Newtown is famous for being Sydney’s hipster capital – it’s a neighbourhood filled with cool cafes, hip bars, eccentric stores and even quirkier characters. King Street and Enmore Street make up the main thoroughfares, and Newtown Station is located right at the junction where the two streets meet. I’d recommend to include a day exploring Newtown in your Sydney itinerary, but if you are short on time, half a day is more than enough to walk up and down both streets, look into a couple stores, and grab a bite and a cuppa!
This list is by no means exhaustive, and I only include places that I’ve personally been to, or in some cases, places that are super famous and someone I know well has been to. Here’s hoping I’ll get to go back to Sydney sometime soon, and this list will definitely expand. Here goes 😉
Newtown Sydney: Cafes, Bars, and Restaurants
Black Star Pastry
Arguably one of the most famous bakeries from Sydney, Black Star Pastry’s star dish is the Strawberry Watermelon Cake. I’m not a big fan of watermelons myself, but make sure you drop by and give it a try when you’re here.
Black Star Pastry Address: 277 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 7am to 5pm Website: https://blackstarpastry.com.au/
Bourke Street Bakery
Another famous institution in Sydney, Bourke Street Bakery has a small takeaway-only branch in Newtown, right beside the train station. It’s a hole in the wall kind of place, but it dishes out the same goodies that you can find at the original bakery on Bourke Street in Surry Hills. The chocolate tart is still my favourite thing to get here <3
Bourke Street Bakery Address: 13/330 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia Opening Hours: Mon - Fri, 7am to 7pm Sat & Sun, 7am to 5pm Website: http://bourkestreetbakery.com.au/
This cafe is located just at a corner just across the street from the train station. They serve good and super hearty breakfasts, as well as coffee from Toby’s Estate. The cafe also has one of the most spacious outdoors sitting area in Newtown – so if dining alfresco is your thing, this cafe is a good option! The location is also right smack in the center of the ‘hood, making it a strategic place to watch the world go by.
Cafe Newtown Address: 329 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Courthouse Hotel, or locally known as The Courty, houses a pub with an open bar, and my favourite thing about this place is the leafy beer garden inside. It’s such a nice place to hang around, and when a popular sports match is on it’s bustling with cheering crowds. Definitely an experience you should try when in Newtown!
Courthouse Hotel Address: 202 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia Opening Hours: Mon - Sat, 10am to 12am Sun 10am to 10pm Website: http://solotel.com.au/venue-details/pub/courthouse-hotel
Cuckoo Callay is a cute cafe located right outside Newtown Station. They serve good breakfasts and offer quick takeaway options too, usually for the morning commuters. Service is friendly (as with everywhere else in Sydney, really!) and the space is lovely – they have this alfresco seating area under colourful awnings where you can sip your coffee, read a book and watch the commuters go by.
Cuckoo Callay Address: Newtown Railway station, 324A King St Newtown NSW 2042, Australia Opening Hours: Mon - Fri, 6am to 4pm Sat 8am to 4pm, Sun 8am to 3pm Website: www.cuckoo-callay.com.au/
One of the many establishments under the Cafe Shenkin chain in Sydney (there are two in Newtown alone – Shenkin Espresso Bar and Shenkin Kitchen), this place serves the Middle Eastern-inspired comfort dishes that Cafe Shenkin is famous for. The food is seriously super good – if you are only visiting one place to eat, I’d highly recommend this one. My favourite dishes include the Potato and Mushroom Burekas (super yummy) and Salmon Omelette (pictured above).
Shenkin Kitchen Address: 129 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042, Australia Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 7am to 330pm Thurs - Sat, 6pm to 9pm Website: http://www.cafeshenkin.com.au/
The Shack Organic Whole Foods Market
This place is probably one of the most hipster hangouts in a neighbourhood of hipster hangouts, with colourful painted (graffitied?) walls and strings of light baubles and healthy organic menu. Come down for a green juice or two, or at least a hipster #OOTD photo!
The Shack Address: 415 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia Opening Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am to 4pm Sat & Sun, 8am to 5pm Website: http://theshacknewtown.com/
This unique brewery is all about inclusive afternoons spent enjoying hand-crafted beer in their unique warehouse space – kids and pets welcome! The bar also brews its own gin, called the Noble Cut – good for all you gin lovers out there to try! What’s more – the bar closes by 7pm everyday 😉 Definitely drop by when you’re in the neighbourhood!
Young Henrys Address: D & E/76 Wilford St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia Opening Hours: Mon - Fri, 12pm to 7pm Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun 11am to 7pm Website: www.younghenrys.com/