Surry Hills, Sydney
Written by Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfrey
The streets of trendy Surry Hills offer an eclectic range of great eateries and shops in a concentrated location.
“The area is in constant motion from morning till late, and there is always something to do. It seems that each time I visit I find something new or interesting, whether it be a new coffee hole-in-the-wall or new building,” says Huseyin Sami.
“It is essentially an example of inner-city suburbia, which is a mixed bag of everything with good vibes.”
In the heart of this once-cramped, working-class but now fashionable, re-invented inner city lies Crown Street. For breakfast, head straight to the modern Australian restaurant Bill by Bill Granger (359 Crown Street), with its outdoor seating: “I frequent my hairdresser there also; it’s a cool little unpretentious barber shop called The Barberia” (323 Crown Street).
At 490 Crown Street, stylish Toko restaurant offers superb, fresh Japanese food in a modern setting. “The Surry Hills Library (405 Crown Street) is a great place, with a new modern building with extensive facilities. It’s a nice alternative place to sit and relax, either on the library Wi-Fi or just reading a book.”
Parallel to Crown Street runs Bourke Street, and Bourke Street Bakery at the corner with Devonshire Street (633 Bourke Street) is perfect for coffee and treats; they even offer baking classes. The Stables (352 Bourke Street) is a concept store mixing fashion, retail, and media with great coffee. Close by is the Beresford Hotel (354 Bourke Street), which has a large garden for summer dining, makes excellent Italian food and wood-fired pizzas, and even offers live music and dancing on the upper floors. Alternatively, there is the Lumière Café and Patisserie (425 Bourke Street), which not only has lovely French pastries and cakes, but also cooks up specials such as scrambled eggs with truffle oil, served all day.
Just around the corner on Hill Street is a design precinct which houses some of the best examples of Australian and New Zealand design. Workshopped (2/8 Hill Street) is an organisation which has been around for some years showcasing the best of design and annually holding an exhibition, also called Workshopped, to promote and acknowledge the established and up-and-coming within the Australian design industry.
Contemporary artist Huseyin Sami is from Western Sydney and is set to illuminate the heritage-listed façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), when the world’s largest festival of light, music, and ideas returns to Sydney between May 27 and June 13, 2016. His work is shown at Sarah Cottier Gallery (23 Roylston Street) in Paddington, just around the corner from his favourite Surry Hills addresses. huseyinsami.com
Distance: 12,380 km
Flight Time: 13 hours, 55 minutes