It’s easy to see why Newtown has a reputation for being the heart of Sydney’s alternative scene. The residents of this vibrant inner Sydney neighbourhood are colourful, unconventional unapologetically themselves and this attitude has spawned a thriving music, theatre, design and food precinct. 

 Live music at Lentil As Anything, Newtown, Inner Sydney

Things to do

King Street is the pulsating heart of Newtown. As well as being a delectable ‘eat street’ it’s also a cool shopping strip with an enviable range of designer boutiques, vintage stores and specialty shops. Newtown borders the University of Sydney and is home to rows of restored 19th century terrace houses.

Stroll along King Street for even more attractions such as the cavernous Gould’s Book Arcade. The southern end of the strip is nicknamed SoKi, short for south King Street. SoKi institutions include Leo Monk Handbags and All Buttons Great and Small. Nearby Enmore Road is a popular shopping strip.

The beating cultural heart of this neighbourhood is the Enmore Theatre, where some of the best musicians and comedians perform. Check out The Vanguard for chilled-out jazz and performance art and the King Street Theatre for the avant-garde performances. Check out the exciting events calendar to see what else is on.

Patrons enjoying the beer at Young Henrys bar and brewery in Newtown

Eat and drink

The hip vibe of Newtown pulsates in its small bars, cool cafes and craft breweries. Restaurants and cafes are dotted along King Street, Enmore Road, Australia Street and in neighbouring Erskineville, Enmore and Stanmore. Continental Deli Bar Bistro and Hartsyard in Newtown feature in the national Good Food Guide, as do Stanbuli in Enmore and Sixpenny in Stanmore.  

When it comes to classic colonial pubs, it’s hard to beat The Courthouse Hotel and its fantastic beer garden. For cocktails, Earl’s Juke Joint and The Midnight Special have you covered, Mary’s is an American-style dive bar in a side street and settle in to savour seasonal ales at microwberwery Young Henrys.

Getting there

Newtown is only 4km from Central station and a 10 minute train ride from the city centre.