What we love about Newtown:

  • A vibrant community like no other in Sydney
  • An abundance of options for food and drinks
  • Colourful houses, street art and people
  • Home to plenty of local shops and bookstores 

Homeseekers looking for a hip and indie neighbourhood to move into need not look elsewhere: Newtown is the place to be. 

Newtown is set apart from nearby neighbourhoods by its rows of restored 19th century terrace houses, giving the suburb a vintage, picturesque vibe that artists and non-artists alike will come to love. 

In this guide, we’ll simply talk about facts about Newtown. We’re sure that facts alone will convince you to call this suburb your new home.

Accessibility of Newtown

The first consideration of anyone looking to make a move: just how close is this neighbourhood to places we need to be?

Newtown Train Station
Newtown Train Station (Photo by: Wykymania)

Newtown is situated a few kilometres from the city centre, and is 10 minutes away by train. It also borders the University of Sydney, making it a neighbourhood of choice for students and young professionals alike. 

Food and drinks at Newtown

Newtown is just along King Street, a street famously referred to as “Eat Street” because of its myriad of restaurants, cafes, and bars. If King Street still isn’t enough (we highly doubt it) there are more options for you along Enmore Road and Australia Street.

Black Star Pastry's Strawberry Watermelon Cake
Black Star Pastry’s Strawberry Watermelon Cake (Photo by: City Foodsters)

Be sure not to miss out on Black Star Pastry, so you can taste delectable cakes and see the world-famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake first-hand! Another must-try Newtown institution is Flour Drum, a food haven any time of day. 

No matter where you decide to start your gastronomical adventure, Newtown’s range of selection is sure to not disappoint.

Coopers Hotel in Newtown
Coopers Hotel in Newtown (Photo by: Bidgee)

Newtown also has a vibrant nightlife thanks to the multitude of drinking options ranging from your old school neighbourhood pubs, micro-breweries, cocktail bars, gastropubs and even a tequila bar.

Arts and entertainment at Newtown

If you enjoy theatre, live shows, and live music, try and check out Enmore Theatre, where famous bands and artists play all year round. For more live music, The Vanguard is an equally good option.

And of course, there’s no better way to get to know a neighbourhood than to be completely immersed in it by joining the Sydney Street Art Walking Tour right when you get in.

Newtown Festival
Newtown Festival (Photo by: Ballofstring)

One regular event you might find yourself taking part in is the Newtown Festival hosted by the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to promote inclusivity and community building. It happens annually and has a host of events including live bands, dog shows, and art activities for kids. 

Shopping in Newtown

Going shopping in Newtown is a unique experience. Most shops can also be found along King Street. You’ll find vintage stores like Retrospec’d, sophisticated bookstores like Better Read Than Dead, or quirky niche shops like All Buttons Great and Small

For anything and everything under the sun, there are great finds for everyone every Saturday at the Newtown Market held at Newtown Square.

Newtown Street Art
Newtown Street Art (Photo by: Hpeterswald)

Newtown’s charm and essence cannot fully be captured with words, but we hope this guide gave you a taste of what you might experience day to day if you live in Newtown.

It’s truly a unique suburb that’s worth your while. There’s nothing like it in Sydney.

If you would like more information on Newtown such as Properties in the neighbourhood, Demographics, Schools Nearby, Transport options and other local Amenities, you can check out our Area Profile of Newtown.


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