An Insider’s Guide to Living in the Inner Western Suburbs of Sydney

Balmain

Balmain is an old, picturesque neighborhood located on the inner west harbor of Sydney. Just some of the features making this an ideal place to live are the beautifully restored pubs, the bustling markets, 5-star restaurants and the harbourside living, to name a few. Balmain is home to the iconic Darling St which is a must-see shopping destination.

Insider tips: The locals love to hang out at Unity Hall hotel for great food and wine, live music and Sunday afternoon Jazz. On Darling St, you can also find Adriano Zumbo’s world famous patisserie.

Annandale

Located just 5 mins from the CBD, Annandale is a great location if you want to be a part of the hustle and bustle of Sydney, but also feel like you are much further out. Full of colonial architecture, Federation homes and the popular Annandale Hotel which focus on delivering divine food with a friendly atmosphere, this inner western suburb is a great place to hang your hat!

Insider tips: Rock n Roll lovers will be delighted to discover The Vintage Record on Parramatta Rd, one of few record stores left in the country! For the kids, Annandale is home to Terrific Scientific where toys, puzzles, and games incorporate learning with play.

Drummoyne

Sitting on the peninsula between Iron Cove and Five Dock Bay, Drummoyne is surrounded on three sides by Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River and, as such, has some of Sydney's best waterfront views. It’s also a fantastic place to plant your roots, especially for foodies with some of the best local cafes, restaurants and food hot spots in Sydney. You will discover a variety of cuisines in Drummoyne including Italian, Lebanese, Japanese, seafood and much more.

Insider tips: Located on 152 Lyons Street, Umni Modern Izakaya serves modern Asian cuisine and sushi by expert sushi chef JunsikJeong. On Victoria Rd ‘Salt Meat Cheese’ serves its namesake and many more interesting selections.

Leichhardt

Leichardt often referred to as ‘Little Italy’ is a charming inner western neighborhood known for its Italian cafés and restaurants serving traditional Italian food, wine, cakes espressos, pizzas and more. Leichardt even has its own Italian Association of Assistance which offers guided tours of the Italian hot spots. If you value a sense of community and bringing people together with good food and atmosphere; you will find yourself at home in Leichhardt.

Insider Tips: If you’re an art lover Leichardt is home to a number of art galleries. Not only can you admire the beautiful art pieces, you can even choose to have an art class yourself, such as the one offered at Art Est. on Lords Rd.

Newtown

Newtown is a colorful, bright and vibrant neighborhood that has been likened to the kind of culture you get in Melbourne. Great local pubs and venues with live music, comedy and theater, lots of delightful places to eat, hipster vibes and 19th-century homes. Newtown also offers many boutiques, designer shops where fashion lovers can pick up one of the kind items you won’t find anywhere else.

Insider Tips: Amongst the many interesting places to discover in Newtown, All Buttons Great and Small is a shop dedicated to buttons. This small little shop on Kings Street provided Nicole Kidman’s buttons on Moulin Rouge and fasteners for Bananas in Pyjamas. The owners here have many interesting stories to tell!

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