Along with its neighbouring suburbs on the southern shores of Sydney Harbour, Leichhardt has undergone a new lease on life as younger people have settled in the area to be near their CBD work stations and to share in all that Sydney has to offer.
Despite the influx of new faces and redecorated terraced houses, Leichhardt has retained much of its old world charm and has a glowing and deserved reputation for fine restaurants and exciting pubs.
Many of the first flush of Italian migrants who arrived in Sydney in the 1950s settled in Leichhardt and were largely responsible for introducing focaccia, cappuccino, short black and soccer to Australia's premier city.
Although Leichhardt today offers a wide variety of cuisine, its range of high class and popular Italian restaurants still set the standard.
Leichhardt has also earned a certain notoriety for its Tammany Hall-style local politics, graphically reflected in the 1996 television documentary, Rats in the Ranks.