BALMAIN & BIRCHGROVE At A Glance
A place where sweet macaroons, Sunday brunch and trendy beer gardens go hand in hand, Balmain and Birchgrove form a pocket of Sydney that’s steeped in history. Having evolved into a stylish village enclave that’s renowned for its pub, café and shopping culture, this peninsula locale has embraced its new identity whilst remaining true to its industrial blue-collar roots.
Pub, café and village-like culture that oozes history.
With plenty of pubs to choose from, none are quite like the The London Hotel. Too busy? Head down to East Village Hotel.
The Australian Labour Party was formed in Balmain at the Unity Hotel in 1891.
Surrounded on three sides by Sydney Harbour, Balmain and Birchgrove have emerged from their blue-collar roots into an area that Sydneysiders are willing to pay top dollar for, even if the average land size in Balmain is only 183 sqm.
Birchgrove loves to sit quietly on the sidelines, keeping the expansive parklands that spill out into the harbour, waterfront homes and nostalgic corner stores to themselves.
Balmain on the other hand likes to lap up the attention. Darling Street steals the show with a line-up of cafés, restaurants, pubs and specialty shops that continues down to an uninterrupted view of Sydney Harbour in Balmain East. Throughout the Peninsula, sandstone buildings dot the streets, giving Balmain the allure of a bygone era.
Australian pub culture reigns supreme here, but in an endearing way. Locals love to hang out in the beer gardens of their favourite watering holes, whether it’s an English-style pub or one that gives the local live music scene a boost.
All this aside, Balmain offers the ideal inner west lifestyle. Only a short ferry or bus ride into the heart of Sydney’s CBD, professionals and families, have plenty of time to put the daily grind aside and play in one of the parks or relax over a cool beer.
There are still elements of Balmain’s blue collar roots, lingering with generations of families who have held on tight to their small blocks of land. In more recent times though, Balmain has had an influx of newbies, where Mum’s and their bugaboos, cashed up professionals and maturing couples have laid down roots, bringing with them a stylish element that has transformed Balmain into one of Sydney’s most sought-after enclaves.
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British style pubs and their cosy beer gardens are the perfect setting for hearty meals and cold beer on tap.
With much of this peninsula under heritage listed conservation, Balmain’s architecture retains a beauty that speaks to the Australian colonialism. Homes and shopfronts have been renovated, retaining its sandstone features whilst bringing architectural elements which adds a more contemporary feel to the home.
The village feel of Darling Street, with its array of cafes, dining and shopping.
The parks that are scattered throughout, including the larger foreshore parks that have uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour. Plus access to the harbour and the quick commute to work.
When it comes to architecture, Balmain and Birchgrove have it all.
With an average land size of 183 sqm, Balmain has retained many of its heritage homes that have been restored to pristine condition, from small colonial cottages to Victorian and Edwardian houses. If contemporary architecture is more your style, Balmain has that too.