Brewtown Newtown has been a staple on the Sydney coffee and café scene for the last few years and, after hopping along to this Inner West brewnut mecca to see what all of the fuss is about, I can see why. The décor is New York style with exposed brick, steel beams and raw wooden tables which befits its Newtown location. The soft leather booths are the ideal spot to cuddle up with a hot brew and naughty breakfast while the communal tables have ample space to accommodate a group or prams.
On the day that we went, the air had some definite chill, so we were oh-so-happy to find that the sneaky heaters hidden somewhere above our heads were there to magically warm us up. It also didn’t hurt that a soy flat white was on its way to my cold little hands before my butt had even made a proper groove in the soft leather booth. And, speaking of coffee, there’s a reason these guys are named Brewtown Newtown and it’s definitely because of their in-house roastery. It’s in action almost daily, which means that this is the place for some of the freshest brews in town.
Now, we need to talk about the food, which is great by the way. I’ll come right out and say it—I would never normally order an omelette out, but the omelette at Brewtown is what all of my breakfast dreams are made of. The golden eggy base is topped with chorizo, crispy croutons, roasted cherry tomatoes, asparagus and goats cheese. I know, I know, it’s just an omelette, but when you have four hungry Urban List team members fighting over the crumbs, one of which is a serial sweet breakfaster; you know it’s a winner.
Breakfast runs all day, which is always a winner in my eyes, but if you aren’t in the mood for their vegan bircher muesli, Belgian waffles or toasted house made pumpkin bread then I’m not sure we can be friends. Seriously though, their lunch is pretty impressive as well. Their soft shell crab burger with taramasalata on a squid ink bun is both beautiful and tasty, while the vegan chickpea and quinoa falafels are a lighter option if you want to dodge the carbs but not the flavour.
Upstairs, in the attic is O’Connell Street Merchants, which sits alongside the coffee roastery and artisan bakery that’s churning out our beloved brewnuts every day. Here on level one, you’ll find an eclectic bunch of homewares and clothing, with each item a celebration of quality and craftsmanship by local artisans and makers. It’s the kind of place where you can pick up clothes that you simply won’t find elsewhere.
I haven’t forgotten about you, oh sweet pastry cabinet (how could I?). Home to cronuts, cruffins and other puff pastry delights, people travel from near and far for these guys. The newest addition to the family is their Brewtown Kouign Amann, which sounds complicated (and probably is), but can be summed up as a hockey puck of chewy puff, with a crisp outer layer of salted caramel. Do yourself a favour and order two.
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