In collaboration with Papillionaire Bicycles
I first lived in Sydney’s surburb of Redfern many years ago with my parents when I was in high school, Redfern has had its fair share of ups and mostly downs over the years and back then it wasn’t exactly pretty either. Over the last 10 years, young creatives and professionals have been drawn to the area for its affordability and proximity to the CBD, calling Redfern revitalised is an understatement, Redfern and its surrounding surburbs are now wonderful places to live and spend your weekends.
To show you the best of Redfern, I roped in my friends Karen & Josh, these 2 newly wed lovebirds work as creatives in advertising, they actually live in Surry Hills, but are finding themselves spending more of their time in and around Redfern these days, so I third wheeled 1 Saturday and here are some of their favourite spots and to dos.
1 – Eveleigh Farmers Market
A weekly farmers market held every Saturday in Carriageworks, a disused train yard that now houses theater, art and is home to the Australian Fashion Week. Eveleigh Market has a great selection of vendors that sell everything from fresh flowers, organic vegetables and fruits, farm fresh meat and poultry, artisan bread, olive oil and wine. There are also some great breakfast stands in the market selling pastries, crepes, the good old bacon egg roll and of course coffee.
Karen: Make sure to get some flowers, they are always really fresh, my favourites are the Australian natives.
2 – Brickfields
This is also one of my personal favourite bakery/cafes in Sydney. Get anything on the menu, they are all good. Sourdoughs, pastries, cakes are a must, but their kitchen menu of salads, grilled sardines and egg dishes are seasonal, forever changing, but always delicious.
Josh: I love their seeded rolls, just the right amount of crusty and chewy. We usually grab a few to take home and make sandwiches during the week.
3 – Bike Lanes
Sydney’s inner city suburbs now have a great network of bike lanes, making it safer for just about everyone on the roads, Karen and Josh use these lanes whenever they can, they make for a nicer ride anyway as the lanes are usually on smaller quieter streets.
4 – Oscar & Friends Booksellers
The local book store is a fast disappearing thing, but fortunately they are slowly but surely starting to pop back up into Sydney suburbs, they still very much need our business and support though, so make it part of your weekend routine and stop in on one. Oscar & Friends has a book club and meets the first Monday of every month, a great way to keep up your reading quota and also get to know your community.
Karen: They have a cute selection of greeting cards here, much better than your usual newsagency Hallmark variety.
5 – Seasonal Concepts
From fresh flowers to vintage and salvaged furniture to amazing decor pieces and gorgeous knick knacks, Seasonal Concepts has something for everyone. There’s always so much to look at and take in at this store, so make sure to take your time and soak it all in before picking out your favourites to take home.
6 – Prince Alfred Park Pool
Probably Karen and Josh’s favourite on this whole list and really it’s not hard to see why. I remember when this public pool was just a simple basic place that only opened in the summer months, but after a major overhaul by the City of Sydney, this is now such an ace place to spend those sunny days while getting some exercise in the olympic sized pool. There’s a kiddies splash pool, the amenities are top notch the cafe serves pretty good fare too.
Josh: We like coming either early in the morning or towards the evening when there’s less people. There’s water fountains inside, so bring your town bottle and don’t forget the sunscreen!
1 – Eveleigh Farmers Market | website | phone (+61 2) 8571 9099
245 Wilson St Eveleigh NSW | Every Saturday 8am – 1pm
2 – Brickfields | website | phone (+61 2) 9698 7880
206 Cleveland St Chippendale NSW 2008 | Weekdays: 7:30am – 3:30pm, Weekends: 8am – 3:30pm
3 – Bike Lanes | website
4 – Oscar & Friends Booksellers | website | phone (+61 2) 9332 3509
Shop 35/277 Crown Street Surry Hills NSW 2010 | Sun to Thurs: 10am – 7pm, Fri: 10am – 8pm, Sat: 10am – 8pm
5 – Seasonal Concepts | website | phone (+61) 430 044 383
122 Redfern Street Redfern NSW 2016 | Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday closed, Monday by Appointment
6 – Prince Alfred Park Pool | website | phone (+61 2) 9319
105 Chalmers St Surry Hills NSW 2010 | Monday to Sunday 6am – 8pm
Special thanks to Papillionaire Bicycle for loaning us the bikes for the shoot and getting us around in style