You know you’re in that part of town when the baristas beards start getting longer, weirder and they are coupled with ‘staches are pointy at the ends. Yes that part of town- where the streets are filled with artsy cafes , specialty shops full of locally made goods and lots of great bookstores. I always make it a point to visit that part of town (I won’t even go there and say the H word) whenever I visit a new city.
Every good city has a nice little arts district where you are taken away from the bigger, more corporate part of a place and taken back to where local and homegrown businesses thrive and all build a community-like environment collectively. Earlier this year, I got a chance to explore Sydney for a good 2 weeks and aside from loving its beaches, I fell in love with Surry Hills and Newtown. Yup, they are the parts of town I am talking about. Walking around the two boroughs gave me a feel of what it could be like to be an actual local. You could feel the “community vibe” in the place, especially when we hung out at the Surry hills public library (which was really gorgeous by the way) and at the cafe’s in Newtown (there are tons, literally steps away from each other ) where we were chatted up by friendly barsitas. I really enjoyed exploring these areas with Jerrold and the new friends we made during the trip. We visited these boroughs on more than one occasion. A shop I particularly enjoyed wasn’t exactly in these areas but we payed it a visit enroute to Newtown. We made a pitstop in Inner West Sydney to visit Sibella Court’s shop slash warehouse called The Society Inc. The superb interior stylist is one of my favourites and is a huge source of inspiration. Her warehouse was tucked away in a residential part of the inner west, right beside other warehouses of what looked like super cool startups making blankets and homeware. Sibella’s The Society Inc. was a treasure trove! I went home home with tons of inspiration and a few of her books (one of which was signed!) I even got a lot of tips from Sibella’s assistant Sophie, who was kind enough to suggest a lot of lovely go-to spots in the city.
Aside from The Society Inc. , my favourites in Newtown were Newtown Brewtown (they had great coffee!) and this rooftop spot called Zanzibar. Food wise, we had the yummiest burgers at Mary’s, a little hole in the wall tucked in a quiet alley and I loved the Earl grey ice cream at Cow and the moon.
In Surry Hills, I enjoyed browsing through the shop Paper 2 (took home one too many things!) , loved the vibe at Gnome Cafe and Paramount Cafe ( it has major coffice potential should I ever move to Sydney!) and as I mentioned earlier, the Surry hills public library (I can imagine getting so much work done there! Lovely work environment, being surrounded by books and there being an abundance of natural light!) . I’d love to blab about these spots more, but I think I will let these photographs do the talking. Will be posting more of these “walk-throughs” soon. There are also other pretty spots and boroughs around Sydney that I’d love to share- should I get the actual time to update this blog. Wedding season is looking pretty busy, please pray I am sustained with positivity, enthusiasm, energy and creativity. I need these things in high doses daily. Help me Lord! Thanks for walking through Surry hills and Newtown with me! Let’s go on more walks, soon.
Love and light,
P.s. The datebook has found a home in a beautiful shop in Mona Vale, New south wales. Just in the Northern part of Sydney. I’m really excited about it! The little paper lane is such a gorgeous shop! I hope you get to pay it a visit and grab a datebook while you’re at it. You are guaranteed a large dose of inspiration. You have been warned.