Business in your village

Business in your village

The new 'foodie' paradise

Each of Sydney’s 10 colourful villages is different from the next and the City of Sydney is committed to working with local small business communities to highlight and promote their unique and exciting characteristics.

Our new Village Food Adventures program was specially developed to enable over 200 participating restaurants to showcase their range of world-class culinary offers as part of the annual Sydney Good Food Month in October.

Foodies seeking village taste thrills will be able to roam the gastronomic globe by travelling just a few kilometres. They’ll find food for every mood, from casual grazing at Newtown’s outdoor food market on King Street, authentic pub fare in Redfern and Paddington, and eat-on-your-feet taste tours across Chinatown, to mobile feasts like the delightfully eccentric Bohemian Food Crawl in Glebe and a Progressive Dining Walk in Pyrmont and Ultimo.

Kings Cross Festival visitors will enjoy sit-down service at a long table on Potts Point’s main street, or savour a 'truly decadent' Degustation Dinner in Llankelly Laneway. The Sydney Craft Beer Week and Surry Hills Small Bar Tour will satisfy serious thirsts, while the energetic can join our Foodie Ride, cycling though our villages to sample the fare at participating venues.

Robyn Simon, the City’s Business Precincts Manager who is responsible for the initiative said: "Our Village Food Adventures program, leveraging the success of Good Food Month, creates wonderful new opportunities for participating food and beverage outlets to showcase their gourmet offerings. It will not only attract more customers in October but also raise awareness to boost future trade."

Under our recently-adopted economic development strategy, our vision for Sydney is a strong central core supported by a network of thriving local centres powered by local small businesses.

As part of our mission to stimulate economic vitality in the inner city, we are currently developing a village business action plan to provide a strategic framework for working with our partners to support businesses in our main streets and local areas.

In June and July we held consultation workshops for businesses in north, south, east and west Sydney and also invited businesses to give us their views via online surveys about issues they face. The project team is now reviewing responses and will use them to develop a discussion paper.

Look out for further opportunities to help shape the future of business in our villages at or contact one of our Business Precinct Coordinators on or phone 02 9265 9333 to find out how you can be involved in similar initiatives in the future.

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Business in the villages

The City of Sydney is helping nurture economic development in the 10 village centres across the local area. As part of this, we developed a new Economic Development Strategy to keep Sydney prosperous.

Local business is essential to our village centres as it provides localised services and employment to our residents, which also reduces the pressure on our transport system and infrastructure.

Each of our village centres is unique. They have their own character and inspire a sense of community portrayed in our presentation, Slices of Sydney.

This section features an overview of each village centre in terms of business opportunities, existing business and who lives and works in the area.

You’ll also find contact details for the City's business precincts coordinator and the local chamber of commerce and/or business association for each village.

CBD and Harbour

Once dominated by the now closed port facilities, the proposed Barangaroo development promises new business opportunities for the CBD and Harbour village through increased residential and commercial activity in the north-western part of the peninsula.

Chinatown and CBD South

Retail and food and drink outlets provide the most dominant business opportunities in the Chinatown and CBD South village, which is the smallest of the 10 village centres. The area is particularly famous for its range of Asian cuisine, Chinese stores, restaurants and the bustling Friday night markets in Dixon Street.

Crown and Baptist Streets

Although the fashion industry has played a long-standing role in the Surry Hills economy, business opportunities around Crown and Baptist Streets are emerging for creative start-ups and dining/café businesses.

Glebe Point Road

Changes to licensing laws have seen a flourish of small bars and eateries in the Glebe, Forest Lodge and Annandale areas, with new businesses taking advantage of the unique demography and geography of Glebe Point Road.

Green Square and City South

Green Square is thought to be the largest redevelopment project of its kind in Australia and it will provide new business opportunities for a diverse range of businesses in Green Square and City South.

Harris Street

Creative industries, higher education and research are expected to continue to dominate employment in the Harris Street village, which sits on the Pyrmont peninsula.

King Street

With its close proximity to the city centre and its long held reputation for drawing the city's fringe, bohemian and alternative crowd, King Street village offers business opportunities in retail, hospitality and entertainment.

Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo

Australia's most densely populated district, the Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo village around Kings Cross, Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay is famous for its nightlife and dining, with many new upmarket bars and restaurants opening in recent years.

Oxford Street

The Oxford Street village has long been a creative and cultural centre. An integral part of Sydney's gay and lesbian scene, the area is well-known for shopping, eating out, art house cinemas, heritage buildings, creative industries and major educational facilities.

Redfern Street

The City's shopfront improvement program has been a major catalyst in driving renewed interest in the Redfern Street village, with new shops, bars and restaurants invigorating the charm and character of this historical area.


City of Sydney
Business Precinct Coordinator02 9265 9333

Contacts for State and Federal Government organisations and local associations are listed on our more help for business page.


Slices of Sydney: a taste of our villages

Last updated: Monday, 22 September 2014