11 things you’ll miss if you leave the Inner West

Adam Smith 19 July 2016

Sydney’s Inner West is vibrant, interesting and downright weird. Once you move there, you’ll never want to leave.

1. You’re never more than a few paces from a craft brewery.

Inner west beer

Source: Flickr user Tama Leaver

Young Henry’s, Batch Brewing, Willie the Boatman; you’re spoiled for choice in the Inner West. No VB stubbies for you.

2. The constantly revolving slate of restaurants

Inner West restaurants
Source: Flickr user Peter Grifoni 

Culinary trends come and go in the Inner West, but they’re fun while they last.

3. No lockout laws

No lockout laws inner west

Source: Flickr user nicephotog

No one will send you to bed early in the Inner West. It’s a feature you’ll love on a Saturday night and loathe on a Sunday morning.

4. Catering to your weird dietary requirements

Inner west vegan food

Source: Flickr user insatiablemunch

Whether you’re gluten free, paleo, vegan or a raw food aficionado, the Inner West has you covered.

5. The weird and wonderful people

Weird and wonderful newtown

Source: Flickr user Peter Grifoni

The Inner West is famously accepting of all types of people with all kinds of personal style. You can be yourself here and be celebrated for it.

6. The hidden gems

Earls Juke Joint

Source: Flickr user Newtown Grafitti 

From the Indian restaurant that writes its secret menu each day on the back of a receipt to the unassuming butcher that’s actually a cocktail bar, being a local means knowing all the hidden haunts.

7. The ease of travel

Inner west Dulwich hill

Source: Flickr user Wyncliffe

Not only is the Inner West compact and easy to walk around, but there are trains, buses, taxis and Ubers abound. You’ll never find yourself stranded.

8. Pet friendliness

Dogs Sydney

Source: Flickr user Heymrleej

There are dog parks and dog-friendly restaurants and cafes aplenty here, so a day out doesn’t mean you have to abandon your pooch at home.

9. The shopping

Markets addison road

Source: Flickr user Brian Yap

Inner West shopping isn’t your typical Westfield experience. You’ll find beautiful boutiques, comic book shops, kitschy curio stores and great markets in Marrickville. And for anything else you might need, there’s Reverse Garbage.

10. The arts

Enmore theatre

Source: Flickr user Neal Jennings

Whether it’s street art, shows at the Enmore or the Factory Theatre, great indie cinema at the Dendy or just some amazingly talented buskers, the Inner West will broaden your horizons.

11. The properties

Sydney Terrace houses

Source: Flickr user Alexander Whillas

It’s a tough market for renters or owner occupiers, but if you’re lucky enough to get your foot on the ladder as an investor, you couldn’t ask for a better area. Rental demand is always sky high and property prices are soaring.

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