Newtown & Erskineville

Newtown & Erskineville

Local vibe: Hip and happening

Barflies, foodies, fashionistas, yogis – this inner-west world is your oyster. Lively, noisy and fun, King Street is the hub for a multitude of indie shops, bookstores, hip bars and multicultural menu options.


Check out the collection at the Sydney University Art Gallery. Catch an arthouse movie at Dendy Cinemas, or discover the next big playwright at the New Theatre. Wander through historic Camperdown Cemetery, an atmospheric oasis amid the inner-city buzz. Take a walk in Sydney Park – a triumphant ‘greening’ of a former industrial site. Or just enjoy the passing parade from one of the many cafés along King Street. Face the music at The Vanguard, known as Sydney’s house of jazz and blues.


Newtown is known for its array of ethnic restaurants – from African to Thai. For café fare, don’t miss Black Star Pastry and Brewtown Newtown. Pubs are plentiful, too. In Erskineville, stop at Bar Nosh or head upstairs at the Newtown Hotel to The Animal (its pumping Greek restaurant), The Courthouse Hotel, The Bank, or try the ‘dude food’ at Miss Peaches Soul Food Kitchen at The Hotel Marlborough. Hartsyard and Oscillate Wildly are also cool dining venues. Grab late-night drinks and eats at Mary’s and Earl’s Juke Joint.


Must-visits for avid readers include Better Read Than Dead and Gould’s Books. The area is also packed with quirky stores, such as Holy Kitsch and The Floral Decorator in Erskineville.

You’ll find retrovintage frocks at Retrospec’d and real vintage at Scrags House of Fashion. Check out the huge button selection at All Buttons Great and Small and beads at Etelage, and the Japanese inspired fashion at Yoshi Jones. Head south along King Street into antiques and collectables territory – and to Fiji Market for bargain kitchenware.

Last updated: Thursday, 6 August 2015