Interview With Jimmy Saruchera from Surry Hills Creative Precinct

In the build up to Mother’s Day we sat down with creatives, business owners and curators from selection of some of our favourite spots in Sydney to get their tips for a cliche free, thoroughly unique Mother’s Day!

Filled to the brim with contemporary galleries, cafes. Bars and ultra chic boutiques, Surry Hills is a culture lover’s dream! With so many wonderful places to treat your mum, we spoke to the President of the Surry Hills Creative Precinct, Jimmy Saruchera to discuss some of his favourite spots.

Can you tell us a bit about the Surry Hills Creative Precinct?
The mission of the Surry Hills Creative Precinct is to make Surry Hills a great place to do business and the location of choice for skilled creative people to live, work and visit. We collaborate with a broad range of partners that range from small local businesses, international companies, city and state government, community groups and major events to promote local businesses, develop infrastructure, increase visitor attraction and create a sense of community amongst business owners based in Surry Hills.

Why is Surry Hills a good place to spend Mother's Day?
In Surry Hills you are almost guaranteed to give mum a unique experience she won't get in many places in Australia. Whether it’s Australia's first space-themed cat cafe, a sensational hairdo from internationally acclaimed hairdressers, chic fashion you won't get in a mass market mall or just great meal from Michelin starred restaurant, it’s all here and in easy walking distance.

What are some of your favourite lunch/brunch spots in Surry Hills?
I have many! But in particular I love Gratia especially because of the little gallery they have upstairs. I also really like the charming Kawa on Crown street.

What activities are there on offer in someone who is looking to do something outside the box for Mother's Day? Are there any galleries/boutiques etc that you would recommend?
For art you can't look past the Ray Hughes Gallery on Devonshire, they always show consistently inspiring contemporary art. I love Titles the record/book shop - it’s a tall order to fail to find something you like in there with lots of great gift options. I also particularly like the little boutique called "unique" that does simple remarkably well.

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