Surry Hills Art and Culture

The iconic inner-city suburb of Surry Hills is located on Sydney’s south-eastern city fringe. With its famous mix of restaurants, cafes, bars, boutique shops, arts and culture this creative and centrally located urban precinct is a great destination to get fully immersed in the best of Sydney’s cutting-edge contemporary style.

And with its striking mix of classic Victorian terraces and converted industrial buildings set against the clean lines of modern architectural design Surry Hills has a unique street appeal that sets it apart from the crowd.

Surry Hills is located within easy walking distance of the popular urban centres of Paddington, Darlinghurst, Redfern and Chippendale and is close to the Sydney CBD. Central Railway Station is located on the western side of the suburb making it a great base to explore the full range of attractions on offer across the inner city.

Surry Hills Accommodation
The heritage listed Hotel Harry provides the ideal setting to explore the cultural heart of Surry Hills and Sydney’s CBD and is within an easy stroll of Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the Rocks, the Botanical Gardens and Darling Harbour.

Museums and galleries
Surry Hills is brimming with off-beat galleries and studios that showcase the work of some of Australia’s leading artists. Visit the former studio and home of influential contemporary artist Brett Whiteley. Or get a feel for the work of our best emerging artists at the M2 gallery. This edgy establishment showcases painting, photography, illustration, sculpture and performance art. Or for a taste of contemporary, pop and underground culture don’t miss Outre Gallery on Crown Street.

Performing art
See a show at the Belvoir Street Theatre. Recognised as a leader of performing arts innovation, the theatre promises an annual program that is dynamic and visionary. Grab a meal in the theatre foyer before the show or enjoy a quiet drink at the in-house Hal Bar. Eat, drink and enjoy the Belvoir experience.

Restaurant and café culture
Take time to explore the Crown Street central thoroughfare. With its thriving cafe and restaurant scene this bustling foody mecca is a ‘must do’ for visitors. Sit, relax and enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Bourke Street Bakery. Stop for lunch at bill’s at Surry Hills, or try one of the many local pubs like the Norfolk Hotel or Trinity Bar for a gourmet counter meal. Finish the day with best of modern South East Asian cuisine at Longrain. Enjoy classic tapas at Movida or superb Italian cuisine at Vini.

Fashion and shopping
Surry Hills is a designer clothing, furniture and homewares paradise with some of the best design and vintage fashion outlets in the city. Pick up an original piece at Mushu boutique clothing and accessories. Or get your cool on at Paris Texas where you will find edgy stylish clothing for the fashionista within.

For a modern luscious piece for the home don’t miss the unique and colourful vintage style of the Edit interiors collection. Or for a sustainable option the Bird textiles emporium offers a beautiful range of home eco products. Or make your way to the Surry Hills Markets, held at Shannon Reserve on the first Sunday of each month, where you will find a range of quality hand-made, second hand and recycled goods.

Surry Hills is at the creative heart of Sydney’s inner city and with great, food, fashion and accommodation on hand, it makes the perfect destination for your next inner-city adventure.