Multicultural, young, and with a spring in it’s step, Kensington is a colourful community that ticks all the boxes. Delicious dumpling restaurants, cool designer shopping, and a world-class golf club, all contribute to the happy hum of Kensington.
In fact, Kensington can really do no wrong when it comes to location or lifestyle. It borders Centennial Park - an amazing expanse of parklands and recreational spaces - is only minutes to Sydney CBD, and when you’re in need of a quick ocean fix, it’s a very doable 30 minute walk to some of most magnificent beaches Sydney has on offer.
For many, Kensington is best known for it’s academic attitude. It’s home of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). But whilst study may be the order of the day, for many locals, there are many other prized possessions this remarkable suburb offers.
Anzac Parade, Kensington’s main artery, is where to head for a kaleidoscope of Asian flavours. Feast on Thai, Malaysian, Chinese and Indonesian cuisine at very reasonable prices. It’s also where you can hop on bus to the city and be at work in 20 minutes stat.
Venture out from Kensington’s bustling centre and you’ll discover a gentle change of pace and traditional feel in the air. Charming leafy streets, wonderful wide footpaths, and generous green spaces, reminiscent of grand old England, reveal themselves.
Look a little further, and you’ll discover majestic Federation homes standing proud on peaceful boulevards, plus one Kensington’s most historic and beautiful structure, the Sacred Heart Monastery, beautifully portraying it’s 1895 Gothic style.
Multicultural and dynamic, Kensington accommodates an ever-changing community who affectionally call their home “Kenso,”
Once an area mostly filled with young university students, Kensington now also appeals to young professionals and families who love it’s great convenience and fascinating lifestyle.
Kensington offers a vast choice of wide open spaces. Moore Park, Centennial Park and the Royal Randwick Racecourse, all sit on it’s fringes, plus the Austral-ian Golf Club provides a regular respite for keen golfers.
Within Kensington itself, there are also many spots for nature-loving folks.
Kensington Park is a large district park located on the corner of Barker Street, Cottenham Avenue and Edward Avenue. This attractive facility is a popular venue for local rugby and cricket teams and also features a great set up for spec-tators on match days.
Within Kensington Park, you’ll also find John Calopedos Memorial Playground. This unique children’s playground offers well-shaded swings, climbs and slides with soft touch grounding and plenty of bench seating to watch the kids frolic outdoors.
Cafes & Restaurants
Delicious cheap eats is mostly what’s on the menu in colourful Kensington. Asian flavours have a tendency to dominate but they’re super popular with the locals and easy on the hip pocket.
Check out It’s Time for Thai, a smart eatery with colourful light shades, serving up spicy stir-fries, noodle dishes and soups. Drop in to Pondok Buyung for traditional Indonesian food, or Enjoy Mie, for their great noodles!
For awesome dumplings, pay a visit to Chairman Mao Chinese Restaurant. Also a favourite of Celebrity chef Matt Moran, who claims “it’s one of the best places in Sydney” to take his family for a feed.
Our Favourite Spots
- Black Betty Expresso Co
- Brewing Now
- Chairman Mao