From bustling pizzerias to vegan-friendly eateries, discover the best restaurants in Newtown.
The inner west is known for a lot of things. It’s arguably the hub of craft beer (with countless breweries dotted around the surrounding suburbs) and a hot spot for vibrant fashion, top-notch coffee and vintage stores galore. And a trip to Newtown wouldn’t be complete without paying a visit to a bar, restaurants or eatery. So, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Newtown to tick off your bucket list.
There’s a lot of places to grab a slice of pizza in Sydney (here a guide to some of our favourites if you need some inspiration). But in our humble opinion, Bella Bruta serves up some of Newtown’s best. From classic Mariana (make sure to add their anchovies) to the classic Potato (loaded with gorgonzola, garlic and rosemary), you can’t go wrong on this crowd-pleasing menu. And with a stellar drinks list to boot, pull up a chair and get ready for one of Newtown’s best restaurants. Find out more here.
Tucked away on the southern end of King Street you’ll find Bloodwood, the neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant perfect for an intimate dining experience. Since 2010 Bloodwood has been serving inner west locals with an ever-changing menu of creative locally sourced ingredients and innovative drinks lists spanning from local beers to natural, sustainably-produced wines. Find out more here.
Since swinging open its doors in late 2019, Cafe Paci 2.0 has been delighting Sydney diners with a European-influenced a la carte menu and wine list focusing on small scale producers. On the menu, you’ll find Cafe Paci’s iconic potato and molasses bread with butter alongside everything from deviled egg with trout roe to pickled kingfish with potato and buttermilk plus more experimental dishes like potato dumplings with XO trout. Find out more here.
It’s been a stalwart on Australia Street, and for good reason. This cosy neighbourhood deli has been serving up everything from specialty deli essentials to an impressive range of tinned delicacies (including a top-notch selection of pre-batched canned cocktails). Swing by for a leisurely long lunch of cheese, charcuterie or tinned fish and head upstairs to their Bistro for a dinner of share-style Mediterranean influenced eats. Find out more here.
Speaking of great pizza, there’s another Newtown spot all foodies need to add to their list: Gigi’s. This vegan-friendly spot attracts long queues for a reason. Expect flavourful wood-fired pizzas, delicious Italian-infuenced cocktails and must-try sweet treats to cap off your feast. Find out more here.
Vegans, rejoice! We’ve got another plant-based spot to add to your Newtown restaurant list: Golden Lotus. This bustling restaurant serves up some of Sydney’s best authentic Vietnamese cuisine, with every dish on their menu perfect for vegans. Warm-up with a nourishing bowl of laksa or Pho and sample your way through their affordable Banquet menu (great for big groups who want someone else to make the decisions!). Find out more here.
For modern Australian flavours at their best, you can’t go past Newtown’s Hartsyard restaurant. Working alongside local suppliers and producers, this dining room showcases top-notch ingredients and cooking techniques with an inventive menu of reimagined classics. Plus, expect a drinks list that showcases only local Australian wines. Find out more here.
If you’re familiar with RaRa Ramen you’ll be thrilled by this next inclusion. The crew from Redfern’s beloved ramen joint have recently opened a vegan ramen spot in the heart of Newtown. Head to Lonely Mouth for everything from Sunflower & Hemp Seed Shoyu Ramen to Vegan Miso Ramen and so much more. Find out more here.
This list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of the iconic burger-slinging joint, Mary’s. Renowned for fuss-free burgers, epic craft brews and delicious fried chicken, this rowdy spot is a must-try for locals and visitors alike. Find out more here.
Have you heard? The crew from Mary’s have just opened a new rooftop burger and beer bar in the inner west.
Part motorcycle workshop, part restaurant, Rising Sun is a unique spot to grab a delicious feed in Newtown. Head upstairs to experience this friendly neighbourhood restaurant for yourself, with a selection of slurp-worthy ramen dishes, Japanese-inspired bar snacks and delicious drinks on their menu. Find out more here.
Last but certainly not least is another Newtown pizza hot spot, Rosso Antico. Expect drool-worthy pies topped with classic Italian flavours, with a perfect wood-fired crust on every slice. Our pick? Don’t miss the Quatro Formaggi for an indulgent pizza experience. Find out more here.