Restaurants

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.

Giuls

Restaurant

Inspired by Tuscany’s dining scene, this female-led diner is all about fresh pasta (including a squid-ink fettucine with crab), al fresco dining and flamboyant weekly specials.

Cicerone Cucina Romana

Restaurant

On a leafy Surry Hills street, this graffitied Italian joint serves Roman-style pizzas from a woodfired oven, nostalgic carbonara and natural vino courtesy of Giorgio De Maria Fun Wines.

Dead Ringer

Restaurant

A sharp restaurant and bar from the team at Bulletin Place. Naturally, it serves great cocktails.

Jane

Restaurant

A handsome brasserie-style spin-off by the team from Arthur Restaurant. It’s primed for casual afterwork drinks and snacks with a sharing menu focused on zero-waste.

Nour

Restaurant

Forget everything you know about Lebanese food.

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Cafes

Bourke Street Bakery

Cafe

Refined bread, tarts, croissants, cookies and pastries.

Lode Pies and Pastries

Cafe

The star pastry at this polished, high-end bakery is so labour-intensive, only 15 are made each day. You’ll also find French-style pies packed with Wagyu and shiitake, plus handcrafted sodas and coffee by Little Marionette. From the team behind Italian-Japanese fine diner, Lumi Dining.

Makmak Macarons

Cafe

The contender for Sydney's best macaron, where you can purchase the day’s technicolour creations along with cupcakes, cookies and croissants.

Meet Mica

Cafe

Innovative brunch dishes by an ex-fine-dining chef.

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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.

Cuckoo Callay Surry Hills

Cafe

mac'n'cheese croissants and cocktails for breakfast.

Bars

Cricketers Arms Hotel

Bar

An old pub that won't go changing.

Nomad

Bar

After a fire, a pop-up and a Covid-19 shutdown, Nomad has returned to its original Foster Street home. Enter for inventive charcuterie, charcoal-fired mains and a wine list highlighting Australian producers great and small.

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The Rover

Bar

The bar formerly knowns as The Wild Rover is a grown-up version of its predecessor, with oysters on rotation and a slick cocktail list. You can still snag a sausage roll, but otherwise, it’s a seafood-driven menu piled with winners including a curried fish-finger roll and caviar with potato crisps.

Goros

Bar

Party like a salaryman with the aid of karaoke, yakitori and plenty of saké.

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The Carrington

Bar

It hasn’t taken long for this back-street neighbourhood pub to attract the locals.

Tokyo Bird

Bar

Whisky, cocktails and yakitori.

Shops

Ardi's Block to Grill

Shop

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

HAY Shop Sydney

Shop

HAY Shop brings Danish design to Sydney.

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.

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.