Private Tours

Bistrot Gavroche, Kensington Street, Chippendale

The Chippendale Creative Precinct is pleased to announce we are now offering specially curated Media Famils, Private Gallery Walking Tours, Historical Walking Tours and Food and Wine Safaris.

Media Famils

We regularly conduct Media Famils in Chippendale to showcase the incredible eateries, galleries and Central Park Precinct. We welcome national and international journalists and run comprehensive tours of the precinct that last one hour.


Monday to Saturday

1-5 PAX $150/hr

5+ PAX $250/hr


1-5 PAX $250/hr

5+ PAX $350/hr

Bistrot Gavroche, The Old Rum Store, 10 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Private Tours
Sally Lewis, General Arts Manager of the Chippendale Creative Precinct and Chippendale local, curates unique private tours that cater to the specific needs and interests of your group. Let her guide you to a series of Chippendale’s hidden gems: galleries, restaurants and secret treasures hidden to the naked eye.

Our unique tours allow you to step into Chippendale with a trend-savvy guide and explore this edgy, thriving corner of Sydney city like a local, taking you down alleyways and around corners to local spots other tours may miss.

Our thriving cultural hub blossoms just outside the well trodden tourists spots of Sydney CBD and Sydney Harbour, tucked away between busy Broadway, grungy Redfern and Australia’s leading universities- Sydney University, Notre Dame and the University of Technology Sydney.

Choose between a tour of the many galleries and creative spaces on our Gallery Walking Tour, Chippendale’s once famous underbelly on the Historical Walking Tour, or discover Chippendale’s award-winning restaurants on the Food and Wine Safari.

Then again… Why not try all three?

To book a tour, please contact Nicky Ginsberg: or Sally Lewis:

Download The Private Tours Package

Join us as we explore exhibition spaces, art destinations and Arts Institutions at the forefront of Sydney’s arts scene here in Chippendale.

On the tour, your guide will lead you through a vivacious variety of the latest work by local, up and coming and established artists and designers and interview the art-makers along the way. We visit four or five local galleries and creative spaces where guests meet exhibiting artists and hear them speak about their work, their influences and what it means to be working in the centre of contemporary Australian art practice. Before the walk, participants can get to know each other over two courses and a glass of wine as you are treated to an exclusive taste of one of Chippendale’s many hip and happening restaurants, such as Olio Kensington Street, Eastside Grill or Bistrot Gavroche!

Some galleries we frequent are:

White Rabbit (limited numbers of guests)
MAAS, Powerhouse Museum
Kensington Contemporary
The Japan Foundation
Collab at Pine Street
Galerie Pompom
Wellington Street Projects
The Commercial
HALO, Central Park
Pine Street Creative

Lunch 12:30pm – 2pm
Tour 2pm – 4pm
Maximum 40 pax
Cost $65pp

Wesleyan Chapel and School, Regent Street (1871): From the State Library of New South Wales

The Historical Walking Tour uncovers the fascinating colonial and industrial history of our bustling suburb, with clues hidden at every turn. Teaming up with an expert historian, Sally will lead you on a time-travelling journey through vestiges of the area’s past, colonial history, industrial heritage, and sordid tales beneath Chippendale’s cultural renaissance. From lush wetland to the birthplace of horticulture, Chippendale became an industrial suburb and a place of slums in the late 19th Century and later, a showcase for Sydney’s housing reform and even a battleground of faiths. Transformed, Chippendale is now at the heart of Sydney’s inner city revival.

Before the walk, participants are treated to an exclusive taste of one of Chippendale’s many trendy restaurants!

Historical highlights:
Terrace houses in Kensington Street
Kent Brewery
Mortuary Station
St Benedict’s School and Church
Stricklands Flats
Thomas Shepherd’s 1820s nursery

Lunch 12:30pm – 2pm
Tour 2pm – 4pm
Maximum 25 pax
Cost $65pp

Luke Powell of LPs Quality Meats chats to Grant Jones, facilitator of our March Food and Wine Safari

The Food and Wine Safari offers a tantalising taste of four local fine wining and dining experiences, as well as exclusive audiences with internationally renowned chefs. Equipped with a wealth of food knowledge, an expert guides you to four critically acclaimed restaurants to delve into the minds of the internationally renowned chefs and restaurateurs who grace Chippendale with their Michelin-starred cuisine.

Prepare yourself for an indulgent day of culinary discussion, sample gourmet goodness, learn about the inspiration behind world-class menus, and take away sought after recipes to try yourself!

Regular restaurants:

Olio Kensington Street
Eastside Grill
Handpicked Cellar Door
LP’s Quality Meats
Bistrot Gavroche
Kensington Street Social

Tour 3pm – 5pm
Maximum 25 pax
Cost $75pp


Dear Nicky, Thank you for providing such an excellent tour program of the Chippendale Creative Precinct for the Friends of Mosman Art Gallery. It was so well paced and fascinating to learn from you about the excellent suite of activities that you have been developing that are turning Chippendale into a thriving, creative destination. It was also very special to meet with the gallery owners and such a diverse group of artists who generously shared their experiences of working in the arts with us. To top it off lunch at Viet in Spice Alley was truly delicious. We were able to relax in the mezzanine level of the restaurant, enjoying a feast and a glass of wine and reflect on our morning together. I am sure that our friends enjoyed this excursion immensely and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.

Anita Toft, February 2017

To book a tour, please contact Nicky Ginsberg: or Sally Lewis: