21 April 2024

By Hannah Wilcox 

North Sydney’s revival is in for yet another new addition with Etymon’s new hospitality precinct set to open in June. 

Located at 168 Walker Street at the new Aura development, it will be anchored around four main venues.

Bakery, cafe and wine bar Sol will offer in-house freshly baked artisanal breads, pastries and cakes as well as handmade sandwiches. As the day goes on, the store will transition into a lively wine bar with a focus on wines by the glass and moreish dishes.

Next up is artisanal providore Una. Offering a curated range of house-made and expertly sourced gourmet artisanal procide and essentials, it aims to be North Sydney’s purveyor of fine food. It will carry across cheeses, cured meats, parfait and pate from sister venue Loulou, in addition to house made pastas, sauces, oils, vinegars and spices. Una will even have its own homewares edit alongside a range of boutique wines, locally distilled spirits, aperitifs, digestifs and gifts.  

LA-inspired relaxed all day dining and bar called Soluna will also be opening its doors. The menu will include snacks, seafood, salads, pasta, and grill-style mains. Set for the whole family, a kids menu will also be available.

Lastly, Japanese dining and drink spot Genzo aims to bring a contemporary dining experience with an edge to Walker Street. The menu will focus on kushiyaki (skewers), noodles and raw dishes paired with sake offerings and Japanese wines. Sporting a sleek and moody interior, Genzo will really bring some life to the precinct with some pops of neon colours. 

“We’ve spent months curating the drinks offering across the precinct and having the four different venues has allowed us to really broaden and challenge ourselves,” Etymon’s director of wine Paolo Saccone said. 

“Expect a versatile by-the-glass wine program that focuses on biodynamic and natural wines in Sol while Soluna will highlight the classics. 

He added: “Genzo will showcase interesting Japanese wines mixed with Australian and international as well as an incredible sake selection. We’re very excited about the wine and spirits program across the precinct.” 

Lisa Hobbs, CEO of Etymon Projects said: “What opening Poetica bar + grill in North Sydney and Loulou in Milsons Point has shown us is that there’s a real appetite for more hospitality this side of the bridge.”

“North Sydney has a great buzz to it, and we see this growing especially with the Metro opening later this year.”  

The precinct is set to offer the area a great balance of local and destination hospitality. 

“We see the precinct becoming a lower north shore go-to for fresh, artisan breads and pastries, gourmet deli goods, and dining,” Etymon’s director of culinary Sebastien Lutaud said.

“We also want to entice people from further afield to visit North Sydney, especially for the Genzo experience.”  

More details on the team and menus will be shared in May.

The precinct will also share the site with the new Aura by AQUALAND apartments, all closeby to the highly anticipated Victoria Cross Metro station. 


Designed by Woods Bagot and Richards Stanisich, the 29-storey tower will be home to 371 luxury residences.


It is estimated to be completed by mid 2024.