As you part the heavy black curtains and step inside Absinthe Salon, you’ll see many small tables laid out with ornate metal-and-glass fountains in what looks presumably like a cosy Parisian cafe during the turn of the 19th century. Located within Surry Hills of Sydney, Absinthe Salon is rather unique and highly specific, with its menu of 20 French and Swiss absinthes.
People might tell you Melbourne is the country’s caffeine capital, and those Victorians sure know how to whip up a mean latte. But if you’re in the inner-city Sydney suburbs, you might want to drop into The Reformatory Caffeine Lab to grab one of the nation’s most serious cups of coffee.
Let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Cafe Nookie may arguably be THE SMALLEST CAFE IN AUSTRALIA. If you crane your neck to look inside this 2m x 2m hole-in-the-wall cafe tucked in between Buckingham Street and Elizabeth Street on Cleveland Street, you can see one cheerful barista, one commercial espresso machine and grinder, and one 1950s-style sign that says, ‘I just don’t give a sh#t’.
Just a short walk from our Sydney Surry Hills office is Small House, a four story wonderland, comprised of 28 precast concrete wall panels which stand on a block of just 7m x 6m. Designed by Domenic Alvaro for himself and his wife, Small House took the approach of building upwards and made it work […]
Ultimate Fanj is a new comedy web series that has been selected as a finalist in the Movie Extra Webfest competition. It’s a story of love gone wrong, the danger of exclusivity, and the power of friendship to overcome the obstacles of cool. But above all else, it is a celebration of the fanj culture […]
Bare concrete, transparency, vibrant colours and curated artworks define the new EMI offices in Surry Hills, Sydney, as the record company makes its move across the Harbour Bridge to Australia’s creative epicentre. Designed by interior design firm, The World is Round, the Hutchinson St space makes an impact, as bold colours contrast with the industrialized shell.
Wolfies Cycles epitomise all that is stylish, quirky and unique on two wheels. A handpicked collection of vintage classic bicycles, spanning trends from 1895 to 1990, with a particular focus on the 1940’s and 50’s, Wolfies Cycles is the new name in cycling cool.
Sydney’s favourite rockabilly chef duo, Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate, have done it again at Porteño, working their own brand of cool on the old Dimitri’s restaurant on Cleveland Street, Surry Hills — it’s only claim to fame was a sign that sat outside for years saying ‘official wrap party location for Moulin Rouge’. Um, ok.
Eating agedashi tofu and sushi while live jazz music plays is a pleasure of mine made possible by the very unique Jazushi restaurant in Sydney’s Surry Hills. The hidden gem specialises in traditional Japanese cuisine fused with European influence.
It’s not every day the collective bargain hunters of Hibernian House host their famous discarded clothing sales. The much-loved Sydney event literally pops up a few times a year and features dazzling shoes, handbags, jewellery and heaps of hand-picked attire, mostly under $20. So rush in kids between June 11 and 13 for your chance […]
Nestled inside the foodie enclave of trendy Surry Hills is the not-so-secret, but nonetheless extraordinary, local gem, Bourke Street Bakery. Inside this artisanal shop, organic pastries and savoury foods are brilliantly united within the bakery’s tiny walls. Here, dedicated Sydneysiders brave impressive queues for exquisite breads, divine tarts, muffins, pastries, and knock-out sandwiches, sausage rolls, and other satisfying delights. [read about more Aussie places at The Colour]