A concept store and café in one, Either Or is quintessentially Newtown and foodies flock to it on King Street. The space oozes cool thanks to its pared-back décor, carefree soundtrack and Nordic-Scandi menu. It’s divided into four sections: breakfast, salads, sweets and smorrebrods, a type of open sandwich that’s popular in Scandinavia.
The Grounds of Alexandria
Sydney favourite, The Grounds, is a great place to spend the day with friends and family. With its signature laidback, organic vibe, this popular Alexandria oasis is an all in one produce market, florist, café, restaurant, bar and bakery. All linked by outdoor paths, it is the best place for weekend coffee dates with your pooch.
Little Momo in Newtown serves the Nepalese delicacies sweet, savoury, vegan, meaty, steamed, fried, big and small. Whichever style you choose, traditional flavours take centre stage in each delicate dumpling Little Momo serves. Small momo portions start at five dumplings, and there’s dessert momos on the menu.
4 Ounces Burger Co
On the quieter side of Alexandria, 4 Ounces Burger Co is a hip hop burger joint with an ethical slant. They are all about sourcing their food locally and sustainably and the menu is kept simple enough with a range of burger options. The minimalist interiors highlight the street art across one of the walls.
Gelato Messina Newtown
An award-winning institution that has become a real sensation. From their humble roots in Darlinghurst, Gelato Messina has since set up shop interstate and in the US. Weekly specials are the highlights here with creative concoctions surprising ice cream lovers every seven days, but for those who are creatures of habit, they have over 40 staple flavours.
Thai Pothong Restaurant
A staple on Newtown’s King Street strip since the 90s, Thai Pothong has space for 350 people, and there’s rarely a night where it doesn’t fill up. The food is fantastic and afterwards, pop to the gift shop to spend your ‘Thai Potong dollars’ (the more you eat, the more you get). There’s a gluten-free and kids menu, too. Along with monthly specials, there are also dedicated vegan, gluten-free and kids menus.
When you’re craving a perfectly woodfired pizza, head to Gigi’s Pizzeria, where the dough comes with the pizza industry’s highest honour: an accreditation from the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN). The rustic-chic restaurant has been a Newtown neighbourhood haunt forever, but after going vegan in 2015, it’s become a foodie favourite.
With good food, drinks and vibes, all you need to do is bring the company. Bangkok Bites is inspired by the street food of Thailand’s busiest city, and they do it well. Every dish is bursting with flavour, but if you’re stuck, create your own plate by choosing items from the mix ‘n match menu.
The Little Marionette Wholesale
Once a small café-slash-roaster in Balmain, The Little Marionette is at the forefront of boutique coffee roasting. For the best experience, visit their St Peter's cafe for a coffee made just the way you like, with the help of their single origin batch roasts. For quality coffee at home, you can buy their specialty beans either in-store or online.
Bliss & Chips
Walking into Bliss & Chips is like strolling into any fish and chip joint. The whiteboard menu lists battered fish, prawn cocktails, crabsticks, potato scallops, calamari and burgers – but here’s the impressive part. It’s Australia’s first 100% vegan (and gluten-free) fish and chip shop! The team uses gluten-free flour, quinoa, cashew cheese, soy-based proteins and konjac to recreate the flavour and texture of the classics.
Blossoming Lotus Thai Vegetarian
For vegetarian Thai, head to Blossoming Lotus, a no-frills eatery that serves up creative versions of traditional Thai dishes. While you can order individual meals, the buffet is the way to go. Cheap and cheerful, we recommend piling a plate high with delights from the buffet, so tomorrow’s lunch is sorted too!
Known as the pioneers of authentic Nepalese cuisine in Sydney, everything on the menu at Sherpa Kitchen reflects the diversity of flavours the nation is known for. Warmly-lit with polished floors and large murals, you feel like you have been invited over for a family meal. Complete your culinary experience with a Nepalese dessert.
Floor to ceiling window-frontage and high ceilings make this Newtown cafe a design buffs haven. From the white walls to the wooden counter tops, 212 Blu is equal parts chic and delicious. Expect suited locals before 9 am and after 10 am the freelancers come out to soak up the sun over a coffee and brunch.
With Eastern and Northern outposts, Brewtown Newtown just off King Street caters to locals getting their morning coffee and freelancers needing a work spot with an all-day menu. The onsite artisan bakery and coffee roaster work hand in hand to deliver one of the best café experiences in Sydney. While full meals are available, peeling your eyes away from the tart, cruffin, slice, and pastry lined counters of the bakery is a tall order.
Atom Thai Restaurant
Stroll into this relaxed, newly renovated restaurant, and you’re in for a treat. Atom Thai serves traditional Northern Thai cuisine, along with a dedicated vegetarian menu. Our advice is to go with a group so you can sample as many delights possible – the menu really is huge!
ASLAN Coffee Roasters
Aslan Coffee brings a little bit of Indonesia to St Peters and a bright, technicoloured lion to its streets. The cafe’s street art and orange sign bring in locals but the coffee from the Indonesian archipelago keeps diners coming back. All coffee is roasted and brewed in the cosy café and the meals are hearty and casual.
The biggest vegan buffet in Sydney, Green Gourmet is a staple on the plant-based dining scene. And for good reason – there’s a whopping 130 items on the menu, including tofu ice-cream and a huge gluten-free selection, and you pay by weight. Interestingly, the chefs avoid cooking with onions and garlic (in accordance with ancient Indian and Chinese practices), but you won’t even notice. For the ultimate experience, go to the vegan yum cha on weekends.
Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream
This ice cream parlour in Newtown isn't your typical frozen dessert destination. Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream specialises in just that, Turkish Ice Cream, along with Turkish coffee, baklava and Turkish delight. The interiors are stylish with exposed-brick walls and dark wood fittings, the perfect setting for an after-dinner treat.
Sample Coffee Pro Shop
It may be tiny but Sample Coffee boasts some of the best coffee in Sydney. The refurbished warehouse dons white walls, wooden floors and tables with a polished Scandinavian feel leaving the coffee the star attraction. From beans to home brewing equipment for sale, at Sample Coffee you can sip in or sort your caffeine hit at home. The constantly rotating range of beans on offer always keeps it interesting, and avid coffee drinkers coming back.