A Weekend in Newtown
There’s so much to do in Newtown, so you’re up and at ‘em nice and early. Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, originally the site of the Camperdown Cemetery, is one of the inner west’s best parks. It’s perfect for an early morning stroll. It can get busy later in the day with picnicking locals, but early on it’s a great place to peacefully welcome in the day.
Breakfast should be an event and that’s what Brewtown Newtown is all about. It’s a cafe, a baker and a roaster – the ideal early morning incarnation – with an easy going atmosphere. But they are serious about their coffee, as they should be.
If you’re a traditionalist you can get stuck into the Big Brekkie, Breakfast Roll, (there’s also a vegetarian version), or a Belgium Waffle. If something simpler is more your style, there’s Cocoa Granola an Egg Benny or even a Green Bowl.
The wholesome Cafe Shenkin is another great brekky option with its ethically sourced coffee and family recipes from Israel. Try the Tel Aviv Breakfast with salmon, avocado and Israeli salad or the Boker Tov with soy quinoa sourdough or even Date a Pancake if you’re up for it.
Newtown has long boasted one of the best and most eclectic shopping strips in Sydney. Ethically made clothing store The Social Outfit work with local designers like Bianca Spender to produce unique, waste conscious clothing, the profits of which go to refugees and migrants who have been trained in how to make them.
Down the road at the Red Cross Op Shop, you can make all your vintage and funky thread dreams come true. Swop Clothing Exchange is another. As is Cream on King with their Americana pre-loved bent and ‘upcycling’ re-fashion approach.
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Milk and Thistle is more upmarket and has developed a cult following, with good reason. Their modern approach, like linen jumpsuits, has won them plenty of admirers, as has their limited edition approach.
It wouldn’t be Newtown without the chance to flick through some old, or new, vinyl records (or even CDs!) Repressed Records can help you out there.
Lunch (at last)
The Italian Bowl is something of an oldie (14 years) but it’s still going strong, thanks to its incredible pasta sauces. Just pick your pasta, bowl size and your sauce with dishes starting at around $14. Or there’s a selection of risottos, chicken and veal options with salads and sides.
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Alternatively, Rising Sun Workshop is another great option. It claims to be ‘Sydney’s first communal motorcycle workshop’ but it’s the Single Origin Roasters coffee and Ramen that most folks are riding in for. Chef Nick Smith and his team have been around for three years in this welcoming warehouse and have already established themselves as a Newtown institution. Mains are around $20 which gives you change to wash down your Japanese snacks with some local wine and craft beer.
The Holey Moley Golf Club has become a Newtown sensation since opening its doors two years ago. It’s a temple (of sorts) to pop culture, that includes 18 holes of putt putt golf and a wide, wide variety of inventive refreshments and good food – making it something of an inner west theme park.
Book ahead or get there early in the afternoon because this must-do can get very busy.
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Of course there’s a plethora of pubs to choose from to ease your way into the evening.
Those that have survived the test of time and still hold their own include revered university student hangout The Marly AKA The Marlborough Hotel. It’s perfect for watching sport or hanging out in the beer garden. In the later hours it’s a venue of choice for live music.
There’s also The Courthouse that boasts one of the best beer gardens in the city. It’s easy going, has plenty of great craft beers and if that arvo drink turns into dinner, great food too.
The Bank is another famous Newtown pub. It’s home to Uncle Hops Craft Beer Bar, offers cocktail jugs, if you please, and of course has its own beer garden.
Plenty of us have become Thai food connoisseurs, and Thai Patong boasts as authentic an experience as possible outside of Siam. From the food to the service to the smiles and the Tom Yum soup. It’s BYO and offers a number of vegetarian options.
Bloodwood is something of a high end restaurant with a number of different sections, including the front bar when you can people watch on King St, a private room or an outdoor area in this reimagined modern terrace. The organic drinks list and house made cocktails bring their own unique charm and the pork nuggets and fried chicken could put KFC out of business. It’s vegetarian friendly with vegan options.
Gigi’s Pizzeria is a cool happening joint with traditional wood fired Italian pizza. The difference is, four years ago, after a decade in Newtown, all animal products were taken off the menu. Cheese and meat are gone, but the taste isn’t.
The dimly lit, yet atmospheric Earl’s Juke Joint is a late night pilgrimage in Newtown. It’s hidden behind an old butcher’s but is an open secret. The cocktail, beer and wine lists are very extensive, and very good.
Sundays are nice and lazy in Newtown, as they should be. So after a good lie in, a nice brunch is in order.
Cuckoo Callay is just the spot. This funky cafe boasts arguably the best coffee in Newtown, it operates a walk-in only policy and wants you to bring your doggy along, and they cater for them! It’s fantastic casual eating on the sidewalk or there’s a great view of the district from upstairs. The Pimp Mi Goreng, Return of the MacDaddy and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest are all different takes on traditional favourites.
Campos Coffee is another coffee lovers’ favourite. It’s cosy, with a warm and friendly vibe. The service is nice and personal, the pastries are delicious, and the coffee is a standout.
Stretch your legs with a wander through Newtown’s colourful antique shops at the south end of King Street. There are plenty of quirky retailers where you can pick up something no one else has. Take your time perusing the giant Newtown Furniture Haven, retro specialists Envision54 and the incredibly eclectic Bloodworth Bellamy.
Continental Delicatessen is another cracking Newtown lunch spot and you have your choice of the deli, or the bistro on a Sunday. Charcuterie, cheese and canned goods are among their specialities. They are also vegan friendly.
Flour Drum is an all-day eatery, so you can plonk yourself down and never leave, if you wish. It has a wonderfully friendly vibe with something of a sweet tooth. Old faves such as lamb shanks are paid the respect they deserve, while they also pay homage to new tastes with dishes such as their Mushroom Medley.
Ttotaler is Sydney’s first ever tea bar and offers over 30 loose leaf blends, which you can enjoy with a number of experimental brewing methods. Their lovely house cakes makes this the ideal afternoon tea stop.
No weekend in Newtown is complete without a trip of indulgence to one of Sydney’s most famous burger joints – Mary’s. This is hamburgers as America perfected them. Plenty of meat, cheese, chips, sauce and soft drink. If that’s not your choice of syrup, there’s a natural Australian wine list and wide selection of Australian beer.
If burgers aren’t your go, Bella Bruta can itch that pizza scratch you have missed out on so far. Their anti-pastas come well recommended too. Looking for more? Hartsyard 2.0 offers a happening neighbourhood vibe with their own fantastic focus on modern Australian cuisine.
A weekend in Newtown is obviously a lot of fun. Are you thinking of buying or selling in Newtown or the inner west? Contact Urbane property today.
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