Newtown, in Sydney’s Inner West, has always been popular with students due to its close proximity to Sydney University. The neighbourhood's distinct aesthetic – you'll find alternative bookshops, cheap eats and late-night drinks here, mingling among vintage clothing stores and record stores – has made it the preferred backdrop for countless photo shoots. UK band Coldplay shot their A Sky Full of Stars video on the main strip, King Street. Locals love Earls Juke Joint, a playful cocktail saloon with a double shot of personality, and laid-back afternoon drinks at local pub, the Courthouse Hotel. You'll find excellent food at Hartsyard and industrial-chic Bloodwood, and live music hub Leadbelly offers a relaxed, social atmosphere.