NEIGHBOURHOOD: POTTS POINT
It may be small, but Potts Point is steeped in history and culture. Magnificent Art Deco buildings the streets of this vibrant neighbourhood, filling it with the style and decadence of a bygone era. Bordering on the former red-light district of Kings Cross, it was once a place where bohemians, artists, performers mingled alongside shady underworld figures in 24-hour bars, cafes, jazz and cabaret clubs.
The area is a little tamer now, but still delivers much of the same charm. Attracting affluent creatives to live here, such as filmmakers and tv personalities, who you may find sipping a long black in a local cafe, or enjoying a wine in one of the many wine bars.
Potts Point’s heyday was in the 1950s and 1960, when it was not unusual to see international celebrities stopping by. Venues such as Hotel Roosevelt, still there today, hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis. And famously the Beatles visted Macleay Street during their 1964 tour. The area has retained much of its affluent creative population, and the many fine dining restaurants and wine bars continue to attract Sydney’s hip crowd. Potts Point is definitely a destination for those who appreciate the finer things in life.
The buzzing suburbs of Kings Cross and Darlinghurst are close by and easily reached on foot. If you wish to travel further, Kings Cross station conveniently has trains every 5-10 mins taking you to Bondi Junction or Sydney’s CBD in under 10 minutes, where you can find connections to all major train lines. Potts Point delivers urban convenience without the price tag compared to other central Sydney accommodation options. You can even walk to the city in under 30 minutes.
The LOCAY team have put together some of Potts Points hidden gems you must check out when living local…
Connecting Orwell Street and Darlinghurst Road, this atmospheric laneway hosts some of Potts Point’s best casual dining spots. Visit during the day to feast on a delicious breakfast or lunch. Or head down in the evening to check out the stunning light art installation and decorative pavements designed by architect Peter McGregor. The installation bathes the laneway in neon light, paying homage to famous former red-light district on Darlinghurst Road.
Here is where you will find locals taking a moment to soak in the sunshine and rest their legs on one of the benches in this small landscaped urban park. Found on the corner where Macleay Street and Darlinghurst Road meet, it is very a much neighbourhood central meeting point. The centrepiece of the space is the impressive modernist El Alamein Fountain. Designed by Robert Woodward, it was erected in 1961 as a memorial of Australian soldiers who fought in the battle at Al-Alamein in the Second World War.
This hidden city oasis is the ultimate chill out spot in Potts Point. The beautifully manicured garden lined with lush tropical plants, also features an ornamental bridge filled with exotic koi carp and water Lillies. Stop by with a book or lay out a picnic, and enjoy the spectacular views across Elizabeth Bay.
It is easy to overlook this hidden gem, but this cute little park has fabulous views of the harbour. It’s a great place for picnic with friends, or just to lie down with a book or podcast and drift away. A short walk down from Macleay Street and you will find yourself relaxing in paradise.
Saturday Kings Cross Markets
Potts Point comes alive on Saturday mornings. Find organic and artisan vendors selling fresh produce and gourmet food, accompanied by live music, great coffee, and some colourful locals. Not to be missed if you really want to experience what living like a local is all about.
This grand wide street lined with London Plane trees and 19th-century terrace houses runs parallel to Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street. A number of mature Jacaranda trees also line the street, flowering twice a year in a magnificent display of colour. At the far end are some of the best views in Sydney looking over Cowper Bay Wharf towards the harbour and CBD. Climb up onto Embarkation Park to watch the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks. You may also notice that this end of the street has stairways literally etched into the cliff face, take Butler, McElhone and Hordern Stairs to cut through to Woolloomooloo or The Domain.