A local's guide to Newtown

In Sydney’s inner west, Newtown is a culinary and creativity hub with a dynamic arts and entertainment scene. The suburb has an eclectic mix of charming 19th-century terrace houses, street art, specialty boutiques and family-owned shops. Plus, you’ll find trendy pubs, breweries, small bars cool cafes and diverse restaurants serving up cuisine from every corner of the globe.

We recently sent a call-out on social media asking locals to share their favourite Newtown hotspots. Here’s what they had to say.

King Street, Newtown. Photo: Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney

Newtown by day

Fox and Scout
483 King Street, Newtown

“Fox and Scout is a lovely clothing boutique that also sells the most divine-smelling candles,” says Elise via our online form

Specialising in women’s lifestyle basics and coordinates, accessories and gifts, Fox and Scout draws inspiration from its diverse and creative surroundings. The shop takes a fresh approach to fashion, showcasing denim, trends, basics and accessories with a classic edge. This style shows in the boutique’s wares, which range from the classic to the quirky.

Wanting Collection
527 King Street, Newtown

“Wanting Collection is a fab little quirky boutique full of colourful clothes and jewellery,” says Elise via our online form

Just down King Street, for a truly vibrant shopping experience, visit Wanting Collection. This boutique, which began in 2013 as a simple sock stall at the Newtown market, now fills its fully-fledged shop with vivid jewellery, handbags, clothing, and more. There’s something here for men and women in all sizes.

Glow Girl
208 Australia Street, Newtown

“It’s a combination of very down-to-earth and friendly staff, led by Anita, the owner, plus excellent service and pretty reasonable prices! I’ve lived in a few places, but I keep coming back to this local gem,” says Jennifer on our online form

Glow Girl beauty therapists take a ‘something for everyone’ approach to spa and beauty treatments. Take a break here for facials, massages, waxing, tanning, lash tinting, and body treatments.

Flour Drum
531 King Street, Newtown

“Great food,” says Michael on Facebook

For fresh, local, and home-made, you can’t go past the cosy Flour Drum. Whether you’re looking for a delicious all-day breakfast, brunch, lunch, or an afternoon pick-me-up, you’ll find it in this sunny, welcoming cafe.


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Rising Sun Workshop
1C Whateley Street, Newtown

“There is nowhere else in Sydney like it! Great coffee, ramen and katsu burgers for lunch and an excellent and refined dinner menu, all while locals are using the communal workshop space to work on their motorbikes,” says Naomi via our online form

Rising Sun Workshop combines a cafe, retail outlet and workshop. This unique business practices a philosophy of collaboration and community. The workshop provides everything bikers need to work on their motorbikes. And this community spirit extends to the tasty cafe, where buying like-minded and local is at the heart of the menu.

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Newtown Record Fair
324 King Street, Newtown

On the first Saturday of the month, from 11am to 4pm, the Bank Hotel is host to a pop-up record fair in its beer garden. The fair is about building a community of vinyl lovers in the hub of recordland between Egg and Revolve Records, says Erica, the fair’s organiser. Whether you’re a diehard vinyl junkie or a newcomer to the wonders of the rotating record, you’ll discover more than 10,000 vinyl records to set your toes tapping.


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#cratediging marathon #vinylrecord til 4pm! @newtownrecordfair

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Newtown by night

Never a sleepy suburb, Newtown is even livelier by night than it is by day. From King Street to the back streets, you’ll find locals and visitors sipping sundowners, sampling from the spectrum of cuisines, listening to live music and basking in Newtown’s unique vibe.

The Stinking Bishops
Shop 5, 63-71 Enmore Road, Newtown

“For all your cheesy needs,” says Garth on Facebook

Like hungry mice, cheese lovers are running to this cheese bar and restaurant, just down the road from the famed Enmore Theatre. With more than 40 cheeses from around the world, The Stinking Bishops lets you create your own cheese boards and pair your favourite wedges with a delicious drop from the bar’s broad wine list. Brie-licious!

Clem’s Chicken Shop
210 King Street, Newtown

“It’s a Newtown institution!” says Kara on Facebook

Family-owned Clem’s has been deliciously doing what it does since 1982. This means serving up fresh takeaway tucker daily, including Clem’s signature chicken, hot chips, pastas, bakes, salads, vegetables and more.


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Bye bye hangover, hello deliciousness… #newtown #clems #brunch #friedchicken #sunday

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Young Henrys
76 Wilford Street, Newtown

“Young Henry’s is definitely my favourite local brewery … the big graffiti wall is very Newtown,” says Yan Kei via our online form (@yan_keiclare on Instagram)

Young Henrys has done its part to help put Sydney’s craft brew scene on the map, and you should likewise drop a pin for its innovative tasting bar on Wilford Street. Open daily for great beer and good cheer, Young Henrys pours the usual suspects from its range, as well as limited-edition beers.

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Finally getting to Young Henry’s brewery! Been too long coming #yh #younghenrys #newtowner #newtown #sydney

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The Cipher Room
640 King Street, Newtown

“It’s a brilliant adventure every time … a definite must!” says Bas via our online form

The escape room phenomenon has taken Sydney by storm, and The Cipher Room has taken advantage of the tempest. Again on King Street, The Cipher Room provides themed locked rooms – full of puzzles, props, and clues – from which you and your team of 2 to 8 must free yourselves within an hour. Owned and operated by Newtown locals, The Cipher Room stands out for its personal touches and its local loyalty – it sources its props from neighbourhood vintage and second-hand shops.

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