Also known as The Cross, this bustling inner-city hub is the centre of Sydney nightlife; party late into the night, watch cutting-edge theatre and be seen at stylish restaurants. Kings Cross is also home to two major Sydney landmarks, the dandelion-shaped El Alamein Memorial Fountain and the giant neon-lit Coca-Cola billboard.
Things to do
All the attractions in this entertainment precinct are near Kings Cross Station. The Griffin Theatre Co. performs at the intimate SBW Stables Theatre, where many famous actors, including Cate Blanchett, have performed. Kings Cross Theatre puts on plays at the Kings Cross Hotel.
Happy Endings Comedy Club is the place to go laughs. To dance the night away, try Flamingo Lounge, The Club or Boogie Mountain. If late night cabaret is you thing, descend the stairs to Dulcie’s, an underground lair. Galleries in Kings Cross and nearby neighbourhoods hold regular exhibitions.
Discover the notorious history of The Cross on a guided walking tour. Sydney Urban Adventures offer the riveting Kings Cross Crime and Passion Tour, which explores the razor gangs of the 1920s. You can read a potted cultural history of The Cross in bronze plaques set in the footpath along Darlinghurst Road.
Eat and drink
You’ll find an eclectic range of eateries here. Metisse is a French fine dining restaurant in the striking Barcelona building, Farmhouse offers an ever-changing five course set menu and Penny’s Cheese Shop does one of the best cheese toasties in town. The Kings Cross food markets on Saturday is also fantastic.
For your caffeine fix, Café Hernandez is a 24-hour operation popular with cab drivers in the early morning. Frankie’s Beans roasts its own coffee as does Primary Coffee Roasters. Jeremy & Sons does a great coffee and local institution Piccolo Bar is one of the locations for local TV series, Rake.
Getting and staying there
Kings Cross station is just one train stop up from Martin Place. Or, from Hyde Park, walk 10min up William Street. Accommodation in The Cross caters to a range of budgets and preferences, from boutique hotels to serviced apartments for longer stays and backpacker hostels in grand old terrace houses on Victoria Street.