Surry Hills was once the centre of Sydney’s garment trade. It was popular with newly arrived families after World War II and it remained a working class suburb for a number of years. In the 1980s many of the area’s older houses and buildings were restored and Surry Hills was transformed to the trendy inner city suburb it is today. Popular with young professionals, it is renowned as a vibrant entertainment and design precinct with a diverse mix of residential, commercial and light industrial areas, popular with young professionals.
Its tree-lined streets are wider than Paddington and are lined with Victorian and Federation era terraces, a number of warehouse conversions and modern resort-style lifestyle complexes offering something for everyone. Young families appreciate its proximity to cafés and parks while city slickers enjoy the vibrancy and dynamism.
Crown Street marks the heart of the suburb and is packed with top restaurants, cafés, boutiques and specialty design stores. The lively Surry Hills Markets are held in Shannon Reserve at the corner of Crown and Collins Streets on the first Saturday of every month. Bourke, Cleveland and Foveaux Streets are some other main streets for shopping and a diverse range of eateries.
Surry Hills is also a suburb for art lovers with numerous galleries represented, the most famous being the Brett Whiteley Studio on Raper Street.