Newtown

Highlights

King Street

Bustling King Street stretches from Sydney University in the north, through to St Peters and the area occasionally known as ‘soki’ (south King Street). If you’ve got a few hours to spare on this bohemian inner west strip, you’re in for a treat. Go for brunch, shop at the area’s quirky design stores and independent bookshops or just grab a latte and watch the world go by.

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About Newtown

Colourful and unconventional, Newtown is one of Sydney’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, with rows of 19th century terraces, a buzzing nightlife, great pubs, restaurants, boutique shops and a thriving main street, King Street.

Newtown is a culturally diverse, unpretentious precinct where the alternative crowd rubs shoulders with office workers and school kids. The locals who call Newtown home are an eclectic mix of University students, artists, long-time locals and hip young things, making for a friendly community.

Eating and drinking in Newtown offers a plethora of options, with more than 100 restaurants and cafes offering a range of cuisines along King Street and Enmore Road and in nearby Erskineville. Must-eats in the area include a Mary’s burger, gelato from Cow and the Moon on Enmore Road, a slice of snickers pie from the Pie Tin and a pint of Newtowner (Summer Ale) from Young Henrys. Bar-wise, it’s hard to top the classic courtyard vibes of The Courthouse (‘The Courty’ to locals) or an expertly-made mojito from Corridor.

Quirky and cool, shopping in Enmore Road and south King Street offer buttons, beads, tiles, tribal gifts, gothic garments and second-hand furniture, while north King street is also home to some great finds. Check out Gould's, which houses almost a million secondhand books, as well as Monster Threads for quirky t-shirts and gifts.

Newtown is also the beating heart of the inner west's arts and culture scene, with theatres, music venues, and performance spaces throughout. Check out The Vanguard for chilled-out jazz and performance art, take in an avant-garde performance at the King Street Theatre, or see some of the best local and international music acts and comedians at the art deco Enmore Theatre. Don’t miss the neighborhood's biggest event, Newtown Festival. Held on the second Sunday in November; with local and national music acts and an open-air bar, it attracts more than 90,000 visitors each year.

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    Food and Wine

    Wander along King Street and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that line Newtown's main thoroughfare. Enjoy a cocktail in a funky bar or watch the world go past with a cappuccino or latte in hand at one of the suburbs numerous cafes.

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    Arts and Culture

    Stop by one of Newtown's art galleries or creative arts centres and delight in the areas local artistic talent through many temporary and permanent exhibition spaces. Watch a play or a gig at the theatres and live music venues on Enmore Road or King Street.

  • Fashion and Shopping, Newtown

    Fashion and Shopping

    Discover hidden treasures such as designer fashion, quirky homewares and unique gifts in Newtown's eclectic mix of shopping spots. Immerse yourself in the world of retro, vintage and alternative fashion or find your next favourite read in one of the suburb's many book stores.

  1. All Buttons Great and Small

    All Buttons Great and Small

    If you were wondering where Nicole Kidman's buttons from Moulin Rouge came from, or where the fasteners on the Bananas in Pyjamas tops came from, look no further than Newtown's All Buttons Great and Small. Providing a...

  2. Artsite Gallery

    Artsite Gallery

    Artsite® is dedicated to promoting exemplary local and Australian artist practices.With a strong curatorial approach to current contemporary visual arts practice, Artsite Gallery represents...

  3. Beehive Gallery

    Beehive Gallery

    From bags and jewellery to pottery and paper crafts, everything found inside Newtown's Beehive Gallery is made by hand. More of a group of small galleries within one storefront, the King Street store features a...

  4. Better Read Than Dead

    Better Read Than Dead

    In the heart of the King Street shopping strip and an area staple for more than 15 years, Better Read Than Dead treats the neighbourhood to regular community and author events and a reading room perfect for book...

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