Okay, so Newtown has been done to death. You know King Street like the back of your hand and while there’s always something to do, you’ve probably done it before. Well we’ve picked ten places which might make for a different detour during your travels up and down King Street.
South End Cafe – Located at the very tip of King Street, the Turkish streak running through South End’s breakfast menu is much appreciated in a part of town where any and every cafe offers a good, but standard, big breakfast. 644 King St.
Wonderland on Alice – An odd shop in an odd place, Wonderland is a kind of lucky-dip of weird and wonderful recycled things. A hodge-podge of furniture sit and suspend themselves in this tiny space, as do teapots and all kinds of bits and bobs which make you feel like you’ve plunged down a rabbit-hole. 104 Alice St.
Living Room – A small store stuffed with amazing retro threads and vintage toys. Newtown never lets you down for second hand gear, but this place has the bonus of being a little bit hidden away and containing a trove of carefully selected items rather than masses of filler. 279 Australia St. Still looking? We recommend Rummage (corner of Church and Lennox St) and the Red Cross boutique, 359 King (at… 359 King St), for well-priced places that don’t get picked over often enough.
Coffee and a Yarn – Some of the finer things in life include Alchemy coffee as well as pastries from Blackstar AND Manna From Heaven, reasons which are sufficient enough to visit a cafe. But what of the fervent knitters among us? Well, here you can pick up wool, needles and a pattern and settle in for as long as you like. 413 King St.
Newspaper Taxi – Part paperie, part extended living room; it’s difficult to pin down an exact description for this boutique which could do it justice. From maps to soaps, handcrafted gifts and notebooks; this is a shop for anyone who delights in quirky detailed items. 247 Australia St.
Pretty Dog – Sigh. The boutique of many a fashionista’s dreams. Lots of local labels like Deadly Ponies and Dion Lee feature, but the Karen Walker accessories will probably make for a welcome addition to forthcoming credit card statements. 5 Brown St.
Berkelouw Books - With an incredible selection of art books and a disparate selection of journals, you could spend hours browsing the titles here. Even more impressive are their range of rare books, kept under glass for you to marvel at. 6-8 O’Connell St. (If you’re still on the hunt for books, Goulds, 32 King St, is an emporium of bibliographic madness and the folk at Better Read than Dead, 265 King St, can deftly recommend titles according to your tastes.)
Madame Fling Flongs – This place was a small bar back when your favourite small bar was just the glint in a barman’s eye. Even after all this time Fling Flongs is still worth staking out. Stuffed with richly coloured, quirky furniture with views over the bustle of King Street, many cozy evenings are to be had here over their platters and cocktails. Upstairs from Soni’s, 169 King St.
Camperdown Cemetery – Yes, it’s an unusual choice but this place is more charming than spooky, with locals often passing through with strollers and boisterous dogs. Wander through on your own (or with a friend if you’re easily frightened), otherwise tours are run once a month for those with a curiosity for history. 189 Church St.
Cheeky Transport – For people who are serious about their bikes (and hey, you are in the inner-west). Just picked up a second-hand bike? Have it looked-over here while taking a maintenance class, or have one custom made. We love the woven baskets and Nutcase helmets on offer here too. 3a Georgina St.
Luxe Bakery – While this place isn’t exactly hidden out of the way it is well worth a mention for the fantastic bread and pastries which you could always take home to loved ones as a memento of your travels through Newtown. 191 Missenden Road.