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Luke Nguyen of lauded restaurant Red Lantern shows us around Surry Hills, his favorite Sydney neighborhood.
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2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
This gallery offers glimpses into the private world of one of Australia’s most renowned artists, Brett Whiteley, who lived and worked in Surry Hills until his death in 1992. It’s in this old warehouse, full of personal memorabilia...
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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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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
This Argentine-inspired grill is cool and kitschy. The decor is a mix of cowhide, faded South American posters, and leather furniture. Whole pigs or lambs roast slowly over an open pit, and the bar upstairs has a killer cocktail list.
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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...