Surry Hills

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.

A man admiring artworks at Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills, Sydney

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 Ann Snell Gallery 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 RoomBaccomatto Osteria and Firedoor.

Chefs cooking at Longrain Restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney

Small bars such as 121 BC 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.

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  1. Watercolour painting for beginners

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Thursday 26 May 2022 , Surry Hills

    Learn all about watercolour painting, in this fun and playful class. You can bring along something that you want to paint, or else the teacher will provide a subject for you. You'll learn all the techniques in an easy and enjoyable way. …

    18 Dec - 26 May
  2. Classes with Glasses

    Thursday 20 December 2018 to Thursday 28 March 2019 , Surry Hills

    Classes with Glasses is a workshop program with a difference, offering over thirty different classes that all include Bring Your Own drinks. So now you can learn a new skill while you slug a shiraz! Classes with Glasses invites you to an…

    20 Dec - 28 Mar