Newtown Restaurants

The eclectic restaurants, bars and cafes that run the length of Newtown’s King street and up to Enmore Road make for a vibrant food scene.

On the northern end of King Street, you can get your Thai food fix with plenty of cheap-and-cheerful eateries offering great lunch specials, catering to students of the nearby University of Sydney. There are also quite a few vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the area.

Nestled within Newtown's bustling parade of bars and bistros, you will find some some seriously good up-market eats, from the degustation-only Oscillate Wildly on Australia Street and Sixpenny on Stanmore Road, to Americana haven Hartsyard.

The cafe scene in Newtown is buzzing. Check out Brewtown, known for specialty coffee and great breakfasts and stop by local icon Campos, still going strong after more than 10 years.

Newtown is known for its classic pubs, but it’s also worth checking out the bar scene. Head to The Gretz for an old-school cocktail, or swing by Corridor Bar for a stellar mojito.

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  1. Rubyos


    Housed in an elegant terrace, Rubyos stands apart from the pack of Newtown restaurants lined up along King Street thanks to its top notch grazing menu. With dishes like spiced king prawn wontons, charred lamb kofta...

  2. Runcible Spoon

    Runcible Spoon

    Runcible Spoon is a humble cafe tucked away under the old Weston biscuit factory in Camperdown. Golden Cobra coffee is the blend of choice, extracted to perfection by charming baristas and best enjoyed outside on the...

  3. Sadhana Kitchen

    Sadhana Kitchen

    Sadhana is a Sanskrit term that refers to "conscious spiritual practice," which is why Newtown's Sadhana Kitchen takes an ethical, wholesome diet seriously. Its dishes are concocted of organic ingredients that are...

  4. Scrambled Cafe

    Scrambled Cafe

    The locals swear by Scrambled for top-notch breakfasts. You might have to wait for a table on weekends, but rest assured that it's worth it.There is no doubt that Scrambled backs the community that supports it; the...

  5. Shenkin Espresso Bar

    Shenkin Espresso Bar

    With queues trailing onto Erskineville Road at the original Cafe Shenkin, The Haikin brothers and their dad have now opened an Espresso Bar in Newtown. Occupying what was previously The Old Fish Shop Cafe, the timber...

  6. Shenkin Kitchen

    Shenkin Kitchen

    Shenkin Kitchen is the third in the Shenkin brothers set of eateries, this one run by Din and Bar Haikin. Sit at the cosy courtyard or the long share table to enjoy something different for breakfast. No boring boiled...

  7. Silvereye


    The Old Clare Hotel at Chippendale has undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment and has emerged as one of the hottest hotel complexes in Sydney. The chic property is the site of the much-anticipated Silvereye...

  8. Sixpenny


    The brainchild of two SMH Young Chef of the Year recipients, Dan Puskas and James Parry, Sixpenny is a degustation-only restaurant where the chefs bring a series of small, dazzling dishes to the tables themselves....

  9. Soffrito


    Newtown is a suburb renowned for putting a spin on the classics, and Soffrito does just this with a menu offering a contemporary take on European fare. The cosy King Street space doesn't offer much in the way of decor...

  10. Stanbuli


    Stanbuli bring new flavours to the melting pot of the inner-west strip. The brainchild of ex-Porteno chef, Ibrahim Kasif, Stanbuli specialises in authentic dishes, inspired by the street food found in Istanbul. Even...

  11. TABAQ Restaurant

    TABAQ Restaurant

    King Street, Newtown's foodie strip, is home to TABAQ Restaurant; an eatery specialising in Pakistani and Indian cuisine. The kitchen offers affordable dishes, served in generous portions with a side of house-baked...

  12. Thai Pothong

    Thai Pothong

    Thai Pothong is one of Newtown's most popular Thai restaurants, boasting a colossal 300-seat dining room and a mammoth menu. Its extensive offering encourages the sharing of meals and navigates vegan, gluten-free,...

  13. Thai Riffic Newtown

    Thai Riffic Newtown

    In Newtown's sea of Thai restaurants Thai Riffic stands out as a contemporary, stylish dining destination that combines traditional Thai dishes with modern Sydney ideas to create a space (and menu) that satisfies all...

  14. Thanh Binh Newtown

    Thanh Binh Newtown

    Thanh Binh has come to Newtown via Cabramatta and the restaurant's second outpost is just as good, if not better, that the highly regarded original. Set on the busy Missenden Road end of King Street, Thanh Binh has...

  15. The Bach Eatery

    The Bach Eatery

    Craving simple, fresh food inspired by summer days? The Bach is the place you want. The restaurant is an oasis of cool amidst the chaos of Newtown's King Street. The decor is white, there's a surfboard propped up in...

  16. The Bank Hotel

    The Bank Hotel

    The Bank Hotel in Newtown, ten minutes south of the CBD is an institution. Spanning over three levels. The Bank is home to the "velvet room" - for the party people; the public bar and terrace deck - for those who like...

  17. 2042 Cafe and Deli

    2042 Cafe and Deli

    A delicatessen, restaurant and sanctuary in one, 2042 Cafe and Deli has brought a new dimension to the Newtown dining scene by providing locals with a creative, seasonal Modern Australian menu, comfortable setting,...

  18. African Feeling

    African Feeling

    If you're keen to take a break from Thai at Newtown, African Feeling offers a different kind of spice. The food is inspired by the traditions and recipes of the African continent, which makes for kind of a jumbled...

  19. Arabella Lebanese Restaurant

    Arabella Lebanese Restaurant

    Arabella might not be the place for a romantic dinner, but if it's a feast of biblical proportions you're after this is the spot for some of the best Lebanese food in Sydney with entertainment. On a Saturday night the...

  20. Asakusa Japanese Restaurant

    Asakusa Japanese Restaurant

    Located at the northern end of King Street, Asakusa is a gorgeous, traditionally-styled Japanese restaurant. The menu is extensive with everything from DIY shabu-shabu to steamboats of sashimi. Asakusa delivers warm,...

  21. Barmuda


    Tucked away from the merry melee of King Street in Newtown, Barmuda has been a local breakfast and lunch time haunt for years due to wholesome nosh and genuinely friendly service. Breakfast is available all day as is...

  22. Bauhaus West

    Bauhaus West

    Enmore Road is the new stomping ground for fabulous restaurants and small bars and the funky foodies that follow them. So Bauhaus West fits right in with its gourmet bar food, European mains and terrific cocktails....

  23. Beach Burrito Company - Newtown

    Beach Burrito Company - Newtown

    Beach Burrito Co. combines the lazy beach culture of Australia with the tantalising flavours of Mexico. Through their extensive menu of specialty burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos and tacos, beachside diners will...

  24. Bench Wine Bar

    Bench Wine Bar

    Bench Wine Bar, at the south end of Newtown’s bustling King Street, is a laid-back hot spot that pulls in lively crowds of locals for after work drinks. The place lives up to its cool reputation with industrial chic...

  25. Black Star Pastry - Newtown

    Black Star Pastry - Newtown

    Black Star Pastry has changed the way we think about sausage rolls and pies forever. Its orange cake with Persian fig and quince will put every other cake to shame, while their chocolate éclair's continue to create...

  26. Bloodwood Restaurant and Bar

    Bloodwood Restaurant and Bar

    Housed in the former Newtown Conservatory on King Street, Bloodwood is a down-to-earth neighbourhood restaurant with a modern Australian menu designed to share. This place has everything from veggie burgers to lamb...

  27. Boss Lady Food & Co

    Boss Lady Food & Co

    Set in Camperdown, close to Parramatta Road, Boss Lady Food & Co is a Modern Australian cafe that draws on the culinary traditions of Greece and the Middle East. All produce is ethically sourced, much of it from local...

  28. Brewtown Newtown

    Brewtown Newtown

    Featuring one of Sydney’s most instagrammed food items, the cronut, Brewtown Newtown is not only home to flaky, puff pastry delights, it also offers speciality coffee and a bistro-style menu. The mastermind of two men...

  29. Cairo Street Food

    Cairo Street Food

    Hesham El Masry, of Summer Hill's Plunge No. 46, is determined to open a 20-seater restaurant on Enmore Road. He's just not quite sure about the specifics yet. The eatery might be called Cairo Take-Away and will be...

  30. Calaveras


    Calaveras brings the fiesta to Newtown with this Mexican style cantina. This is where you go to have a good time, it's about feasting on zesty tacos, listening to great music and soaking up the vibrant buzz that fills...

  31. Campos Coffee

    Campos Coffee

    Starting from a small shop in the backstreets of Newtown, Campos has established itself as one of Australia's most trusted coffee brands. Still operating out of a small shop in Newtown, Campos has a loyal following of...

  32. Chedi Thai

    Chedi Thai

    Tucked away in Newtown, Chedi Thai aims to please by offering good food, affordable prices and genuine Thai service. This light and bright restaurant is reminiscent of holidays to the Land of Smiles, with lacquered...

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