A locals guide to Chippendale

Sitting snugly between Victoria Park and Prince Alfred Park, Chippendale maybe small on space, but its big on character, charisma and culinary delights.  Wander the crooked backstreets of this hip inner-city  suburb to discover its signature terrace houses, cool cafes and unique art galleries.  Once a rough industrial hub centering on the former Kent Breweryt, Chippendale has more recently emerged as an exciting pocket of Sydney nightlife.
To find out the best places to go in Chippendale, we asked our 28 Hotel regular guests their fan favorites, here’s what they chipped in for Chippendale.
It’s so friendly at this cosy corner cafe and bakery.  They make you feel like you’ve walked into their home and that they’ve known you for ages.  The croissants are indeed flakier than a snowstorm, and the breads, brownies, tarts and scones are pretty special too.  Eat in for some lovely toasts, sandwiches quiches or other ever-changing menu items.  Or pick up a cake for any celebration.
Something for Jess Cafem 27 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Something for Jess (SFJ) has something for you, too.  From fresh cafe fare in comfy surrounds to an onsite art gallery highlighting local artists, this community-centric spot offers new stuff to eat – and look at – every week.  Whats more SFJ donates 10 per cent of the proceeds from art sales to charity.
Gliders KS Cafe, 26 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Brunch with an Asian-fusion twist.  A cosy cafe, Gliders KS brings great coffee, delicious cold-pressed juices and top notch traditional recipes to this street strip.  With menu catergories that get to the point – quick, simple, good – there is something to suit every palate, schedule and budget.

White Rabbit Gallery is home to one of the world’s largest and most celebrated collections of contemporary Chinese art. The gallery showcases artworks from 2000 onwards over 4 floors. The converted brick warehouse was a Rolls Royce service depot in the 1940s and is now a striking architectural space. The collection includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, video art and installations from nearly 500 Chinese artists. Only a portion is on show at any one time, with new exhibitions installed twice a year. The gallery has tours available at 11am and 2pm from Wednesday to Sunday. There’s also a mini cinema, library and gift shop onsite, as well as a tea house serving snacks and teas from China and Taiwan.