Oxford Street

Oxford Street

Darlinghurst, East Sydney, Paddington, north Surry Hills, Centennial Park and Moore Park

Oxford Street 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.

North of Oxford Street, in East Sydney along Stanley Street is Sydney's original Little Italy, with a number of restaurants located in colourful and characteristic buildings.

Retail, food and drink, and creative industries provide the largest business opportunities in the area, which are increasing further north towards William Street as more restaurants emerge among the galleries and retail outlets.

Creative industries will get a boost through the Oxford Street cultural quarter action plan, which recommends giving the creative sector better access to affordable spaces.

Famous for its boutique shopping, upmarket pubs and Saturday markets, Paddington projects a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Nearby attractions include Centennial and Moore Parks, and the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter, which offers restaurants, bars, shopping, cinemas and a regular farmers' market.

The biggest employers in the area are health, higher education, research and creative industries.

Retail, food and drink, and creative industries account for more than half of all local businesses.

Local customers

The customer intercept survey report provides a customer profile of visitors to Oxford Street including demographics, shopping patterns, visit frequency and competition, overall precinct improvement suggestions and new opportunities for local businesses.

The survey was undertaken in October 2013.


City of Sydney
Business Precinct Coordinator
02 9265 9333

Darlinghurst Business Partnership
President: Stephan Gyory
PO Box 491
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Paddington Business PartnershipCoordinator: Sal Tremlett0411 475 231

Three Saints Square Project
President: Sue Ritchie0407 227 768

Last updated: Tuesday, 28 October 2014