Restaurants

Nour

Restaurant

Forget everything you know about Lebanese food.

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DOC Pizza

Restaurant

The pizza bases here are proved for four days so they’re light and easy to digest, then topped with only a couple of ingredients, including buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy.

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Bastardo

Restaurant

This Holt Street eatery is a throwback to Bodega (which is right around the corner) in the early noughties and Italy in the ’60s. Visit for spaghetti with ‘nduja and clams, house-made gelato and fried pizza.

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Chin Chin

Restaurant

Noisy, spicy and lots of fun, just like the original in Melbourne.

Bar Suze

Restaurant

A European-style bistro with a particular focus on Scandinavian flavours. Come for smorgasbord (snacks) such as smoked prawns and anchovy on rye toast, as well as ricotta gnocchi and a Swedish take on the bombe Alaska.

Cuckoo Callay Surry Hills

Restaurant

mac'n'cheese croissants and cocktails for breakfast.

Cafes

Humble Bakery

Cafe

A bakery from the Bodega team. Visit for baked-bean toasties, jam doughnuts, sausage rolls and quince danishes – with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary on the side.

Don. By Tokyo Bird

Cafe

The Surry Hills corner cafe formerly known as Sando Bar continues the space’s Japanese lineage with donburi, ramen and Japanese curries. And it still wields its predecessor’s famed menu item: a formidable katsu sando.

Kentaro

Cafe

Kentaro is Oratnek spelled backwards – a nod to its sister venue in Redfern. You can get Oratnek’s signature katsu sando here (“worth the 15 minute wait”), but there’s also hard-to-find Japanese classics such as omurice. It’s restaurant-quality fare, set within an industrial fit-out.

Reuben Hills

Cafe

One of Sydney’s most respected coffee roasters.

Paramount Coffee Project

Cafe

A corner of Paramount House brings together two coffee heroes.

Shift Eatery

Cafe

This cafe makes eating vegan easy.

Bars

Nomad

Bar

After a fire, a pop-up and a Covid-19 shutdown, Nomad has returned to its original Foster Street home. Enter for smoked free-range chicken, wood-roasted eggplant with flatbread, and a six-week dry-aged rib eye.

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Tokyo Bird

Bar

Whisky, cocktails and yakitori.

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Wyno x Bodega

Bar

Bodega has joined up with Wyno, together the venue is now known as Wyno x Bodega. There’s a bigger focus on vino, a smaller menu and fan favourites, the fish fingers and banana spilt, are still available.

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Tio’s Cerveceria

Bar

At this shrine to beer and tequila, the popcorn is free, the music is loud and the Margaritas are strong and smooth.

Four Pillars Laboratory

Bar

This Crown Street gin hub has a still making small-batch spirits just for Sydney, and a shop selling gin and gin-related goods. To find Eileen’s Bar, look out for the discreet doorway and ascend the staircase.

The Clock Hotel

Bar

This huge two-storey pub – with a popular wraparound verandah and interior courtyard – is one of Surry Hill's original boozers. And after 150 years, you still can't do the Crown Street crawl without a trip to The Clock.

Shops

Title Store

Shop

Part bookshop, part record store. It’s a must-visit for any music lover with enough books to rival their record collection. It’s a favourite among international touring artists too, with the odd legend sifting through the artfully curated shelves of books, DVDs and vinyl. Now with a second location in Barangaroo.

Oscar and Friends Surry Hills

Shop

This charming book nook is all about quality over quantity. Sip wine and mull over the latest page-turner at one of its intimate, monthly book club meetings.

Hordern House Rare Books

Shop

This alluring and mysterious emporium trades in antique books and curiosities from Australia’s pre-federation history. Its treasures span the entire second floor of a converted Surry Hills warehouse, and – if you’ve got an appointment – you can sit in its grand reading room and pore over immaculate books that predate the city itself.

Henrietta

Shop

At this buzzing charcoal chicken restaurant and takeaway joint, match the smoky Lebanese chook with slushies or Middle-Eastern “packaged” cocktails. And get brisket-shawarma tacos and lamb san choy bow on the side.

The Essential Ingredient

Shop

Everything you need for your kitchen, and state-of-the art cooking-class facilities. Plus a cheese counter with local and international specialties.

The Standard Store

Shop

Specialises in international basics for men and women.