Eating out in Kings Cross
Kings Cross is a melting pot of strip clubs, gangsters, streetwalkers and pimps – with cool bars, excellent restaurants, posh hotels and backpacker digs thrown in for good measure. You'll want to be a night owl with an open mind to experience everything this open-all-hours precinct has to offer.
Stay, play, eat and drink in Kings Cross
The Cross, as it's known locally, has always maintained its risqué, ready-for-anything reputation, luring an intriguing mix of backpackers, sailors, down'n'outs, hip inner-city types and suburban party animals. There's a crazy vibe here, but it's always buzzing with lots to see and do.
Accommodation in Kings Cross caters to all budgets. There's a hip, contemporary ambiance at the Lido Suites in Roslyn Street, a prime location in the heart of this lively precinct – or try The Diamant, a luxury boutique hotel on Kings Cross Road. The Quest Potts Point and Macleay Serviced Apartments are also both close to the action. Fancy budget digs? The area boasts heaps of backpacker hostels, some in grand old terraces. Try Chilliblue on Victoria St, The Jackaroo Hostel on Darlinghurst Road or the Jolly Swagman on Orwell Street.
Nightlife swings from cosy wine bars like LL Wine and Dine to cocktail bar/clubs such as The Piano Room, 21 and Goldfish. If you're after fine dining, head down Bayswater Road to Concrete Blonde or Bistro Ortolon. Cheap eats run the gamut – enjoy the quality, seasonal fare at Wilbur's Place on Llankelly, or Mexican at Barrio Chino on the main strip along Bayswater Road.
What to do? Check out the area's landmarks, including the El Alamein âthistle' fountain, The Cross Art Projects in Macleay Street or the famous McElhone Steps in Victoria Street (a great shortcut down to Finger Wharf). You could also buy tickets to a play at Griffin Theatre Company, or discover the area's brutal history on a Kings Cross Razorhurst Tour. And don't forget to head to Fitzroy Gardens on Saturdays for Garden Games – a weekly board games event.
Gastro Park Bar
El Alamein Fountain
Long shot of backpackers having lunch in Kings Cross. Image Tony Yeates, Tourism NSW