CHIPPENDALE At A Glance
No longer content to be sitting on the sidelines, Chippendale has been busy redefining itself as a creative arts precinct with working-class roots and real grit. Chippendale is full of contrasts in terms of the architectural landscape as well as the locals who call this funky inner-city suburb home.
The creative arts, bike-friendly streets and being on the doorstep of Sydney CBD and the university scene.
Spice Alley’s hawker style eateries are tucked away on Kensington Street and The Old Clare Hotel has fine dining, bars and cool accommodation.
The 168-year-old Carlton & United Brewery, which closed in 2006, is a heritage-listed site in Chippendale’ Central Park development site.
An inner-city neighbourhood that is on the cusp of something big, Chippendale is rapidly evolving from its working-class roots into one of Sydney’s top creative arts precincts, and there are no signs of slowing down.
Once the local stomping ground of brewery and factory workers, creatives are moving in and transforming warehouses, terraces and workmen’s cottages into art spaces, funky tea houses and cafés. Surrounded by bold street art and tag-ridden back laneways, Chippendale is a living canvas.
As a result of its jaw-dropping refurbishment, Kensington Street has become one of the hottest addresses on the arts scene. The old Clare Hotel’s heritage-listed buildings have been transformed into an edgy boutique hotel that’s surrounded by fine restaurants and galleries. A few blocks over on Abercrombie Street the word brunch takes on a new meaning at a line-up of cafés. The major renewal project, Central Park, has added much-needed green space at Chippendale Green.
The University of Technology Sydney, the University of Sydney and the Broadway campus of the University of Notre Dame are all within walking distance, as are Central Train Station, the light rail and major bus routes. Locals tend to ditch the car and walk or cycle their way around.
Although small in size, Chippendale has striking contrasts – beautiful terraces that line neighbourly streets to the high-rise apartments sprouting up on Chippendale’s eastern boundary. It’s an eclectic and vibrant neighbourhood which caters for students, professionals and a burgeoning artistic community.
An established, working-class neighbourhood, Chippendale has retained elements of its past while embracing a thriving student population and the young professional crowd.
Baristas, sous chefs and artists mix with developers and young professionals. Chippendale has also become the hottest address for creatives who are at the top of their game, and the transient backpacker crowd love everything about the location.
With a burgeoning arts scene, Chippendale is on the way to being one of Sydney’s top creative hubs – the fashion industry has an especially strong foothold. There is a profusion of art galleries with Kensington Street, White Rabbit Gallery, MOP Projects and Pine Street Creative Arts Centre leading the way.
Chippendale has it all, from basic workmen’s cottages to high-rise apartments to warehouse conversions – the juxtaposition of different styles of architecture is one of the neighbourhood’s most endearing features. Drawing the most attention is Central Park Mall on Broadway with its living wall – a vertical green space in an urban setting.