8 reasons to love Crown Street in Surry Hills

Lined with terrace houses, Crown Street in Sydney’s Surry Hills is a hip strip with a relaxed, village-like vibe. Check out our favourite places to eat, drink, shop and chill out at.

  • Jane Ormond
  • February 2019

The inner-city Sydney opens in new window suburb of Surry Hills is a real little charmer. Lined with terrace houses, incidental parks and wending side streets, it still retains the bohemian, village-y vibe it’s famous for. Spend a laidback Sunday amidst the locals as they walk their dogs and pick up artisanal treats, while creatives trawl the exquisitely curated stores and foodies hopscotch from one fabulous eatery to the next.

Crown Street is Surry Hills’ main strip – and here are some of our favourite stops along it.

Title

If you love mint-condition vinyl, obscure film directors or the smell of books, Title will have you walking on clouds. This compact store has a passionately curated selection of books, film and music. You’re bound to find that elusive item or get switched on to some new aural discoveries.
499-501 Crown St, +61 02 9699 7333, titlemusicfilmbooks.com opens in new window


Route 66

Named after that iconic American thoroughfare and still celebrating all things vintage and Americana, Route 66 has been clothing Sydney’s rockabilly glamourpusses in the finest Western shirts, denim and wiggle dresses for decades. If you’re in the market for some kickin’ cowboy boots or some rockstar shades, this is the place.
255 Crown St, +61 02 9331 6686, route66.com.au opens in new window


Rosie Campbells

Bite into a slice of Jamaica at Rosie Campbell’s Jerk Diner & Rum Bar, a colourful, laidback joint where refreshing, rum-based cocktails are served in decorative coconuts and the food is all Jamaican jerk-spiced deliciousness. Add live reggae and DJs for a real good time.
320 Crown St, +61 02 9356 4635, rosiecampbells.com opens in new window


The Surry Hills Library

Yes, the Library. Because this one is no ordinary one. It opened in 2009 and has won a bunch of awards for its sustainable design. It’s stylish and light, with lots of glass and an environmental atrium, so not only is it a super-relaxing place to read and unwind in, it also hosts some really interesting, late night cultural events like ‘dance lectures’.
405 Crown St, +61 02 8374 6230, www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/libraries/locations/surry-hills opens in new window


The Surry Hills Markets

For an extra bonus of Crown Street charm, hit the bricks on the first Saturday of every month and browse the gorgeous Surry Hills Markets. Sprawling over a grassy reserve, they’ve been running since the early 1980s and still have a lovely, community vibe. There are over 60 stalls selling everything from secondhand treasure and vintage clothes to handmade beauty products and homemade gourmet treats.
Shannon Reserve, Crown St (opposite the Library), shnc.org/events/surry-hills-markets/ opens in new window


The Winery

Hidden away and shrouded in greenery, The Winery is a secret oasis where you can while away the day with bottomless Bellinis, snacktastic food and a clutch of your best mates. Lounge on the kitschy red couches or enjoy a banquet of bright, fresh dishes in the sunken dining room. With a great wine list and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s all too easy to lose a few hours without realizing.
285a Crown St, +61 02 8322 2007, thewinerysurryhills.com.au opens in new window


Brewtown

This pocket-sized outpost of Newtown’s Brewtown coffee roasters does an expert line in the wonders of the bean. Head here for the headiest of brews, including cold and batch brews, and chase it with a flaky, indulgent cronut in flavours like Lamington, Malteser and Snickers. There is a small menu of savoury dishes too, if you want to dodge the sugar, but one sight of those cronuts will see even the hardiest resolve crumble.
536 Crown St, facebook.com/brewtownnewtown/ opens in new window


Ardi’s Block to Grill

You know when you find an artisan butcher and you buy an incredible piece of meat, only to ruin it with amateur cooking? Enter Ardi’s Block to Grill, a family business which is not only a boutique butcher that stocks only the best of the best, but also a mini restaurant where you can get a juicy burger, a meaty sandwich or some lamb riblets cooked to perfection by the resident experts.
612 Crown St, +61 02 9699 6739, facebook.com/ardisblocktogrill/ opens in new window