Need to save some moolah? Check out the best cheap eats Newtown has to offer.
King Street in Newtown is called “Eat Street” for a reason. Restaurants, cafes and bars as far as the eye can see, all celebrating different cultures, cuisines and lifestyles. Unfortunately a night out in Newtown can often lighten your wallet. But fear not! If you need to save some money but want to eat like a king on King Street, you’ll love our guide on the best cheap eats Newtown has to offer!
If you come to Golden Lotus at peak time without a booking then you should expect to line the street. However, the entirely vegan menu is worth the wait. Be you a vegan or not, the aromas and breath of the Golden Lotus menu will tantalise. BYO bottle of wine and dive into a selection of authentic Vietnamese dishes finished with faux meat or tofu. The banquet for $27 is a smorgasbord of belt-unbuckling perfection.
Find Golden Lotus Vegan at 341-343 King Street, Newtown.
Being vegan or vegetarian can make it difficult to find dining options, especially when you’re looking to save a few bucks. Luckily, Newtown has got you covered with lots of meat-free options, some of which are surprisingly cheap. Vina, a popular Vietnamese vegan restaurant doesn’t scrimp on flavour, but does on price. They specialise in mock-meat lunches and dinners that are also great value with meals like 4 steamed curry buns for just $6.00, or a mock beef pho for just $12.
Find Vina at 395 King Street, Newtown, Sydney.
A favourite in Newtown, you may find it difficult to grab a table at Black Star Pastry but it will be worth the wait. A great place for some wholesome sangas, pies, pastries and their Insta-famous cakes and slices. Grab a mouthwatering savoury pie or perhaps their unusual eggplant and katsu brioche toastie with miso aioli for $8. Or maybe just pop in for an afternoon treat with their cakes and slices ranging from $4.50 – $7.50. The popular strawberry watermelon cake is a must.
Stop by Black Star Pastry at 277 Australia Street, Newtown
Parliament on King is one of the most philanthropic cheap eats Newtown has to offer. It supports refugees and allows them to learn about the hospitality trade, in a space that was once the owners’ living room. You will certainly feel some nostalgia as you peruse their menu, with exciting, old-school options like fairy bread (which you can add Nutella to for just 50 extra cents). Or their humble jaffles for just $5.50, with delicious fillings like tomato, pesto and beans.
Find Parliament on King at 632 King St, Newtown.
Maltese is not a cuisine you see often around Sydney but the food is as good as it is rare. Newtown’s best-kept secret, Pastizzi Cafe serves up homemade pastas, veal escallops and more. But it’s their namesake, the pastizzi that everyone knows them for; little parcels of puff pastry, typically filled with ricotta or mushy peas. For just $2.70, you can get an original pastizzi, with a range of sweet and savoury options, or for a bit extra, get one from their gourmet range with fillings like beef and dark ale for just $4. You won’t be able to stop at one.
Find Pastizzi Cafe at 523 King Street, Newtown.
Great Aunty Three is technically in Enmore but it’s just down the road from Eat Street and way too good to leave off the list! Healthy, fresh and delicious Vietnamese food is what they serve here, with hot, steaming bowls of pho, heaped noodle salads for $10 and banh mi and rice paper rolls for $7.50. Pair with a sweet Vietnamese coffee for an extra $4.50 and you’re set for a great time with your favourite aunty.
Find Great Aunty Three at 115 Enmore Rd, Enmore.
What on earth is a momo you ask? Put simply, these dumplings will delight you. Serving savoury and sweet, Little Momo sets out to ensure that everyone’s momo experience is the best it can be. With a head chef personally curating your dumpling desires to a matching sauce, you won’t be disappointed. Starting from $7.90 for a fresh plate of momos, you can upgrade to Bigger Momos or Momo in Soup each for $16.90.
Find Little Mono at Shop 2, 398-402 King Street, Newtown.
Visit Thai La-Ong at 89-91 King Street, Newtown.
Visit Sultan’s Table at 179 Enmore Rd, Enmore.
Belly Bao was a former market stall and GoodGod Small Club eatery, before moving onto their stand-alone venue. Their entire restaurant is set around the bao, which takes centre position on their mouth-watering menu. Each bao bun is handmade fresh daily and steamed to perfection. Tuck into a soft bun with a range of delicious fillings like roast pork belly, crispy fried chicken and savoury tofu. Alongside the bao buns, Belly Bao also offers a selection of small plates and sides, like crispy fried chicken wings, edamame, and loaded fries.
Find Belly Bao at 184 King St, Newtown NSW 2042.
Find The Marly at 145 King Street, Newtown.