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Locals guide to the inner West Sydney (Newtown)

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Newtown/Enmore is in Sydney's inner West and a short distance from the CBD. As someone who has lived in the area for 17 years it has undergone many changes in that time and that's why I love this part of the city and why I call it home. I can't imagine living anywhere else after discovering this unique blend of cultures and people of all walks of life live or visit the area in droves. Never a dull moment.

Good for
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • LGBT
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

La Ricetta Ristorante Italiano

Restaurants

Kafenes

Restaurants

Linda's on King St

Restaurants

Cuckoo Callay

Restaurants

2042 Cafe

Restaurants

Enmore Theatre

Theatres

King Street

Neighbourhoods

Thai Riffic

Restaurants

Cow and Moon Artisan Gelato

Restaurants

The Urban Newtown

Hotels

Clancy-Smith's City Tips

  • Tipping isn't the norm but if you get good / great service then feel free to leave a tip as it is generally shared amongst the staff and i'm sure it's very much appreciated.
  • Dress code is entirely at one's discretion as you can pretty much wear whatever you fancy, you can dress up or dress down.
  • Accommodation options are limited but the newly opened 'The Urban Newtown' is a great place to stay and places you right in the centre of this area.
  • There are many options for reaching Newtown, there are several buses that take you to King Street, you can also reach Newtown by Train, taxi or car.
  • La Ricetta Ristorante Italiano
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    Clancy-Smith Says:

    I love Italy and after returning always get homesick for the amazing experiences and memories of our travels, so we dine at La Ricetta to be taken back to an Italian Ristorante. Great food and service and an authentic experience. Our own piece of Italy right on our doorstep.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Reservations are recommended as it is popular and gets busy especially at peak times, i.e. weekends, show nights
    • Try and save room for dessert
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 46 restaurants in Enmore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Italian food and excellent service 03/11/2018
    • Dinner 24/10/2018
    • La Ricetta Ristorante Italiano
    Address:
    143 Enmore Rd
    Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9519 0555
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$29
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Kafenes
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek)
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    Clancy-Smith Says:

    I've lived in the area for years and have walked past this restaurant many many times and when a friend suggested that he felt like having Greek food i jumped at the chance to give Kafenes a try. We were not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed our food and ended up ordering 3 courses.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try and leave room for dessert
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #454 of 5,083 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food 18/10/2018
    • food and service to warm the heart 15/07/2018
    • Kafenes
    Address:
    149 Enmore Rd
    Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9557 7580
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Linda's on King St
    Restaurants (Australian)
    Clancy-Smith Says:

    We always dine here with friends when they return to Sydney for a visit and we've always enjoyed our food and the service. Worth a visit for that special occasion or when you want to treat yourself to a great evening.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • a bit upmarket but worth visiting for that special evening out
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • We are losing an icon 30/03/2017
    • Excellent food, good service 02/03/2017
    • Linda's on King St
    Address:
    341 King St
    Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9550 6015
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$28
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Cuckoo Callay
    Restaurants (Cafe, Australian)
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    Clancy-Smith Says:

    a great place to stop for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Staff are young and friendly and the food is always delicious and they serve great coffee.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • can get busy but put your name on the board and wait for a table!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 46 restaurants in Enmore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Some good food but bad coffee and high prices 13/11/2018
    • Nice light branch and great coffee 20/10/2018
    • Cuckoo Callay
    Address:
    324a King St
    Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 95577006
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$17
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Mon - Fri
    6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • 2042 Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, Australian)
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    Clancy-Smith Says:

    a favourite place of mine for brunch or lunch. the food here is a little bit different to your regular breakfast fare but is always delicious. The coffee is also great here as well. Can be a bit noisy because of the wooden floors

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try the pan omelette with your choice of ingredients - delicious and filling
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,760 of 5,083 restaurants in Sydney
    • Very slow inefficient service, food ok when it finally comes 06/07/2018
    • Disappointing! 23/06/2018
    • 2042 Cafe
    Address:
    403 King Street
    Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9550 2500
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$18
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sun
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Enmore Theatre
    Theatres
    Clancy-Smith Says:

    great venue and a regular throughput of shows. a little piece of history in Sydney's inner west.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Marrickville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Miss Pole Dance Australia 03/11/2018
    • Great theatre for a comedy production 28/09/2018
    • Enmore Theatre
    Address:
    118-132 Enmore Rd
    Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Phone:
    9550 3666
    Other:
  • King Street
    Neighbourhoods
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    Clancy-Smith Says:

    Newtown and the inner west is constantly changing. I've lived in the area for 17 years and this area has been reborn many times. Shops and restaurants come and go and so there is always something new to see and experience. There are also some mainstays as well which are also constantly evolving and staying in tune with what people are seeking. Visit for a few hours or come for the day and explore Newtown and venture further than King Street and see what's just around the next corner.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Accessible via Train (Newtown) or many buses also pass down King Street and Enmore Road from the city.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 494 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Definitely not mainstream 22/11/2018
    • Great spot to explore 19/11/2018
    • King Street
    Address:
    King Street
    Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Thai Riffic
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    Clancy-Smith Says:

    An institution that has now expanded and takes up 3 shops and offers delicious Thai food, one of many Thai restaurants in the area and worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #913 of 5,083 restaurants in Sydney
    • Funky New Location with the Same Delicious Options! (GF) 24/10/2018
    • Good Thai in a Town Full of the Stuff 11/10/2018
    • Thai Riffic
    Address:
    109 King St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9517 3066
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Cow and Moon Artisan Gelato
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Clancy-Smith Says:

    YUM! the best gelato and since it was given the aware for best gelato in the world is often very busy so expect to line up to be served.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • flavours are constantly being updated to visit again and again
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 46 restaurants in Enmore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best gelato in the world - that's a fact 22/11/2018
    • Don't go at the weekend 16/10/2018
    • Cow and Moon Artisan Gelato
    Address:
    181 Enmore Rd
    Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9557 4255
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Fri - Sun
    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Urban Newtown
    Hotels
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    Clancy-Smith Says:

    Whilst I haven't stayed here, we've friends who have and they have said that it's a great base for exploring the area

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Newtown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An Urban Oasis with Industrial Edge 08/12/2018
    • Perfect for budget conscious visitors to Sydney 04/12/2018
    • The Urban Newtown
    Address:
    52 - 60 Enmore Rd
    Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
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