What we love about Alexandria:
- Dog-friendly parks
- Walk-everywhere lifestyle (close to shopping centers and cafes)
- Numerous transport options—Redfern station in the north, Green Square, Mascot station in the south, and Erskineville station to the west. Bonus: the upcoming Waterloo Metro station (to open in 2024) to the east
Formerly dominated by the industrial landscape, Alexandria is gradually becoming a commercial and residential favourite in Sydney. Because of recent developments, you can expect to live in a hybrid suburb with a mix of urban and industrial look and feel.
In this guide, we’re going to go over some of this neighbourhood’s greatest assets—ones you wouldn’t want to miss.
Getting around Alexandria
Residents love Alexandria for its accessibility. It’s close to everywhere as it is, and you have options for transportation where you need them, when you need them. For train stations, there’s Redfern station in the north, Green Square and Mascot station in the south, and Erskineville station to the west.
Newcomers would be happy to find that the new Waterloo Metro station will be ready for use by 2024.
There are also buses that come around every 10 minutes, and taxis whenever you need them.
Laid-back lifestyle in Alexandria
Alexandria is well within reach of the city, but that shouldn’t mean taking the high maintenance stress along with you. Alexandria locals prefer to walk around the suburb, as all go-to places like the markets or cafes are walking distance.
A huge part of this relaxed living is the presence of awesome parks that are perfect for taking a moment to clear your mind.
Sydney Park is the top-of-mind park for people of all ages. It has barbecue facilities great for bringing friends and family together. It also has playgrounds to keep kids entertained.
A unique area of this park is the wetlands. Aside from its beautiful green scenery, it’s a project widely-recognized for its environmental impact.
If you prefer to do sports activities in your free time, you’ll also want to check out Alexandria Park. You can play different sports like basketball, football, and tennis (among others) with the park’s multipurpose courts.
And before we forget—both parks are dog-friendly. These parks have designated off-leash spaces for your pets to get their much needed exercise.
Cafes and restaurants in Alexandria
Whether you’re the type who loves to savour food or take it on-the-go, you’ll find your food match in Alexandria. One of the most famous cafes in this neighbourhood is The Grounds of Alexandria. It’s the place for all things coffee, served alongside wholesome food.
For those who’d like to grab a quick bite before work, Bourke Street Bakery has an assortment of breads and muffins you can choose from.
You’ll find more dining options from a variety of cuisines and stylish ambience along Mitchell Road and Bourke Road.
Shopping in Alexandria
You shouldn’t have to go too far when you’re shopping. No matter if it’s for a specific purpose or simply the therapeutic nature of shopping, Alexandria’s got the right spots for you.
For home improvement and DIY projects, your best bet is to check out the stores at the Alexandria Homemaker Centre or the Bunnings at Euston Road.
For your fashion needs, you’ll want to take a stroll at Botany Road or McEvoy Street for factory outlets of your choice of brands.
Living in a city that’s only about to hit the pinnacle of its development is a good thing, as it presents you with many options. Moving to Alexandria as soon as you can is an advantage—it can only get better from here.
Curious as to what else Alexandria has to offer? Find out more in our Area Profile of Alexandria.
Also published on Medium.