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Just in case you haven’t heard, the guys behind one of Sydney’s best cafes, Brewtown Newtown, have revamped their upstairs area and it has been calling our names all month.
And this Newtown café has everything you need. Obviously you’ll kick things off with a tremendous cup of coffee from downstairs, and tuck into something from the all-day menu. Perhaps you’ll dabble in the Belgian waffles with stewed autumnal fruits and ricotta, or maybe the savoury lovers will partake in the salmon gravlax with a poached egg and caviar, but you better believe there be a brewnut or cruffin in there. Either way, you better sort out your appetite before you head on upstairs.
When you do ascend the stairs to O’Connell Street Merchants, you’ll find a one-of-a-kind lifestyle hub offering a collection of designers and independent labels, including the super fun Instead We Smile (loving that lobster sweater), organic and ethically made sleepwear brand Alas, Ffixxed Studios, which you won’t find anywhere else in Australia, and the lustworthy Three Over One. There’s shopping for the ladies and the gents, so the boyfriend chair is completely unnecessary (for once).
Even better, it’s the perfect place to find homewares and gifts, especially if the recipient is a little on the quirky side. We fell head over heels in love with the Pendleton towels and animal head wall vases from Quail Ceramics and who doesn’t need a camel sticking out of the wall holding hydrangeas? That’s what we thought. If it’s something simple but unique you need, you can always grab a heavenly Gascoigne & King candle, or something for the men folk from the Handsome Devils Co. beard care range.
Once you’ve swiped the card and scored a new wardrobe, stroll across to the pastry kitchen, where the Brewtown bakers are busy piping and baking all of your favourite treats. And if you swing by on a weekend, you’ll find a pop-up patisserie where the party doesn’t stop at brewnuts and cruffins. We dare you to resist a peanut butter and jam cruller. Gentle warning, they’re open 10am – 3pm unless a few keen beans get there before you and grab the last Milo cruller (yes, you read that correctly).
Very soon you’ll be able to extend your music collection when the record store hits the store, run by local DJ and all-around legend Josh Lennaars.
There really is something for everyone at this Newtown destination, so start downstairs with a hearty brekkie for energy, then make your way upstairs. Hint: best to head in bang-on pay day. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
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