Chippendale

Cigarettes and coffee, headphones and vinyl, renovated and lofts—it all comes together in Chippendale, Sydney's super hip central neighborhood.

For years, Chippendale stayed a secret despite its central Sydney location. Its elusive character could be attributed to its lack of beachfront or its surplus of brick buildings, but mustachioed Sydneysiders are increasingly finding Chippendale's eccentricities enchanting. Crumbling alleyways wind through crooked lanes that lead to refurbished art galleries and outdoor cafe spaces, cheese shops, and community centers. Minutes away from Chinatown and the CBD, it's easy to guess where Chippendale is going—up, up, and away.

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On the Map

Chippendale is bordered by Darlington, Ultimo, Haymarket, Redfern, Surry Hills, Camperdown, Glebe, and Central Business District

International Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic or 20 minutes by airport shuttle
Central Station: a short walk away
Opera House / Circular Quay: 10 minutes by train
Bondi Beach: 30 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Chippendale: From Grey Industry to Pantone Artistry

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Paint hits pavement in Chippendale regularly, an emerging creative bastion for bartenders, baristas, boutique owners, and gallery curators.

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This south central neighborhood's gritty facades and inoperative warehouses color their interiors brighter than they did before.

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They've transformed into creative community centers and restaurant reception halls.

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Chippendale stays true to its style.

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It's artfully kept.

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It's fastidiously unkempt.

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A quiet, leafy neighbourhood with community gardens along the footpaths, cafes, and small bars and galleries."

Cultivating Sydney's Cafe Culture In Chippendale

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Cafe culture continues to steep in this south central Sydney neighborhood.

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Espresso artists are in high-demand.

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Pours and pastries are perfected in Chippendale's artisanal cafes and bakeries.

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[This is] funky Chippendale, which borders Surry Hills, Glebe, Newtown and Redfern, [and is] home to some of the best shops and restaurants in Sydney."

On Break In Chippendale

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Despite its industrial bent, petite green spaces pepper the neighborhood.

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They're the perfect roost for coffee, cigarette, phone, and bench breaks.

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Street Art In Chippendale

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Commissions and spontaneous expression live side by side in Chippendale, a veritable canvas for creative spirits.

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[Chippendale is an] ex-industrial city area that's now a residential and creative hub... the area is still a little grungy, but safe."

Streetscapes In Chippendale: Warehouses and Terrace Houses

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Sydney's City Council awarded grants to artists in Chippendale to nurture the neighborhood's creative transformation.

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New construction blends with its heritage buildings and brick warehouse spaces.

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Its eclectic landscape only enhances its popularity.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Carly Earl

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Carly Earl grew up in the bush before moving to Sydney to pursue photography. She is a photojournalist for News Ltd, shooting features and front covers for publications, but still finds time for a range of freelance projects. Carly has developed a natural style to her imagery that captures the essence of the subject in a unique way. She loved discovering a new side of Sydney while exploring her suburbs for Airbnb.