Suburb Profile: Leichhardt
A Little Bit of History
Located only 5km from the city in Sydney’s inner west Leichhardt Italian nationals started settling in Leichhardt in 1917 but an influx of Italians came here after World War II. With many local businesses established by this migrant group Leichhardt soon became to be fondly known as “Little Italy” with great Italian food, hospitality and community. Surrounded by suburbs Haberfield, Annandale, Lilyfield and Petersham, Leichhardt is at the heart of the inner west.
Leichhardt is highly connected to the CBD and surrounding suburbs via buses and the light rail and you can even catch the bus to the beaches in the eastern suburbs.
Something to Eat
While Norton street is known as the beating heart of Leichhardt with many Italian-inspired cafes and restaurants, many more have moved into the area, tucked into the side streets and local neighbourhoods away from the hustle and bustle.
If you’re a classic car and coffee enthusiast you might like to drop by Kollector Cars + Coffee on Norton Street where you can peruse and even buy a BMW from the 1970s while you have your coffee. With a love for old school chrome, wood, aluminium, white wall tyres and the sound of a throaty V8 owner Robert founded the business out of true passion for cars.
Other café’s to try are Flood Street Carousel a quirky little café full of the surrounding neighbourhood, Bar Italia for true Italian gelato and Apertivo for authentic pizzas.
Right next to the Hawthorne light rail stop, near Darley Road, is a large off-the-leash dog park that caters to our furry friends and us humans with the world’s first dog friendly café, Café Bones. They have yummy treats for your fur baby and coffee and a selection of muffins, friands and other sweets for you.
A Spot of Shopping
Berkelouw Books is a coffee shop and bookstore in one straight across the road from Norton Street Plaza which is home to a myriad of stores from the Coles supermarket, local florist, homewares stores, baker, patisserie, liquor store, delicatessen and Harris Farm. A couple of blocks away on Flood street you’ll find another shopping centre, MarketPlace Leichhardt hosting a Woolworths, Aldi and specialty stores.
In 1986 the first Norton Street Italian Festa was organised by the Capuchin Priests at St Fiacres Church. Now it has become one of the largest street festivals in Australia with the best in food, coffee and gelato, free cooking demonstrations, jumping castles, street performers, concerts, dancing and animal farms for the kids in October every year.
In the centre of Leichhardt is the Palace Norton Street cinema featuring eight auditoria and a chic bar and lounge. Screening mainstream, classic and arthouse films Palace Norton Street also hosts various film festivals throughout the year including Italian, French, British, Scandinavian, Spanish and more.
You’d Be Surprised
Leichhardt has a such a rich and diverse foodie history, in addition to the Italian faire on offer you can also experience Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Greek and Brazilian restaurants. Look just next door and you’ll discover the Orange Grove food fair held every Saturday morning in Lilyfield or the Rozelle Markets held every weekend Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 4pm.
Live Here – Epicure Collection
In keeping with the Italian history of Leichhardt, Epicure Collection offers 2000 square metres of curated outdoor space so everyone can celebrate. With communal landscaped courtyards featuring a pizza oven, barbecue facilities and a children’s play area – living at Epicure means you can invite all your family and friends over.
A premium offering of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are available within five low rise buildings. With Miele appliances and premium Astra Walker tapware – the fixtures and fittings in these kitchens make it easy to unleash and cook up a storm. Relish in preparing meals on the Caesarstone bench tops that enjoy the fluidity of movement that comes from a carefully – considered layout.
It’s the perfect time to establish yourself in this sophisticated community – where the old school charm and new age cool meet to create a life of authentic urban harmony. For more information click here