From acclaimed theatre and intriguing galleries to fine food and wine, Surry Hills is a delightful inner Sydney neighbourhood near Central Station. You’ll discover hidden gems, including award-winning restaurants, hip bars and great pubs, fashion boutiques, and the famous Bourke Street Bakery.
Belvoir Street Theatre is one of Australia’s most respected theatres, with Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett and other stars gracing its stages. For over 30 years, this much-loved venue has engaged prominent and promising playwrights, actors and directors for an evocative annual artistic program.
You’ll find wonderful galleries, too. Visit the Brett Whiteley Studio, where one of Australia’s most notable contemporary painters worked and lived until his death in 1992. The specialises is indigenous art and the Badger and Fox Gallery is in a convict-built terrace house.
Another drawcard are the restaurants and cafes, and bars and pubs. Crown Street and side streets are dotted with delicious places to eat and drink. Many are featured in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide, including the Dolphin Hotel Dining Room, Baccomatto Osteria and Firedoor.
Small bars such as Vasco and Button Bar are popular, as well. The Soda Factory creates flavoursome cocktails and offers live performances, from bands to international DJs. The classic pubs such as the Keg and Brew Hotel and Dove & Olive pour craft beer. The Horse and the Clock mix superb cocktails.
For shopping, browse the collectable homeware pieces of Vampt Vintage and the quirky shelves of Zoo Emporium. Other attractions include the Surry Hills Markets, held on the first Saturday of every month. The annual Surry Hills Festival in September celebrates the neighbourhood’s local music, food, arts and culture.