NEIGHBOURHOOD: POTTS POINT
It may be small, but absolutely packed with culture. Sydney’s Potts Point continues to retain its un-wavered reputation as one of Sydney’s most historically beautiful displays of public spaces and mid century architecture.
Made famous in the 50’s and 60’s, Potts Point was home to not only colourful locals living amidst it’s urban buzz but a vibe that celebrated being young at heart. With venues such as Hotel Roosevelt attracting the likes of Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis, or historical visits from The Beatles along infamous Macleay St; the precedent was set and has continued through the ages. This classy neighbourhood bustles daily; be it a large community of affluent creatives such as film makers and tv personalities sipping on strong long blacks; or the glamour of dusk where Sydney’s hip descend amongst an array of quality dining establishments and hole in the wall wine bars. The glitz of this location is still ever more present and an exciting destination to check out on your next LOCAY.
Sydney’s Kings Cross and Darlinghurst neighbourhoods are close by, with the major transport station located in Kings Cross and just a 5-15 min from anywhere in the neighbourhood. Trains depart from Kings Cross every 5-10 mins and can take you as far through to Sydney’s Bondi Junction or into Sydney’s CBD and central locations in under 10 mins. It is an urban convenience, often found without the price tag found within Sydney’s inner city. For those who enjoy morning or afternoon strolls, Potts Point delivers an accessible walking track through Sydney’s Botanical Gardens to Sydney’s Opera Hours. Alternatively, through Hyde Park and into Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall shopping precincts.
What can be easily missed with a stay in this neighbourhood, is where and how the locals are entertained. So often they are found off the beaten track which only makes them quite the adventure to find and twice the fun to enjoy.
The LOCAY team have put together some of Potts Points hidden gems you must check out when living local…
Connecting Orwell and Darlinghurst Street, both day and night this is a busy lane way full of community engagement. Visit during daylight and discover the best breakfast and lunch finds (expect a short wait) or come evenings witness the spectacular light installation and decorative pavements designed by architect Peter McGregor. This artistic installation transforms this dark, narrow passage into a welcoming pedestrian walkway paying tribute to the one neon flanked Darlinghurst Road.
Here is where you can find locals claiming their slice of sunshine and bench space in this landscaped urban park. Boasting one of the worlds most copied water fountain designes, the El Alamein Fountain stands proud and is worthy of photograph. It’s aqua pools and stepped design never seems to date and is a sight worth soaking in.
One thing for sure is this local oasis is certainly hidden. In fact, you may have to ask for directions through your LOCAY host whom can assist in guiding you to what is undoubtably one of the most gorgeous and beautifully manicured public gardens in Sydney. Find your ‘Hakuna Matata’ amongst this small, grassy knoll decorated with fresh water lilies, energetic coy fish and a beautiful view overlooking Rushcutters Bay.
Saturday Kings Cross Markets
Potts Point comes alive! it has never been easier to Live Like A Local. Held in Fitzroy Gardens each Sat, this primarily food market promotes local businesses and produce that is unbeatable in terms of quality. You may pay for it, but with fresh cut flowers, French cheeses, delicately baked goods, farm honey and warm Portuguese tarts, this is one honest locals market you must go and see what all the fuss is about.
Running parallel to Potts Point’s Darlinghurst and Macleay Streets, Victoria is etched in history and in the cliffs… literally. With so much taking place along Victoria Street one of Sydney’s best vantage points can be easily missed. Embarkation Park can be found overlooking Cowper Bay Warf and Sydney’s CBD and harbour bridge. A favorite spot for New Years Eve views or a quiet moment to take it all in. Victoria Street also gives access through to the dining destination Woolloomooloo Warf and The Domain via The Butler, McElhone and Hordern historical stairs.