In partnership with City of Sydney, we’re celebrating what makes Redfern such a vibrant community to live in and visit: its local businesses. It’s been a tough year, and these bars, restaurants, shops and cultural spaces need your patronage more than ever. It’s time to hit the streets, spend consciously, and throw your support behind these local gems.
Did you know
In 2014, Redfern Park went ‘global’, winning the prestigious international Green Flag Award and becoming one of the top parks in the world. At 4.8 hectares, the park was designed in the 1880s as a Victorian ‘pleasure ground’ and is now home to the Rabbitohs’ training grounds, public art, picnic areas and a cafe. The park was also the setting for Paul Keating’s iconic Redfern Speech.
Image: Redfern Park
Redfern and Waterloo are surrounded by Redfern Station on its western edge, the Eastern Distributor to its east and Cleveland Street to the north where you can catch several buses from the east or west. Start on Redfern Street and make your way through the area on foot to discover the many cafes, shops, galleries and bars.
Image: Redfern Station, Benjamin Sow - Unsplash
Build your own feast for a Saturday afternoon picnic at Redfern Park. Start with coffee from Scout’s Honour, then grab some rice paper rolls or banh mi from Yellow Fever. Need something sweet for dessert? Hit up Breadfern Bakery or Donut Papi, which are both mere steps from the park.
Image: Donut Papi
The area retains a strong sense of inner city grit among the burgeoning era of ‘contemporary cool’. Explore the streets lined with many heritage listed buildings, go to Three Williams for a coffee and head down to the James Street Reserve Community Garden for a glimpse of the lovingly cultivated greenery hiding amongst the terraces.
Image: Three Williams