Marrickville Chamber of Commerce President Morris Hanna greeted residents during a morning stroll yesterday, including Yousury Ghaly (from left), Renee Russo, Tass Calligas and Christina Calligas.
ONCE upon a time all the trendy folk lived in Newtown.
Then came Surry Hills. Now, the trendiest of all live in Marrickville – a suburb that used to be best known for its mall.
Today, this spread-out 'burb, 7km south of the CBD, is jam-packed with a huge array of multicultural residents including young families, students and artsy types chasing the affordable rents.
Chamber of Commerce President Morris Hanna says Marrickville also offers a fantastic range of shops with great value products and services.
"You can't beat Marrickville; it's the best place in Sydney to live, work, shop, eat and play," he said.
The new Marrickville is all about awesome coffee (if you haven't been to Cornersmith, rectify your error at once) and great nights out at the fringe of Sydney's arts scene (the Factory hosts adventurous, quirky, live acts).
Marrickville's home to the official sandwich of Sydney, bánh mì - the best in town is this Marrickville take on the humble pork roll.
Highlights also include Sydney's best wholesale food markets, free water play parks, Batch Brewing Co, the Addison Road Centre with their weekly markets as well as the Addison Galleries, Reverse Garbage, Marrickville Tennis Club, The Vic - a refurbished old pub that's been given a second lease of life, Camelot Lounge, LazyBones Lounge, The Ritz and The Royal plus don't forget the upcoming Sydney Comedy Festival, April 23 to May 20.
Terrace homes shield ground-floor shops from the sun in this down-to-earth neighbourhood where industry, artistry and practicality come together and blossom.
Local optometrist George Tsenkas says he wouldn't work or live anywhere else.
"It's got a lovely village feel where you know everyone; I visited 29 years ago and never left," he said.
Vision personal training director John O'Donnell agrees: "Unlike other city suburbs, it hasn't been taken over with all of the high rise; it's still got its own personality."