Dining, Shopping and Arts in Danks Street
Few people would lament the makeover of Danks Street, Waterloo. Just over five years ago, this street ran down the spine of one of Australia's top 20 most disadvantaged suburbs. Housing Commission flats made up the bulk of accommodation, most of the residents were on some form of welfare and there was a certain bleakness to the place.
Today, Danks Street feels like something lifted from a New York style guide, the Lower East Side, gentrified, stylish but absolutely, never ever showy. Danks Street is so cool that unless you have had the good taste to seek out artisan bakers or organic designer food or a rather obscure art gallery and stumbled on it, you really wouldn't know it was there.
A walk down Danks Street, without stopping, would take you five minutes. There's not much of it. It's not Newtown's King Street or Paddington's Oxford Street. But pound for pound, metre for metre, Danks Street is the crème de la crème of groove.
2 Danks Street
is the old Kodak factory, now home to ten – yes count them ten – art galleries, a fine arts dealer, a jewellery maker and a cafe and bar.
Nearby, the Danks St Deport
houses a stylish upmarket cafe, bistro and cocktail bar, decked out in industrial and recycled chic.
If you can't get in there, try the Wah Wah
lounge with an astonishing wallpaper reminiscent of your grandma's Sixties kaftans. Again, how cool.
Warehouse Five is the bench mark for recycled, industrial chic residential living, gentrified as part of the City of Sydney's $2 billion Green Square redevelopment project.
– well, let's just say this is where the Master Chef people shop.
You want choice? It will take you all afternoon to sift through the endless array of vinegars, olive oils, bespoke breads, organic fruit and vegetables, sauces and condiments. There's an Italian provedore, a cafe and a cooking school all under one roof.
You want quality? Got it. You want gourmet? Got it. You want ultra chic shopping? Got it.
The happy-clapper inner city headquarters of the Hillsong Church sits proudly at one end of the street, just to add another surprise.
There's still enough grit and grime around Waterloo to give the suburb character and authenticity. Let's not forget that the less fortunate are not there because they want to add realism to your adventure, but let's just say the contrast in this small suburb is an example of the unbelievable pace and acceptance of gentrification.
The experience is a joy. This is a destination shopping expedition. Soak it up, lap it up. It's just sheer luxury.
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