Shopping in Newtown
For that special gift, an offbeat designer outfit or an out-of-print book, visit Newtown and discover its many hidden treasures. A wonderful range of designer boutiques, vintage stores and speciality shops are on King Street and Enmore Road among the restaurants and cafes.
Newtown’s bargains, boutiques and bookstores
Newtown is where you'll discover a marvellous range of designer boutiques, gift emporiums and book retailers. The southern end of the inner-west neighbourhood's main street is nicknamed SoKi, short for south King Street. Leo Monk Handbags and All Buttons Great and Small are institutions in SoKi. Vintage stores are popular too in this charming area.
North along King Street are many restaurants and cafes as well as boutiques, street fashion emporia and excellent book stores including Better Dead Than Read. Enmore Road, which veers off King Street near Newtown train station, has Mulberry Street Vintage Designer Boutique and specialty stores such as Do It Yourself Invitations, as well as splendid bars and restaurants.
Newtown is home to some of the best bookstores in Sydney. Along with Better Dead Than Read, you can browse almost a million second-hand titles at cavernous Gould's Book Arcade at the northern end of King Street, or try Elizabeth's, with its mix of second-hand and new books. For new titles, check out Modern Times Bookstore, which doubles as an art supplies store.
If you're seeking a gift, Pentimento is a good choice, selling recipe books, homewares, stationery, ceramics and jewellery. Octopus Design is brimming with novelty items, kitchenware, candles and irreverent greeting cards. At Blue Dog Posters and Prints you'll discover a myriad of movie, art, music and political posters. Holy Kitsch! is packed with zany treasures from Latin America.
For retro and vintage fashion, flick through the racks at Mulberry Street and Retrospec'd, for starters. Head to Maple for cool streetwear, Yoshi Jones for Japanese-inspired fashions, Monster Threads for tees and hip bric-a-brac, and steam punks will be delighted with Gallery Serpentine. For bespoke weeding gowns, make an appointment with Jennifer Regan.