- Great food, unique fashion, vintage threads, urban art, cool music
- Inner eastern suburbs
- 20-minute bus ride from Circular Quay
Why go there
Darlinghurst’s main strip is Oxford Street, where Sydney's fabulous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is held each year. If you love to shop, eat and drink well or simply people-watch, Oxford Street is agreat place to start. Nearby Crown, Burton and Liverpool streets are packed with fashion boutiques, bookshops, art galleries, music shops, cafes and restaurants.
It's at night that the suburb really comes alive with clubs, cocktail bars, live music and gay bars offering late night entertainment.
After a recent rejuvenation, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst have enjoyed a restaurant boom, with Crown and Bourke streets offering some of the most tempting cuisine in Sydney.
Things to do
- Discover great breakfasts at the Tropicana or Bar Coluzzi on Victoria Street or bills in Darlinghurst and Surry Hills.
- Enjoy an afternoon cocktail in a cool lounge, wine or tapas bar - The Victoria Room or Kika.
- Dine in Stanley Street’s Little Italy restaurant area or at any number of stylish restaurants with shared tables and hand-made pasta, late night gourmet pizza, zesty Thai and classic French.
- Check out the bars along Oxford Steet, some with fantasy settings and retro fitouts such as Ruby Rabbit, Oxford Arts Factory or The Columbian.
- Go shopping in Crown Street in Surry Hills, the place for cutting-edge design such as Cloth, Planet and Metlab.
- Sydney Jewish Museum, Victoria Road in Darlinghurst.
- Browsing in the area's many record stores for rare albums, hip hop vinyl, funk, dance and reggae.
- Object gallery on Bourke Street for the coolest design and craft.
- Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in late February and early March.
- Surry Hills Festival in May.