Restaurants

Arthur

Restaurant

An ambitious yet down-to-earth set-menu restaurant from former Farmhouse and Dead Ringer chef Tristan Rosier.

Pizza al Taglio

Restaurant

Not every pizzeria can say it has an Italian flour technician at the pass. And the proof is well and truly in the dough here (there’s more than one kind depending on what you order). But it’s the genre-bending toppings that truly stand out: past pizzas on the menu have been loaded with anything from pureed pea to smoked turkey.

Surly's

Restaurant

A low-down, boozy affair with Southern barbeque.

Henrietta

Restaurant

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.

Izakaya Fujiyama

Restaurant

An oversized bento box-like Japanese eatery and sake bar.

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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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.

Cuckoo Callay Surry Hills

Cafe

mac'n'cheese croissants and cocktails for breakfast.

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.

Theo’s Deli

Cafe

The modest seven-sandwich menu includes a tuna melt with a dash of wasabi, and the bacon-and-egg roll is stacked with chips and a zingy malt vinegar mayo.

Bills Surry Hills

Cafe

Another winner from Bill Granger, the man who revolutionised Sydney's cafe scene.

Reuben Hills

Cafe

One of Sydney’s most respected coffee roasters.

Bars

Tokyo Bird

Bar

Whisky, cocktails and yakitori.

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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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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.

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.

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 .