Inner Sydney


Bars and restaurants 

Dining in vibrant Inner Sydney neighbourhoods offers a delicious range of styles and flavours. 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. After an early dinner or before a late supper, enjoy a play at theatres where stars of film and stage such as Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett have performed.

  • London Hotel, Balmain
  • Corelli's Cafe, Newtown

About Inner Sydney

The lively inner Sydney neighbourhoods around the city centre are packed with plenty of things to see and do, from trendy bars to great theatre. 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.

  • Yoshi Jones, Newtown


    Update your wardrobe with a visit to one of Inner Sydney’s shopping hubs. Stop by Oxford Street in Paddington for a blend of designer labels and more affordable fashion brands or head to nearby The Intersection for boutiques galore. Peruse the vintage clothing stores of Surry Hills and Newtown and discover a trendy outfit from the past.

  • Surry Hills Markets


    Browse through the creations of up-and-coming fashion designers and the wares of artistic traders at Paddington Markets. Dig through a wide range of unique homewares and handcrafted objects at Glebe Markets and source fresh organic produce, antiques and collectables from Rozelle and Balmain Markets.

  • Gardels Bar, Surry Hills

    Cafes & Bars

    Sample a glass of red or white off the drinks menu at one of Leichhardt's Italian wine bars. Taste a cocktail at a funky Newtown bar or enjoy a tipple at one of Darlinghurst’s iconic after-dark haunts. Head to Surry Hills and dine on traditional pub fare and enjoy a roster of weekly entertainment at acclaimed local watering holes.


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Local areas

  • Alexandria and Rosebery Discover Alexandria and Rosebery, just 6km from the city
  • 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.
  • Chippendale Head to Chippendale and explore the area’s excellent eateries, ace architecture and great galleries.
  • 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 Discover a thriving music, theatre, design and restaurant scene, including the delicious King Street ‘eat street’.
  • Paddington Known for its heritage Victorian terraces, Paddington is where you'€™ll spot the latest trends in fashion, food and wine, and art.
  • 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.
  • 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.