Potts Point & Kings Cross

Potts Point & Kings Cross

Local vibe: Playground for grown-ups

Long-time home to artists and poets, the famous and infamous, an enclave of renewal and reinvention – where classic art deco meets chic modern eats, cool boutiques and funky beats.


Macleay Street, Potts Point, has been reborn as a stylish enclave for fashion boutiques, homewares stores and upmarket food emporiums, while Kings Cross offers plenty for souvenir hunters and gatherers. On Saturdays, pick up provisions at the Kings Cross Organic Market in Fitzroy Gardens.


Explore leafy streets lined with elegant Victorian terraces. Book a guided tour through Kings Cross’ bohemian history and colourful ‘underbelly’. Mingle with the crowds at El Alamein Fountain. Visit ‘living museum’ Elizabeth Bay House, or wind your way down to historic Woolloomooloo and its wharves. In the evening, hit a nightclub in Kings Cross or take in a play at the historic SBW Stables Theatre, home to the acclaimed Griffin Theatre Company.


Macleay Street is teeming with eateries, from hip Japanese Cho Cho San to Greek at The Apollo. Local favourites are Macleay St Bistro, Cafe DOV and Fratelli Paradiso. For fine dining with a view, head to Otto Ristorante in Woolloomooloo, or try its modern-Asian neighbour, China Doll. Stop at food truck Harry’s Café de Wheels for a pie to go. For jazz and drinks, head to Riley St Garage or Chester White in Potts Point. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the restaurants in Llankelly Place – big medallion lights will guide the way. Cosy up at small bars like The Roosevelt, Hinky Dinks or Eau-de-Vie.

Food lovers guide

Local restaurateurs are shaping a democratic dining culture that rekindles the neighbourhood’s legacy of creative risk. A food lovers guide to Kings Cross, Potts Point and surrounds was produced by the City and Urban Walkabout. Download your copy below.

Last updated: Wednesday, 8 March 2017