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Where to go in Sydney's hottest suburb


A once-gritty suburb in Sydney is home to some of the city's hottest properties. As gentrification in Redfern reaches its peak, DUNCAN FORGAN finds small bars and speakeasies rubbing shoulders with top-ranking restaurants and creative endeavors.

Published on Jun 13, 2018

 

1. EATHOUSE DINER
Americana in various guises informs the aesthetic at this laid-back neighborhood bistro. A bright green-and-red façade with garish lettering blends 1950s vintage with vivid psychedelia, while inside combines ephemera from Latin America and the Caribbean with a classic diner feel. The food, meanwhile, takes plenty of cues from the new world with menu highlights including duck tacos, baby squid and chorizo gumbo, and spiced pavlova. eathousediner.com.au; mains from A$18.

Eathouse Diner
Courtesy of Eathouse Diner.


2. MOYA'S JUNIPER LOUNGE

Attention to detail and reverence for gin history are Moya's calling cards. The bar majors in oft-forgotten classics, like the Charlie Chaplin circa 1910 or Waldorf-era Poet's Dream, and provides tasting notes for each. While the drinks, elegantly disheveled interior and jazz soundtrack hark back to the past, gins from hip local distillers—like Archie Rose, made a suburb over, in a finger-lime Gimlet—bring things up-to-date. fb.com/moyasgin; cocktails from A$20.

Moya's Juniper Lounge
Photo by Kimberley Low.

 

3. CICCONE & SONS GELATERIA
Redfern's no-nonsense roots shine through at this tiny but mighty gelateria—regarded as one of the finest in Sydney. The gelato here is made with fresh Jersey milk and there's a simple selection of traditional varieties like chocolate, stracciatella, and pistachio—blended with whole nuts in-house, rather than the commonly used paste—as well as rotating specials like peanut and bourbon caramel; black sesame; and orange and Sichuan pepper. fb.com/cicconeandsons; scoops from A$7.

Ciccone & Sons Gelateria
Courtesy of Ciccone & Sons Gelateria.

 

 


Map by Chotika Sopitiarchasak.

 

4. THE NOBLE HOPS
Given Redfern's status as a hub for pocket-sized drinking dens—in 2017, saw the opening of cozy Bart Jr and retro Misfits—of course it also should have its own craft beer bar. Step up then, The Noble Hops, which offers a regularly changing rotation of 10 tap beers as well as a gargantuan list of bottled brews. The focus, naturally, is on inventive beers from Australia—try the 50 Shades of Stout from Sydney's own Sauce Brewing Co., or The Punch, a mango gose from Melbourne's Hop Nation Brewing Co.—and abroad. There is also an enticing variety of bourbon, rye and malt whiskies. thenoblehops.com; drinks from A$12.

The Noble Hops
The Noble Hops by Kimberly Low.

 

5. MJOLNER
In a cavernous sidestreet basement, revelers summon the spirits of the Norse Gods at this Viking-inspired restaurant and bar. Named after Thor's hammer, Mjolner doesn't stint on theatricality. In a "carving throne," whole animals are sliced up, while stiff shots of whiskey are poured from a hammer-shaped decanter for drinkers to imbibe out of a horn. Menu highlights include a braised beef short rib with kale and mushroom, and gin-cured trout. mjolner.com.au; mains from A$35.

Mjolner
Courtesy of Mjolner.

 

6. GIANT DWARF
Australia's premier satirical crew, The Chaser, has been calling out the country's political classes and other worthy targets on screen, radio and print since 1999. The comedians have found a suitably louche live showcase for their acid-tinged comedy in Redfern's old Cleveland Street Theatre. As well as providing a stage for The Chaser members, the venue also features productions by some of the country's best comedy writers and performers, and hosts shows for the Sydney Comedy Festival. giantdwarf.com.au.

Giant Dwarf
Courtesy of Giant Dwarf.

 

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The leafy streets of this inner-west Sydney suburb make quiet strips to take a ride. Kimberley Low.
  • Courtesy of Mjolner.
  • Moya's Juniper Lounge by Kimberley Low.
  • The Noble Hops by Kimberly Low.
  • Courtesy of Mjolner.
  • Courtesy of Eathouse Diner.
  • Courtesy of Ciccone & Sons Gelateria.
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