A cluster of offbeat, trendy and eclectic neighbourhoods border Sydney’s CBD. The site of the first European settlement in Australia, heritage-listed buildings abound. Rich in culture and history, these parts of Sydney have undergone a transformation. At every turn, modern architecture blends with older-style buildings, creating striking contrasts. These suburbs are home to premiere educational and medical facilities, high-end fashion and designer stores housed in converted warehouses and Victorian terraces, and a vibrant dining and café culture. On Sydney Harbour, wharves that still boast original structures have been converted into multi-purpose spaces. You’ll find commercial businesses, boutique apartments, fine dining, intimate cafés and performing arts centres.