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Shopping in Newtown

Newtown's locals know if they need a special gift, an offbeat designer outfit or an out-of-print book, they'll find it in the ‘hood. Join those in the know and take a wander down King Street where the suburb's stores are unique and full of hidden treasures.

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Shops, boutiques, bookstores and more

Looking for the perfect retail heaven? Designer boutiques, quirky gift emporiums and multiple book retailers are dotted along Newtown's main drag. Explore the shops at the southern end of King Street for ethnic homewares, funky furniture shops and specialty items.

Bookworms can browse almost a million second-hand titles at cavernous Gould's or try Elizabeth's (don't miss the funny literary quote on the blackboard outside, updated daily). For new titles, check out Modern Times Bookstore (which doubles as an art store), Berkelouw (also great for book bags and other literary-inspired gifts) and Better Read Than Dead.

Seeking quirky presents? Pentimento sells recipe books, funky knickknacks, stamp and ink sets, Mud ceramics and chunky Elk jewellery. Octopus Design is chockas with novelty items, kitchenware, ipad cases, lush 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 for cuppa-lovers, you can't go past T2's pretty cups, gorgeous tea-pots and large variety of leaf teas.

For retro and vintage fashion, flick through the racks at Cream on King, Three 5 Nine King, Mulberry Street Vintage Designer Boutique and Retrospec'd, for starters. Head to Maple for cool labels; Yoshi Jones for Japanese-inspired fashions, Monster Threads for quirky tees, Quick Brown Fox for dresses and Oat Designs for chic, timeless pieces.

Newtown's cool cat vibe intensifies at the southern end of the strip. 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 homewares.

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