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Alexandria

Alexandria

The suburb known for its trucks and warehouses has been invaded with great coffee haunts and cafés of late and is billed as a potential successor...

Annandale

Annandale

Known to most locals as the suburb surrounding legendary (and oft-imperilled) music venue the Annandale Hotel , this Inner West suburb has a...

Balmain

Balmain

Everybody knows the story of good ol' Balmain, the former working class borough that became a gentrified haven for every bendy yoga mum and her...

Bondi

Bondi

Ahhh Bondi – once an outpost for the vain and backpacking, now one of Sydney's most exciting emerging food and drink hubs. Suddenly, there's a...

Bondi Junction

Bondi Junction

As far as we can tell, Bondi Junction is famous for three things: the enormous Westfield shopping centre, the enormous Event Cinema and the...

Bronte

Bronte

Bronte's beach area is entertaining for its surfing, challenging currents for swimmers, natural rock pool, ocean pool and a vast grassed area...

Camperdown

Camperdown

The majestic University of Sydney, with its ivy-covered sandstone walls and carefully manicured lawns, sits as the triumphant focal point of this...

Chatswood

Chatswood

This popular business district in northern Sydney is home to a large number of corporate HQs: Smith's Snackfood, Pepsico and Optus just to name a...

Chippendale

Chippendale

Sandwiched between Cleveland Street and Broadway and a longtime favourite of the Sydney Uni set, Chippo packs a lot of punch for a little fella....

Coogee

Coogee

Lesser known than Bondi but Coogee beach  is just as popular with locals and backpackers alike during the summer. The Coogee Bay Hotel...

Cronulla

Cronulla

The beachside suburb in Sydney's Shire, immortalised in the coming-of-age novel Puberty Blues (and more recently its brilliant TV adaptation), has...

Crows Nest

Crows Nest

Getting its name thanks to its elevated position – it's one of the highest points of all of the northern suburbs – Crows Nest is home to a...

Darlinghurst

Darlinghurst

The razors have been blunted in Sydney’s former centre of sex, drugs and crime. Now, lanes where you once dared not walk are home to bars...

Double Bay

Double Bay

Once upon a time, Double Bay – or ‘Double Pay’, as it was unceremoniously known – was considered something of a ghost town by most...

Enmore

Enmore

You may have found yourself in this neck of the woods for a gig at the beautiful Enmore Theatre  (actually in Newtown ) but these days...

Erskineville

Erskineville

It can be easy to overlook pretty little ‘Erko’, as it’s affectionately known, what with big-‘n-brash Newtown and the increasingly...

Glebe

Glebe

There was a time when Glebe felt like little more than the backyard of some student sharehouse: all ramshackle and filled with average coffee and...

Haymarket

Haymarket

Ah, delicious Haymarket – home to the walk-through supermarket and food court that is Chinatown and home to many a mega-musical, the Capitol...

Kings Cross

Kings Cross

Yep, it's still sleazy (oh, Porkys , never leave us!). And it's a helluva rowdy ride on a Saturday night. But we here at Time Out can't break...

Leichhardt

Leichhardt

This traditional hub of Italian life in Sydney centres around Norton Street, the avenue famously packed with red-sauce pasta joints, excellent...

Manly

Manly

Once just a quick stop-off on a mandatory tourist trip for your visiting uncle, Manly is coming to its own. The famous Manly Wharf has been...

Marrickville

Marrickville

Once was a time when all the cool kids lived in Newtown . Then came Surry Hills . Now, well, the coolest of cool kids all live in Marrickville...

Mosman

Mosman

The suburb that spreads down from Military Road to the harbour may be known as a northside haven for moneyed up families with big houses and big...

Neutral Bay

Neutral Bay

The lower North Shore suburb's food-and-drink-and- entertainment centre hugs the main artery of Military Road. So, before hitting the Hayden...

Newtown

Newtown

The Sydney suburb that has inspired more songs than any other is worthy of those arias. We love Newtown for the pubs: the Courty , the Towny ,...

North Sydney

North Sydney

This northern business district is a bustling metropolis during the week, with thousands of office workers jetting into the heart of the lower...

Paddington

Paddington

A luxe, boutique-strewn suburb, Paddo is famous for fine threads, pretty residents and a very Eastern Suburbs private school vibe. And let's...

Parramatta

Parramatta

Today, Parramatta is home to many of the nation’s oldest buildings and also some of its newest. The city’s reputation as a commercial capital...

Petersham

Petersham

Have you ever tried Portuguese sweet bread? If the answer is no, you’ll need to make your way to Petersham immediately: Sydney’s ‘Little...

Potts Point

Potts Point

Some clichés exist for a reason: the "Potts Point is like Paris" line is one such cliché. Just around the bend from the seediest strip in Sydney...

Pyrmont

Pyrmont

We're Pyrmont defenders here at Time Out, and here's why: long dismissed as a bit dull, we reckon Pyrmont has a lot going for it. First of all,...

Randwick

Randwick

There’s lots to love in Randwick, home to a good number of historic buildings (be sure to check out the stunning, Gothic-style Nugal Hall), the...

Redfern

Redfern

The suburb long famous for 'the Block' and as a centre for the indigenous community in Sydney is at something of a crossroads of late...

Rozelle

Rozelle

Wander around the windy lanes of Rozelle and you will quickly forget that you are in the big smoke. Charming old style pubs and welcoming cafes...

Surry Hills

Surry Hills

Once the scruffy home to Sydney’s rag trade and a former local haunt for nefarious folk like the Kate Leigh, Surry Hills is now Sydney’s...

Sydney

Sydney

As well as being the name of the most awesome city in the world, Sydney is the name of the suburb that covers the CBD, Opera House , The Rocks ,...

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

The area developed as the home of the "best Olympic Games ever" in the late 1990s could have become a bit of an unused eyesore in the decade since...

The Rocks

The Rocks

Tourist-friendly it remains, but the big news out of The Rocks is that it's no longer off-limits to locals. A higher concentration on fine grain...

Ultimo

Ultimo

Students, students, students! The inner-city suburb of Ultimo is a bustling hive of academic activity on any given day of the week, and home to...

Woollahra

Woollahra

If you love the smell of trees and money in the morning, you'll love Woollahra. From the Aboriginal word for 'camp' or 'meeting spot', Woollahra's...

Woolloomooloo

Woolloomooloo

The suburb that gives everyone pause (when they're trying to spell it) is one of Sydney's most dramatically gentrified – at least around the...