Sam's Guide To Surry Hills - The Standard Store

Sam's Guide To Surry Hills

by Sam Nowell

Things To Do


Surry Hills Markets on Crown Street: Set up in 1981 the markets offer LP's, second-hand clothing, trinkets, honey and more. It's also a great meeting point and you can pop over to Bourke Street or stay on Crown for a coffee and breakie!

The next one is March 2nd, 2019. 


The Comedy Lounge at Cafe Lounge Goulburn Street: Next show is 4th March 2019, happy hour is 5-7pm with the show starting at 8pm, $10 cash on the door. A cheap and cheerful night out! Event info here.


 Go get a facial at Luna Beauty & Apothecary on Bourke Street: Book yourself in for a natural holistic treatment with our friend Fay Halkitis, a qualified herbalist located in a Victorian terrace in Surry Hills. After a big Mardi Gras weekend, this could be exactly what your skin needs! (And opposite is Artificer Coffee)


Paramount Recreation Club on Commonwealth St: Go boost your endorphins at this Palm-Springs esq club where you can participate in anything from boxing to something a little less intense like barre and yoga. And downstairs you can re-fuel at the Paramount Coffee Club, win-win! 



Check out The Rainbow road crossing at Taylor Square: Celebrating Love & Equality!



Little Albion Guest House on Albion St: The perfect place to stay if you're looking to live like a local. This place is an authentic quirky guest house in the heart of Surry Hills.



Arthur Restaurant on Bourke Street: A New Addition to the neighbourhood, doing things a little bit differently, using local and seasonal produce, creating experimental set menus for $70 per person (meaning you don't have to make any hard decisions!). We went here for our staff Christmas dinner and we highly recommend.


For an Italian feast head to La Panchina on Bourke Street in a leafy backstreet. I adore this place. It’s run by an Italian family who are really passionate about Pizza, and so am I! Definitely worth trying one of their specials because they always put together unique flavors and after, grab a homemade Limoncello to get you geared up for the night… Or put you to sleep!


And for a sweet tooth, check out the Tiramisu at The Dolphin on Crown Street. Fun vibes and even better Tiramisu, a must try! 

And if you're thirsty...


I head to Artificer on Bourke Street most mornings before work for a coffee. Specialising in delicious coffee, Artificer offers friendly service and lots of locals to get you started for the day!


Hot chocolate: Bourke Street Bakery, this is the place where the weekend girls, Maxine and Darcy, and I go for our 4pm fix when we're at work!


Smoothie: Boots Darling on South Dowling Street. I recently discovered this little gem, not only do they do a delish Acai Smoothie at a really reasonable price its run my a lovely Indonesian family with beautiful wooden interior. (And really close by is Jardan Furniture, where you can go and live out your future house dreams).



The Standard Store! We’ve had a huge dose of colourful deliveries, just in time for Mardi Gras weekend!


The Architects Bookshop, three doors down from us on Crown Street: A brand new bookshop full of design books and inspiration for gardens, public spaces and buildings from around the world. They sometimes have a cute Cavoodle shop dog there called Millie, who loves our shop dog Honey!



The Provider Store on Riley Street: Slow made Japanese and Scandinavian homewares store, out the back is a studio where Tara Bennett (the owner) makes the candles! You can also attend a candle workshop which runs on a Friday evening from 7pm-9pm or Saturday afternoons from 4pm-6pm. Classes are $80pp and include:

Two hour lesson
All your candle making supplies
Cheese and sparkling wine (the best part!)


Jardan Furniture on Oxford Street: Three levels of home inspiration all perfectly placed in a thoughtfully designed building.

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