Newtown

Talk to any Sydneysider and they’ll tell you it’s the ‘burbs that make this town. I’m talking about the various suburbs dotted along the city – Darling Harbour, Potts Point, Redfern, Surry Hills and Woolloomooloo. A lot of the ‘burbs are pretty much in walking distance from another, but when two locals are talking about where they’re from, it’s their ‘burb and the unique personality/hotspots within that speaks louder than just plain-old Sydney. We would like to introduce you to the “burb”, quirky, hipster & centric Newtown! Newtown is just 3km away from 28 hotel and definitely recommended to swing by for a visit.

Originally a working-class ghetto, Newtown’s become what’s basically the Brooklyn of Sydney (Think: Trendy Cafés with a side of earth-loving, tree-hugging, vintage-shop obsessed, cashed-up yuppies).

What to see

Newtown is still a little rough around the edges but that’s one of the things we love about it! It’s not uncommon to spot rusty chandeliers and thread-worn couches on front porches and colourful characters parading down the street with boom boxes.
The side streets around the railway line are great to wander due to the huge amount of vibrant street art plastered along the sides of buildings. Alton Lane and Lennon Street are two great hotspots, plus they are quiet enough for you to pose for photos for your Insta without being spotted!

On Saturday, you’ll find the Newtown Community Market opposite the Railway Station. Expect an eclectic mix of second hand books, vintage clothing, homemade crafts and live music from random buskers.

Shops

If you’re a fan of vintage fashion, then you’ll want to spend an afternoon walking around Newtown. Heading North on King Street you’ll find a number of vintage clothes stores selling all sorts of retro bomber jackets, flowery tea-dresses and the second-hand Levis, whilst heading South on King Street will get you a number of stores with homewares and vintage furniture. Newtown’s also home to some of Sydney’s best bookstores.

About food

Another main reason Sydneysiders come to Newtown is because their belly told them to. King Street and nearby Enmore Road boast possibly the widest range of international restaurants in all of Sydney. You can feast on pretty much every type of cuisine – from Thai to vegan – and then finish the meal with some of the city’s best gelato.