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Luke Nguyen of lauded restaurant Red Lantern shows us around Surry Hills, his favorite Sydney neighborhood.
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Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
The guy who runs Mao and More, John Williams, must have been Asian in his past life. His eclectic shop is full of Asian artifacts, including traditional silk Chinese lanterns, Shanghai sofas from the ’50s, collectible porcelain pieces, and antique...
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2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
The final home and workplace of the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley is now a museum that holds rotating exhibits of Whiteley’s work shown on weekends as well as monthly events such as poetry readings and classical music performances....
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Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Since Surry Hills was an industrial and commercial center early on, it seems like there’s a pub on nearly every corner. The Norfolk recently got a makeover. It’s a funky little place with great photos on the wall, an internal courtyard, tacos on...
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357 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
This spot is an oasis of greenery in the middle of the city. Chef Richard Francis and his wife, Rainey [a server at Red Lantern], run this café in Richard Unsworth’s garden store. The result is a warm sanctuary where you can have good food and...
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405 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
"Here is an amazing, ultramodern building. It’s mostly glass, but there’s no air-conditioning—it’s totally green. The library specializes in fashion and design, and it has comfy leather couches, so it’s a good spot for reading, listening to music,...
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382 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016, Australia
Luke Nguyen says: “My wife absolutely adores Dolly Up and its owner,the lovely Erin Paige Hutchings. She offers vintage fashion at its best—a carefully curated collection.” —Luke Nguyen 361 Cleveland St., 61/(0) 2-9699-8181. See all ofsydney...
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50 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
The Argentine restaurant that took Sydney by storm in 2010—and even rose from the ashes of a fire that originated in its charcoal grill—finally outgrew its Cleveland Street Surry Hills digs and reopened on Holt Street in late...
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60 Riley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Luke Nguyen says:“Our restaurant’s dining room is rustic, and we hope it feels warm and inviting, like you’re visiting our home.” 545 Crown St., 61/(0) 2-9698-4355, redlantern.com.au See all ofsydney-surry-hills" target="_blank"Luke Nguyen’s...
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Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
The restaurant Wafu has closed.

Yukako Ichikawa, who runs this Japanese restaurant, is all about minimizing food waste and educating people about how to eat more conscientiously. But you must be a member of the Wafu club to dine at her restaurant....