Darling Street Balmain renewed buzz


The Cottage, photo from W.S. Courier

Some weeks ago I was interviewed by a reporter from The Sydney Morning Herald who was researching an article about strip shopping centres. I told her that I thought Darling Street was entering an exciting time of revitalisation so it was interesting to read the article on page 5 of the SMH today which used the phrase ‘renewed buzz’. While I haven’t been around long enough to remember the trams in Darling Street I have been here long enough (43 years) to see that centres do go through ups and downs. I could see that new people with energy and ideas were coming to open businesses here. People like the guys at The Cottage bar and restaurant among others. It’s great to have new energy alongside established businesses. I’ve been fortunate to be in a business which provides constant interest and stimulation and to have wonderfully enthusiastic staff so that findin the energy to keep Brays fresh and interesting is not a problem.

What do you think about Darling Street? Have you any memories you would like to share?

Old Darling Street

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3 Responses to Darling Street Balmain renewed buzz

  1. Ella Joseph says:

    I’ve only lived in the vicinity of Darling Street for the past couple of years, but one of the things I like best about it is the number of independent businesses. Not much of a shopper at the best of times, I have become very jaded by shopping centres around the world featuring the same limited range of big-name chain stores (factor in a measure of jet-lag and it’s very disorientating…close your eyes and open them again, and you could be in any mall in the world). In contrast, the character and vibrancy of Darling Street owes much to the independent sellers, in outlets owned and staffed by friendly people who take pride in their businesses and in their products or services.

  2. White Fox says:

    Like you Philip I don’t go as far back as the trams on Darling St but I do remember when there were only 3 restaurants in Balmain. There was a Chinese restaurant opposite the Post Office which only had a few booths and was essentially a take-away, a Fish Cafe where Satasia is now and, believe it or not, a German restaurant near Gladstone Park in the block where Brays Books is. The German restaurant did a terrific goulash and a wonderful rouladen! How many restaurants and cafes are there now?

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