Annandale retains its ‘village’ feel while still being a lively place to live, shop, eat and play. In recent years, this thriving community – with its eclectic mix of people, businesses, cafés and restaurants – has become even more cosmopolitan. Take a stroll along its two main ‘business’ streets, Johnston Street and Booth Street, and you can count more than 20 cafés and restaurants, three supermarkets, three wine shops, two bakeries, two pharmacies, five hairdressers and even a shop that sells scientific toys for kids.


A 10-minute walk from Annandale Village, down Johnston Street, brings you to Bicentennial and Federation Parks – 17 hectares of parklands on the water’s edge of Rozelle Bay. With Anzac Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge in the distance, you can stroll the foreshore path to the Fish Markets and on to the city if you wish, or take a detour through Glebe and stop at one of the many outdoor cafés along the way.


With its deep historical roots, Annandale has many fine examples of the type of houses and buildings that catalogue two centuries of Australia’s urban development. The wide grandeur of Johnston Street is dominated by the Gothic-style architecture of the heritage-listed Witches Houses, the 19th century Presbyterian and Methodist churches, the old Annandale Council Chambers, the imposing Post Office, public school buildings and a score of two-storey mansions.


Opened in 1991, Annandale Galleries occupies three exhibition spaces of 240 square metres. It showcases a variety of Australian and overseas contemporary and modern art, including Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Chagall. It also is a leading exhibitor of indigenous art, both bark paintings and freestanding sculpture. Constructed in 1860, the building was a Methodist Church until 1920. It was then a Masonic Hall until 1991 when its conversion to an art gallery was completed.


  • Sede is Annandale’s first wine bar. There’s live music (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights), tapas, pasta and a wood-fired pizzeria. (Corner Booth and Nelson Streets)
  • The Annandale Hotel is Sydney’s premier live music venue, showcasing Australian and international bands from many music genres, particularly rock ‘n roll. (Corner Parramatta Road and Nelson Street)
  • The North Annandale Hotel is a more traditional pub with bar and restaurant food, live ‘big screen’ sports nights, trivia nights and pool. (Corner Johnston and Booth Streets)
  • The Empire Hotel is a pub and a wine bar combined with an extensive menu, specials each night, and ‘movie’ and ‘music’ nights. (Corner Johnston Street and Parramatta Road)
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