The Grounds of Alexandria
Over the last few decades, Sydney’s Inner East suburbs of Alexandria and Rosebery have undergone one of the most radical transformations in our city. What were almost exclusively industrial areas have been dramatically gentrified are now teeming with some of Sydney’s most popular eateries, boutiques and artisan purveyors galore.
Many of the original warehouses have been brilliantly converted and repurposed as trendy bars, urban distilleries, food emporiums, funky cafes and one of Sydney’s most iconic destinations, The Grounds of Alexandria. Our favourite eateries are Bread and Circus Wholefoods Canteen, Three Blue Ducks, Sushi Jones, Yulli’s Brews, No 5 Restaurant and Bar, Pino’s Vino e Cucina, Zeus Street Greek, Mentmore and Morley, Black Star Pastry, The Cannery, The Drink Hive and Archie Rose Distilling Co – so much to love!
Utterly lovely homeware stores abound; the divine Koskela – where everything is designed and made in Australia; ultra-modern Scandinavian and British homewares at Living Edge; mid-century modern at Blu Dot; Brosa Studio +; and the homeware institutions of Coco Republic, Matt Blatt and Space. Or journey through the past at Mitchel Road Antique and Design Centre – a 2,300sqm antique and collectable bazaar where you can easily lose yourself for half a day.
Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre
Need to give your wardrobe a facelift but don’t want to spend a fortune? Look no further than the plethora of high fashion outlets such as Camilla and Marc, Zimmerman, Springcourt, Sambag, Incu, Dunning Avenue Outlet for denim and Seafolly for swimwear. And for covetable shoes, pay a visit to Wittner, Puma, New Balance, Reebok, Rockport, Lacoste and Ben Sherman outlets. And if you are in need of the most glorious bouquet, visit Mr Cook, the florist with some of the best blooms in Sydney.
Outlet Stores AlexandriaFeeling daring, energetic or both? Want to reconnect with your inner child? Look no further than Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq for bumper cars, bowling, arcade games or a little laser tag. Switch to adult mode as the Cirque turns to a cocktail bar by night. You can even indoor ski at In2ski. Care to channel your inner Viking? Try an axe-throwing competition at Kiss My Axe. And nature lovers can walk, run, cycle or picnic through the 40 hectares of green space that make up Sydney Park.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
For a slower pace, visit the underground Green Square Library. There are more than just books in this masterpiece of urban design. Featuring a subterranean garden and open-air amphitheatre, or you could hire the music room that comes complete with its own Baby Grand. Public transport is fast and effective from Green Square Station – zip to the CBD or Sydney Airport in 10 minutes either way.
If you are loving the sound of these vibrant, fun-filled suburbs, why not live in the thick of it with all the action at your doorstep 24/7. Teneo apartments in Alexandria offer superbly crafted, contemporary designer apartments and terraces where you can live the dream everyday.
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