NEW­TOWN

Food, shop­ping and quirky cool col­lide in the in­ner-west sub­urb of New­town.

Where Sydney - - Contents - By Roshan Sukhla

King Street Cool

NOT FAR FROM THE CITY, in Syd­ney’s in­ner-west, you’ll find New­town. The hip­pie roots of the sub­urb may have given way to bo­hemian chic, but one thing is clear—new­town marches to the beat of its own drum. Take a walk down the main strip, King Street, meet the lo­cals, and get lost in Syd­ney’s al­ter­na­tive heart­land.

SHOP THE STREET

King Street is a high street shop­ping haven, from clothes and ac­ces­sories to books and mu­sic, New­town has it all. Book lovers will be at home at Bet­ter Read Than Dead. You are sure to find what you are look­ing for in this beau­ti­fully or­gan­ised space. And if you aren’t sure what to read, look out for the help­ful ‘Staff Picks’ dot­ted around the store.

Pen­ti­mento is a one-stop shop for stun­ning gifts, quirky greet­ing cards and books, while HUM on KING stocks the lat­est mu­sic CDS, DVDS and records. Just off King Street on Wil­son Street, you’ll find Egg Records, home to a huge se­lec­tion of se­cond­hand vinyl records.

Buy cool poster art, il­lus­tra­tions, gifts, prints and more from Blue Dog Posters. Bud­ding artists can pick up art sup­plies and more at Pig­ment Lab, whilst craft fiends should head to The Granny Square for all their knit­ting, cro­chet and needle­craft needs.

New­town is home to an ar­ray of groovy vin­tage cloth­ing stores. Uturn Vin­tage Cloth­ing is a must for a cu­rated se­lec­tion of cool threads, whilst Cream on King is the go to for all your up­cy­cled dreams.

Dr Earth is the place to go for health foods and ev­ery­thing or­ganic. Trans­port your­self to Tur­key and wan­der the Is­tan­bul Street Bazaar, of­fer­ing a range of ce­ram­ics, bowls, lights and Turk­ish tow­els.

Geek out at Cal­stars Pop Cul­ture store, where you can pur­chase comics, toys and Pop! Vinyls.

TASTE THE WORLD

You can lit­er­ally taste the world as you walk down King Street with an ar­ray of din­ing op­tions. Join the queue at The Ital­ian Bowl. Lo­cals love this pasta joint for its tasty Ital­ian menu pre­pared fresh to or­der.

Burg­ers are al­ways on the menu in New­town. The orig­i­nal and the best has to be Mary’s, just off King Street on Mary Street. Soul Burger of­fers tasty plant­based burg­ers, while Big Daddy’s Burger Bar gives you those retro diner feels.

Asian cui­sine is top notch here too. For Thai try New­town Thai or Thai Riffic. Fresh Viet­namese de­lights can be found at Tre Viet, while Belly Bao is home to lit­tle bao pil­lows of heaven, in choices like slow braised pork, panko crumbed chicken breast and crispy tofu. Plus try their Baogers (burg­ers made with a bao burger bun) and BBC (Belly Bao fried chicken).

QUIRKY COOL

There’s plenty of quirky cool fun to be had in New­town. Holey Moley of­fers 18 holes of the cra­zi­est mini golf games you have ever played, with holes themed af­ter The Simp­sons, Game of Thrones and Pac-man.

Catch the lat­est block­busters and indie flicks at New­town’s Dendy Cin­e­mas, or catch a co­me­dian or live mu­sic gig at the famed En­more Theatre.

For a bit of peace and quiet head off King Street to the sub­urb’s green space, Cam­per­down Memo­rial Rest Park. As you wan­der down the streets be sure to glimpse some of New­town’s fa­mous street art. You’ll find some of Syd­ney’s best art­works and mu­rals here. These in­clude the “I have a dream” Martin Luther King indige­nous flag mu­ral on King Street, and the “It’s like a jun­gle some­times” mu­ral on En­more Road.

Fin­ish your day with a drink in the beer gar­den of the Bank Ho­tel, or sit on the bal­cony of the New­town Ho­tel and watch the world go by.

NEW­TOWN FES­TI­VAL

This year New­town Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 40th an­niver­sary. Cel­e­brate New­town’s unique vi­brant com­mu­nity with mar­ket stalls, kid’s zone, writer’s tent, dog zone, live mu­sic, food stalls and much more. Artists per­form­ing in­clude Dap­pled Cities and Ol­lie Thorpe. 11 No­vem­ber, Cam­per­down Memo­rial Rest Park, New­town. new­town­fes­ti­val.org

GET­TING HERE

New­town is lo­cated only a few kilo­me­tres from the city cen­tre and is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble via taxi, Uber or pub­lic trans­port. Catch a train from Town Hall or Cen­tral Sta­tion to New­town on the T2 line. Nu­mer­ous buses run from Rail­way Square at Cen­tral Sta­tion along King Street to New­town. Visit trans­portnsw.info for more in­for­ma­tion.

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