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Foodie’s Guide to Newtown Part 2

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


Cronuts @ 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.


Brunch @ Brewtown Newtown

Brewtown Newtown

6-8 O’Connell St

Open daily 8am – 4pm


7. Best cake: Black Star Pastry


Strawberry watermelon 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


Pastizzis @ Pastizzi

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.

Pastizzi Cafe

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

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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.

Young Henrys

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.


Watermelon and roast duck salad with mint, coriander, and goat gouda from The Stinking Bishop

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.

11 comments on “Foodie’s Guide to Newtown Part 2

  1. Mabel Kwong
    November 30, 2016

    I’ve heard of the cronut craze in Sydney. Don’t think it is that big here in Melbourne, and here in Melbourne doughnut shops are still all the rage. I love a good regular doughnut, but I’d imagine a cronut would be more airy than a regular one 🙂

    Oh, oh. Watermelon and duck salad! That sounds like an odd combination! But admittedly it does look good. Sweet and savoury at the same time from the looks of it 🙂

    • Penne Cole
      December 1, 2016

      Watermelon and feta is an amazing combination, so we thought we’d look for more watermelon salad recipes and this one came up. It was really good!

      I love the doughnuts in Melbourne. Short Stop’s crullers are my favourite 🙂

      • Mabel Kwong
        December 1, 2016

        YES! Short Shop’s crullers are simply out of the world! One is never enough 🙂 ❤

      • Penne Cole
        December 2, 2016

        I’m moving to a new office in February. Short Stop will be just under my building. Too much temptation!

  2. Katie
    December 1, 2016

    Great list! So many good options in Newtown- Mary’s is a great place to try if you like burgers, or Pasha’s for Turkish food.

    • Penne Cole
      December 1, 2016

      Pasha’s? I’ll be sure to add it to my list of places to try!
      And yes, love the burgers at Mary’s, but the music puts me off sometimes…

      • Katie
        December 1, 2016

        Yes, great Turkish good! It is a bit too loud sometimes, agreed.

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  4. autumnbeats
    December 7, 2016

    You must try Italian Bowl in Newtown! They make the best pasta ever!!!! I’ve recently relocated to Melbourne and no pasta/italian restaurant can compare – Italian Bowl in Newtown (Sydney) is still my number 1 pasta joint. You should check it out too! 🙂

    • Penne Cole
      December 7, 2016

      Awesome, thanks for the tip! Try Tipo00 in Melbourne CBD. Hard to get a table, but their pasta is pretty good.

      • autumnbeats
        December 7, 2016

        Will try your suggestion too 😃

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