The Sydney suburb of Chippendale is part of Sydney’s industrial heritage. Despite being under one square kilometre, it has seen quaint 1820s workers cottages and an old Brewery revamped into a bustling creative hub where tiny laneway bars mix with boutique shops, art galleries and restaurants all within walking distance to Sydney’s busy Central Station. It’s the perfect place to spend time exploring Sydney’s cultural precinct.
Wine and Dine
As a foodie hot spot, Chippendale has something for everyone. Start your day by following your nose to Brickfields and join the queue for some of Sydney’s best freshly baked goods and Mecca coffee.
If you’re heading there at night, join the after work crowd at the Chippendale Hotel or head to popular Kensington Street to visit the refurbished Old Clare for cocktails before heading down Spice Alley for hawker-style Asian options or visit one of the fine dining establishments like Ester and Automata.
Zigi’s Art Wine Cheese Bar is one of the suburb’s hidden gems featuring an extensive cheese menu matched with delicious wines. They often have live music and art showings upstairs or you can join one of their fun cooking classes. A very cool place to start or end your night—look for the cool street art that reveals the side entrance via Teggs Lane.
For sweet tooths, a visit to Reynold Poernomo’s Koi Dessert Bar is a must to end your evening where you can taste his “MasterChef” creations in the flesh.
You can find all kinds of funky things to buy in Chippendale, including your favourite fashion brands Adidas, Hype DC or Glue at Central Park Mall.
Said to be a creative centre of Sydney, Chippendale is home to some of the best art galleries in the city. Wander the alleyways and get lost down the rabbit hole at the White Rabbit Gallery, where you will find one of the world’s largest collections of contemporary Chinese art free to explore over four levels. If the art makes you hungry, don’t miss a visit to their Tea House on the ground floor for a fix of traditional dumplings and Chinese teas. For innovative and impressive art installations, head to the award-winning aMBUSH Gallery and catch their latest exhibition.
If getting creative yourself is more your thing then head to Pine Street Creative Arts Centre or Sew Make Create to attend a hands-on workshop and make something unique for yourself—the great thing about Chippendale is the creative options are endless!
Chippendale is very central to the Sydney CBD and best discovered on foot. Within an easy five-minute stroll from Central Station or for those coming from afar an easy bus, cycle or short taxi ride to Kensington Street and Central Park Mall on Broadway.