Surry Hills

Surry Hills

Local vibe: Creative with a twist

A vintage heaven, where hipsters rub shoulders with book lovers and bar hoppers, and old timers add true local colour. Organic cafés, smart eateries and funky bars make this a one-stop foodie paradise.


Cleveland Street is home to authentic Indian restaurants, such as Maya Da Dhaba. Porteño serves up superb Argentinian, Nomad delights with a modern-rustic menu and Spice I Am is a chilli-fest of Thai flavours. Bills still rules for breakfast, while pint-size Gnome across the road can’t be beaten for atmosphere. Sly on Devonshire Street serves great coffee and toasties. Chur Burger is the spot for burgers, El Loco at the Excelsior Hotel is a must for Mexican and Pizza Birra for traditional pizza.

Relax at great pubs like The White Horse and Clock Hotel, wine bars like Mille Vini and 121BC, or rock’n’roll cocktail bar Vasco.


Take time out at the award-winning Surry Hills Library. Browse local galleries such as Ray Hughes and Friends of Leon. Discover pocket-size parks with pop-up art installations and creative graffiti. Catch a movie at the revamped Golden Age Cinema, or watch a stellar cast perform at Belvoir St Theatre.


Bag vintage bargains at Surry Hills Markets on the first Saturday of the month. Stock up on stationery at Paper2 or both plants and coffee at Garden Life. Hit designer shops such as Sark Studio, The Standard Store, Collector Store and Workshopped. Stop at Bourke Street Bakery for tasty pastries and Hudson Meats or Maloneys Grocer for top-notch provisions.

Last updated: Thursday, 6 August 2015