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Along with building its offices in 1940, Paramount Pictures also constructed a secluded art deco theatrette for screenings, which remains today, restored as the beloved Golden Age Cinema. It’s in this cinema where servicewomen would watch newsreels and films during WWII, and now, almost 80 years later, it’s still screening films for Sydneysiders.
Image: Golden Age Cinema; Cassandra Hannagan
Surry Hills is surrounded by Central Station on its western edge and the Eastern Distributor on its east. Though there are also buses that run through the area, the suburb and its many cafes, shops, restaurants and bars are best explored on foot. Take note, most trains stop running from Central around midnight or 1am.
Image: Surry Hills, Crown Street; Leticia Almeida
It sure is easy to drop a pretty penny on a night out in Surry Hills. But you can still have a good time when you’re strapped for cash. Pop into The Soda Factory on Tuesdays for $1 hotdogs, El Loco for $1 wings on Thursdays, or The Shakey for $4 tacos every day of the week.
Image: Makers Shakers Market, Coburg Town Hall; Nutie Doughnuts
Surry Hills is covered with grade A pubs of all varieties. Some cater to you and your pooch like The Carrington and The Beresford, others cater to your epicurean desires like The Dolphin. Then, of course, there are those dedicated to the beers you crave, like The Horse and Keg and Brew with their vast ranges of independent and craft brews.
Image: Poly; Kitti Smallbone
Grabbing a quick bite after work or fuelling up before a night on the d-floor? These spots will curb your late-night cravings.
- Shwarmama: Surry Hills' hole-in-the-wall kebab shop by Ester's Mat Lindsay.
- Butter: The ridiculous palace of fried chicken, sneakers and champagne Sydney deserves.
- Pizza Fritta 180: Order calzone-like pizza frittas filled with pork cheek and burrata-topped pies from this Surry Hills restaurant dedicated to fried pizza.
- Mark + Vinny's: It's not all about neon spaghetti at this vegan-friendly restaurant.
- Bar Ume: Bourke Street's Ume has gone casual with burgers and a sizeable whisky and sake selection.
Image: Shwarmama; Kitti Gould