Restaurants

Bartolo

Restaurant

Settle into the handsome dining room to tackle the 180-bottle-strong wine list, or grab some takeaway slushies from the old coffee window. Plus, there's excellent house-made pasta.

El Loco

Restaurant

Merivale's take on a taco fiesta is another home run. The Margaritas are strong, the tacos are good and on Fridays and Saturdays, the fiesta lasts until 3am.

Bad Hombres

Restaurant

This Mexican diner's menu is entirely plant-based, and it's all the better for it. If you're a veg-lover and a fan of Mexican flavours, this is the spot for you. When your tortilla's loaded with charred cauliflower, guacamole and pickles, you won't even noticed meat's gone.

The Dolphin Hotel

Restaurant

This Surry Hills pub got a shake-up in 2020 – but it’s still one of Sydney’s best all-in-one wine bars, restaurants and boozers.

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Forresters

Restaurant

The team behind Bopp & Tone, The Butler and The Botanist have given this institution a $1.5-million makeover that pays tribute to its past.

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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Cafes

Humble Bakery

Cafe

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

Bangbang Cafe

Cafe

A relaxed low-key cafe with a nod to the owner's DJ background.

Kawa

Cafe

A charming place to enjoy fresh local ingredients and alfresco dining on one of Sydney’s favourite streets.

Paramount Coffee Project

Cafe

A corner of Paramount House brings together two coffee heroes.

Reuben Hills

Cafe

One of Sydney’s most respected coffee roasters.

Shift Eatery

Cafe

This cafe makes eating vegan easy.

Bars

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.

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,

Bodega x Wyno

Bar

Bodega has joined up with Wyno, together the venue is now known as Bodega x Wyno. 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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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.

The Keg and Brew

Bar

Craft beer is the focus at this Surry Hills pub.

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Shops

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.

Ardi's Block to Grill

Shop

An artisan butchery with a mini restaurant attached taking on the supermarkets by offering cut-to-order meat .

Provider Store

Shop

Japanese and Scandinavian homewares, and pieces handmade by owner Tara Bennett.

Formaggi Ocello

Shop

A cheese lover’s paradise.