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Eating out in Newtown

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.

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Drink and Dine on King Street

Corridor Bar, Newtown

Cocktails, cafes, and a huge range of eateries; it's all on offer in Newtown, complementing a bustling village feel and colourful bohemian vibe. The dining scene here is extemely vibrant with great food, old school pubs, hipster bars and laid-back fine dining options.

If small bars are your thing, start with too-cool-for-school Bloodwood, where cocktails and polenta chips are mandatory. Or, bag a retro couch at Madame Fling Flongs, a teeny seat at cute-as-a-button Corridor, a tall stool at Enmore Road's Ra Bar, or a 50s sofa at Mad Men-style lounge bar Green Room.

Newtown's main drag and leafy backstreets boast great beer gardens too. Wile away a Sunday afternoon with a jug of beer and a chunky schnitzel at the Courthouse, soak up the Moroccan vibe of the Zanzibar rooftop or find a spot on the open-air decks at the Balinese-inspired Bank Hotel. If that's not enough grab yourself a pint of Newtowner at hip local beer-barn Young Henry's.  

There's good food, wine and beer at the iconic Carlisle Castle or head to the Coopers Arms' airy indoor/outdoor bistro. Also, check out The Marlborough's outdoor beer garden and upstairs veranda, perfect for people watching.

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. Small, cosy and unpretentious, Oscillate Wildly on Australia Street offers a degustation menu that reads like a fine cuisine who's who, and is definitely 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.

There’s also an eclectic mix of eateries further up Enmore Road. 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 that are 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 Middle Eastern food, try Emma's Snack Bar, a low-key neighbourhood favourite just off Enmore road serving up Lebanese street food. 

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 great 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.

Vargarbar Espresso's friendly service and fantastic coffee makes it a local favourite for students and residents alike.

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