Local vibe: Art and lifestyle

Once grungy, this is now the go-to destination for art lovers and hipsters. Host to a growing number of independent, highly acclaimed art spaces, it’s also a haven for caffeine addicts and food-fanciers.


Dubbed Sydney’s new downtown, Central Park is aimed at the arty and architecturally minded. It comprises plenty of shopping, from the upmarket fashion at Voi to cheap, cheerful and funky homewares at Daiso Japan. Chippendale’s galleries also offer great foraging for books and quirky one‑off souvenirs.


Use the Chippendale Gallery Guide to explore the local art spaces – highlights include White Rabbit, NG and The Corner Cooperative galleries. Pine Street Creative Arts Centre is a hub for workshops and exhibitions. Marvel at the Dr Chau Chak Wing building on Broadway – the first in Australia designed by architect Frank Gehry. Watch cutting-edge live jazz at the Sound Lounge at the Seymour Centre.


Café Giulia attracts a loyal following, as does bakery Brickfields. Town Bike Pitstop is a cycling mecca serving great coffee and food on the side. Freda’s is the go-to destination for cocktails, while Ester has a superb woodfire-based menu, plus a natural wine list. The Chip off the Old Block is an industrial-style bar where drinks come with a pack of cards. Pubs abound – The Duck Inn is welcoming, serves excellent food and is dog‑friendly, too. Around the corner, The Rose has an extensive wine list and Zigi’s offers wine and cheese from all over the globe.

Last updated: Thursday, 6 August 2015