The inner Sydney suburb of Redfern has experienced an enormous rebrand over the past few years, transforming through the process of gentrification. Now attracting the attention of younger buyers and property development companies alike, its thriving arts and foodie scene is reshaping inner Sydney.
Once a low density industrial centre, Redfern is now comprised of beautifully restored homes and brand new property developments that has encouraged the evolution of its cultural scene.
Whether you’re considering buying a property developments here, or are just looking to explore Sydney further, Redfern is well worth a visit this weekend.
In October each year, Redfern plays host to the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. The 10-day festival showcases both established and emerging artists from Australian and the Asia Pacific region, promising to bring light to new worlds, ideas and perceptions.
With works spanning performance, installation, virtual reality and more, Liveworks encourages visitors to get experimental and experience art with artists themselves.
Liveworks runs from October 18-28.
Pop into creative space 107 at any time throughout the year and you’ll be greeted with something weird and wonderful. Everytime. Capable of transforming into anything and everything to support and showcase creative talent, 107 acts as art gallery to performance venue to market grounds.
There’s also a thriving calendar of workshops ranging from screen printing to glassblowing—making this space one of the biggest ongoing drawcards for Redfern locals and property developers.
Doubling as a co-working space, you can visit at 107 Redfern Street Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-5pm/
Property development companies routinely look for sites close to shopping centres and retail precincts, but Redfern locals are treated to a grocery shopping experience that’s a cut above.
If you’re around on a Saturday morning, stroll through Carriageworks Farmers Market in the heart of Redfern.
Pulled together by Creative Director and acclaimed Australian chef Mike McEnearney, you’ll find fresh organic produce on offer from artisan producers across the state. As an added bonus, if you’re there at the right time, you might just be treated to an on-site cooking demonstration from some of the country’s top cooks.
Visit between 8am-1pm for free.
Property developers build developments, but it’s local businesses that help build the communities everyone loves. Hunter’s Corner is a corner café with a twist.
Decorated with lush pot plants and curios from around the world, the menu features items from producers just down the road.
Above all, this is a homely hangout. What’s more, the owners welcome customers to join them in everything from cooking demonstrations to small-group workshops—so you’ll truly feel part of the community.
Dumplings and Tea Tastings
Tea connoisseurs won’t be able to ignore the offerings at local gem, Zensation Tea House. Just across the road in Waterloo, drop by for a free tasting while surrounded by 1920s-esque decor.
If you’re a little peckish, then consider the dumplings menu—where you can pair your dumplings to a specific tea on the menu for the ultimate dining and drinking experience. It’s a unique take that helps to boost this teahouse to the status of one of the best kept secrets in the local area.
First-timers to The Bearded Tit might be surprised by the adventurous artworks that adorn the walls, greeting you as you walk inside. As kitsch as they come, the bar is often bursting at the seams with locals and local artists—it’s one of the only bars in this part of the suburb.
Cocktails are classic and outstanding, with a reasonable range of beers and wines also available. Even though there’s no kitchen, you can order meals from their favourite local restaurants to eat in.
Keep your eye out for the odd pun and cheeky double entendre.
The Noble Hops has got all of your craft beer cravings covered. With 10 taps which regularly feature neighbourhood brews, you’ll also find offerings from further afield in Australia, as well as kegs from around the globe.
Don’t expect to find a food menu, but you’re encouraged to bring along a wood-fired pizza from La Coppola, just across the road.
Cellar Door Wines
Cake Wines Cellar Door has only been around for two years, but is fast becoming a Redfern establishment. After five years as a pop-up, a recently renovation has this restaurant, bar and live music venue ready to take on the next decade of Sydney culture.
Along with the fresh new look, you’ll find a local, elegant rotating menu that pairs well with the Adelaide Hills drops on offer. Regulars will also be treated to an invaluable education in wine, as well as getting the full spread of live music events. This can range from lazy Sunday afternoon gigs to Friday night dance parties.
With so many fantastic gems, hidden and not, to list here—and no guide to Redfern could possibly do them all justice. Every street will see you running into a new gallery or hole-in-the-wall brunch haunt, with more seemingly opening their doors every week.
This upwards trajectory is why property development companies are flocking the area—because they know with such limited real estate available, it pays to get in early. Living a stone’s throw from the best restaurants in Redfern might seem like a dream, but for many it will be a reality.
Those who have bought in nearby property developments are lucky enough to live so close and will discover their own favourites after a few weekends.
Throw away your map, and let Redfern surprise you. You’ll soon see what property developers are raving about, and how this community has become one of the most desirable cultural hubs in Sydney.