Sydney-sider who loves writing about food, art, events and life in general.
Published March 11th 2020
If you are a Sutherland Shire local, you should be familiar with the old 'brick pit' site at Kirrawee; if you have been you out of the area for the last year or so, you might be surprised to learn that the empty lot has turned into something beautiful - South Village Shopping Centre! South Village also have apartments near the centre, but this article will be focused on the shopping side of things.
The South Village website puts it well when they describe themselves: "South Village is the place where it all comes together, where our community connects and interacts in a village atmosphere which caters for our urban customer."
The Shire's newest shopping centre is a feast for the eyes, with interesting art and decor surrounding the sparkling new shopfronts. There are a unique collection of restaurants and shops inside, including a spacious and well-stocked Aldi and Coles Supermarket for locals who need to carry out their weekly shopping there.
For those not visiting on a grocery trip, there are a number of other things to do and see. You can grab a bite to eat, enjoy the visual art covering several parts of the centre (by Mulga the Artist), visit the vibrant play areas with your little one or even just sit on one of the many comfortable seats in the centre and enjoy the surrounds.
There is not much in the way of fashion or homeware shopping (other than a gift shop and beauty stores), but foodies will be right at home here. The centre also has a group called 'Mums & Co' which is 'a community for mums, dads, grandparents and all carers of little people.' Currently, there are weekly playdates every Tuesday morning. (This runs until March 31st).
A big draw-card for visiting the centre would have to be the selection of eateries. These spots make South Village a great spot for friendly catch-ups over coffee (try Tamping Ground or Christopher's Cake Shop) and an even better place for family dinners. Some of the restaurants include Umaya Japanese Restaurant, Thai Riffic, Pellegrini's Italian restaurant (newly opened) and Grill'd burgers. A few restaurants have come and gone since the centre's first opening - but the current selection seems like a winning lot. If you aren't in the mood for coffee or dinner, there are also quick bites such as Guzman Y Gomez and chicken shop Joe Junior available.
Because of its smaller size, you may find that South Village is usually less busy than other big centres. For visiting mums, there are functional and stylish baby change rooms and parking with pram space available. There is also a great park just outside the shopping centre.
There are often events happening at South Village, so be sure to check out the website's 'what's on' section to keep up to date. Whether you're looking to get a haircut, buy a gift, grab a coffee or get your grocery shopping done - you will find a place to do it all at South Village. There really is something for everyone at this charming little shopping centre.