Redfern and Waterloo

This gentrified area in inner Sydney is the epitome of cool, full of creatives, cafés and cultural heritage. In Redfern and Waterloo, explore farmers markets and contemporary art spaces; picnic in the heritage-listed Redfern Park; and discover eclectic bars, street art and plenty of urban grit.  

Crowds visiting The Night Markets in the Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Things to do

The beautifully-converted former Eveleigh rail yards, now known as Carriageworks, is the creative heart of this neighbourhood. The multi-venue arts and performance space hosts events throughout the year, including theatre, music, dance and festivals. You can also pick up fresh seasonal produce every Saturday at the bustling Carriageworks Farmers Market. 

Another popular venue is Giant Dwarf, where comedians will have you in stitches. 107 Projects is a community-led creative hub that hosts exhibitions and performances from young creatives. Aboriginal Dance Theatre Redfern offers courses in Indigenous dance and theatre. You can learn about the Aboriginal community’s deep connection to the area on a walking tour. 

Luis & The Wildfires playing at Wild Porteo, Carriageworks, Vivid Sydney

Walking and cycling tours are a great way to uncover the area’s fascinating heritage and history. Join Culture Scouts on a Chippendale and Redfern private walking tour or Sydney Architecture Walks on a bicycle tour, which will take you through the backstreets of Redfern and several other inner-city neighbourhoods. 

You’ll find plenty more attractions in Redfern and Waterloo, from flourishing galleries such as Ambush and warehouse outlets for bargain buys to interior design stores such as Chee Soon & Fitzgerald. Browse local shops for curated designer homewares at The DEA Store, boutique wines at Vine Providore and hard-to-find international lollies at Redfern Convenience Store.

Three Williams in Redfern, Inner Sydney

Eat and drink

Redfern’s small bar game is good. You’re spoilt for choice on the eastern side of Redfern Station. Options include gin joint Moya’s Juniper Lounge; Mjolner, a fun whisky bar inspired by Thor; and The Noble Hops for craft beer. There’s also Arcadia Liquors, The Bearded Tit, The Dock, Hustle & Flow, Bart Jr, Redfern Surf Club, Misfits and The Tudor Hotel

No matter your budget or cravings, there’s many great restaurants and cafés. Kepos Street Kitchen is renowned for Middle Eastern food, Ron’s Upstairs does kitsch modern Australia fare and Café Kentaro offers a Japanese/Aussie café mash up. Three Williams is your go-to for all day brunch, head to RaRa for ramen and Bush for burgers. For baked goods, you can’t look past Breadfern or Donut Papi. 

The new South Eveleigh drinking and dining precinct, found in beautifully-converted railway sheds, is also worth a visit. Among a slate of eateries, there’s a no-waste bar and celebrity chef Kylie Kwong’s new restaurant, as well as a community rooftop garden that features indigenous edible, cultural and medicinal plant species.