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Built in 1885, Customs House was one of government architect James Barnet’s finest works. Its double- pillared colonnade, wrought-iron panels and long clean lines give it a feeling of space and majesty, underlined by the open area in front. The building is heritage-listed, but its use continually changes: today it houses the highly stylish Customs House Library – with decor slick enough to make boutique hotel junkies drool – and some local businesses.

There’s a fantastic scale model of the city under glass on the ground floor, as well the library’s newspaper, magazine and computer room (including lots of foreign publications), and the tasty pizzeria and café Young Alfred. Fashionable eaterie Café Sydney retains its enviable location on level five, with amazing views.

NB Opening hours listed are for the Customs House building, and vary for the library and cafes.

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Updated on 1 Sep 2015.

Customs House details

31 Alfred St, Sydney 2000

Telephone 02 9242 8551

Nearby Stations: Circular Quay

Open Mon-Fri 8am-midnight; Sat 10am-midnight; Sun & public hols 11am-5pm

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