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Taste global cuisines

You could spend a whole day eating around Newtown. If you are in the mood for “dude food” head to Mary’s, a buzzing bar famed for its burgers and fried chicken. Or try the American-driven menu at Hartsyard, with dishes such as fried oysters, poutine and smoked lamb ribs. For a meal to remember, make reservations for chef Karl Firla’s eight-course dègustation at Oscillate Wildly. For dumplings head to Luyu & Yum Yum where tasty parcels are packed with everything from chicken, prawn and truffle to homemade chicken soup. Don’t miss a scoop of gelato from Cow and the Moon on Enmore Road which, in 2014, won the top spot in the Gelato World Tour in Rimini, Italy or the signature strawberry watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry.

Shop the eclectic boutiques along King Street

The bohemian HQ is home to a great range of vintage stores, specialty shops and fashion boutiques, which are concentrated along King Street. Retrospec’d specialises in reproducing clothing from the 1940s and '50s, offering an incredible collection of printed dresses, skirts and shirts. Find vintage band T-shirts, leather jackets and statement accessories at Cream on King, then browse floor-to-ceiling bookshelves at Better Read Than Dead. Visit O’Connell Street Merchants, an independent boutique for men and women, which is housed in a converted warehouse above Brewtown Newtown. You can also shop collectable music and books at the Newtown Market, held Saturdays between 10am and 4pm at Newtown Square.

Enjoy the live music scene

Enmore Theatre is one of Sydney’s oldest running live music venues. Built in 1908, it has evolved over a century to blend elements of Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. The Enmore, as it's known to locals, offers a diverse line up of live music, theatre and comedy and has played host to some of the world’s biggest bands including The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Coldplay. Leadbelly also feature regular shows by up and coming artists alongside a full menu of food and drinks. Book their Dinner and a Show option for a reserved table and a one or two course meal to enjoy as you watch some of the best young artists hit the stage.

Drink at some of Sydney’s best bars

There’s no shortage of places to enjoy a tipple in Newtown. Start with a visit to Young Henrys, a microbrewery known for its flavoursome brews. The Courthouse Hotel, or the Courty to locals, is a casual beer garden serving classic pub favourites such as burgers and chicken parmigiana. Check out Louisiana-style Earl’s Juke Joint, which is hidden behind a butcher facade on King Street. Sip bespoke cocktails; such as the Naked Ape (rum, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, banana liqueur, Angostura bitters) while listening to a soundtrack of ’90s hip hop. Balmy summer nights are best spent at Corridor's laid back rooftop, with a selection of tasty bar snacks like grilled haloumi and fried chicken steamed buns.

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