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The Best Cafés in Newtown for an Instant Coffee Fix

Gritty, eclectic, vibrant, and utterly coffee-obsessed, Newtown is one of the best places in Sydney to grab a flat white or almond capp. 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 eight cafés you need to visit when you’re next in the Inner West.

Cuckoo Callay

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 Pimp Mi Goreng and Bacon McDaddy. 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

212 Blu

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

Brewtown 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

Either Or

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

Campos Coffee 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

T Totaler

A tea toting café in the heart of Newtown, T totaler bucks the local coffee trend and pours a wide range of leafy brews. Focused on nutrition and sustainability, this rustic, nature-filled tea bar boasts a menu of over 30 loose lea teas for patrons to sample, along with a delectable selection of house made sweet treats. Whilst you’re there, peruse the shelves nature-filled and purchase your favourite tea or ceramic tea set.

555a King Street, Newtown

The End of King

Friendly service and quality eats are this café’s calling card. 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

Rising Sun Workshop

So cool it hurts, this motorbike shop-cum-dining destination is a buzzing hive of activity most days of the week. Famed for its warming bowls of ramen (not just for dinner, breakfast and lunch, too), but their coffee and modern Australian-Japanese café fare is equally as good. From the banana loaf and katsu burgers to locally roasted brews and T totaler teas, RSW caters for both mid-day snackers and long lunchers.

1C Whateley Street, Newtown


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