Surry Hills

Cool places and cooler people comprise one of Sydney's coolest neighborhoods.

Trend-set or terrace-sit, Surry Hills keeps it cool in Sydney’s inner south. Scantily clad women adorn the walls of Surry Hills’ warehouse-turned-gallery spaces and meticulously envisaged shoe displays beckon shoppers through square glass windows. Nearly everything in Surry Hills seems to be composed in a vacuum of exacting disarray and in this rapscallion suburb, dodgy isn’t meant with disdain. Its bars, its boutiques, its cafes, its pubs, they’re all arrestingly swish without losing their sass.

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On the Map

Surry Hills is bordered by Darlington, Chippendale, Haymarket, Darlinghurst, Redfern, Paddington, and Central Business District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

International Airport: 15 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 8 minutes by bus or 15 minute walk
Opera House / Circular Quay: 20 minutes by train
Bondi Beach: 15 minutes by cab or 45 minutes by bus

Surry Hills: Brashly Fashionable In Central Sydney

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A staggeringly stylish neighborhood immediately southeast of the CBD, Surry Hills blends its practical location with perspicuous good looks.

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When people talk, they talk about Surry Hills.

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They talk about its bars, its restaurants, its cafes, its coffee shops, its design studios.

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Creative pursuits thrive in this on-the-edge-of-everything neighborhood.

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Its independent theatres, advertising firms, fashion houses, design shops, and art galleries are all cutting edge.

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Surry Hills practices unkempt cleanliness.

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It's the sort of neighborhood where photos seem to self-develop with their own fuzzed filter.

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It's the sort of neighborhood that avidly pursues eco-conscientiousness.

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Cycleways streak through Surry Hills' roads thanks to local investment.

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Bikes whisk residents to and from the city's center in minutes.

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Everywhere, art is in order.

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It paints garages.

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It peeks from trees.

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Surry Hills is a hip and vibing suburb in inner Sydney. Take a stroll on the weekend, and you’re bound to see hipsters hanging out in Sydney’s trendiest cafes, restaurants, and small bars."

Surry Hills' Fashionable Dining: Small Bites and Strong Coffee

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Surry Hills is many Sydneysiders' favorite weekend destination. Many claim that the neighborhood serves the city's best breakfasts.

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Cafe society prevails and patio seating is in high demand.

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Local bakeries become city-wide celebrities and already-celebrity chefs operate some of the city's most fashionable restaurants in Surry Hills.

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The neighborhood's proud coffee culture is reflected in every pour.

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Its style sensibilities are reflected in every window.

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It's style in every frame.

A Mirror's Favorite Neighborhood: Shopping In Surry Hills

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The home of Sydney's fashion industry, Surry Hills elevates style standards.

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From dodgy street chic to custom lines and classic tailoring, its bespoke tastes have set the trends for seasons.

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They attract nouveau bohems, cinematic model types, and finely-suited threadbearers.

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Whether they work at boutiques, salons, PR firms, or ad agencies, many of the neighborhood's inhabitants influence the industry.

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In Surry Hills, being fashionable is a lifestyle, not a collection of clothing items.

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Surry Hills has the highest concentration of restaurants in Sydney, a vibrant small bar & pub scene, and numerous boutique fashion & retail stores. Basically, the coolest suburb in Sydney!"

Surry Hills' Lively Pub Scene: Small Batch and Local Brew

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When morning coffee turns to afternoon brew, Surry Hills' bars and pubs wake up.

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Surry Hills' heritage is based in industrial pursuits, and its invitingly disheveled pubs carry on long-standing traditions of libations after work.

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The neighborhood establishes new trends in old spaces.

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Friday nights especially light up in Surry Hills' storied pubs.

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The dodgier a pub's past, the brighter its future.

Shannon Reserve In Surry Hills

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Shannon Reserve may be petite in size, but it attracts the neighborhood in a big way.

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Pups, toddlers, and public performers fill the park on afternoons and weekends.

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It also hosts a public market on the first Saturday of every month.

Rags to Riches: The Architectural Story of Surry Hills

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Surry Hills is a serpentine tangle of streets, laneways, back alleys, and front porches.

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Once considered an over-populated slum on the outskirts of the CBD, Surry Hills' residential landscape is now a picture of quaintly cramped terrace houses and renovated town homes.

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Like the rest of the neighborhood, Surry Hills' structures are preeminently stylish.

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Some of its buildings, like its library and community center, have even won awards for their forward-thinking design.

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It's the crown jewel of Crown Street.

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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 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.

Carly Earl

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Luisa Brimble is a Sydney-based photographer and designer. She began her career working in marketing and graphic design for a travel company, before going freelance. Her photographs and design work have been featured in various print and online publications. She strives to capture the core elements she believes in - simplicity, honesty, warmth, and connection.

Luisa Brimble

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