Redfern & Waterloo

Redfern & Waterloo

Local vibe: People power

With a proud Aboriginal heritage at its core, this edgy Sydney enclave is a trove of Aboriginal art and culture, as well as uber-cool warehouse-style galleries, eateries and food stores


Browse stunning artworks at local galleries, such as Aboriginal and Pacific Art. Take a stroll through leafy Redfern Park with its fabulous water features. Watch a performance or visit an exhibition at the Carriageworks arts centre, a magnificent reinvention of the old Eveleigh Market Rail Yards.


Great cafés include St Jude, Scout’s Honour, The Fern, Baffi & Mo and Tapeo. Israeli-influenced Kepos Street Kitchen is one of Sydney’s best morning-to-night venues, with a delicious mod-Israeli menu. Get stuck into some hearty comfort food at The Eathouse Diner, or try modern-Korean share plates at the hip Moon Park. Arcadia Liquors is a small, inviting, candlelit bar set among a pretty courtyard. Along Danks Street, Mojo by Luke Mangan is a cool, warehouse-style bar and restaurant, while bakery/café The French House’s pretty corner verandah is a lovely spot for brunch or lunch.


On Saturdays, pick up the best fresh local produce at Eveleigh Market in Redfern. Wander through 2 Danks Street, a cluster of contemporary art, ceramics and jewellery galleries, such as Studio 20/17. PYD is an interior-design paradise and The Country Trader deals in exquisite antiques.

Fashion conscious bargain hunters should visit the Josh Goot studio warehouse for pop-up sales, while Retro on Regent is for lovers of mid-20th-century collectables. Seasonal Concepts is a quirky mix of flowers and oldwares, while Chee Soon & Fitzgerald stocks both vintage and modern interior furnishings.

Last updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2018