ROZELLE At A Glance
Defined by its organic food scene, creative arts culture and local watering holes, Rozelle has an alluring character that is all embracing. Within arm’s reach of Sydney’s CBD and bordered by glistening bays, locals can easily stretch out beyond their historic workers’ cottages and be immersed in an enviable lifestyle.
The organic and creative scene.
There is a strong organic scene, from cafes to fresh produce. The markets are on every weekend and the beer gardens are great.
Rozelle was originally an extension of Balmain West until the postmaster gave Rozelle its own post office and name in the 1890s.
Once an inner west pocket that was overshadowed by neighbouring Balmain, Rozelle has in many ways stolen the limelight, with many businesses that helped define Balmain having relocated to the Rozelle end of Darling Street turning Rozelle into a shopping destination in its own right and fast-tracking the suburb to become one of Sydney’s most highly-sought after enclaves.
Locals and Sydneysiders flock to this neighbourhood, as much for the enviable creative and organic scene that consumes Darling Street, as for the weekly Rozelle Markets that are brimming with antiques, collectibles and second-hand treasures.
Hectic Victoria Road and Darling Street slice through Rozelle, both of which are bustling with restaurants, cafés and boutique stores. Step away from these busy commercial hubs and all goes quiet in the narrow backstreets which flow down to Iron Cove on one side and Rozelle Bay on the other.
Cosy British style pubs and rowdy local watering holes blend with historic workers’ cottages that line the narrow backstreets – a combination that nods to the neighbourhood’s blue-collar roots.
Elements of Rozelle’s blue-collar roots linger. Generations of families have held on tight to their small blocks of land. In more recent times, Rozelle has had an influx of newbies – young mums and their bugaboos, professionals and matured-aged couples looking to downsize.
Rozelle Markets held every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm is a great place to grab a quirky find In neighbouring Lilyfield, Orange Grove Public School hosts the farmers market that is loved for its amazing range of produce.
British-style pubs and their cosy beer gardens which are the perfect setting for hearty meals and cold beer on tap.
A choice of organic food stores and cafés along Darling Street.
The blend of architecturally-designed homes and historic terrace houses that consume narrow blocks.
The Bay Run is a 7 km trail that hugs Iron Cove, never deviating more than 20 metres from the water. You can start and finish your loop at any point along the trail.
A neighbourhood where small workers’ cottages with sandstone features and parking on the curb is the norm, Rozelle boasts a beautiful blend of Victorian terraces, cottages and contemporary architecturally-designed homes that sit on small narrow blocks.
Wander down Evans or Bruce Streets on the eastern side of Victoria Road or Clubb and Byrnes Streets on the west for some of Rozelle’s highly-prized addresses. Alternatively, walk down to Iron Cove for waterside apartments.