Kings Cross isn’t the only part of Sydney affected by the lockouts. Newtown is busier than it’s ever been, as frustrated drinkers flock elsewhere for a good time. Things are much calmer during the day, but the area still feels like it’s in flux. New apartment blocks are going up everywhere and many of the long-standing Greek, Cypriot and Maltese residents have moved away.

Despite this, Newtown’s grungy, inclusive spirit remains. Graf (good and bad) is everywhere and there are more tattoos (again, good and bad) walking the streets than anywhere else in Sydney. This attitude is subtly reflected in the cafes – fit-outs are rarely flashy and the vibes are always laid-back. Here are our favourite spots for coffee and food.

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A Guide to Newtown
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A Loft Story

A dog-friendly cafe, hairdresser, beauty salon and retail concept rolled into one plant-filled creative space.

36 Lennox Street, Newtown

Rolling Penny

A neighbourhood cafe inspired by healthy eating and comforting old faithfuls.

583A King Street, Newtown

Greek Vegan Bakery Newtown

Vegan spanakopita, moussaka with baked eggplants and cinnamon cookies.

Shop 2 397 King Street, Newtown

Drury Lane

Head upstairs at Brewtown to find Alistair Wise, one of Tasmania's most respected bakers, and his famous pecan sticky buns.

Level 1 6-8 O'Connell Street, Newtown

Either Or

Smoked-salmon poke with a long black? Or a lamb, chip and tzatziki smørrebrød with a beer?

512 King Street, Newtown

Rising Sun Workshop

An unlikely pairing of ramen and motorbike repairs.

1c Whateley Street, Newtown
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212 Blu

A spot focused on doing a few things well, rather than trying to be everything to everyone.

212 Australia Street, Newtown

Satellite Cafe

Since 1996 this backstreet hangout has been a community hub for Newtown locals.

80 Wilson Street, Newtown

Handcraft Specialty Coffee

Reps Melbourne's best coffee roasters alongside a compact menu.

67 King Street, Newtown

Flour Drum

Brings the farm to the city.

533 King Street, Newtown

Shenkin Espresso Bar

Fudgy brownies and great coffee on the go.

239a King Street, Newtown

T Totaler Newtown

Tea-themed cocktails, workshops and matched tea and cake degustations are all brewing here.

555a King Street, Newtown

Pastizzi Cafe

A Maltese bakery that specialises in pastizzi – traditional diamond-shaped pastries filled with ricotta.

523 King Street, Newtown

The End of King

A spacious cafe with a Nepalese twist.

609-611 King Street, Newtown

Campos Coffee

Campos is seemingly everywhere now, but this is where it all began.

193 Missenden Road, Newtown

Belljar Coffee

Like visiting a hip nanna's place – the furniture's vintage and there are collectable plates on the walls.

Shop 2/104 Alice Street, Newtown