While not the capital of Australia, Sydney is certainly the continent’s most famous destination for tourists and seasoned travelers alike. Not only that, but it’s also regarded as the best city in the world by Telegraph Travel, so if you’re thinking about where to go on your next holiday, Sydney might be exactly what you’re looking for. The bustling streets, gourmet restaurants, boutique shops, and tourist attractions are just the tip of the iceberg, as this metropolis has so many different faces that literally anyone can find a corner or two that they will love. There are also lots of budget-friendly things you can do and see in Sydney, so despite the fact that Australia is not exactly cheap, your vacation won’t necessarily break the bank. Even just walking around and looking at the vibrant and diverse streets of this city is well worth the trip!

Sydney has quite the number of neighborhoods, each of which offers a different experience and a different atmosphere, so choosing where you will stay depending on the nature of your trip is an important decision. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in Sydney that you should definitely check out when you’re there.


Newtown was once a central place for subcultures of various kinds, which can be immediately seen as you enter its streets. You can see a lot of amazing wall art, and at night, the entire neighborhood comes to life with live music on every corner, so sit down at one of the many rooftop bars and enjoy the vivid nightlife. You can also find tasty food at great prices, so your palate will be spoiled! King Street is the epicenter of this neighborhood, and it boasts a charming Bohemian vibe. Accommodation, however, is scarce, so you might want to look for that elsewhere.


Surry Hills

While being one of the more suburban parts of the city, Surry Hills is another community dominated by subcultures – entering here, you will feel the hipster vibe as you pass by interesting coffee shops and small restaurants. Although it is on the quieter side at night, don’t be fooled; a lot of the nightlife is happening underground! In any case, don’t forget to take your camera when you visit Surry Hills, as the area provides quite a few photogenic locations with a retro charm, as well as unique architecture.

Crows Nest

Crows Nest has been named the “most liveable suburb in Sydney”, so it is the ideal neighborhood for families and those looking to relax. In addition, if you’re in Sydney in October, don’t miss out on the Crows Nest Festival and grab some of the delicious food from the stalls! Another plus is that finding accommodation in Crows Nest is easy, and you can even go for a 5-star hotel-like place at a reasonable price.

The Rocks Sydney

The Rocks

The Rocks has a unique air to it due to the fact that its architecture dates back to the colonial era – walking into this neighborhood equals a history lesson! It used to be a convicts’ district, about which you can learn if you visit the Rocks Discovery Museum or if you take a guided walking tour – or even better, a ghost tour at night! What’s more, you can get amazing views of the famous Harbour Bridge here, and the Museum of Contemporary Art is also located in this neighborhood, and you don’t want to miss out on those!


Darlinghurst has quite an interesting history filled with all kinds of vices (it used to be a red light district), however, today, it is known for being an eclectic, bustling neighborhood and also for its Mardi Gras parades that paint its streets colorful every year. It has numerous small bars and you should also grab a bite of Japanese delicacies that thrive in the area. In addition, if you’re looking for budget accommodation, you can find affordable hostels in this area.


Chippendale is quite a contrast to the previously described suburban neighborhoods. While it’s certainly small, it’s equally as vibrant and edgy. You can see all kinds of things, from a collection of modern Chinese art to an innovative and exciting “urban village” that merges nature with the city. While it’s actually an apartment building, One Central Park is an architectural masterpiece that is adorned by 250 different plant species!

Bondi beach Sydney

Bondi Beach

This well-known Sydney beach is a popular destination not only because it’s easily accessible, but also because it’s a completely different world just a bus ride away. It’s nothing short of a backpacker’s paradise, with its vivid nightlife and cocktail bars, however, its markets are notable too, where you can get cheap fresh food.

Sydney itself is like a melting pot of different cultures and different lifestyles that you will see for yourself when you’re there. While it was not possible to write about all of its amazing neighborhoods, these seven certainly deserve your attention when you’re planning your itinerary.

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