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Suburb Guide

East Sydney

This Darlinghurst precinct centres on a vibrant urban enclave known as ‘Little Italy’, named for the prevalent array of authentic Italian eateries lining the main drag, Stanley Street.

Stanley Street is most famously home to the iconic cheap ‘n’ cheerful Bill & Tony’s restaurant, a Sydney institution where locals can be found drinking coffee in old-school surrounds late into the night.

Accommodation around East Sydney continues to improve and develop, with prestigious designer buildings such as Lumiere and The Residences appealing to the hip inner city crowd and executives. East Sydney’s streets are lined with quaint terraces and apartments of all eras, with many of the former light industrial buildings and warehouses having been converted.

A renowned creative hub, you’ll find many artists and photographers housed in studios in secluded laneways. Many of the buildings provide office space for designers, advertising agencies and the like, who gravitate to the area for its relative affordability (compared to the CBD or Paddington) and its pulse.

It enjoys close proximity to Sydney’s most lively entertainment areas – Oxford Street, Kings Cross, Surry Hills and the CBD are all within a short walk, making it wonderfully accessible. Down in Crown Street you’ll find the famous City Gym, open 24 hours a day.

The Australian Museum, Sydney Grammar School and the Cook & Phillip Park and Pool complex dominate the western boundary, while Hyde Park to the north provides a tranquil respite from urban adventures.

Suburb Features

Education
  • Crown Street Public School
  • National Art School
  • SCEGGS Darlinghurst
  • Sydney Grammar School
Recreation
  • Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre
  • Green Park
  • Harmony Park
  • Hyde Park
  • Little Italy - Stanley Street restaurant area
  • Oxford Street shops, bars and nightclubs
  • Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain
Restaurants
  • Bar Reggio
  • Beppi's Restaurant
  • Bill & Toni Italian Restaurant
  • Brick Lane
  • Red Lantern Restaurant & Private Dining Room