One of Sydney's oldest working-class suburbs, Balmain is a 10-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. Today this harbourside suburb is home to some of Australia's best-known writers, actors, film directors, musicians and artists.
Balmain has some great cafes, bistros, pubs, restaurants and produce stores. Food connoisseurs should head to Darling Street to taste Adriano Zumbo's renowned macaroons or feast on a middle-eastern brunch at Kazbah. On weekends, Balmain Markets and Rozelle Markets offer an eclectic mix of fashion, food, and bric-a-brac.
Explore Balmain on foot. Arrive by ferry at the harbour end of Darling Street and wander through pretty streets where harbourside mansions are next to old pubs and quaint workers' cottages.
Balmain's nightlife is a magnet for a cosmopolitan crowd who enjoy partying with DJs, live music and jazz bands at local pubs. Hit the 3 Weeds, one of the inner west's original pubs, established in 1881.