Feed your creativity in this relaxed, bohemian neighbourhood that’s packed with innovative galleries, cool cafés and bars
Live close to the University of Sydney and spend your free time in some of the hippest hangouts in town. Meet friends on King Street in Newtown and feast on noodles together at Thai Pothong, watch an independent film at Dendy Newtown, or spend an evening hopping from a pub quiz at The Golden Barley Hotel to a loud gig at Newtown Social.
Head west to Petersham and Stanmore to retreat from the buzzing Newtown crowd for a quiet brunch. You’ll find plenty of cafés, like Big Brekky, serving up incredible eggs and coffee to power you through the weekend.
With breakfast under your belt, browse for vintage fashion at Cream on King, then take a tour of the area’s art spaces. Start with contemporary art at Plump Gallery and move on to Beehive Gallery, where you can buy some crafty bits for your room. Head back to Newtown to see some of Sydney’s finest street art, including large-scale murals, abstracts, stencils and sculpture.
If you fancy cooking up a storm, head to the Leichhardt district, Sydney’s Little Italy, to pick up ingredients. You’ll find fresh fruit and veg at delis like Norton St Grocer, which sells meat, cheese and fresh pasta that will leave you salivating. For organic options and wholefoods, head to iconic health food centre, Dr Earth.
Make it your mission to test out the pizza restaurants and find your favourite - Moretti’s or Il Cugino’s. Afterwards, take a stroll around the area and indulge in a cup of freshly made gelato from Bar Italia.