An impressive 29 venues have opened in Darling Square

Drink, Eat / August 7, 2019

The next wave of retailers have opened their doors in Darling Square’s dynamic food, drink and lifestyle precinct.

Connecting Darling Harbour with Chinatown, Haymarket and Ultimo is Darling Square, the new precinct set to get a whole lot busier in the wake of recent developments. First we were gifted Steam Mill Lane back in early 2018, and now an impressive 29 retailers are opening their doors as part of the government’s mission to revitalise Darling Harbour.

It’s hard to miss The Exchange, more commonly known as the striking ‘birds nest’ building centring Darling Square. On street level, you’ll now find an industrial-style marketplace which is called Maker’s Dozen. Like the name suggests, here you’ll find 12 unique food and drink providores.

There’s Hopper Kadé serving up hawker-style food inspired by the streets of Colombo. Newcomer Pasta Wafu is challenging the traditional pasta game with miso bolognese, while Boque by Tapavino can be found dishing up ham baguettes for breakfast followed by tapas, charcuterie and vino in the latter half of the day.

Lovers of Andy Bowdy’s iconic cakes and pastries in Enmore are set to swoon over Saga Lyte. Dubbed the ‘little sister’ to the original café, you’ll find a mix of old favourites and new pastry flavours. Following the Insta-worthy theme, there’s also Bubble Nini’s natural bubble teas.

Step outside Maker’s Dozen and onto Little Hay Street to spot a neon artwork by Brendan Van Hek, suspended from above.

On this ‘electric treat street’ you can discover 12 new retailers, including a new concept by Devon, DOPA Donburi and Milk Bar. For ‘sweet and boozy’ Filipino eats, head to Rey Jr. Donut lords Shortstop also line the strip, while Messina can be found serving up scoops of their signature gelato.

It’s not all food and drinks in Darling Square either, with La Cosmetique, Hair Corner and FIVE Beauty also opening their doors. For those looking for some additional retail therapy, head to 15 Sheets for the latest clothing trends, along with Le Specs for an exclusive range in glasses.

There’s also several new retailers to open in the surrounding laneways in Darling Square. Discover quality coffee at Haven Speciality Coffee and new school Vietnamese at Hello Auntie.

By the end of the year, Darling Square will be home to around 70 retailers across Steam Mill Lane, Maker’s Dozen and The Exchange, Little Hay Street, around the square and other surrounding streets.

For the full list of newly opened retailers, click here.

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