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Discover Sydney’s Trending Suburbs that have Edge and Grit

A network of cultural hubs, Sydney is a unique place to explore for Sydneysiders and visitors alike. Suburbs that have undergone gentrification – the process whereby a neighbourhood with a lower socio-economic profile undergoes a transformation and becomes a high-income area – remain some of Sydney’s most intriguing places, especially those Sydney suburbs which have retained elements of grit. 


From infamy to fame, Maroubra has endured to become one of the most sought-after addresses along Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. A beachside enclave where surfing culture reigns supreme, Maroubra’s love affair with the outdoors is tempered by a culture that still has elements of grit. Although professionals with deep pockets are moving in, Maroubra retains an authenticity that reflects its working class roots.

Why we love it. Maroubra has often been overshadowed by its more famous northern neighbours, which has allowed it to keep its edgy vibe. 


Rich in culture and history, Millers Point has undergone a transformation. At every turn, modernism meets colonialism. Repurposed dockyards, fine dining, historic pubs and a creative arts scene are mixed in with government housing and grungy service lanes. Millers Point is rapidly changing as government-owned housing is being sold to affluent investors and homeowners and the nearby development of Barangaroo moves steadily towards completion. 

Why we love it. An enviable creative scene, historic pubs with open fire places and elegant cocktail bars with panoramic views of Sydney Harbour are all part of the package.


A suburb that’s caught in the midst of a game of tug of war, Waterloo’s industrial and working-class areas remain in sharp contrast with Waterloo’s eastern edge – where boutique designer stores, art galleries and cafés are housed in converted warehouses and modern apartment complexes. All eyes are on Waterloo as its transformation still has a way to go.

Why we love it. Danks Street has attracted some big names and smaller boutiques in the design industries – homeware and furniture stores sit alongside art galleries, cafés and restaurants.


Although Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney make up a large part of this inner west suburb, there is more to Camperdown then it likes to let on. Bordering Newtown and Glebe, Camperdown’s bohemian and eclectic neighbours have created a ripple effect. Today, Camperdown boasts its own burgeoning and intimate art and bar scene that plays off the area’s underlying grittiness.

Why we love it. The rest of Sydney hasn’t yet tapped into what makes this neighbourhood tick, which keeps Camperdown true to itself.


A neighbourhood that was once given a wide berth has become a popular stomping ground for professionals and students. Once notorious for its underbelly activities, more recently Redfern has been turning heads for other reasons. In the midst of gentrification, Redfern is rapidly becoming a thriving enclave of Indigenous culture with a bar and art scene that echoes the area’s grunginess.

Why we love it. Situated on the outskirts of Sydney’s CBD, Redfern is a suburb that has edge and grit – an attitude that’s represented in its arts venues, bars and café scene.


A suburb that likes to push the boundaries, Newtown is a neighbourhood that thrives on the fringe. Eclectic and artsy with elements of grit, Newtown has established a name for itself on the local and international art and theatre scene. Although in more recent times the neighbourhood has seen a wave of gentrification, the locals have remained true to their eccentricities and the newbies have embraced them.

Why we love it. Struggling students and cashed-up professionals mingle with creatives, young families and a strong gay community. This eclectic mix works, bringing a unique authenticity to this inner-city suburb. 

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