Sydney like a local
Sydney like a local
Discover plenty of new experiences around every corner of Sydney, within minutes of the CBD. Uncover local eateries in the inner city, bargains at weekend markets or the latest cocktail in a cool neighbourhood bar. Sydney’s local neighborhoods have their own style for the important things in life – great food, drinks, shops and shows.
Slices of Sydney
Download the Slices of Sydney booklet for things to see, do, eat, buy and enjoy in Sydney’s hotspots. The booklet offers tips on Sydney’s culinary highlights and how to soak up the local culture.
Whether you’re looking for designer fashion on and around Oxford Street or hoping to find a few bargains at Paddington’s famous Saturday market, you’ll find shopping in this fashionable neighbourhood really enjoyable. There are chocolate makers, bespoke shoe shops, tailors, milliners and gourmet food suppliers – all just a short bus ride from the city centre.
Darlinghurst, next to Surry Hills, is a busy neighbourhood – day and night. Streets fanning out from Oxford Street are packed with cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. Start the day with a big breakfast, then explore music stores, retro fashion and bookshops. Taylor Square’s Sustainable Markets take place every Saturday. Don’t miss the spectacular Mardi Gras parade at the start of March every year.
Start your day in Newtown as the locals do, at a cafe on King Street drinking great coffee. Newtown is a contemporary bohemia, offering an eclectic dining and shopping experience, with everything from vintage fashion and recycled records to crystals, bookshops, leather shops and Afghan rugs – all easily accessible by public transport.
Inner-city Surry Hills is one of Sydney's coolest neighbourhoods. Known for its designer shops, vintage fashion boutiques, bars and restaurants, it’s close to Central Station and the perfect spot to find something special. Start your adventure on Crown Street for small galleries and boutiques before enjoying a balmy summer night at a bar with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand.
Around the corner from The Rocks – with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – lies Walsh Bay, a harbourside neighbourhood that’s become an important part of Sydney’s thriving performing arts scene. This art precinct is home to Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Dance Company. It also has cafes, bars and restaurants for pretheatre meals and drinks, as well as casual lunchtime dining by the harbour.
Kings Cross – easily accessible by train or bus – is a melting pot of cool bars, great restaurants, posh hotels and backpacker digs that spread out from Darlinghurst Road and Victoria Street. If you love late-night dancing, bars and cocktails, you’ll find them in the Cross. Night owls with an open mind will have fun in Sydney’s famous night-life district.
Close to the city centre and Sydney Harbour, these neighbouring suburbs are tightly packed with grand old mansions, hotels and apartments. Enjoy art and design galleries, casual bars, and harbourside dining at Woolloomooloo Wharf – perfect for a warm summer night. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan, arty and interesting.
The unvarnished, industrial atmosphere of these neighbouring suburbs attracts cutting-edge galleries, a slow-food scene, vintage stores and cool festivals over the warmer months. Highlights include Danks Street for food and art, Eveleigh Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, and anything performed or on show at Carriageworks. Keep an eye out for streetside cafes, cute bars and retro furniture along Redfern Street, just a short walk from the Redfern train station.
Glebe is just a short bus ride from the city centre or walk from Central Station. It has harbourside parks, water views and narrow winding streets with grand old homes and cottages from another era. Wander along Glebe Point Road, slipping into a window seat at a wholefood cafe or ethnic eatery. Glebe’s holistic stores and bookshops do a brisk trade, while Saturday’s market is a bargain hunter’s dream.
Pyrmont is one of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhoods, with many examples of its past evident today in the wharves, wool stores and sandstone cliffs. You can easily explore this harbourside location on foot – you can even jog along the foreshore to Darling Harbour. You’ll also find the Sydney Fish Market, The Star casino and the Australian Maritime Museum in Pyrmont.
Enjoy a wide selection of yum cha to stir-fries, dumplings and crispy duck. Chinatown is an Asian taste carnival, with dumpling houses, tea merchants, neon food courts and Asian food galleries. Easy to get to by train, bus and light rail, Chinatown is within walking distance of the city centre.