Ahhh, Surry Hills. The 2010. The area in which 42%* of Sydney’s bars and cafes are concentrated. It may be a nightmare for some, but for others it’s a wonderland filled with well dressed 20-somethings, good food, good booze and an attitude that says, “I don’t really care, but I actually kind of do.”
So if you live, work or just frequent Surry Hills, you’ll love this list. Or you’ll hate it. But whatever because, as noted above, I don’t really care (but I actually kind of do).
*not an actual stat.
- Pretending you don’t hear the passive-aggressive DING of a cyclist every time you run across the bike path on Bourke Street without looking.
- Admiring everyone else’s street style game.
- The kitchen in your shared terrace house is a relic from another time.
- Finding an all day parking spot is a miracle (and then checking the sign a million times just to be sure).
- Parking fines building up in your kitchen drawer like little paper trophies.
- Having to allow about 30 minutes wait time for brunch at any given Surry Hills cafe on any given weekend.
- Being legitimately sad when Dasher the Surry Hills dog died.
- The pain of walking up Foveaux Street. But doing it because it’s a free workout.
- Knowing the weeknight deals at the local pubs (rent isn’t cheap, you guys)
- Speaking of rent, paying about 50% of your salary on renting a place barely large enough to store all your sneakers.
- All of the dogs. And the dog friendly places.
- Getting annoyed at people who want to taste heaps of flavours at Messina.
- Paying more than $3.50 for a coffee is unacceptable, unless it’s with soy milk, then $4 is passable.
- All you can eat pizza at Pizza Birra on Monday nights.
- Wearing your active wear at Cali Press.
- Holding your breath every time you walk across Taylor Square.
- Trying to grab a seat out on the balcony at The Clock Hotel in the afternoon sun.
- Yelling across the table to your date because the restaurant is so crowded.
- Waiting 40 minutes for a table at Vacanza (but it’s so worth it).
- Uber X is your primary form of transport.
- Loving the new cafes opening up every other week, but still giving love to the classics.
- Wishing you lived a liiiittle bit closer to Bourke Street Bakery so you could eat their sausage rolls all the time.
- Setting your phone alarm to remind you to move your car every two hours because parking inspectors looooove Surry Hills.
- Surry Hills Shopping Village is lovingly referred to as “Murder Mall” by you and your friends.
- Not being 100% sure where Surry Hills ends and Darlinghurst begins.
- Some may say it’s a little bit dodgy, but you see it as character.
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