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Welcome to Parramatta

Businesses Choose Parramatta

Inspired by its resounding success of its ‘pop-up’ at Parramatta Lanes festival, Butter launched its flagship store right here in Parramatta.  With an energetic and culturally diverse community, Butter has brought to life innovation and creativity in the food scene - something they always set-out to do. 

 

 

I'm Julian Cincotta. I'm chef and co-owner of Butter, Sydney. Everyone thinks Butter is because... like we have miso butter and dashi butter and things. But, you know, it's just cool, it's sleek, it's who we are, it's our culture, it's our four pillars: fried chicken, hip hop, champagne, sneakers.

We're always trying to be innovative, creative, doing something different. What does the world need? What does the food scene need? It's like every part of this restaurant is a little piece of us in some way.

I've lived in Melbourne, I've lived in the city. I was actually born in Parramatta. A few of the boys are also from around here as well. So, it was kind of like... you know, it was a natural sense.

We had the opportunity to do Parramatta Lanes a few years ago and we were just one of the busiest stores. Just from the customers going, You guys need to open. You need to open". Like, we already had the thought, but it just really reassured that, yeah, this would go good. So, then we're like, "That's it.

We're doing it." And here we are.

Parramatta, it's a lot more family. It's a lot like fun, young, energetic people. Like, everyone is meeting up with someone, spending time together. But here, I feel it's very community-based, very cultural. And here, we've been able to really show off what we've started out to do.

So, this has been able to open up and to people who really see what Butter is. So, compared to the city, where it's a small little bar, this is our flagship store.

Cause Parramatta has a bigger store, we generally have a lot of hip-hop artist comes through, whether it's just here for a food, a drink, a meet and greet. We do a lot of listening parties when new albums are released.

The best way to end the shift with the crew is just having a drink after work, listening to some tunes. For a little chicken shop, it's been pretty amazing.
 

Students Choose Parramatta

From inspiring campus’ in the middle of the CBD, the opportunity to network with neighbouring businesses, a comprehensive transport network and a thriving food scene - Parramatta has everything Alyssa needed to start her journey. 

My name is Allyssa. I am a student studying at Western Sydney University, and I'm studying a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Laws. I am studying at the Parramatta City campus which is located in the heart of the Parramatta CBD.

Parramatta City campus is really different because of the way that it's been designed. Compared to your typical university, this campus is a high-rise building. That's a good thing because it kind of encourages all of the students to network with not only students but also the neighbouring businesses. It's so close to everything. It's so convenient for me to do whatever it is that I want as well as study at the same time.

For a student, I think, all we want to do is just eat as much of the food as we possibly can. There's this part of Church Street that is called Eat Street and it contains a whole bunch of eateries, whether that be dessert places, dinner places, cafes.

I chose to study here because of how close it is from home. So, it's about a 30-minute bus ride. My brother attends university in the city and it takes him four to five hours of travel time. And that four to five hours could be equivalent to a shift that I work. So, if I think of it that way, time is money, and I would like to say that I am richer than my brother.

I feel like I have as much opportunity as someone would studying in the city. It's so close to the transport, it's so close to food, it's so close to shopping. It's so close to local businesses.

Studying at Parramatta is the best decision that I've made because it's growing so enormously now and I think it is definitely the place to start your journey.

Workers Choose Parramatta

Opting out of rush-hour commutes to the City for a job in Parramatta, was the best thing Amie did for herself. With a better work-life balance, she now has more time to enjoy with her family and still gets her fix for top notch coffee.

My name is Amie, I guess I'm born and bred here in Western Sydney. I'm lucky that I work in Parramatta, at a PricewaterhouseCoopers. I live down the road so I'm about a 20-minute walk into the office.

I am married to my husband, Leon, who I actually met at high school, so we are high school sweethearts, we also have two gorgeous boys, Ben and Jacob, who are seven and five years old. So, quite a busy, hectic family life at home.

As any parent would know, getting time to spend with your significant other half is not easy, because we both work in Parramatta and we're so close to each other, you know, we can just duck out and you know, grab something to eat. Our favourite would have to be 'Circa', it's a lovely cafe, you know, they change their menu, so every time you go there, there's something a little bit different and it's always got quality coffee.

If I'm busy, my husband can do pick up, vice versa, when he's busy, I can pick up the slack, it's dual parenting. Which for me, as a young woman trying to have a meaningful professional career, knowing that we're definitely sharing that parenting load, it means more than anything.

When we both did work in the city, I had my youngest in day-care and it was too stressful. We would actually have to do breakfast and dinner on the train, so that was always fun. The pram with the school bag, with all of my stuff for work, so the day I got a job in Parramatta, it's so much easier. There's less tantrums, everybody's just a lot less stressed.

In the mornings, when I'm in a rush and I'm, you know, running up to my desk after dropping everybody off at school and day-care, downstairs from my office is a place called 'Piccolo Me', and Sam there, who's the owner, he's just absolutely amazing and he'll put a smile on your face, no matter what start to the day you've had. Plus his coffee is amazing.

Parramatta has the restaurants, it has things for us to do with the kids and it's central to everything, It means that we don't have to battle with the traffic. It's an easy place to get around, it's a good solid hub.

It's just, it's been so exciting to watch Parramatta start to flourish and to grow into the city that it really is and can be. I am proud to be from Parramatta because of the diversity that we have in the sense of inclusion, I love Parramatta! I do, it's my home. And I am so incredibly proud to be part of it, I couldn't think of a better place to be raising my family and I couldn't think of a better place to be working.

A Step Back In Time

Parramatta is considered one of the most historically significant places in Australia. Long before European settlement, the Darug people were known to have occupied the Sydney basin for more than 40,000 years. The area was rich and fertile, it offered a source of food and a place to gather.  

Reflecting its rich history since colonisation, Parramatta contains many significant heritage buildings and significant landmarks which are scattered within the CBD grid. The centre of Parramatta is home to well-known historical places such as Old Government House and Experiment Farm Cottage. Hidden in a typical suburban street lies Elizabeth Farm, the oldest surviving European dwelling in Australia, that is now a hands-on museum. 

You can join one of our hosts and guides on a CBD walking tour, taking in highlights of Parramatta’s past and uncovering it’s hidden history. Find out more at Discover Parramatta

New Beginnings

In 1788, when Governor Arthur Phillip found the Sydney colony dangerously close to starvation, an expedition revealed that the Parramatta River foreshore was an ideal place to provide sustenance to the less resource-rich settlement of Sydney. With this, convicts and new settlers moved to the area and Parramatta was established as a thriving community.

From its early beginnings, Parramatta is an eclectic mix of history, people and food, with significant landmarks speckled throughout the buzzing streets. As the traditional Australian dream evolves, professionals and young families are recognising that you can access quality housing and a global job market; you can raise children in a more traditional setting, and find all the amenities that people need for shopping, transport and jobs. Parramatta’s multicultural character is a reflection of Greater Sydney, with more of an openness and a harmony.

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Parramatta Today

Parramatta is brimming with diversity, producing its own unique and genuine charm.

Style seekers, foodies, art aficionados, and culturepreneurs are witnessing Parramatta emerge as a distinct dining and coffee destination and as a hub for a burgeoning events, performance and arts scene. Year round, there is something new to discover.

A burgeoning city of variability, Parramatta promises a decidedly chic and modern atmosphere, abuzz with the energy of its multinational community. It’s the people who live, work, study and visit here that make Parramatta a vibrant, cosmopolitan community. 

Being welcoming, imaginative, fun and stimulating is the fabric that underpins Parramatta’s individuality.  

Eat + Drink

An increase in workers, students and residents means an explosion of diversity in the Parramatta dining scene. Sydney icons Bourke Street Bakery, Gelato Messina and Neil Perry's Burger Project, alongside Jamie’s Italian are tapping into the emerging food and cultural scene. 

Whether you’re heading down a laneway, or just trying to grab a few minutes away from the office, you’re sure to come across a barista serving up some solid caffeine hits. Locals won’t give away all their secrets – after all, half the fun is finding some of these hidden spots on your own.

At night, the city comes alive. While the restaurants buzz, there are a few other places to explore when you want to celebrate at night. From local favourites Bavarian Bier Café and Woolpack Hotel, to Uncle Kurt’s, Parramatta’s first small bar, there are an abundance of places to explore after dark. V by Crown champions Parramatta’s highest bar, Sky Bar, nestled more than 100 metres above ground level and due to open later this year.

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See + Do

Parramatta is a hub of activity all year round and boasts a rich and vibrant cultural scene. Creativity in countless forms can be found all around the area, some of it loud and proud, some of it harder to find. One thing's for certain: the search is well worth it.

One great way to begin exploring the city and its artistic flair is with a self-guided walking tour of Parramatta's public art. A number of innovative and thought-provoking artworks are scattered throughout the CBD, and many represent an artistic impression of the physical, cultural and historic significance of their location; it's a gallery visit and history lesson rolled into one. 

After a bite to eat on Church Street, catch a show at Riverside Theatres, Western Sydney's premiere performing arts venue. Located on the banks of Parramatta River, the theatre plays host to many of Australia's leading performing-arts companies. When the multi-use Western Sydney stadium reopens in 2019, a broader range of sports and large-scale outdoor entertainment and events will bring a new buzz to the City.

Each year we showcase incredible moments of celebration with a range of partners from the multi-award winning Parramatta Lanes Festival to Parramasala, Lunar New Year Festival and the much loved Winterlight Festival. There's also the annual Sydney Festival and Tropfest short film festival to look forward to. Our annual program of signature events and festivals and the way we activate our City every day are an expression of Parramatta's diversity.

Heritage

Parramatta is considered one of the most historically significant places in Australia.
 
Long before European settlement, the Darug people were known to have occupied the Sydney basin for more than 40,000 years. Of these, the Burramattagal clan lived at the head of the Parramatta River.
 
Parramatta's cultural tapestry spans over 229 years, providing a rich and compelling history for our burgeoning city's foundation and anticipated growth. The Parramatta River Walk tracks a historic river landscape, from Governor Phillip's 1788 landing point, the 1839 Lennox Bridge and Parramatta Park.

Reflecting its rich history, Parramatta contains many significant heritage buildings and significant landmarks which are scattered within the CBD grid. The centre of Parramatta is home to well-known historical places such as Old Government House and Experiment Farm Cottage. Also hidden in a typical suburban street lies Elizabeth Farm, the oldest surviving European dwelling in Australia and home to the influential and controversial family of John and Elizabeth Macarthur, pioneers of the Australian wool industry. Now, it is a hands-on museum allowing visitors to sit down in front of the drawing room fire, relax on the veranda and explore the house as if it were their own.

City of Parramatta's hosts and guides can take you on a walking tour taking in highlights of Parramatta's past, uncovering the city's hidden history. Find out more at Discover Parramatta