Gritty, eclectic, vibrant, and utterly coffee-obsessed, Newtown is one of the best places in Sydney to grab a flat white or almond cap. Swarming with quirky eateries and trendy café hangouts, coffee purists can wander down King Street to get their much-needed caffeine fix every day of the week. From quick morning stop offs to long drawn-out brunches, these are the best cafés in Newtown you need to visit when you’re next in the Inner West.
This exciting little café is fully licensed, serving up good vibes, classic menu items and tasty cocktails for a boozy brunch. Try their Jamon serrano, pickled leek, carrot emulsion, spiced pumpkin seed brittle served on Brickfields Bakery rye and caraway. For a fun filled Sunday session, don't forget to invite your friends and bring along your pets to make the most of the weekend.
583A King Street, Newtown
Floor to ceiling windows and lofty ceilings make this small Newtown cafe look larger than life. From the white walls to the wooden counter tops, 212 Blu is a chic urban space where locals swing by on their morning commute, and freelancers set up camp for a day of creative brainstorming. The all-day menu is full of hero dishes, so we highly recommend a second or third visit, so you get to sample them all. Our pick is the 212 board with chorizo, halloumi and chilli jam. Pair it with a coffee or espresso martini, we promise we won’t judge!
212 Australia Street, Newtown
This quirky local haunt has out-Newtown’d itself. A surreal take on Alice in Wonderland, coffee lovers will be taken down the rabbit hole into a world of mystery. Locals can’t get enough of the Get Ur Shiitake On and Return Of The MacDaddy. A feat for even the hungriest diner — think chicken burgers topped with maple bacon, avo and kimchi, and toasted croissants with poached eggs and bacon mac & cheese. Located just next to the station, Cuckoo Callay is perfect for an indulgent brunch with a side of people watching.
324A King Street, Newtown
If you’ve never visited Brewtown, go immediately. Set just off King Street, this industrial-chic hangout is a popular local haunt for freelancers looking for a quiet work space and all-day dining menu. If the aromas from the onsite bakery and in-house coffee roasters don’t have you hooked, then the desert-lined counters will. Peeling your eyes away is almost too hard to handle.
6-8 O'Connell Street, Newtown
A concept store and café all-in-one, Either Or is quintessentially Newtown-cool and the definition of relaxed. The space is minimal with pared-back décor, a relaxed soundtrack and a simple Nordic-Scandi menu that will leave you salivating. Stock up on quality fresh produce, or stop by for their delicious menu of breakfast, salads, sweets and smorrebrods — a Scandinavian open sandwich.
512 King Street, Newtown
Flour Drum is a local favourite, renowned for their fresh produce and decadent house baked goods, run by Victor Li, Christopher Heaps and Johnny Ageletos. This charming barn-style café and bakery serves up a selection of rustic recipes inspired by simple and traditional cooking methods. Take a seat in their alfresco garden and choose between their selection of fusion focused flavours — think buttermilk pancake stake with maple syrup, zucchini and lentil fritters or handmade pappardelle with 8 hour slow braised pork ragu.
531 King Street, Newtown
Housed inside a converted heritage terrace home, you can’t get more Newtown than Campos Coffee. Famed for its quality brews all over Sydney, this Newtown outpost offers more than just good beans. The fit-out is warm and cosy with dark wood finishes, and the light brunch menu is a guaranteed hit for even the fussiest of eaters. The coffee is delicious (naturally) and the pastry selection even better.
193 Missenden Road, Newtown
Friendly service and quality eats are what this Newtown café is best known for. Minimal, earthy interiors set the scene, whilst the communal tables allow for friendly conversations with your neighbour. Moreish brunch delicacies like their chorizo stack with scrambled eggs, avocado and bacon come served with a side of Toby’s Estate coffee, you'll want to come back time and time again!
609-611 King Street, Newtown
So cool it hurts, this motorbike shop-cum-dining destination is a buzzing hive of activity most days of the week. Famed for their coffee and modern Australian-Japanese café fare, Rising Sun Workshop have got your foodie cravings covered. From the banana loaf and ramen, to locally roasted brews and signature cocktails, RSW caters for both mid-day snackers and long lunchers.
1C Whateley Street, Newtown