Shopping in Newtown
Newtown locals know if they need a special gift, an offbeat designer outfit or an out-of-print book, they'll find it in their own backyard. Take a wander down King Street or Enmore Road and follow those in the know to discover local stores that are unique and full of hidden treasures.
Newtown’s bargains, boutiques and bookstores
Designer boutiques, quirky gift emporiums and book retailers are dotted along Newtown's main street. Explore the shops at the southern end of King Street for ethnic homewares, vintage antiques and specialty items. As you head north, check out the quirky boutiques, street fashion emporia and excellent book stores on offer. And Enmore Road boasts some great secondhand, goth and punk clothing stores, as well as some of the area’s best bars and restaurants.
Newtown is home to some of the best bookstores in Sydney. 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 secondhand and new books. For new titles, check out Modern Times Bookstore (which doubles as an art store), and Better Read Than Dead.
If you’re seeking a quirky present, Pentimento is a good choice, selling recipe books, homewares, stationery, ceramics and jewellery. Octopus Design is chock full of novelty items, kitchenware, candles and a great selection of irreverent greeting cards. You'll find all manner of movie, art, music and political posters at Blue Dog Posters and Prints, and Holy Kitsch! is packed with zany latino treasures.
For retro and vintage fashion, flick through the racks at Cream on King, Mulberry Street Vintage Designer Boutique and Retrospec'd, for starters. Head to Maple for cool streetwear, Yoshi Jones for Japanese-inspired fashions, Monster Threads for quirky tees and hip bric-a-brac, Quick Brown Fox for cute , retro-inspired dresses and Jennifer Reagan for bespoke wedding gowns (by appointment only).
On south King Street, be tempted by rugs and bowls at Afghan Interiors, the vintage teak furniture from the 50s, 60s and 70s at Envision54, or a range of time-warp collectables at Newtown Old Wares. Other must-see stores include All Buttons Great And Small, Etelage for beads, and the Fiji Market for a staggering range of spices and cheap kitchenware.