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Where to find the most creative neighbourhoods in Sydney

A melting pot of culture, it’s no wonder Sydney attracts so many creative types. Many neighbourhoods in Sydney are packed with awe-inspiring art galleries, quirky shops, monumental architecture and plenty of dining hotspots you simply must visit. It can be hard to know where to go in Sydney if you’re not familiar with the city. So from the iconic destinations to the lesser known areas, these are some of the best neighbourhoods to visit in Sydney.

1. Bondi Beach

With its iconic reputation, it’s no wonder Bondi Beach attracts Sydney’s bronzed swimmers, surfers and sunbathers. Bondi is unique in its feel, combining laidback beach life with big city buzz. Expect trendy boutiques on Gould Street, laid back organic cafes around Hall Street, casual pubs full of backpackers and bare-footed joggers. Stylish and urban, this Sydney neighbourhood is full of creative types. Be sure to check out the artistic Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall murals, too.

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2. Hyde Park

Hyde Park is Sydney’s oldest and arguably it’s most famous park. Luscious with foliage, Hyde Park is home to iconic statues and monuments, from the Pool of Reflection to the squirting turtle of the Archibald Fountain. Located near by, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the place to go in Sydney for all art lovers. Housing a diverse collection of fine and contemporary art from Australia and overseas, the Art Gallery of NSW overlooks the Sydney Harbour and is just 15 minutes walk from the city centre.

3. Surrey Hills

Home to bustling cafes serving trendy matcha lattes, tree-lined Victorian streets and stylish independent stores, Surrey Hills is charm personified. Take a stroll around one of the best neighbourhoods in Sydney to get an insight into how local creative types live. Make sure you visit the Brett Whiteley Studio, once home and workplace to the rebellious Australian artist and managed as a museum since 1995.

4. Chinatown

Yes you may be able to find a Chinatown in most global cities, but being a stones throw away from Asia means that Sydney’s Chinatown is more vibrant than most. From annual celebrations to bustling Asian markets, there’s always something going on in Chinatown. Head to the historic Capitol Theatre, a beautiful heritage-listed venue, to enjoy a world class show. Or if you’re looking for something more peaceful, make your way to the Chinese Garden of Friendship to hang out with native Water Dragons. And of course, the food is amazing, especially the yum cha.

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5. Bennelong Point

Once an island with historical significance, Bennelong Point is now the site of the world famous Sydney Opera House. A true icon of Sydney and a mecca of creativity. The architecture itself is a fascinating work of art. As well as being the highlight of the Sydney skyline, it’s also the epicentre of performative art in the city. Hosting the likes of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and indigenous Bangarra Dance Theatre, the Opera House has also housed performances by the likes of Bob Dylan and Björk. If you’re looking for things to do in Sydney, then catching a show here is a must! Visit during the annual Vivid Sydney Festival to see the Sydney Opera House at its most magical, lit up with incredible graphics.

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6. The Rocks District

Just opposite the Sydney Opera House, in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is the historic Rocks District. These lanes host the Rocks Market, the perfect place to buy homemade fashion and tasty street food. Before you sample the food though, be sure to head to the bustling promenade for some evening entertainment from performing buskers. This Sydney neighbourhood is also home to the intriguing Museum of Contemporary Art.  

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