The funky inner city suburb of Surry Hills is chock full of surprises. One moment you can be dining at one of Australia’s poshest restaurants, the next blowing the dust off a rare antique book, or scoring yourself rockstar threads with matching purple winklepickers from a kooky store down a laneway.
In between there are an abundance of boho boutiques, retro stores, designer furniture showcases, out-there art galleries, and loads of quirky shops that defy definition but are impossible to walk past.
Exploring Surry Hills Shopping Village
Surry Hills is a pleasure to explore as many of the streets are lined with big trees and gorgeous Victorian terrace houses in various states of disrepair, restoration and creative re-invention, thanks to the diverse demographics of this buzzing precinct.
Once the enclave of musos, artists, drug dealers and ladies of the night, today Surry Hills is home to growing numbers of creative professionals and dudes in suits. It’s also a popular gay village thanks to its café society and proximity to great nightlife.
This melting pot of cultures has helped shape the Surry Hills Shopping Village into one of Sydney’s most stylishly eclectic and interesting shopping precincts.
The main shopping streets of Crown Street, Cleveland Street, Bourke Street and Fitzroy Street can be covered in a day or two, but try to allow more time as you’ll find yourself continually side-tracked by the art galleries and cavernous emporiums full of jaw-dropping designer furniture and mid-century treasures.
Vintage and retro shops abound in Surry Hills, with a whole stack of them in Crown Street and Cleveland Street.
In between the windows full of 70s psychedelic frocks, 50s furs, pin-up girl cossies and shaggy vests, there is a fantastic array of left-of-field fashion boutiques and high-end street fashion stores for men, women and everyone in between.
Even the cyclists in Surry Hills are stylish. That’s because they get their skinny little behinds into Babici – the couture label that specialises in high-tech cycling apparel. You’ll find this gem in Hill Street.
Due to the plethora of fashion designers and sewing nuts that have always hung out here, Surry Hills is THE place to be to for amazing designer fabrics, patterns and haberdashery – just head down Cooper Street and Commonwealth Street.
Surry Hills Market
Held on the first Saturday of the month on the corner of Crown and Collins in the heart of Surry Hills Shopping Village, this is an awesome market for people watching and picking up recycled treasures and craft at excellent prices.
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