Eating out on King St
Head to Newtown’s King Street for a diverse range of food and drink, from the affordable Thai restaurants in the neighbourhood’s north, to the hip bars, cutting edge eateries and stellar cafes on one of Sydney's great eat streets.
Drink and dine in Newtown
Cocktails, cafes, and a huge range of cuisines are on offer in Newtown, with its village feel and unapologetic 'anything goes' vibe. The dining scene here is one of the city's most vibrant, with excellent food from all over the world, as well as old school pubs, hipster bars and laid-back fine dining just some of the great options.
Coffee lovers should stop by Campos on Missenden Road; they’ve been serving up expertly-crafted espresso for over ten years, and were one of the first speciality coffee purveyors in Australia. Grab a coffee, a pastry and a window seat and settle in for the morning. Brewtown is another great cafe, known for its en-pointe brunches and its brewnuts (their take on a cronut - a croissant crossed with a donut). Brewtown have one of the only steampunk coffee machines in Australia, so order a filter brew to go with your brewnut, crunchy polenta breakfast or fresh fruit salad.
There’s also an eclectic mix of eateries all up and down Enmore Road. For Middle Eastern food, try Emma's Snack Bar, a low-key neighbourhood favourite just off Enmore road serving up Lebanese street food. The nearby Turkish offerings at The Sultan’s Table are something special; you can’t go wrong with anything involving grilled meat and/or dips. And Indian-Pakistani favourite Faheem Fast Food is just across the street, with great curries and naan, it's super cheap and super quick. For dessert, pop by The Cow and the Moon for award-winning gelato - the affogato and lemon flavours are particularly good.
For dining on the finer side, but still with that laid-back inner west vibe, try Hartsyard, with its fine-dining-meets-Americana cuisine and incredible desserts. Nearby Bloodwood on King Street is another great option, with next-level share plates and great cocktails. Small, cosy and unpretentious, Oscillate Wildly on Australia Street offers a degustation menu that reads like a grocery list but is truly something special. This 20 seat local institution has been wowing diners since 2003, so be sure to book well in advance. Osteria di Russo & Russo is a great place to go for a quiet meal with friends; order a glass of wine, choose a handful of items from their menu of deconstructed Italian dishes to share and you’ll feel like you’re eating in the old-school living room of one of your (professional chef) mates.