Top 10 Hidden Things to Do in Surry Hills

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 14:11


Sydney’s cool, inner-city suburb Surry Hills is located close enough to the CBD to be handy for work, but far enough out to have developed its own unique culture. Renowned for being both edgy and refined, the suburb is chock full of celeb-fave cafes and restaurants, hip bars, grungy clubs, cute vintage stores and more.

While you might already know about the most talked about attractions in the area, read on for ten hidden things to do next time you’re visiting Surry Hills.

Farmer Jo
To start off your day the right way, head to Farmer Jo cafe for a hearty breakfast. The venue is hidden down Hutchinson Street (number 45 to be exact), so you’ll need to follow your nose and the aroma of sweet roasted oats to find it, but the search will be worthwhile. The hole-in-the-wall kitchen creates handmade muesli and granola, among other tasty treats.

Helix by Lisa Stack
To source some beautiful and locally-made clothing for women, visit Helix by Lisa Stack on Cleveland Street. The store offers up comfortable yet stylish wares hand-printed and handmade by owner Lisa Stack, as well as fashionable pieces from around the globe.

Core Clothing
For some cool clothes for guys, head to Core Clothing on Crown Street. The men’s fashion store stocks local and international brands, with everything from footwear and accessories to funky denim pieces.

Formaggi Ocello
If you’re keen to get a tasty souvenir to take home with you, a visit to Formaggi Ocello is a must. This cheese shop stocks a large selection of products from Italy, France and Australia, and received the award of the “Best Cheese Store” in the Foodies Guide to Sydney in both 2010 and 2012. The rustic barn-style fit-out only adds to the fun had in tasting the many varieties of cheese on hand.

Reuben Hills
After working up an appetite from shopping, walk up Albion Street until you find Reuben Hills cafe, located at number 61. The funky venue features cool typographic signage and, while it only has a tiny frontage, gives way to an impressively long interior. Indulge in fine food and top Central American coffee on the ground floor level, before making your way upstairs to check out the on-site coffee roasting laboratory.

Sew Inn Sewing Classes at Tessuti
If you’d like to learn a new skill, you can sign up for the new sewing technique classes being offered by fabric store, Tessuti Surry Hills. Book a two-hour class in the Sew Inn and you’ll learn how to fine tune your skills and some top industry techniques. Classes cost $50 per person.

Beautiful Pages Design Store
Located on Oxford Street, Beautiful Pages Design Store is the perfect place for art and design lovers to while away a few hours. Founded by a graphic designer, the shop houses a carefully curated range of items related to good design. Browse books, posters, magazines, DVDs and gifts on topics such as typography, interior design, fashion, art, graphic design and architecture.

Sugarcane Restaurant
For a dinner to remember, make your way to Reservoir Street in Surry Hills. Tucked away in a nook here you’ll find Sugarcane Restaurant, owned by head chef Milan Strbac, known for his time at popular venues Marque and Longrain. Now, Strbac transports diners off to the markets of South East Asia, with regional dishes hailing from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The Wild Rover
For intimate after-dinner cocktails, head to The Wild Rover, a cosy bar with dim lighting, cool animal-print murals and a top drinks menu. The venue takes its name from an Irish drinking song, and transports patrons to a Dublin pub in a heartbeat.

Tracey McArdle Exclusive Properties
When it comes time to rest, you’ll also want to enjoy a suitably under-the-radar accommodation option. Check out the website of Tracey McArdle Exclusive Properties for some elegant hidden gems. The business rents a range of unique units and homes, including warehouse-style apartments and ultra luxurious residences.

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