POTTS POINT At A Glance
Once a thriving hub for Sydney’s Bohemia, Potts Point has evolved to be an enclave of juxtapositions that is slightly offbeat and funky. From the quiet residential streets of gorgeous Art Deco and Victorian homes to the busy, noisy and neon-lit streets of Kings Cross, Potts Point has it all, including an incredible café and dining culture with tantalising flavours from across the world.
Eccentric and varied café, dining and nightlife culture, all within minutes of Sydney’s CBD.
Llankelly Place has its own foodie scene, but don’t let that detract you from the rest of Potts Point’s foodie scene.
Potts Point has the highest concentration of Art Deco architecture in Australia.
Whether by day or night, this neighbourhood loves to entertain.
Foodies gravitate to Potts Point for the cafés and restaurants which boast tantalising flavours from around the world – many incorporating fine wines and cocktails. There is an eclectic mix of quirky little hole-in-the-wall places to restaurants offering boutique dining and featuring award-winning chefs. Locals hang out in Llankelly Place, a pedestrian alleyway off Darlinghurst Road to indulge in one of the many mouth-watering eateries.
Kings Cross, aka The Strip (once notorious for its underbelly vibe) has in recent times cleaned up its act. A place that thrives under the glow of the neon lights, Kings Cross is a locality within Potts Point that stretches from the oversized Coca-Cola billboard to the iconic El Alamein Memorial Fountain – a busy, noisy and crazy 24/7 locale that embraces characters from all over the world.
Potts Point is also home to The Garden Island facility of the Royal Australian Navy. This means that navy personnel from the large navy vessels docked in neighbouring Woolloomooloo Bay regularly frequent Potts Point.
Step away from The Strip and you will find a much calmer, slightly off-beat Potts Point which artists, poets, and musicians continue to haunt, inspired by the fluid bohemian lifestyle that has shaped this neighbourhood. There are cafés, restaurants and a variety of accommodation options ranging from budget backpackers to high-end boutique hotels amidst beautifully restored Art Deco apartments and Victorian houses.
Potts Point is home to a variety of people, from white collar professionals who love the proximity to Sydney’s CBD and the lifestyle of the area, to the arty people who are staying true to Potts Point’s bohemian past.
Throw a celebrity or two and international backpackers and travellers into the mix, and you have an eclectic group of people all living within a one-kilometre radius. Wonderfully, it works, which is one of the endearing charms of this neighbourhood.
Explore POTTS POINT
Lit up at night by overhanging circular lights that resemble nearby El Alamein Memorial Fountain, Llankelly Place, a pedestrian alleyway off Darlinghurst Road, is lined with eateries and cocktail bars. Great for a quick bite or relaxed dining with friends by day or night.
The architecture speaks to the history of the neighbourhood, with beautifully-restored Art Deco apartments and the famous Metro Theatre that has been a cinema, theatre and a recording studio. Examples of Victorian, Mediterranean and cutting-edge architecture are found throughout the area.
Locals have a love/hate relationship with the Kings Cross strip – for every fault there is an endearing feature. The sooner you accept The Strip for all its nuances, the sooner you will enjoy having this red light district as your next-door neighbour.
WINE & DINE
Being able to wine and dine any day of the week in either quirky diners or upmarket establishments. With many award-winning chefs, baristas and bartenders making their mark here, this is also the place where many up and coming hospitality specialists come to build their reputations and shake up the industry dining scene.
Beautifully restored Art Deco, Victorian and Mediterranean-style apartments and homes sit alongside contemporary, cutting-edge high-rise apartments – many boasting views spanning Elizabeth Bay and Woolloomooloo Bay towards the Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney’s CBD.