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SUBURB DETOURS: Surry Hills (and a trip down Oxford St)

Surry Hills is an inner city, Eastern suburb, perfect for the refined hipster. Good ol’ Surry has a palette of fine foods, nice nooks and wonderful wall art. (Pro: super close to uni.) Need some picturesque architecture in your life (or on your Instagram feed)? Surry Hills’ got you covered.

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classy but edgy scene


  • (1790’s) Surry Hills was originally a farm which was initiated by Major Joseph Foveaux.
  • (1826) The beer in Albion Brewery had a distinct taste due to the water used, which passed through the sandy area in Strawberry Hills. (Talk about salty).
  • In the 1900’s, Surry had a reputation to be full of “larrikin gangs” (violent do-gooders – now there’s an oxymoron) who threw “Irish confetti” (bricks and stones) in fights.


When I hopped off a bus to get to Surry, I noticed the weather was quite bipolar. However, that didn’t affect the wonderful scenery of the suburb. There’s something about the architecture and the aura. Although those with claustrophobia would probably not be a fan of all the crammed buildings in the suburb, I personally adored it!

I first found myself lost in Oxford St, as I tried to get to the area. (tsk tsk Google Maps).

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pretty in pink on Oxford St

What was most noteworthy about the ‘burb is that it has a whole lot of adorable graffiti. There’s this one wall whereby if you take a picture of yourself with it, it makes you look like you’re in a red box which is super cool.

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defos Instagram potential

At one point, a cat started to follow me (illuminati is real) and I just couldn’t deal with how cute is life in Surry Hills. Although it is a super small suburb, there’s so much to explore!

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here kitty kitty


  • TONS OF PLACES TO EAT. Anything with a number in the title, is most likely good e.g. Four Ate Five. I definitely recommend El Loco, which combines Vietnamese food with Mexican food (who doesn’t love a good hybrid?).
  • Some of these restaurants make me chortle and the names of it just make you curious to try e.g. Butter, Lucky Pickle, Maybe Frank, Chur Burger (apparently they have the best burgers in Sydney), Chicken Institute, Cowbell 808 (this restaurant needs more cowbell) & Dr Faustus.
  • Vintage & Antique shopping. If you’re feeling cheap and ironically cosmopolitan, Surry Hills is the best place to browse through racks of nostalgia.
  • Gallery going. There’s tons of galleries calling you to have a look and take pictures.
  • Bars with the most random of ideas. e.g. Goros is a bar/karaoke booth/video game palace and The Carrington let’s you have a drink with your pet. (Say what?)
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With that said, Surry Hills is without a doubt awesome. I’d live there if Sydney’s housing didn’t cost a bajillion dollars. It’s quite an exquisite scene and you really gotta have a taste. So take a bite. You’ll never be the same.

SAVE THE DATE: Surry Hills Festival – Saturday September 24th  



About Madelaine De Leon

Madelaine De Leon
Hey hey hey! I’m Madelaine. I like all things indie and chill. If you need to know if you’re astrologically compatible with someone (not that it matters but anyway), I'm your girl.

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