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A local’s guide to Surry Hills

Locals share where they eat, drink and shop in Surry Hills.

In 2018 and 2019, we asked Sydney locals to share what they love most about their own neighbourhoods: everything from where they eat to where they grab coffee, and where they hang out. Now it's more important than ever to support local businesses where you can, just make sure you're prepared for a safe and fun time.

Over the coming weeks, we're revisiting our Sydney Local guides. Check out what Surry Hills experts had to say. And send us an email if we missed your favourite spot.

Where to grab a bite and unique buys

Jazzy Cafe and Bar

212 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills

“Jazzy Cafe Bar @ 212 Devonshire Street Surry Hills is my favourite spot, not just because I love the owners and everything they've done to the place but because Jazzy ticks every box on my coffee fanatic/snob list :). I like my coffee strong, short, spicy and this is what I get every time. Homemade food, friendly staff... what more can one wish for? Aha, nice music of course – well, plenty of that at Jazzy too. It is in the name after all,” said Maia on our online form.

Out of all of your Surry Hills tips, Jazzy Cafe and Bar had the most mentions. Patrons raved about its friendly owners Nina and Jordan, homemade food, great coffee, relaxing atmosphere and music. Fun fact: Jazzy Cafe and Bar is located in the former home of Kate Leigh, a notorious underworld figure made infamous in the Sydney razor gang wars.

Cuckoo Callay

413-415 Crown Street
Surry Hills

“Cuckoo Callay on Crown Street! I really need to get back there,” said lytez95 on Instagram.

The food is delicious, inventive and everything you want from a weekend breakfast.

Chilli Coral

401 Crown Street
Surry Hills

“The Collector Store and Chilli Coral – best gift ideas,” said fazzlej on Instagram.

A post-breakfast stroll down Crown Street boutiques is one of Sydney life’s pleasures. Stores like Chill Coral give you a reason to make this walk even more leisurely. Here’s where you’ll find ceramics, fabrics, plant pots, vases and unique gifts from far and wide.

Bills

355 Crown Street
Surry Hills

No Surry Hills guide would be complete without Bills. Bill Granger’s spot is an institution – and Danielle on Facebook agrees. The owner-chef popularised Sydney breakfast classics like avocado on toast, after all. Hungry brunchers have been lining up since the 90s to enjoy Bills’ ricotta pancakes. The brand now boasts 13 locations, including Japan and Hawaii.

Suzie Q Coffee and Records

1/18 Hutchinson Street
Surry Hills

“Suzie Q, best coffee in town, super friendly staff, delicious food with regularly changing menu,” said Rachel on our online form.

A spot for music lovers with a great selection of rare vinyl to go with your scrambled eggs. The menu looks scrumptious and vintage objects scattered throughout the space create a relaxed atmosphere that you won’t want to leave.

Above the Clouds

Shop 4
285A Crown Street
Surry Hills

“Above the Clouds. Great specialty store with fab service,” said derek.g.smith on Instagram.

In an era when the styles you see on Instagram can arrive in a package before the day ends, specialist boutiques stand out. This is a store that sells a lifestyle: think streetwear, sneakers and snapbacks. You can pick up an item by a new independent designer and have a chat about music with the friendly staff while you browse.

Single O

60-64 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills

“Single O is the winner all day everyday” said adamlazzari on Instagram.

Formerly known as Single Origin, this spot started as a small Surry Hills operation that impressed locals with its fruity blend. Almost 20 years on, the café has dropped the ‘rigin’ from its name, but didn’t leave behind its commitment to ethical beans. It now runs a full-blown roast works and you’re sure to spot its blends all over town. No wonder at least 4 Sydneysiders recommended it when asked about their Surry Hills pick.

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Elms

393 Crown Street
Surry Hills

“Friendly owner who has a very mindfully curated selection of things,” said bananaowl on Instagram.

A thoughtfully curated boutique stocking everything from clothing, to homewares, to beauty products. You’ll find handcrafted objects and Australian brands. A great place to pick up a special gift.

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Where to meet for drinks (or late-night cake)

Kürtősh

604-606 Crown Street
Surry Hills

The name comes from a popular Hungarian street food. The perfectly harmonised pastry, flaky and sweet on the outside and soft inside, tastes what this café feels like: homey. But you’re in for more than 1 European dessert. Kürtősh serves up a dazzling display of cakes of various types. According to Robert on Facebook, “Great coffee, great cake.” In true European style, Kürtősh is open until 10pm every day.

Dove & Olive

156 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills

Jacob on Facebook put in a “resounding” vote for Dove & Olive as a Surry Hills gem, and said, “It's a sanctuary for the cultured. Memories forever.” So, what makes this local’s pub so special? It serves up some of Sydney’s best pub food, with an American twist. On Sundays you get a comforting roast. Australian Good Food Guide seems to agree. Dove & Olive was voted Readers’ Choice for Best Pub Food in 2019.

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The Wild Rover

75 Campbell Street
Surry Hills

“Wild Rover – a really great friendly bar with a very wide selection of whiskeys and the best sausage rolls,” said Karen on Facebook.

Whiskey and sausage rolls? Not a combination you hear often. It happens that the sausage rolls are house made, but if you tire of those, fresh oysters are on the menu. The food selection is short and sweet, but the whiskey options are very generous. Its cosy surrounds are best enjoyed on rainy nights.

The Clock

470 Crown Street
Surry Hills

“The Clock Hotel on Crown Street never disappoints. A great place for locals, and those not so local too. 2 for 1 meals on Tuesdays is a great excuse for a midweek night out. (The always smiling) Raf and the crew are great and welcome you like family. Josh with the cool manbun is my favourite. Great venue if you’re hosting people from out of town,” said Peter on our online form.

Need we say more?

The Horse

381 Crown Street
Surry Hills

“The Horse on Crown Street – an amazing, rotating selection of craft beers!” said Tait on our online form.

A huge selection of craft beers, generous happy hours and rooms that can cater to various group sizes. A great choice for a birthday venue, or a spot for an after work catch up.

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Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney

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