Inner Sydney

From great theatre and beautiful heritage to ‘eat streets’, hip bars and designer boutiques, you’ll discover many fabulous things to do in lively inner Sydney. The events calendar is brimming with evocative shows, sassy cabaret, vibrant festivals and the world-famous Sydney Mardi Gras Parade.

You’ll find delicious restaurants and cafes, too. The hottest dining spots include Kensington Street in Chippendale, King Street in Newtown, Darling Street in Balmain, the beautifully restored Tramsheds near Glebe, and Crown and side streets in Surry Hills, home to the acclaimed Belvoir Street Theatre.

 Patrons enjoying drinks and food at Mary's, in Newtown

More cutting-edge theatres are in Darlinghurst. The SBW Stables Theatre is in Nimrod Street and the Eternity Playhouse in Burton Street. For alluring cabaret, Slide is on Oxford Street where the two-week Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival ends with the glittering parade in early March.

Weekend markets are another delightful drawcard of these charming neighbourhoods. The popular Glebe Markets is on the ‘eat street’ Glebe Point Road in Glebe, near the University of Sydney. You can browse fresh seasonal produce at Carriageworks Farmers Markets in Eveleigh, near Redfern.

The iconic Paddington Markets is in Paddington, home to stylish boutiques at the Intersection and along Oxford and William streets. Like many inner Sydney areas, Paddington has rows of Victorian terrace houses. You can walk to the famous Sydney Cricket Ground from the Paddington Town Hall.

Friends and families enjoying the heritage Tramsheds, Harold Park

Other attractions include marvellous independent art galleries and the warehouse studio and home in Surry Hills of the late Brett Whiteley, one of Australia’s most celebrated artists of the 20th century. The White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale displays contemporary Chinese art and has a Teahouse.

For live music and comedy, the Enmore Theatre in Newtown is a popular venue. The Factory Theatre and the Camelot Lounge are two great live music and cabaret venues in Marrickville, where you can also savour multicultural delights. At the Giant Dwarf in Redfern comedians will have you in stiches.

One of the biggest festivals is in the Norton Street Italian Festa in Leichhardt, where restaurants and cafes are dotted along the Norton and Marion ‘eat streets’. In the lovingly converted warehouses and terraces in Alexandria and Rosebery are delicious places to eat, design shops and cool bars.


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  1. Kejafi and Guests

    Tuesday 13 November 2018 , Marrickville

    Kejafi: fiddle players Fiona McVicar and James Gastineau-Hills together with Ken O'Neill on Irish Bouzouki have come together to form KeJaFi. The three established a vibrant monthly Scottish traditional session in Sydney in 2017. With…

    13 Nov
  2. Screen printing workshop

    Wednesday 14 November 2018 to Monday 25 March 2024 , Marrickville

    Learn how to screen-print your own designs (or a studio design) from exposing screens with photo emulsion and a light box to printing then stripping the screens. Plenty of room for experimentation. Each participant shall receive an item…

    14 Nov - 25 Mar
  3. The Fate of Things: Memory Objects and Art

    Wednesday 14 November 2018 to Thursday 28 February 2019 , Darlinghurst

    A person’s memories are comprised of recollections of their own experiences, and those that they have inherited through photographs, home videos and family storytelling. First-hand memories of traumatic experiences are passed down not…

    14 Nov - 28 Feb