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Newtown, with its proximity to Sydney University, is decidedly a student and hippie town. But in recent years, it’s also become a foodie’s dream, with great offerings up and down its two main arteries, King Street and Enmore Road.
This is the second of a two-part series on the best foodie destinations in Newtown. The first part highlighted the best pie, barbeque, burger, ice cream and ramen in Newtown. Those places are highlighted in green. This post features the best brunch, cake, finger food, craft beer and cheese in Newtown, with the eateries highlighted in blue on the map below.
6. Best brunch: Brewtown Newtown
I first came across Brewtown Newtown when the cronut craze came to Sydney. Brewtown was one of the first to jump onto the cronut bandwagon, so of course I had to check it out. Their cronuts are perfect – beautiful buttery texture and amazing fillings. They are still one of my favourite cronut places in town.
Their brunches are pretty amazing too. They have a wide brunch / lunch menu, and it took the three of us a while to settle on our final choices. None of us were disappointed.
6-8 O’Connell St
Open daily 8am – 4pm
7. Best cake: Black Star Pastry
Black Star Pastry was catapulted into fame by its signature strawberry watermelon cake. It’s got layers of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, watermelon and strawberries, and is generally scattered with rose petals. It’s so Instagram-friendly that Black Star is still constantly plagued by long lines. By the way, their pies and sandwiches are pretty good too.
Black Star Pastry
227 Australia Street
Open daily 7am – 5pm
8. Best finger food: Pastizzi Cafe
So what’s a pastizzi? Think multiple layers of buttery, crunchy, flaky filo pastry encasing fillings both sweet and savoury. These delights are best eaten by hand – and it would be best if you wear something you don’t mind getting dirty. The pastry shards get everywhere! I loved the beef and dark ale, and the chocolate and ricotta was amazing for dessert. They also have frozen pastizzi for you to enjoy at home.
523 King Street
Open Mon – Fri, 10am to midnight, Saturdays from 9am to midnight, and Sundays from 9am to 11pm.
9. Best craft beer: Young Henrys
Craft beer brewers are popping up all over the country like mushrooms after a rainy autumn day. But Young Henrys has to be one of the more popular ones. Based in an out of the way converted warehouse, this Newtown stalwart has been in operation since 2012 and has been growing from strength to strength. Stockists all over the country now carry their products, which range from ales, to lagers and ciders. They even have some gin on the menu.
76 Wilford St
Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm and Sundays from noon to 7pm.
10. Best cheese: The Stinking Bishops
The Happy Gwailo and I were dreaming about a watermelon and duck salad one summer day. We were going to jazz it up with some Asian flavours like coriander and mint, but we also wanted some cheese on top for a finishing touch. Not being cheese connoisseurs, we took the opportunity to visit The Stinking Bishops for some advice.
We’d always wanted to visit the shop, but didn’t have an opportunity to until this dish came about. The staff there are experts in the cheese trade. When we described our dish, they had the perfect recommendation – goat gouda! It went amazingly well with our salad.
If you don’t have a salad dilemma on hand, The Stinking Bishops is still a great place to visit. They do great meat boards, and they also have small but delicious lunch and dinner menus. Of course, they also have a wide variety of cheese to eat in or take home.
The Stinking Bishops
5/63-71 Enmore Road
Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5-10pm, Thursdays to Saturdays 11am – 10pm (On Saturdays, they take a break between 4.30pm and 5.30pm), and on Sundays from 11am – 6pm. Closed on Mondays.
Looking for more? Check out Part One of the Foodie’s guide to Newtown.
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