PETERSHAM At A Glance
Smack-bang in the middle of the inner-west, Petersham is one of Sydney’s newest dining and drinking destinations. It’s not as flashy as its neighbours, but that’s part of its charm. For years, locals lapped up everything the suburb had to offer. Now, the rest of us are learning what it’s all about – community, energy and really good food.
The thriving foodie scene and, especially, the amazing authentic Portuguese food on offer, from pastries to charcoal chicken.
Dubbed ‘Little Portugal’, the Portuguese food is seriously good, and Daisy’s Milk Bar is somewhat of an institution with amazing milkshakes.
Sir Donald Bradman made his first appearance in grade cricket at Petersham Park, back in 1926.
An up-and-coming inner-west gem, Petersham gives locals the best of both worlds. It’s just six kilometres from the CBD and close to Leichhardt, Dulwich Hill, Newtown and Marrickville.
This kind of accessibility is why young professionals and couples are moving into the area in droves – they have everything they need at their fingertips, and can easily commute to and from the city and the airport.
Affectionately known as ‘Little Portugal’, the suburb is a cultural hotspot – it boasts some of the most authentic Portuguese eateries in Sydney. In the past few years, it’s also earned a reputation as a bona fide dining and drinking destination. Foodies are flocking to local institutions like Daisy’s Milk Bar, Brighton the Corner, Sweet Belem Cake Boutique, The Public House and West Village.
Petersham has a distinct community vibe and spirit, and residents support local businesses whenever they can. There are numerous primary and secondary schools to choose from, and the council offers free cycling courses to encourage locals to get outside and stay active. The suburb’s shopping scene is also going from strength to strength.
Petersham is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, all of which bring a sense of community and energy to the area. While there are plenty of retirees who have called the suburb home for decades, in recent years, more young professionals, couples and families have moved in. It seems to be the kind of place where everyone has an interesting story. Cultural diversity adds to the appeal of this inner-west neighbourhood.
Petersham, Sydney’s Little Portugal
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This park is as iconic as it is beautiful. It’s been a fixture of the suburb for decades, and is now home to sporting grounds, playgrounds, BBQ and picnic areas, a bandstand, public pool and landscaped gardens. Petersham Park is a haven for parents. On Mondays, a community initiative called the Magic Yellow Bus visits the park to offer free activities for kids under five.
ART DECO ARCHITECTURE
This inner-west suburb has a few architectural delights, including a slew of beautiful older homes. Petersham Town Hall is an Art Deco building, with high ceilings, a sprawling foyer and a long history. The train station and its ornate iron pedestrian bridge were built in 1886 in the Victorian style, and is known as one of the grandest surviving stations in Sydney.
Public transport in Petersham is a commuter’s dream. It’s convenient, and most importantly, services run frequently. The railway station is a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the suburb, and trains operate on the Airport, Inner West, South, City Circle and Homebush lines. There are also bus stops on the main streets, many of which offer express services during peak times.
Thanks to its transformation over the past few years, Petersham is now a high-demand area – though it’s still more affordable than other parts of the inner-west. Families tend to flock to Croydon, Palace, Railway and Shaw Streets, as these streets are home to sprawling older homes and mansions. Young couples and professionals gravitate towards the newer apartment complexes dotted around the suburb. Brighton Street is a popular spot that represents what inner-city living is all about, as do Queen, Lotus and Charles Streets.