Home to some of Sydney’s best cafes and restaurants (and many would argue Sydney’s best bars too), Newtown is so densely packed with amazing places, you could easily lose many a morning and evening in this quirky suburb in Sydney’s Inner West.
You never know what you’re going to find, but you just know it’s going to surprise you. We share these fantastic finds with you in one of Sydney’s most eclectic suburbs.
Luyu and Yum Yum
Dumplings on King Street just got a lot fancier, darling. Of course, that doesn’t stop Luyu and Yum Yum being a tonne of fun, with their hedgehog dumplings always eliciting much excitement (and Instagramming). If you ask nicely, the team will even match the number of dumplings to the number in your party, so no one needs to miss out.
How do you improve on a classic wood-fired margherita pizza? Add a touch of porcini and some shavings of parmigiano, of course, as Gigi do oh-so-well. For your carb cravings, you can’t go past the patate pizza with fresh rosemary, garlic and truffle oil. Pure heaven.
The Stinking Bishops
Combine delicious cheeses, meats and wines in one venue and you’ve got yourself a winner. Create your own cheese and meat board at The Stinking Bishops by making your own selections (although if you get overwhelmed and don’t know your tilsit from your taleggio, the friendly staff are always happy to help).
The Pie Tin
It’s a good thing The Pie Tin is open late enough to feasibly have pie for dinner most nights, because they are truly epic concoctions. Whether you go the classic meaty route or (in true Newtown style) enjoy a surprisingly delicious vego version, you can even add salad and mash for a “balanced” meal. Bring a mate or two to help you out with their hefty dessert slices!
Don’t let its façade fool you—this Newtown icon is keeping up with the times by taking you back to a 1950s backyard on its rooftop. For cooler weather, grab a cocktail and settle in by the fire on level two. Start with the Jammin’ with Whiskey to warm up your bones, and then devour the mushroom raviolo and gimme s’mores dessert “salad” again and again.
With Hartsyard stealing our hearts with their famed fried chicken, how could we not also love its boozier sister bar, The Gretz? Specialising in cocktails, seafood nibbles, and cheesy scotched olives (!), this bar straddling the edge of Enmore and Newtown has all the right boxes ticked for a fun night out.
The Midnight Special
For a relaxed intro to Newtown’s music scene, The Midnight Special offers a nice neighbourly mix of blues and rock’n’roll. The cocktails feature a splash of fun, along with marshmallows and flaming limes to keep things interesting. Snack on a smoky dog and snuggle into one of the comfy booths, which is kind of like a hug from an old friend.
O’Connell St Merchants
Sitting right on top of Brewtown Newtown is an eclectic mix of Dolce and Bananas tees, animal head mugs and of course, all-natural beard grooming goodies. All yours at O'Connell St Merchants, while you wait for your legendary coffee and brunch to be brewed downstairs.
We could not forget a good pre-loved clothing store if we were going to write about Newtown. My Refinery is an unexpected little gem on south King Street. My Refinery curate the best labels so you can don a designer coat without goin’ broke.
Whether you slip in to this bulk health food store for the superfoods or the sweets, we won’t tell. Go to Naked Foods for some goji berries to add to your own trail mix, balanced out by the moon macadamias, coated in marbled white and milk chocolate, and praline. Praline, people.
If you love books so much you’re willing to have a #BlindDateWithaBook, Elizabeth’s Bookshop is the perfect port of call. Wrapped in brown paper with mysterious hints, this shop once again proves that Newtown is never what you first expect.
Noddy’s on King
With more awards than you can even keep track of, the team at Noddy’s on King will take care of your tresses and make sure you know how to tame them after you leave the salon. Head in to Noddy’s if you’re looking to steal all the attention with your hair colour.
A Loft Story
If your hair is feeling like a lost cause, A Loft Story will give you a brand new look. In true Newtown style, this salon is also an art gallery and fashion boutique, so there’s plenty to do while you wait for your hair to undergo its metamorphosis.
The Urban Newtown
With so much to explore, you'll definitely want to stick around. This boutique Newtown hotel is your ticket to really feeling part of the community. Each room features works from local artists, with August 1st seeing a major addition to the hotel's front wall, from world renowned street artist Fintan Magee. Tap into their regular wine and local beer tastings, or sip away at the mini bar in your room—both are free (no joke).
Looking for more to see and eat? Check out our 24 hour guide to Newtown for more places that should make your hit list.
Image credits, top to bottom: The Pie Tin, Alessandro Squadrito at Luyu & Yum Yum, Zanzibar, Alessandro Squadrito at O'Connell St Merchants, Lisa Brooke at Naked Foods, Alessandro Squadrito at The Urban Newtown.