Just four kilometres from the Sydney CBD, Alexandria is a great place to experience Sydney like a local. The inner city suburb is both commercial and residential, with warehouses and showrooms standing alongside apartments and terrace houses. It’s quickly gaining a reputation as a creative hub, with an increasing number of trendy cafes, independent galleries and design showrooms popping up across the neighbourhood.
Things to do in Alexandria
Alexandria lives and breathes Sydney’s coffee culture, with plenty of places to enjoy croissants, cakes and frothy cappuccinos. It’s also a design hotspot, with many of its buildings boasting home decor showrooms, interior design agencies and art studios.
For a breath of fresh air, head to Sydney Park. The park sits on Alexandria’s western edge and is a haven of ponds, wetlands, grassy fields and walking trails.
Alexandria was founded in 1835, which means there’s plenty of history to soak up. The former Alexandria Town Hall is now listed on the State Heritage Register, in addition to the terraced houses that line Retreat Street. If the Sydney Swans are playing, you can bet that the historic Alexandria Hotel will be packed to the rafters.
Of course, no trip to Sydney is complete without ticking off sights like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay and Bondi Beach. Thanks to its central location and excellent public transport connections, Alexandria offers easy access to top Sydney sights.
Getting around Alexandria
Alexandria is within walking distance of three train stations, including Erskineville, Redfern and Green Square. All offer great connections in and around Sydney. You can reach the airport in 25 minutes, Circular Quay in 30 minutes and Bondi Beach in under one hour. Local buses also operate in the area, with fast connections to both the CBD and surrounding suburbs.