• U TALKABOUT #137

Food & Drink

  1. 2042 Café & Deli

    2042 Café & Deli

    Fresh produce in baskets, shelves of artisan produce, cheese wheels and Sonoma loaves are but a morsel of the menu options on offer at this spacious hideaway. Share tables and rustic cues compliment its friendly essence.

    403-405 King St, Newtown
    9550 2500

  2. Bakerman & Beerman

    Bakerman & Beerman

    From home-baked pastries and house-roasted coffee for breakfast to tapas plus an extensive collection of wine and beer for lunch or dinner, this European piazza-styled patisserie, cafe and bar is all about fresh, seasonal produce.

    2/65 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
    8090 0204

  3. Bar Nosh

    Bar Nosh

    This humble establishment deals in top-notch nosh with a modern Italian essence. They grind Di Bella for early risers, dish out breakfast all day and evolving candlelit dinners four nights a week.

    110 Swanson Street, Erskineville
    8021 4317

  4. Barmuda


    Big on light, breeze and rustic elements, Barmuda has been a buzzing local nook for over 15 years. The fun loving staff, great breakfast and lunch make it the perfect second home or an idle stop off

    283 Australia St, Newtown
    9516 3341

  5. Belljar Coffee

    Belljar Coffee

    Get cosy on Nan’s furniture to the sound of your old man’s record collection at Belljar. Expect a friendly vibe that extends to pups, great coffee and food to order with only the finest ingredients.

    Shop 2/104 Alice St, Newtown
    8096 4090

  6. Bench Wine Bar

    Bench Wine Bar

    A dramatically lit wine bar with a slick industrial fitout. Their innovative food menu helpfully suggests drinks matched to perfection. Sit back and relax in dimly lit surroundings while soaking up some soft jazz and soul music.

    Shop 5, 503-511 King Street, Newtown
    9557 7428

  7. Black Star Pastry Newtown

    Black Star Pastry Newtown

    Constantly receiving big love for its modern twist on Artisan hand-made pastries, Black Star Pastry's Little Marionette coffee, savory pies, gingerbread ninjas and baked specialties nourish people on stools out on Australia Street.

    277 Australia St, Newtown
    9577 8656

  8. Blacksheep


    This small candle-lit bar offers all day tapas and mains, paired with an extensive selection of beers and wines. Visit for handcrafted cocktails that compliment the indie-luxe decor, creating a fun atmosphere with live music and boardgames.

    256 King Street, Newtown
    8033 3455

  9. Bloodwood


    This former Newtown conservatory assembles industrial and reclaimed materials, fresh seasonal foods and classic drinks in a refined fashion. Studded with odd stools and contemporary art, wafts of the polenta chips and garlic prawns will test your restrain if you've ordered just one dish. With an emphasis on sharing, taste much with many.

    416 King St, Newtown
    9557 7699

  10. Brewtown Newtown

    Brewtown Newtown

    The team behind Gnome are responsible for this oh-so-popular café, micro-roastery, brew bar and retail centre. Only the finest coffee beans are sourced and used, paired with seasonal menus with a paddock to plate philosophy.

    6-8 O’Connell St, Newtown.
    0401 644 165

  11. Cafe Shenkin

    Cafe Shenkin

    Uniting Australian food and culture with Israeli heritage, this café delivers moreish breakfast and lunch offerings , not to mention droolworthy babka, strudel, cookies and cakes. Visit the Espresso Bar in Newtown for a expertly brewed coffee made with Mecca beans, stop by the cafe in Erskineville for a strawberry, walnut and cinnamon horseshoe pastry or enjoy a more traditional breakfast of Angelita Special puff pastry with famous shakshuka sauce, fried eggs and coriander sauce at the Kitchen in Enmore.

    53 Erskineville Road, Erskineville.
    9550 5511

  12. Cornersmith


    This Marrickville cafee-cum-providore creates pickles, jams and preserves using humble techniques and produce sourced from local farms and inner-west backyards.

    314 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
    8065 0844

  13. Dr Earth Newtown

    Dr Earth Newtown

    This Health & Eco lifestyle Store has it all. Organic fruit & veges sit alongside natural beauty products, fair trade gifts & homeware made from bamboo & recyled materials. Recently opened treatment rooms provide a myriad of alternative practices & Yoga.

    287-289 King St, Newtown
    9550 2554

  14. gigi


    Hard-core fans rave victoriously about gigi's 13 inches of scant thin crust topped with the secret recipes of Naples. Find a perch between the central woodfire oven and urban murals and review it for yourself.

    379 King St, Newtown
    9557 2224

  15. Kerasma Souvlaki Merchant

    Kerasma Souvlaki Merchant

    This fully licensed restaurant and takeaway dishes up a unique selection of Cypriot, Byzantine and Greek delicacies cooked over natural charcoal. 17 varieties of souvlaki are complemented by imported Cypriot and Greek drinks.

    2/324A King St, Newtown.
    9517 2403

  16. Kuki Tanuki

    Kuki Tanuki

    Like an underground spot ripped out of a side alley in Tokyo, anime graffiti graces the walls of this funky sake bar and Japanese restaurant. On offer are moreish items of seasonal Japanese dishes and a drinks list of scrumptious sakes, cocktails, wines and imported Japanese beers. Kuki Tanuki is quickly gaining notoriety amongst the areas best hidden places.

    61 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
    8084 7438

  17. Linda's on King

    Linda's on King

    Linda's gained a warm reputation for modern Australian bistro classics during its 11-year residence at the back of Newtown Hotel. Despite the sophisticated look at Linda's 'new' address, locals know it's still simple, beautiful food on the plate.

    341 King St, Newtown
    9550 6015

  18. Madame Fling Flong

    Madame Fling Flong

    Red boudoir hang out for mezze plates and a tipple in easy company at this hideaway about Soni's. Also screening classic, cult and foreign movies on Tuesday nights, which go down a treat with Madame's special cocktails.

    Level 1, 169 King St (above Soni's), Newtown
    9565 2471

  19. MakMak Macaroons

    MakMak Macaroons

    Operating as a kitchen, retail space and pick up point for online orders, this South King shop makes it easier than ever to get your hands (and teeth) on that perfect looking macaron. Glossy on top with hand-piped ganache fillings, MakMak’s sweet treats are available in a range of seasonal flavours.

    601 King Street, Newtown
    8095 0045

  20. Matee Turkish Grill

    Matee Turkish Grill

    Be inspired by the extensive menu of made-to-share mezze on offer: grilled meats, flavoursome dips and a feast of vegetarian choices. The popular brown-blistered savoury pastry (gozleme) is always hard to resist. Live music on Sunday nights.

    528 King Street, Newtown
    9565 2815

  21. Miss Peaches

    Miss Peaches

    Australian restaurants that do southern American soul food well are few and far between. Miss Peaches breaks the mould with a menu that takes you from Louisiana to North Carolina and back.

    201 Missenden Rd, Newtown
    9557 7280

  22. Newtown Hotel

    Newtown Hotel

    Keystone Group’s first foray into Newtown is a winner. They’ve taken an iconic, 130-year-old pub and injected it with their signature style — a visual mishmash of different aesthetics and eras — to create a venue that celebrates the diverse character and kookiness of Newtown and its inhabitants.

    174 King Street, Newtown
    9557 6399

  23. Newtown Social Club

    Newtown Social Club

    Whether you’re looking for a pre-gig feed, or a spot to have a cheeky late night drink, this is the place to be. With an impressive performance space upstairs featuring touring acts up to 7 nights a week, late night dining ’til 2am and happy hour from Tuesday to Friday, what’s not to like?

    387 King St, Newtown
    9550 3974

  24. Organic Connections

    Organic Connections

    Specialising in organic foods, this family-owned delivery service supplies high quality, biodynamic fruit and vegetables straight to your door. Natural cleaning and care products are also available to enhance your wellbeing.

    173 Lord Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042
    0424 045 770

  25. Oscillate Wildly

    Oscillate Wildly

    Oscillate Wildly is bold modern dining with a penchant for seasonality. An 8 course degustation will challenge as much as it delights with matching wines in intimate surrounds.

    275 Australia St, Newtown
    9517 4700

  26. Ramen Bar

    Ramen Bar

    Tucked into the back of the ground floor at Berkelouw Books is a hidden gem. 11 red lanterns hang above a long communal table and the red walls glow invitingly as the aroma of freshly cooked ramen dishes wafts into the 36-seat space

    Ground Floor, 6-8 O'Connell St, Newtown
    9557 0775

  27. Rubyos


    rubyos is a new concept in casual dining featuring a modern Australian grazing menu, which is designed to be shared. Fill a table with friends, entrée size dishes and voluptuous wines. Savor mixed morsels until full.

    18-20 King St, Newtown
    9557 2669

  28. Sadhana Kitchen

    Sadhana Kitchen

    Prepared and processed without exceeding 40°C – seasonal and organic food steals the show at this popular café, which offers everything from lunchbox delivery services, vegan high tea, and cleanses to a seven-course raw degustation.

    147 Enmore Rd, Enmore.
    9516 1334

  29. Spencer Guthrie

    Spencer Guthrie

    Ex L'etoile and Lucio's chefs Troy & Oliver have combined more than their last names in this new venture. Striking a balance between sustainability and practicality, focusing on local produce, Spencer Guthrie will have you coming back for more!

    399 King Street, Newtown
    8068 1080

  30. Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher

    Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher

    Australia’s only vegan/vegetarian café and deli, Spoon’s sells an impressive range of homemade vegan sausages, burger patties, schnitzels, smoky rasher and Bolognese. Products come in packs to take home, or try them in dishes in the café.

    22-24 King St, Newtown.
    9557 9762

  31. T Totaler

    T Totaler

    T Totaler’s Teahouse incorporates locally made and unique blends of tea, perfectly paired with a fresh and seasonal food menu. Sit and relax with a cup of hot or cold tea or pick up an apothecary jar of loose leaf tea to enjoy at home.

    555A King St, Newtown.
    0466 436 302

  32. The Deli Erskineville

    The Deli Erskineville

    From Italian olive oils and amazing French cheeses to top-quality smallgoods, this local favourite has all your deli needs covered. A well-curated range of boutique Australian produce and specialty goods.

    110 Erskineville Road, Erskineville.
    9557 2685

  33. The Green Room Lounge

    The Green Room Lounge

    This 50s style lounge bar presents a neat slice of yesteryear. The drinks list is mostly local with boutique wines, beers and ciders. Their real passion is cocktails, with an extensive list covering everything from the classics to their own exclusive menu.

    156 Enmore Rd, Enmore
    8021 8451

  34. The Hop & Grain

    The Hop & Grain

    Beer aficionados will want to make a beeline for The Hop & Grain, selling everything you need to brew beer, cider or ginger beer: malts, hops, yeasts, beer concentrates, equipment and supplies. Brewing classes are held regularly.

    1/263 Enmore Rd, Enmore
    9516 3008

  35. The Midnight Special

    The Midnight Special

    A laidback bar that oozes rock 'n' roll. The chequerboard floor and booths demand a beer or whiskey sour. Also suiting the scene are hot dogs and not dogs (for vegetarians) with a choice of hot sauce to drizzle on top.

    44 Enmore Road, Newtown

  36. The Moose Newtown

    The Moose Newtown

    This intimate bar is a hub for musicians and locals. Moose antlers grace the dimly lit red walls. The drinks list is divided into spirit headings with a plethora of cocktail interpretations for each. Wednesdays are live music nights.

    530 King Street, Newtown
    9557 0072

  37. The Stinking Bishops

    The Stinking Bishops

    Fans of cheese, rejoice! This boutique cheese shop and restaurant is heaven for those who know their washed rinds from their white moulds. Lunch and dinner menus list a variety of international and local cheeses, which can be enjoyed on platters complemented by a variety of seasonal dishes such as an English-style pork pie with spiced fruit pickle, or the constantly evolving perfect mac and cheese. Whatever you order, be sure to match it with one of the wines on the well-curated list.

    5/ 63-71 Enmore Rd, Newtown
    9007 7754

  38. The Tram Stop

    The Tram Stop

    With décor themed on Sydney’s old tramways, this retro diner offers healthy eat-in and takeaway mod-Aus and international fare: pulled-beef sandwiches, devilled whitebait, roast cod and lamb rump, plus home-baked cakes and fresh juices.

    609-611 King Street, Newtown.
    8021 3486

  39. The Wolf & Honeybee

    The Wolf & Honeybee

    This cafe doubles as an exhibition space for local artists. The menu of ethically produced ingredients is simple but tasty. Cold drip and single origin Campos coffee is served. Retail items include Campos, Teacraft and Brasserie Bread.

    206 Edgeware Rd, Newtown
    9517 4302

  40. Twelve


    A lively eatery happily lit by dangling globes and fragranced by a modern Australian and Italian menu. Twelve's pizza, pasta and dolci favorites are easy on the pocket and pleasant on the taste buds.

    222 King St, Newtown
    9519 9412

  41. Wagaya Tapas Newtown

    Wagaya Tapas Newtown

    Meals are ordered via iPad at this Japanese restaurant/izakaya bar, with its slick dining room of black booths and partitions. Highlights include the agedashi tofu with soft-shell crab, flame-grilled scallop sushi, creative rolls and cool cocktails.

    239A King Street, Newtown
    1800 924 292

  42. West Juliett

    West Juliett

    Eat in or takeaway at this atmospheric café, with its light-filled dining room and alfresco streetside seating. Whitehorse coffee beans are paired with fresh, rustic Mediterranean and Australian flavours on the menu. Cakes, fresh juices and sodas are house-made, coffee beans are seasonal, and dishes are moreish: highlights include breakfast with poached eggs, avocado, fetta, lemon, watercress and dukkha; olive oil fried eggs with braised lentils and morcilla sausage; and the outrageously good chocolate chip cookies.

    30 Llewellyn Street, Marrickville
    0404 092 129

  43. Young Henry's

    Young Henry's

    Young Henry's Natural Lager owes its flavour to native herbs and spices. The craft brewer also makes cider from apples grown in Griffith, NSW.

    76 Wilford Street, Newtown
    9519 0048

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