Sample Coffee offers coffee subscriptions, coffee advice, and excellent brews on Holt street. Local favourite Single Origin Roasters, nicknamed ‘Single O’ is another great option for coffee lovers, roasting their own beans and serving up all-day breakfast. Or for a quick macchiato between meetings, try Joe Black on Commonwealth Street.
As day moves into night, you’ll find that the Surry Hills restaurant scene is also superb. Squeeze into the lively, family-friendly Pizza e Birra for casual Italian fare, enjoy upmarket Thai food at the famed Longrain Restaurant, or book in for an old-school degustation at The Devonshire. Other items to add to your Surry Hills bucket list include trying the french-inspired menu at modern Sydney icon Marque, enjoying a curry or papaya salad at popular eatery Spice I Am or its sister restaurant, House, and checking out the upmarket Italian fare at Il Baretto. Top it all off with the avant-garde ice cream flavours of Gelato Messina.
Great bars abound in Surry Hills, but some of the best are well hidden. Button Bar is one of them, its buzzing interior concealed behind a nondescript wooden door on Foveaux street, as is Gardel's Bar on Cleveland, perched atop fantastic Argentinian restaurant, Porteno. For something a little bit out of the ordinary, try the Absinthe Salon, Sydney's very first absinthe-only bar. Or for those in the mood for a party, The Soda Factory is a safe bet, as is Mexican dive bar Tio’s Cerveceria on Foster Street.