Restaurants

Porteño

Restaurant

Charcoal-roasted meats and sides, paired with a choice of 300 wines.

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Osteria Emilia

Restaurant

A pasta retailer turned restaurant.

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Madame Nhu Surry Hills

Restaurant

Authentic Vietnamese street food and a long list of Asian beers make this mini-chain a winner.

Chin Chin

Restaurant

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

Arthur

Restaurant

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

Sang

Restaurant

Contrasting colours and layered textures –Sáng pushes the boundaries of Korean cooking.

Cafes

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.

Mensch Bagels

Cafe

This Surry Hills bagelry is inspired by the bagels of New York icon Russ & Daughters. Owner Mike Samaha spent three years perfecting his recipe. The result? A small-but-mighty bagel that's crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Go for a classic filled with gravlax and cream cheese, or try one of the heftier steak or schnitty numbers.

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.

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.

Bars

Tokyo Bird

Bar

Whisky, cocktails and yakitori.

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.

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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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.