Walk from Redfern Station to Redfern Park via the socially and culturally diverse Redfern Street. Collect pastries and coffee at Bloc 145, check out the rolling exhibitions at 107 Projects, and better understand the suburb’s past via the street art and historical buildings dedicated to the long-established indigenous Australian population.
There’s plenty of people-watching to do at this organic bakery, which sits on the corner of a four-way intersection opposite the park. The cabinets are stacked with rolls, tarts and sandwiches, but consider the banoffee pie.
Breadfern, 306-308 Chalmers St. Redfern NSW 2016, Australia
The Tin Humpy
This indigenous-owned cafe serves dishes incorporating native ingredients (such as fragrant lemon myrtle in cheesecake and biscuits) in a small, no-fuss setting. Hung art includes a trio of dot-painted echidnas, a nod to the owner’s community, and a bedazzled guitar.
The Tin Humpy, 137 Redfern Street, Redfern 2016
(Courtesy of the artists and Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney)
Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery
On the border of Redfern and Waterloo, this intimate, light-filled gallery primarily celebrates the work of established Aboriginal artists from across Australia and the Pacific islands. The exhibitions change monthly, and all pieces — on consignment from remote communities — are for sale.
Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, 24 Wellington St. Waterloo NSW 2017, Australia
The Giant Dwarf Theatre
The shows are fresh and the talent is brave at Giant Dwarf, a cavernous space with a regular rotation of stand-up and performances hidden at the end of a path off Cleveland Street. Come for the comedy, stay for the one-off nights of improv, political podcast recordings and table-reads.
The Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland St. Redfern NSW 2016, Australia
The owner of this homewares store used to work in art-gallery retail — and it shows. Browse a curated selection of Australian and Japanese ceramics, Turkish linens, Australian art and jewelry, stationery and kitchenware, and then leave with a three-footed mug or a copper tube of incense made with native botanicals.
DEA Store, 146 Regent St. Redfern NSW 2016, Australia
Ciccone & Sons
At any time, this two-year-old gelateria could have up to 28 varieties of gelato on the scoops, including cinnamon, fresh banana or — the signature — buttermilk and passionfruit. It’s open until 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and until 6 p.m. Sunday, so save room for dessert. (Note: There is a winter closure June 10 through July 4.)
Ciccone & Sons, 195 Regent St. Redfern NSW 2016, Australia