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Top Choice Museum in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Australian Museum

Under ongoing modernisation, this museum, established just 40 years after the First Fleet dropped anchor, is brilliant. A standout is the section covering Aboriginal history and spirituality, from Dreaming stories t…
Top Choice Museum in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Sydney Jewish Museum

This recently revamped museum revolves around a detailed and expertly curated exhibition on the Holocaust, with sobering personal testimonies and moving objects as well as a memorial section for the 1.5 million chil…
Top Choice Gallery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Brett Whiteley Studio

Acclaimed local artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992) lived fast and without restraint. His hard-to-find studio (look for the signs on Devonshire St) has been preserved as a gallery for some of his best work. Pride of p…
Top Choice Cinema in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Golden Age Cinema & Bar

In what was once the Sydney HQ of Paramount pictures, a heart-warming small cinema has taken over the former screening room downstairs. It shows old favourites, art-house classics and a few recherché gems. There's a…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Folonomo

Not-for-profit eateries often score higher on good intentions than cooking, but this is the real deal. Folonomo (from 'for love not money') serves brilliant modern Australian fare, with seasonally changing menus, in…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Love, Tilly Devine

This dark and good-looking split-level laneway bar is pretty compact, but the wine list certainly isn't. It's an extraordinary document, with some exceptionally well-chosen wines and a mission to get people away fro…
Top Choice Art in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Artery

Step into a world of mesmerising dots and swirls at this small gallery devoted to Aboriginal art. Artery's motto is 'ethical, contemporary, affordable', and while large canvases by more established artists cost in t…
Top Choice Argentine in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Porteño

This upbeat and deservedly acclaimed Argentine restaurant is a great place to eat. The 'animal of the day' is slow-roasted for eight hours before the doors even open and is always delicious. Other highlights include…
Top Choice Bakery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Bourke Street Bakery

Queuing outside this teensy bakery is an essential Surry Hills experience. It sells a tempting selection of pastries, cakes, bread and sandwiches, along with sausage rolls that are near legendary in these parts. The…
Top Choice Pub in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Shakespeare Hotel

This is a classic Sydney pub (1879) with art-nouveau tiled walls, skuzzy carpet, the horses on the TV and cheap bar meals. There are plenty of cosy hidey-holes upstairs and a cast of local characters. It's a proper …