A fascinating mix of old and new, The Rocks is an historic district of Sydney, Australia, on the edge of Sydney Harbor. Characterized by traditional architecture, sandstone buildingsand cobblestoned streets, this neighborhood is well known for its modern pubs, cozy cafés, good restaurants, trendy boutiques and souvenir shops.
Originally home to local Aboriginals, in 1788 The Rocks became the first settlement of Europeans and was recognized as commercial center of the city. For a long time the district had a bad reputation because it was populated by sailors, convicts and prostitutes. The 20th century presented real challenges for The Rocks and from 1975 the district was converted in a residential and commercial area.
Thanks to the proximity of Sydney’s main attractions, The Rocks became popular for tourists. Today it is a creative and cultural arts center, where the Museum of Contemporary Art and other galleries are located, including Aboriginal Art Galleries with collections of artworks, crafts, ceramics and didgeridoos.
Every Friday visitors and locals can spend time at the Foodies Market with a selection of gourmet food and spicesand on Saturday and Sunday they can visit the open-air Weekend Markets, where different stands sell designer clothing, accessories, jewelry, handcrafted artworks and souvenirs.
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