LEICHHARDT At A Glance
A place where family and good food go hand in hand, the laid-back culture of Leichhardt is infused with a distinct Italian flavour – from swirling pasta dishes to Ducati’s revving it up. At the heart of it all is thriving Norton Street, renowned for its welcoming European hospitality.
The dining and café culture.
Australia’s first peanut butter bar is on Norton Street and Palace Norton Street is a great cinema for blockbusters and independent films.
Italian nationals started settling in Leichhardt in 1917 but an influx of Italians came here after World War II.
Leichhardt has established itself as one of Sydney’s most loved neighbourhoods, and is often fondly referred to as “Little Italy”. At the heart of it all is family, good food and an unbeatable European vitality.
Renowned for its hospitality, Norton Street has retained its status as the place to go to for some seriously good pasta. But Sydney’s love affair with Asian cuisine has spilled into the heart of Leichhardt – Asian infused restaurants sit side by side with restaurants that boast Nona’s secret recipes.
Leichhardt is at its finest when celebrating its European heritage. Norton Street plays host to the annual Italian Festa and the Italian Film Festival; both draw large crowds. The pedestrian-only piazza at the Italian Forum is a social hub on weekends, whilst the Italian radio station, La Fiamma, keeps locals abreast of community news and events.
Pizza and cappuccinos aside, this family-friendly postcode has four primary schools and even more day care centres servicing the area – a drawcard for young families. As is the quick commute to and from the CBD – two light rail stations and a network of buses service the area.
The vast majority of Italian nationals moved into the area after World War II, but Leichhardt is fast becoming home to a more diverse group of people seeking a better work-life balance.
Families are in abundance – with small family homes, four primary schools, walkable streets, and the CBD only a 30-minute commute away. Young professionals are also flocking to the area – for them location is everything.
Leichhardt is a highly desirable neighbourhood for those who’ve had family ties in the area for generations and for those who are only just discovering the neighbourhood.
Norton Street is all about European hospitality. Home to a variety of Italian-inspired cafés, restaurants and family-run small businesses. A stroll down Norton Street will lead you to some gems such as the beautifully ornate Town Hall, the expansive Pioneers Memorial Park, Norton Street Cinema, and the Italian Forum.
The very essence of this neighbourhood is family – evident in its parks, family-friendly cafés and restaurants.
Wander down any street in Leichhardt and you’ll be greeted with a variety of architecture that speaks to Leichhardt’s emergence from its working-class roots.
Single-fronted terrace houses are joined by Victorian and sandstone cottages, freestanding workers’ cottages, low-lying red brick and contemporary apartments, all intermixed with a sprinkling of warehouses.