3 Hours in Surry Hills

If you’ve booked a Tidy Me cleaner you’ve just freed up around 3 hours of your day! What to do with these spare hours? In the first of this series of blog posts we’re going to share some of our favourite things to do in Surry Hills. Get out, enjoy your own suburb or explore a new one, and come back to a spotless apartment.

Surry Hills sure is a delicious place to live – there’s no shortage of cafes and restaurants to satisfy your taste buds. If middle eastern food gets your mouth watering try the modern Moroccan and Mediterranean dishes on offer at Cafe Mint on Crown Street. Dips and fattoush and tagine – yum! Or take your sweet tooth for a scoop or two of Gelato Messina‘s 35 signature flavours and 5 weekly Frankenstein-esque specials. Grab a friend and sit down for top-notch traditional pizza at Pizza e Birra, or go for a medicinal bowl of steaming pho at Mama’s Buoi.

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere – maybe a casual afternoon beverage with a friend is on the cards! Grab a cold one and sit on the generous balcony of The Clock Hotel to watch Crown Street from above. If you like to end your day with a nice glass of wine in an intimate setting head to Fico for carefully selected Australian and Italian wines. For something different stop in for a cocktail or a whiskey at Button Bar – a tucked-away spot that’ll make you feel like you got lost and ended up on a pirate ship.

Wardrobe need an update? You’ll find more than enough places to drop your paycheque in Surry Hills. The suburb is a hotspot for well curated vintage stores – try Cream on Crown, Zoo Emporium, and U-Turn Recycled Fashion. For new and vintage rockabilly threads for guys and girls head to Route 66. Iconic Australian and international fashion and homewares labels are presented beautifully at Collector Store, and a Surry Hills shopping trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to local institution Paris Texas

Gallery hopping makes for a great afternoon out in Surry Hills, and one of the best is Brett Whitely Studio. The celebrated artist’s home and studio is run as a gallery where you can get a glimpse into the artist’s life and see a changing exhibition of works on show. Another favourite spot is Outré Gallery – a fun and often weird space specialising in contemporary international pop, lowbrow, pop surrealism, tiki, modern folk, and underground art. Other great spots to stop in at are the combination bar and exhibition/performance space of TAP Gallery, Folonomo – a cafe, restaurant and gallery that gives 100% of its profits to not-for-profit organisations, and Badger and Fox Gallery, which introduces emerging artists across multiple genres.


Author: Stacey Jacobs

Stacey founded Tidy Me, the easiest way to book a cleaner in Sydney. Tidy Me is much more than an online booking service, it is an online platform allowing professional, independent cleaners to connect with people and homes in need of their services.

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