Local vibe: Inner-city soul

It’s Sydney’s individualistic, decadent heart – from the bustle of Little Italy and cool vibe of small bars to the party buzz of Oxford Street – where everybody’s welcome day or night, no holds barred.


Darlinghurst is a diner’s paradise – from TV favourite Luke Nguyen’s Red Lantern Vietnamese restaurant to the noisy fun of Buffalo Dining Club and authentic pizza at Lucio Pizzeria. Around Stanley Street, head to Bill & Toni’s for cheap Italian, or step back in time at the enduring Beppi’s. Bars offer everything from champagne high tea at The Victoria Room to bar food and cocktails – check out Fifty Fifty behind Lord Roberts Hotel, Love, Tilly Devine or the retro Shady Pines Saloon. For a hearty breakfast, look no further than Bootsdarling.


The Oxford Street end of Crown Street offers a treasure trove of vintage clothing, records, art and collectables. Pick up a modern piece at Black Eye Gallery, Object or Stanley Street Gallery. Refuel with fresh produce at Saturday’s Sustainable Markets in Taylor Square.


Tour the Sydney Jewish Museum, dedicated to the history of the Holocaust and Jewish settlement in Australia. Explore Darlinghurst Gaol, now home to the National Art School. See a Darlinghurst Theatre Company performance at the Eternity Playhouse, or take a stroll to Rushcutters Bay, home to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Join the crowds along Oxford Street for the vibrant Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade and dance the night away at one of the area’s many pumping nightclubs.

Last updated: Thursday, 6 August 2015