Restaurants

Cafe Paci

Restaurant

The menu is à la carte, the wines are by Giorgio De Maria, and – as at the original – the food is still groundbreaking.

Sydney Cebu Lechon

Restaurant

A weekend-only Newtown diner specialising in one thing: Filipino-style suckling pig.

Bella Brutta

Restaurant

Not quite Neapolitan, not quite New Yorker – the pizza at Bella Brutta is a style all of its own. Expect a puffy, blistered crust, a sag-proof base and a raft of creative toppings (a slice of the white clam pie with fermented chilli is a must). From the teams behind LP’s Quality Meats and Porteño.

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Hartsyard

Restaurant

Vegetables and seafood dominate the menu at this refined but down-to-earth spot.

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Westwood Pizza

Restaurant

This tiny pizzeria, run by two ex-Bella Brutta chefs, makes just 150 pizzas a day. So order your fermented-garlic honey, 'nduja or pepperoni pizza early – they sell out fast.

Rosso Antico

Restaurant

Enmore Road’s finest pizza from a veteran of Sydney’s Italian food scene. Neapolitan tradition is on show here, in an exposed brick space beneath the Urban Hotel in Newtown.

Cafes

Soulmate

Cafe

An unpretentious, laidback and delightful cafe serving crowd-pleasing all day breakfasts and Single O Coffee. Batch brew topped with whipped cream is about as fancy as it gets at this airy corner spot. For food, you might try a black-sausage sanga, a comfort bacon and egg roll, or a vegan tofu scramble.

Pastizzi Cafe

Cafe

Visit this slamming Maltese eatery for whopping pastas and flaky, addictive pastizzi (savoury pastries). This giant of South king left its original digs after 14 years and moved to the north end of the strip in 2020. It’s now three times the size – that means three times the pastizzi flying out of the ovens. Essential Newtown eating.

Rising Sun Workshop

Cafe

An unlikely pairing of ramen and motorbike repairs. The lunchtime ramens here tread familiar territory, but the breakfast ramen may be the one to rule them all: bacon, an egg, umami-packed roast tomato and noodles bathing in buttered toast bone broth. Genius.

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The Stinking Bishops

Cafe

A gourmet cheese shop that goes above and beyond.

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Brewtown Sydney

Cafe

A huge warehouse cafe, where coffee is roasted on site.

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Either Or

Cafe

Smoked-salmon poke with a long black? Or a lamb, chip and tzatziki smørrebrød with a beer?

Bars

Courthouse Hotel

Bar

A classic old boozer blessed with one of the best beer gardens in Sydney.

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Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

Bar

Relax with "Mar-tinnies" and tinned seafood.

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Pistou

Bar

This laid-back Provençal wine bar is all about small producers and easy decisions. There are just three drinks on the regularly changing cocktail list, a short food menu and a streamlined selection of wines. Plus, a choose-your-own-adventure weekend brunch plate.

Earl's Juke Joint

Bar

A lively cocktail bar hidden behind the facade of an old butcher shop.

Mary’s Newtown

Bar

Sydney’s most influential burger joint.

Mountain Goat Newtown

Bar

A brewery and bar in a former Newtown furniture store from one of Australia's pioneering craft brewers. Sit in the sunny beer garden and sip on cult brews such as the Organic Steam Ale and Pale Ale, plus a selection of exclusive beers you can only find here.

Shops

Black Star Pastry Newtown

Shop

Home to the famous strawberry-watermelon cake.

Elizabeth's

Shop

This is one of King Street's most charming and enduring booksellers. But the biggest draw here is the "blind date with a book" special: you get a cheap, brand new book wrapped in brown paper – so you'll only find out what you got once you've made your purchase.

Better Read Than Dead

Shop

This is one of Newtown's best – and best known – book shops. The main draw, on top of the impressive, genre-spanning range, is the frequent author events. They regularly attract some of Australia's best writers.

Gould's Book Arcade

Shop

A King street legend. This Newtown favourite is ramshackle in the best way, with all the second-hand books and records you truly won’t find elsewhere. And if you don’t know what you’re looking for, owner Natalie Gould probably does. Her family has been in the book trade for more than 50 years.

Gelato Blue

Shop

A vegan-friendly gelateria – there are over 20 vegan flavours – where everything is produced in-house.

Newtown Garden Market

Shop

Newtown’s friendly spirit is on full display at this compact nursery, where the knowledgeable staff can talk you through everything from planning your first garden to why your favourite monstera is no longer thriving. Stop by for flowers, dwarf fruit trees, bonsai, seeds and a substantial range of indoor plants, all crammed into a lush, jungle-like space.