Not far from the city, in Sydney’s inner-west, you’ll find Newtown. The hippie roots of the suburb may have given way to bohemian chic, but one thing is clear—Newtown marches to the beat of its own drum. Take a walk down the main strip, King Street, meet the locals and get lost in Sydney’s alternative heartland.
Shop the Street
King Street is a high street shopping haven, from clothes and accessories to books and music, Newtown has it all. Book lovers will be at home at Better Read Than Dead. You are sure to find what you are looking for in this beautifully organised space. And if you aren’t sure what to read, look out for the helpful "Staff Picks" dotted around the store.
Pentimento is a one-stop shop for stunning gifts, quirky greeting cards and books, while HUM on KING stocks the latest music CDs, DVDs and records. Just off King Street on Wilson Street, you’ll find Egg Records, home to a huge selection of secondhand vinyl records.
Buy cool poster art, illustrations, gifts, prints and more from Blue Dog Posters. Budding artists can pick up art supplies and more at Pigment Lab, whilst craft fiends should head to The Granny Square for all their knitting, crochet and needlecraft needs.
Newtown is home to an array of groovy vintage clothing stores. Uturn Vintage Clothing is a must for a curated selection of cool threads, whilst Cream on King is the go-to for all your upcycled dreams. Dr Earth is the place to go for health foods and everything organic. Transport yourself to Turkey and wander the Istanbul Street Bazaar, offering a range of ceramics, bowls, lights and Turkish towels.
Geek out at Calstars Pop Culture store, where you can purchase comics, toys and Pop! Vinyls.
Taste the World
You can literally taste the world as you walk down King Street with an array of dining options. Join the queue at The Italian Bowl. Locals love this pasta joint for its tasty Italian menu prepared fresh to order.
Burgers are always on the menu in Newtown. The original and the best has to be Mary’s, just off King Street on Mary Street. Soul Burger offers tasty plant-based burgers, while Big Daddy’s Burger Bar gives you those retro diner feels.
Asian cuisine is top notch here too. For Thai try Newtown Thai or Thai Riffic. Fresh Vietnamese delights can be found at Tre Viet, while Belly Bao is home to little bao pillows of heaven, in choices like slow braised pork, panko crumbed chicken breast and crispy tofu. Plus, try the Baogers (burgers made with a bao burger bun) and BBC (Belly Bao fried chicken).
There’s plenty of quirky cool fun to be had in Newtown. Holey Moley offers 18 holes of the craziest mini golf games you have ever played, with holes themed after The Simpsons, Game of Thrones and Pac-Man. Catch the latest blockbusters and indie flicks at Newtown’s Dendy Cinemas, or catch a comedian or live music gig at the famed Enmore Theatre.
For a bit of peace and quiet head off King Street to the suburb’s green space, Camperdown Memorial Rest Park. As you wander down the streets be sure to glimpse some of Newtown’s famous street art. You’ll find some of Sydney’s best artworks and murals here. These include the “I have a dream” Martin Luther King indigenous flag mural on King Street, and the “It’s like a jungle sometimes” mural on Enmore Road.
Newtown is located only a few kilometres from the city centre and is easily accessible via taxi, Uber or public transport. Catch a train from Town Hall or Central Station to Newtown on the T2 line. Numerous buses run from Railway Square at Central Station along King Street to Newtown.