Home to some of Sydney's greatest cafes, bars, restaurants and nightlife, Crown Street is also known for its people-watching opportunities, markets and festivals. Here is but a taster of some of the venues to be found along this stretch of cultural capital.
579 Crown Street
Café Mint has been a Surry Hills local for more than a decade. Think lacquered wooden tables, tagine shaped lights, a couple of tables outside and a well-dressed, moodily-lit function space upstairs to book at night.
At daytime, however, it’s all about the array of interesting breakfast and lunch options. Try the haloumi with saffron pears, pickled zucchini and mixed leaf salad, or the crowd favourite of breakfast hummus with fragrant lamb mince and za'atar toast. It wouldn’t be worth a trip without trying the baked eggs with chackchouk. They might be ubiquitous around Sydney, but owner and Chef Hugh Foster’s been serving them up for decades.
The coffee is from Gypsy Espresso, and is sweet and nutty and served with fresh Jersey Milk.
There’s a clever wine list and plenty of platter options for functions upstairs. Café Mint is all about beautifully spiced food, drinking, eating and sharing. Three times a day, if you can.
The Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, 405 Crown Street
Held in an undeniably hip suburb, you’re bound to find something unique in the Surry Hills Market. Whether your taste is for vintage, handmade or secondhand goods, there’s a very good chance that there’s a stall just for you. It’s a hardy market, and operates regardless of weather - but in the case of heavy rain the stalls are limited to paved areas only. Surry Hills Market runs on the first Saturday of each month and raises funds for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.
470 Crown Street
A popular drinking hole in Surry Hills that’s great for catching a game on their big screen TVs or just having a few with friends.
405 Crown Street
One of the fabulous City Of Sydney libraries, Surry Hills library is conveniently situated right on Crown street, in the heart of bustling Surry Hills life. It is a welcome refuge from the outside world, with a fresh, spacious design and comfortable interior. Keep up to date with upcoming talks, workshops and events on their website, and be sure to check out the Late Night Library events that occur through the year at various City of Sydney libraries (grown-ups only).
500 Crown Street
Cubby's Kitchen from the founder of the Toko restaurants Matt Yazbek, offers quality ‘home cooked’ Lebanese cuisine.
Cubby’s Kitchen pays homage to the Yazbek family heritage with a traditional menu created from Cubby’s own recipes, and delivered with a modern spin. Matt has also drawn on his experience with Toko, applying some of these Japanese cooking techniques to the dishes.
Sounds fascinating doesn't it? Here's a sneak peek at the opening menu from just $5 for snacks and mostly modestly priced for the promised quality with many of the dishes $9 - $16.
We're drooling for Grilled burnt corn zartar, lebanese spices ($6), Ladies fingers flinders island lamb, pine nuts , pommegranite molasses ($11), Basturma rock n’ rolls goats cheese, homemade pastry, labne, zartar ($13), Potato chunks triple cooked potatoes, coriander, garlic sauce ($8), Lamb kafta parsley, onion, yogurt dressing, lebanese spices ($15), and the pictured Samke harra barramundi, harissa, garlic, almonds, onion, parsley ($22.50). Cubby's Kitchen hasn't forgotten the Lebanese sweets - and donuts.
And of course let's not forget the drinks. Cocktail Pommegranite mojito vodka, lime juice, pomegranate, soda, mint, turkish delight ($14) heads the list and our fancy.