SURRY HILLS At A Glance
Surry Hills is famous for its thriving creative scene, high-density population and small-business community. A vibrant suburb on the edge of the city, Surry Hills is where head-turning fashion, gritty graffiti and street art are the norm.
The walker-friendly village and the café and dining culture.
Keep an eye on Paramount House – it’s already home to Paramount Coffee, Golden Age Cinema and a boutique hotel, with a restaurant opening soon.
Riley Street was considered Sydney’s worst thoroughfare and underground battlefield in the 1920s and 30s.
This neighbourhood is a creative central hub, home to the Brett Whiteley Studio and Belvoir St Theatre. Some of the city’s best organic cafés, lively pubs, fashionable wine bars, and hip boutiques can be found here.
Café culture, gourmet food stores and alfresco dining share space with a large number of small businesses lining the narrow leafy streets, lanes, and back alleys.
Locals love a quick bike ride or walk to the city, and can access surrounding areas by tram, bus or train. The council continues to improve the quality of living, developing parks, playgrounds and bike lanes. An award-winning public library that sits opposite Shannon Reserve Park on Crown Street.
Surry Hills has high-quality childcare and educational establishments such as Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls High Schools, and the Australian Institute of Music campus on Foveaux Street.
The famous open-air markets are held in Shannon Reserve Park on the first Saturday of every month offering second-hand fashion, homemade crafts, and vintage goods. The suburb is known for its warm and friendly spirit, monthly market, local amenities, and annual Surry Hills Festival, all of which contribute to the community vibe.
Locals appreciate expertly-crafted coffee and gourmet food and will wait patiently in line to be seated at a number of brunch institutions, like celebrity chef Bill Granger’s restaurant on Crown Street and The Bourke Street Bakery. Foodies are never short of dining options.
Laid back yet still bustling during the workweek, Surry Hills really ramps up at night and on the weekends. Take your pick of award-winning eateries, multicultural cuisines, small bars, and lively pubs any night of the week.
Every man and his dog can be found strolling the streets of Surry Hills.
Surry Hills is a cultural melting pot, made up of new and long-standing residents, entrepreneurs, students, professionals, and families. The neighbourhood attracts young artistically-minded professionals and has a vibrant gay community.
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Explore SURRY HILLS
This walker-friendly, village-style neighbourhood is home to stylish and quirky boutique stores and art galleries that boast works by renowned and emerging artists. An eclectic mix of homewares stores, speciality designers, charming stationary shops, bookstores, and musical outlets line the streets.
WINE & DINE
Gourmets travel from afar to this neighbourhood that boasts multicultural cuisine, including the authentic Argentinean BBQ restaurant Porteno on Cleveland Street, casual Italian dishes at Flour Eggs Water on Crown Street, and the laid-back Mama’s Buoi serving home-style Vietnamese on Devonshire Street.
A beautiful mix of aging and renovated Victorian terrace houses, loft-style converted apartments and modern architecture reflect the history and creativity of the neighbourhood. Surry Hills also has a large number of high-rise apartment buildings offering city skyline views.
Bigger terrace houses are found on Bourke Street along with a bikeway, but for large family homes look towards Collins and Tudor Streets.