Newtown/Enmore

Savvy and shabbily-chic, Newtown and Enmore are hotspots for professional bohemians and a thriving LGBTQ population.

Don you finest thrift-store finds and ride the bike you built yourself in Newtown and Enmore, Sydney's shabbiest, chicest bohemian outpost in the city's inner west suburbs. Go alternative, go underground, go vegan, vegetarian, and less-meatatarian at one of Newtown and Enmore's 600 cafes, galleries, theatres, boutiques, and petite venues. When the long night eventually comes to a close, wander your way back through dewy park spaces to well-worn and well-loved terrace homes and converted warehouses.

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On the Map

Newtown/Enmore is bordered by Darlington, Erskineville, Stanmore, Camperdown, St Peters, Waterloo, Alexandria, and Marrickville

International Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic or 30 minutes by train
Central Station: 15 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 25 minutes by train
Bondi Beach: 40 minutes by train and bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

First-Hand, Second-Hand, and Twice As Fun In Newtown

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Petite theatres, cavernous pubs, and avant-garde everything squish together in Sydney's eclectic inner west suburbs, Newtown and Enmore.

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Indie music, self-made bikes, and DIY jewelers, bakers, and candle-stick makers cram along King Street, Newtown's commercial epicenter for diversion, dance, and drink.

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Its ice creameries and muraled dreameries set against Victorian era architecture and intricately adorned Federation-period facades.

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Cafes and record shops.

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Thrift stores and tattoo parlors.

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Parks and public art.

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Find all of it in Newtown and Enmore.

Walking down King Street you can pass Uni students, colourful artists, same-sex couples, elderly locals, wealthy professionals and young families. Newtown's café culture offers a perfect opportunity to sit back and absorb the surrounding atmosphere."

Cafe Culture: Integral to Newtown/Enmore's Atmosphere

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People watch from Newton and Enmore's cadre of cafes and coffee shops.

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Comfort breakfasts and casual lunches are Newton and Enmore's specialty.

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The neighborhoods elevate pastry making to an art form.

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They harness the power of delicate flavor profiles.

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Salty. Savory.

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Sweet.

Public Works In Newtown

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Instead of relegating public work to plastered billboards, Newtown and Enmore's brick walls and cinder block buildings feature politically charged, historically representative, and powerfully evocative street art.

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Most of the expansive works were commissioned during the 1980s and 1990s.

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They're well-preserved and well-respected throughout the area.

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Newtown is funky and vibrant and transportation is easy. Buses run very regularly to Sydney CBD (15 min ride) and Coogee Beach (30 min ride)."

A Walk About the Neighborhood

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Newtown and Enmore's California-inspired bungalows and shabby-chic terrace homes invite hours of stoop sitting and neighborhood surveying.

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Historic churches, converted warehouses, and courthouses color its residential lanes.

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Art Deco venues and Victorian structures line quiet side streets.

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It's the Sydney you'll love to see.

Nightlife In Newtown/Enmore: Always Happening

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After work, after dark, and after hours, Newtown and Enmore don't stop moving.

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Intersections are merely staging grounds for crowds heading to Newtown and Enmore's above ground bars and underground music clubs.

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Buskers and bikers dodge beer garden loyalists and late-night diners.

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Costuming is common.

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Conversing is encouraged.

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Cheers to the wee hours, the young light, and the new dawn.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

David Maurice Smith

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David Maurice Smith is a Canadian photographer based in Sydney whose work focuses on travel, reportage, and long-term documentary stories. He is drawn to personal stories and is fascinated by the circumstances that are reflected in each of us. He works hard to visually explore and explain the inspiring, tragic, or somewhere in-between… In 2012 David joined Australia's prestigious Photographic Collective, Oculi.

Carly Earl

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Carly Earl grew up in the bush before moving to Sydney to pursue photography. She is a photojournalist for News Ltd, shooting features and front covers for publications, but still finds time for a range of freelance projects. Carly has developed a natural style to her imagery that captures the essence of the subject in a unique way. She loved discovering a new side of Sydney while exploring her suburbs for Airbnb.