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Get to know Chippendale

Spice Alley, ChippendaleCREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a delicious meal at Spice Alley, Chippendale.

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Get to know
Chippendale

Spice Alley, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a delicious meal at Spice Alley, Chippendale.

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Sydney’s Chippendale is an inner-city suburb with a difference: it’s home to the world’s tallest vertical garden, a gallery with an astounding collection of contemporary Chinese art, remarking dining options and a one-of-a-kind place to stay.  

Where to stay 

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects’s striking reinvention of The Old Clare Hotel has won multiple awards – even beating blockbuster international firms such as Foster + Partners (known for 30 St Mary Axe, aka The Gherkin in London) for them. This boutique inner-city hotel showcases its history in an inspired way. Among the 62 rooms in this updated heritage-listed building is the The C.U.B. Suite, which used to be the boardroom of the Carlton & United Breweries. Original features – chandeliers, timber panelling, even the executive bathroom – have been given a stylish restoration. The hotel also has excellent dining and drinking options (AutomataClare Bar) and a rooftop poolside bar that offers a grand view of the city and the colourful Patrick Blanc’s vertical gardens that flow from Jean Nouvel’s award-winning One Central Park building next door.

Where to eat 

Whether you’re after bread, brunch, a quick ramen or a multi-course dinner at a highly awarded restaurant, Chippendale has something for all appetites. At Brickfields bakery/café, you’ll see chefs tending to its just-baked pastries and loaves. Pick up Persian love cake or white chocolate lamingtons with passionfruit curd to take away, or settle in for excellent sandwiches served on Brickfield’s seeded ciabatta rolls. Stroll to nearby Spice Alley, which offers Asian food (such as tonkatsu ramen, wontons and banh xeo) in lantern-lit laneways and a hawker-style setting. At the end of the strip is the Koi café and dessert bar, which presents extravagant four-course tasting menus featuring blossom brûlée and a caramel and pear yuzu dessert inspired by Harry Potter. Book ahead for Ester, the acclaimed restaurant run by Mat Lindsay, who was Gourmet Traveller’s Chef of the Year in 2018. Its potato bread and burnt pavlova are some examples of the menu’s many well-executed courses. 

The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Cocktails at The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale.

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The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Cocktails at The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale.

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Koi Dessert Bar, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a plate of dessert at Koi Dessert Bar, Chippendale.

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Koi Dessert Bar, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a plate of dessert at Koi Dessert Bar, Chippendale.

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Where to see sustainable design 

You can see the world’s tallest vertical garden in Chippendale. Thousands of shrubs, leaves, vines and flowers cascade off the One Central Park residential and retail complex – creating a ‘green screen’ around the award-winning sustainable building. For more eco-friendly design in Chippendale, book a tour of sustainability campaigner Michael Mobbs’s off-the-grid 19th-century terrace. He regularly guides people through his sustainable home, which generates its own electricity and draws on collected rainwater, and offers advice on how to make your residence more environmentally friendly. The experience also includes a tour of the Chippendale road gardens, which feature 1,000 plants grown by the community along the footpath – ranging from fragrant rosemary to green pawpaw for salads.  

Where to get an art fix 

Behind One Central Park is White Rabbit Gallery, which showcases one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art. Owner Judith Neilson has acquired more than 2,000 works over several decades. These include spectacular pieces such as Zhu Jinshi's The Ship of Time, a tunnel-shaped installation formed from 14,000 sheets of rice paper, and an Ai Wei Wei installation featuring 400,000 porcelain sunflower seeds. After browsing the collection, head to the White Rabbit Teahouse. It’s adorned with a striking cluster of suspended birdcages and serves homemade dumplings and an extensive list of Chinese and Taiwanese-style teas. 

Central Park, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Streetscapes of Central Park buildings in Chippendale, Sydney.

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Central Park, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Streetscapes of Central Park buildings in Chippendale, Sydney.

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White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Immerse yourself in the contemporary art exhibitions at Chippendale’s White Rabbit Gallery.

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White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Immerse yourself in the contemporary art exhibitions at Chippendale’s White Rabbit Gallery.

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