During a recent weekend away in Sydney, when it came to where we were going to stay we based ourselves in Newtown – conveniently close to the airport and with easy access to the city centre and harbour, these alone are enough reason why this suburb is such a great spot. But, as always, the way to win me over is with food and boy does Newtown deliver there!
Reminding me a lot of Brisbane’s West End (just on a much, much larger scale), Newtown (and it’s neighbouring suburbs) feature a seemingly endless number of vintage stores, boutique retailers and just about every cuisine there is to offer!
Walking along the main streets the most intensely salivating aromas draw your attention into each tiny shop front. Sidewalk dining, whole in the wall restaurants that rarely have an empty seat and take away hot spots catering to lines in wait. Whatever your foodie desires, you’ll find it here. Italian, Turkish, Vietnamese, American, Chinese, Modern Australian, Greek and more! You could almost eat your way around the world without ever leaving the one suburb.
Only having a couple of days in town, here’s where we treated our taste buds (sharing peoples images here as our food was devoured before the camera came out!):
With ceilings and walls adorned with ceramics and lanterns, table tops featuring gorgeous mosaic patterns and a menu that showcases some pretty incredible Turkish cuisine, this tiny but inviting space offers up an warm and memorable dining experience.
The dishes stay true to their origin, not in the least bit pretentious, but instead packed with the kind of flavour that can only be achieved with authentic cooking and the freshest ingredients! Come for the food, stay for the show (belly dancers) and linger over desert and a good bottle of wine.
- 490 King Street, Newtown NSW
Open 7 days, 5.30pm-11.30pm (and breakfast on Sundays)
For bookings phone (02) 9519 3139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you regularly opt for organic, vegan dining, have special dietary requirements or you simply need a cleanse in between Sydney’s decadent dishes and bottles of wine, Sãdhanã Kitchen is a MUST eat! This laid back café was Sydney’s first when it comes to raw and organic wholefoods and has an endless amount of options on offer to satisfy your foodie needs.
A cabinet full of delicious raw cakes and slices, and a menu full of salivating savoury options, everything is made in-house with organic, seasonal produce. Catering, cleanses, raw vegan high tea and a signature 7 course raw food degustation only add to what Sãdhanã can offer – these guys also provide wellbeing classes to those who want to learn a little more and incorporate this food and approach into their every day life.
I couldn’t go past their ‘Cheezeburger’ – vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free comfort food that I rarely get to enjoy!
- 147 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW (also on Warners Ave, Bondi)
Open 7 days, 9am-4pm (takeaway available after 3.30pm)
Cow and the Moon
Just outside of Newtown, in the neighbouring suburb of Enmore, you’ll find a busy coffee and gelato bar serving up hot mugs and cold creations to a long line of customers. Cabinets filled with gelato cakes and tubs piled high with decadent, inventive flavour combinations such as apple wasabi and balsamic strawberry, these guys back up their reputation with a number of awards including 2016 Australian Gelato Grand Champion (won earlier this year at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards in Melbourne). Place an order for a single origin coffee or pick out your sweet treat, and take a seat by the window and watch the hustle and bustle pass by while you take five and savour every spoonful!
- 181 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW
Open 7 days, 8.30am til late
Their motto is ‘good food makes good memories’ and as far as dining at Hartsyard is concerned, a truer statement has never been said! An inner city homestead, built for comfort and conversation, the atmosphere this space provides helps to create an authentic dining experience – one that can be hard to find. The nostalgic playlist, plates designed for sharing and the friendly (and knowledgeable) front of house staff make dining at Hartsyard a rather unforgettable experience. The presentation of dishes shows passion, creative flair and an undeniable love of food – chef Gregory Llewellyn cooks according to the seasons, meaning that the menu changes as such with only the freshest ingredients on your plate.
- 33 Enmore Road, Newtown NSW
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 5.30pm til late
Bookings are essential! Book online or call them on (02) 8068 1473