With the ink barely dry on the previous announcement of the Electric Treat Street in Darling Square, the next gaggle of venues for this redevelopment have been announced, this time occupying the ground floor of The Exchange.
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the Exchange is a birds-nest like circular spiral that will serve as the community heart of the Darling Square precinct. Occupying the ground floor retail space is the so-called Maker’s Dozen, twelve individual retailers that draw on the breadth of Sydney’s fast casual food scene.
Crown Street favourite Hopper Kade will continue Sydney’s obsession with the spice and colour of Sri Lankan food when it brings Colombo to this end of Cockle Bay. Seafood-lovers will be satiated by the combination of sustainable restaurant Fish & Co. and Fishbowl in this precinct that owes much of its history to the connection that it had to the harbour.
Local Vietnamese favourite Bau Troung, of Cabramatta, will make its way to the inner city. CBD local Tapavino makes its way from Bulletin place down to Darling Harbour with its latest iteration of Spanish cuisine, this time borrowing from the raucous markets of Barcelona.
Drinks will be covered by bubble tea merchants Bubble Nini and Marrickville bottle shop Bucket Boys will open up a bar within the Anthony Gill-designed space.
In addition to these stallholders will be Mr Bao Buns, Ume x Banksii and Andy Bowdy’s SAGA. Tying all of the varied cuisnes, styles and chefs together is a food offering that crosses between various sources of inspiration for a local plate that will aptly slot into a building such as the Exchange.
With one more venue yet to be announced, Darling Square is becoming brighter and tastier by the day.