Planning your next staycation or heading to Sydney from out of town? Here’s our guide to where to eat, drink, play and stay in Chippendale.
Tucked away in the heart of the inner city is a thriving hub of food, drink, arts and culture. Meet Chippendale, the destination for foodies, art lovers and anyone looking to escape their every day for the weekend. To help you discover the best of this suburb, we’ve teamed up with Four Points by Sheraton to deliver your ultimate walking guide of where to eat, drink, play and stay in Chippendale.
Central Quarter Restaurant
Craving a dose of comfort food? Look no further than Central Quarter Restaurant, one of Chippendale’s premier culinary destinations. For a casual dining experience showcasing uncomplicated dishes and fresh, local ingredients, this kitchen has it all. Sit back and let this team of chefs take care of you from breakfast right through to dinner. Stop by for your morning coffee and eggs benedict or a pancake stack dripping in maple syrup or visit after dark for Sydney rock oysters, 12 hour Bourbon pork ribs or a serve of Tasmanian salmon with roasted potato, dill and citrus aioli.
Find Central Quarter Restaurant at 88 Broadway, Chippendale 2008. Open for breakfast daily from 6:30am to 10am, lunch daily from 12pm to 2pm and dinner Tues to Sat from 6pm to 9:30pm.
Escape to the laneways of Spice Alley and you’ll be transported to a world of vibrant colours and flavours with cuisines from around the globe. Located on Kensington Street in the centre of Chippendale, Spice Alley is home to a sea of hawker-style eateries that traverse the vast landscape of Asian cuisine. Expect everything from traditional Singaporean dishes at Alex Lee Kitch, Cantonese street food from Hong Kong Diner and KYO-TO’s Japanese dining hall.
Find Spice Alley at 18-20 Kensington Street, Chippendale 2008. Open Sun to Wed from 11am to 9:30pm and Thurs to Sat from 11am to 10pm.
For a truly memorable dining experience, you can’t miss a visit to Chippendale’s Ester restaurant. This neighborhood casual fine-diner delivers an unmissable menu of share plates and smoked mains, all touched by the venue’s iconic wood fire. Expect everything from roasted rock oysters to a decedent shellfish platter plus hanger steak, woodfire calamari and scarlet prawns alongside a stellar wine and drinks list.
Find Ester at 46-52 Meagher Street, Chippendale 2008. Open for lunch Sat 12pm onwards and Sun 12pm – 4:30pm and dinner Mon to Sat from 6pm to late.
KOI Dessert Bar & Dining
In the mood for a sweet treat? Don’t miss Chippendale’s iconic dessert bar, KOI. But you won’t find just gelato and cupcakes here. Founded and operated by brother Ronald, Arnold and Reynold Poernomo, KOI delivers desserts designed to immerse your senses. Step into their award-winning space and explore their downstair patisserie and cafe for cake and coffee, while head upstairs for a refined savory and sweet dining experience.
Find KOI Dessert Bar & Dining at 46 Kensington Street, Chippendale 2008. Open for cakes and coffee Tues to Sun from 10am to 10pm and dinner Tues to Sun from 6pm to 9:30pm.
Looking for the perfect spot to say cheers? Head to Malt Bar at Four Points by Sheraton for a casual spot to enjoy a tipple. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in the bar’s stylish alfresco seating area which opens up to the pedestrian lane off-Broadway. Whether you’re looking for a well-made classic cocktail, you’ll find classic mixes and more at Malt Bar. For those looking for a great brew, Malt Bar also boasts a stellar selection of draught beers plus the venue’s signature locally brewed ChippendALE, served exclusively at the bar. Don’t forget to grab a light bite from their classic sharing menu with bar snacks and share plates showcasing local regional produce.
Find Malt Bar on the Ground Floor of 88 Broadway, Sydney 2008. Open daily from 12pm to 10pm.
Serving 150+ varieties of hand-selected gin, Gin Lane is Chippendale’s answer to the raft of specialty bars that have taken over Sydney. Located on Kensington Street, the intimate bar welcomes the 18th Century into the present day with an inventive drinks list and sleek ambiance. With radiant lighting and a timber interior, this 18th Century townhouse setting perfectly recreates the simplicity of olden day London. Although the dark navy painted townhouse is undoubtedly the centre point of Gin Lane, it’s hard to ignore the extensive drinking options.
Find Gin Lane at 16a Kensington Street, Chippendale 2008. Open Mon-Thurs & Sat-Sun 4.30pm-11.45pm, Fri 12pm-12am.
Handpicked Cellar Door
Located on the corner of Kensington and Outram Streets wine lovers of all experience are invited to visit the new urban winery Handpicked Cellar Door. Taste wines from around Australia and the world in one central place. Handpicked Wines pride themselves on ‘hand picking’ the world’s best regions and varietals to showcase. From Margaret River cabernet, chardonnay from the Yarra Valley to delicious pinot noir from New Zealand’s Central Otago.
Find Handpicked Cellar Door at 50 Kensington Street, Chippendale 2008. Open Tues to Wed 11am to 10pm, Thur to Fri 11am to midnight, Sat 10am to midnight and Sun 10am to 10pm.
See a film at Palace Cinema
What better way to unwind than by checking out the new big-screen releases? Finding its home inside Chippendale’s Central Park Mall is the boutique Palace Cinemas. This first-class movie destination is far from your average multiplex, screening everything from new releases to local art-house flicks. Make sure to visit their Beer Hall for craft beers or head to the gourmet candy bar for local wines, bubbles and spirits plus a selection of upscale film snacks.
Find Palace Cinema Central Park on Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale 2008. Open daily.
Go shopping at Central Park Mall
Speaking of Central Park Mall, get your dose of retail therapy at this luxe shopping destination. Explore over 40 retailers with dozens of brands including adidas, Superdry Glue Store, Hype DC and many more.
Find Central Park Mall at 28 Broadway, Chippendale 2008. Open 10am to 8pm daily.
Discover Chippendale Green
Get outdoors and explore the stunning architecture of famed architect Jean Nouvel and botanical artist Patrick Blanc who have created the world’s largest vertical garden building. The cantilevered heliostat reflects sunlight to the plants during the day, and make sure to check it out at night when the installation transforms into a dazzling work of art. Equally distinctive is the Halo, a dynamic wind-activated kinetic sculpture that turns and tilts in finely tuned counterbalance.
Find Chippendale Green on O’Connor Street, Chippendale at the back of the Central Park Mall.
Explore White Rabbit Gallery
Get lost in a world of weird and wonderful contemporary Asian art at Chippendale’s White Rabbit Gallery. This gallery boasts the world’s largest and most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art, with a rotating selection of provocative exhibitions on display year-round. The best bit? Entry is free.
Find White Rabbit Gallery at 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale 2008. Open Wed to Sun from 10am to 5pm.
Four Points by Sheraton Central Park
Just a short stroll from Central Station and in the heart of Chippendale you’ll find Four Points by Sheraton Central Park. With the best of the city at your doorstep, this is the perfect spot to base yourself for a staycation or trip away. But if you’re looking to recharge, Four Points has everything you need to make it happen. Check into a spacious modern suite with sweeping city views, with large bathrooms with rainforest showers and all the amenities you need to unwind. Head downstairs to the 24-hour fitness centre to break a sweat or sit back with a glass of wine in hand at the inviting Central Quarter Restaurant and Malt Bar to say cheers to the perfect weekend escape.
Ready to book your stay? Four Points by Sheraton Central Park is offering the package to help you unwind this summer. From just $199 per room per night enjoy breakfast for two, two glasses of ChippendALE beer plus a complimentary upgrade to a Premium Room (subject to availability). To take advantage of this offer, click here and use code ZZ1 at checkout.
Find Four Points by Sheraton at 4 Central Park Avenue, Chippendale 2008. To book your room or for more information, click here.
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