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The Inner West of Sydney stretches from the small inner city suburb of Chippendale (south of Central Railway Station) to the secondary railway hub and business-retail centre of Strathfield to the west. Particular areas of interest to the traveller would include Ashfield, Newtown, Glebe, Balmain, and Leichhardt.


Statue at The Hub, Newtown

The Inner West suburbs are amongst the oldest parts of Sydney. They developed along Parramatta Road, the road that links the City of Sydney with the City of Parramatta, at the source of the Parramatta River. The architecture of the Inner West ranges from terraced houses to small mansions and reflects its development in the Victorian (1840-1900) and Federation (1901-1914) periods. The area is quite culturally diverse. Its proximity to the Sydney central business district makes it ideal for city commuters and an alternative base for business. It has a reputation (both praised and reviled) as the most liberal/socialist/green/intellectual part of Sydney.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

The main form of public transport to this district from the city is bus, with numerous and frequent Sydney Buses routes leading to the Inner West. Route numbers in this area of Sydney begin with 4 or 5; useful routes include the 431-434 to Glebe/Balmain, the 436-440 and Metrobus 10 to Leichhardt, 422-428 to Newtown, the 480-483 to Strathfield Station and the 500 buses which travel up Victoria Rd through the suburb of Drummoyne. Note that most buses are marked "Prepay Only" between 0700 and 1900. You must use an Opal Card or buy tickets from designated outlets such as newsagents or convenience stores, as they are not available for sale on buses.

It should also be noted that the Inner West suburb of Burwood is the northern terminus for the route 400 bus which runs from Bondi Junction to the Airport. Using this bus and changing onto a Cityrail train is a cheaper alternative to using the Airport link. If you are heading from the Airport to the Western or Northern suburbs, consider using this bus and interchanging at Burwood station as a cheaper, albeit slower alternative.

By ferry[edit]

Ferries from the city provide a scenic route to the area via the inner harbour and Parramatta River, stopping at various wharves along the way. The most useful for travellers are the wharves at Balmain. Access to the ferry services is from Circular Quay.

By light rail[edit]

Another possible means of access to the Inner West is on the Metro light rail service, which travels from Central station via Darling Harbour to Glebe and Lilyfield (near Leichhardt). This is an interesting way to travel, as it follows the old goods (freight) lines which serviced Sydney's ports.

By train[edit]

Only the more southerly parts of the district are served by rail lines:

  • The Cityrail [22] Inner West line passes through this district, stopping at Redfern, Macdonaldtown, Newtown, Stanmore, Petersham, Lewisham, Summer Hill, Ashfield, Croydon, Burwood and Strathfield.
  • The Cityrail Bankstown line stops at Erskineville, St Peters and Marrickville.

Both lines are served regularly: about once every 15 minutes outside of peak hour, with services commencing at about 5AM and ending about midnight.

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  • The University of Sydney is Australia's oldest university with a stunning sandstone neo-Gothic great quadrangle that would fit right in at Oxford or Cambridge. It has a reputation (and an ego) to match the impressive architecture, having produced numerous prime ministers (including the current one, Malcolm Turnbull), chief justices, business leaders and famous figures such as Clive James, Geoffrey Robertson and Germaine Greer. The view of Sydney from the front of the quadrangle is impressive (it sits on a slight hill) and tours of the quad and Great Hall are available. In and about the Quadrangle are several museums open to the public, most notably the Nicholson Museum of antiquities and the Macleay Museum of natural history and anthropology. The campus is very large (the university had over 45 000 students in 2011) and features a variety of styles of buildings and open spaces (check out the lawn-tennis courts), including three student bars and the award-winning modernist Fisher Library building.
  • Newtown's main street, King Street is architecturally probably the best preserved Victorian high street in Sydney. Neglect preserved it in the first place - Newtown was so unfashionable in the modernist building boom of the 1950s, 60s and 70s that it was overlooked for redevelopment and now regulation more or less ensures that it is being conserved and restored rather than demolished. Along its length you'll find the usual mix of shops in a major city's boho zone: second hand book shops, over thirty (at last count) Thai restaurants, Vietnamese restaurants, cafes, clothing shops and an assortment of odd quirky little places. It is divided into northern and southern sections where Newtown Train Station sits. The northern section has long been the most lively but the southern section is strongly resurging the last few years. There are several landmark Sydney pubs spread along the road - you'll know them when you see them as they have prominent facades, live music and crowds of patrons spilling out the doors on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Gould's Book Arcade is covered fully in the books section below but, even if you're not in to books, it has to be seen to be believed. Owned by famous local Marxist activist Bob Gould for 44 years until his death in 2011 while stacking books, you'll wonder how many other people must have been crushed to death by a tower of books over the decades.
  • Enmore Road splits off from King Street at a major intersection outside Newtown railway station. As King Street's boho charm started to attract a richer set in recent years the true, poor bohemian artists and students moved down the road - down Enmore road. Still slightly depressed for the first few hundred metres, it quickly livens up again to become what King St was ten years ago - bohemian with more of an edge and less money. While the King Street pubs are now undergoing tasteful multi-million dollar renovations, on Enmore Road old closed shops are reopening as ethical food cooperatives and vegan butchers.
  • The Enmore Theatre, 130 Enmore Road, Newtown. ph 02 9550 3666. fax 02 9550 2990. email [email protected] The Enmore Theatre is one of Sydney's premier smaller live venues. International acts who have performed here include the Rolling Stones, Ani Difranco, Flaming Lips, Eels, the White Stripes and Asian Dub Foundation, Joe Cocker, Michelle Shocked, Dandy Warhols, Jethro Tull, and Mars Volta.
  • New Theatre, 542 King Street, Newtown, [1]. The small, independent community New Theatre is one of the oldest continuously producing theatre companies in Australia. It has a proud history intertwined with the labour movement, Sydney's social development and Australian theatre history and offers plays throughout the year.  edit
  • The back streets of Newtown and Enmore are lined with grand (and not-so-grand) Victorian terraces. Much like Paddington only peopled by the trendy middle class rather than the trendy filthy rich, they are well worth a diversion off King Street. Check out Georgina Street and the adjoining Hollis Park for a particularly impressive set of houses.
  • Camperdown Cemetery is an oasis of quiet only seconds from the bustle of King Street. It is Sydney's earliest surviving cemetery complete with sandstone Anglican church, mature trees amongst the gravestones and charmingly overgrown 1850's landscape gardening. A tall sandstone wall separates it from the adjoining open park and the two together make for a much-loved green space used by the residents of Newtown to walk their dogs, read books in the sun and play frisbee.
  • Cafe's In Annandale Head down Booth Street, or explore the surrounds to find cute little cafes found in the back streets of this Inner-West village. Still looking? Head down to Jubilee park for more cafes and puppies frolicking around.
  • Victoria Park (and Victoria Park Swimming Pool) is a large open park with duck pond and open-air Olympic-sized swimming pool right in front of Sydney University (lower on the hill, below the Main Quadrangle). It is a great park for exercising the dog and is home to several festivals throughout the year. The original entrance to Sydney University ran through the park and has been recreated as a grand walkway up the hill to the main gate of the quadrangle. The swimming pool, beautifully set amongs the lawns of the park, is a highly popular place to cool off in summer for a few dollars. Look out for the surveying students from the University who regularly come out in groups for practical lessons with their theodolites.
  • Bayside Walks There are lots of small bays and inlets along Sydney Harbour at the northern end of this district. There are some nice parks for a picnic or an afternoon stroll.

Do[edit][add listing]

Walking tours[edit]

  • Balmain’s Industrial Heritage Walk, a self guided audio walk providing insights into the significant social history of the places in Balmain that you will traverse and its influence on the lives of many Australians.
  • Leichhardt Historical Walking Tour[23], you will visit public buildings and spaces that have shaped Leichhardt and learn the histories.
  • Humble To Handsome – Balmain Architecture 1840-1860s, on this walk, you will see the transition from the plain style of the 1840s to the ornate grandeur of the 1860s, reflecting both changing architectural fashion and the growing prosperity of the colony.


  • Newtown Festival is held annually in November and features local bands, crafts, food and cultural activities. Camperdown Park, Newtown.
  • Newtown and Enmore are also home to Reclaim the Lanes [24], Under the Blue Moon [25], zine and comic fairs, Walk The Streets, and other alternative festivals and activist events during the year.

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  • The regular markets in Glebe and Rozelle (near Balmain) are a great place to shop with the locals and look for unusual bargains. Held in the grounds of the local public primary schools the Glebe markets are on every Saturday and the Rozelle markets both Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Camperdown Bowling Club also hosts markets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month - starting on February 13th 2010. Have some fun playing barefoot bowls and check out the markets while you're there.
  • The Carriageworks in Redfern hosts the Eveleigh Markets[26], which consist of a farmers' market selling local farmers and producers of artisan food products, held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and an artisans' market for local and independent artists of all types to exhibit and sell their work.
  • The Addison Rd Centre grounds in Marrickville also hosts an organic food and farmers markets every sunday from 9am till 3pm - A bunch of quirky stores and a great range of food and fresh produce, the markets are about 5 minutes walk from Marrickville Road, which also has a range of local Vietnamese and Greek restaurants!


  • Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (new books) and 191 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (second hand books). ph 02 9660 2333 (new book store) and 02 9552 2526 (second hand). [27] For booklovers, Gleebooks is Sydney's premier independent bookshop catering for a wide variety of readers. There is also a Gleebooks bookshop in the inner-west suburb of Dulwich Hill.
  • Gould's Book Arcade 32 King Street, Newtown. ph 02 9519 8947. [28] Gould's is likely the most chaotic used bookshop in the world. Specialties include Marxism, Labour history, magazines, and Australian history. Open until midnight daily.
  • Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar [29] is a large general second hand book store. It is located next to Gleebooks, with an upstairs area and incorporating a cafe in its leafy courtyard which becomes a wine and tapas bar at night. Sappho is quickly gaining prominence both as a great book store and for the quality of its coffee. 51 Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe. Ph 02 9552 4498.
  • Better Read Than Dead, in the heart of Newtown. This is arguably one of the Inner-west's largest book stores with a large selection of biographies and hard to find titles. The store also has an ABC shop upstairs.

Shopping Malls[edit]

  • Broadway Shopping Centre is a refurbished famous old Sydney department store building across the road from Victoria Park and the University of Sydney. It also has a rear entrance on to Glebe Point Road. It has a large number of small shops, two supermarkets, K-Mart and Target department stores, an Apple Store, several large consumer electronics stores, a food court, a fresh food court and a cinema complex. It also has a large medical centre, several pharmacies and a large post office. Dozens of bus routes pass the centre along Broadway/Parramatta Road so it is very accessible.
  • The historic shopping complex at Birkenhead Point contains a large number of designer factory outlets for fashion on the cheap. The building has nice views across the water. It can be accessed by ferry or buses along Victoria Road.
  • The Marrickville Metro shopping centre (34 Victoria Road, Marrickville) is in a refurbished old factory and has two supermarkets, a Kmart department store, food court and a typical range of specialty stores. Be warned, Marrickville is a large suburb and this shopping centre is several kilometres from Marrickville train station. It's actually closer (but still not 'close') to St Peters station. Buses are the best form of public transport to get you there.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The Inner West is really a great place to eat, with a choice of "Eat Streets", where you can get to, and stroll along and do some menu inspecting before you choose your favourite.


Contains a large population of Chinese people and is known among the Sydney Chinese community as 'Little Shanghai'. Therefore one can find a decent amount of cheap and authentic Chinese/Shanghainese food not far from the station along Liverpool Road.

  • New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, 273 Liverpool Rd Ashfield, 9797 7284, [2]. This restaurant originally started in Ashfield has now opened branches around Sydney and has even opened a branch in Shanghai.  edit


A highly multicultural suburb, located about 15 minutes from Central Station, there are a few dining options to be had which are particularly convenient if you are staying in the area. Burwood Road is where you will find most restaurants and businesses. Conveniently located right at Burwood Station, if you head left/south upon exiting you will find many Asian restaurants and businesses, whilst heading to the right you will find a range of outdoor dining cafes and restaurants and Westfield Burwood.

  • Fuji Teppanyaki Japanese restaurant, 246 Burwood Rd, Burwood, ☎ +61 2 9745 3188. Not only do they serve the usual sushi and sashimi, their specialty is hot-plate style cooking show (teppanyaki), which the chef cooks and serve all the fresh produce in front of you.
  • Thai Style, 16 Burwood Rd Concord (cnr Parramatta Rd and Burwood Rd), 9745 4405. Great Thai food at great local prices, eat in, book a party or get takeaway.  edit
  • Seabay handmade noodle restaurant, 181 D Burwood Rd Burwood (Left out of the station), 9745 2238. A unique Northwest Chinese style of cooking and amazing value for money make this a great experience, and the meat dumplings are especially delicious.  edit


Balmain is a cosy neighbourhood with lots of cute houses and quirky shops. Ballast Point Park is a great spot for a picnic with a view over the Harbour bridge. You can get to Balmain by ferry or bus. There are also a lot of pubs around and a good selection of restaurants, mostly located around the main street, Darling Street.

  • Rosso Pomodoro, Shop 90-91, 24 Buchanan St, Balmain (White Bay), 9555 5924, [3]. 6PM-10PM, Tuesday-Sunday. This is a bit further out of Balmain in a more residential area, but they serve excellent authentic Italian pizzas.  edit
  • Pomegranate Thai, 191 Darling Street, (02) 9555 5693. Excellent and authentic modern thai food.  edit
  • Riverview Hotel, 29 Birchgrove Road, Balmain, 02 9810 1151. Bar: Mon-Sat 12-12, Sun 12-10. Dining room: Fri-Sun 12-3, Mon-Sun 6-10. You can choose to eat in the dining room upstairs but you can also choose from a selection of the same menu and eat in the bar. The menu is Modern Australian and courses are well thought through and executed. The bar also offers tasting plates and pizzas. Prices - Bar menu: Tasting plates $10, Pizzas $18. Dining room: Entries around $20, Mains $ 25-30.  edit
  • Green Lion Pub - Great for vegetarians, and vegans with lots of options.


  • Concentrated on Glebe Point Road, there is a variety of excellent restaurants to suit a range of budgets. This list is only a starting point.
  • Almustafa, 23 Glebe Point Rd, (02) 9660 9006. Sun-Thur 5.30-11pm, Fri-Sat 5.30-12. Authentic Lebanese family friendly restaurant with cosy atmosphere. Great for vegetarians. BYO wine. Prices around $10-15 for starters, $14-28 for mains.  edit
  • Badde Manors, 37 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, +61 2 9660 3797, [4]. 7.30AM-Midnight (until 2AM Fri/Sat). Cozy vegetarian cafe with particuarly great desserts. Opens very late on Friday and Saturday nights for the dessert crowd.  edit
  • The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Located at the end of Ferry Road (a few hundred metres walk off Glebe Point Rd) (From Pyrmont Road turn right at Taylor Street and then right again at Ferry Street and continue to the end of the road. The Restaurant is by the water), (02) 9518 9011, [5]. Lunch Thurs- Sun from noon, Dinner Tues-Sun from 6 pm. Fine dining, Modern Australian, specialising in seafood. Prices approximately $27 for starters and $ 40 for mains.  edit
  • Cafe Naggys, 333B Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, +61 2 9566 4860. Open seven days, 7am-5pm (kitchen closes at 3.30pm). A local favourite, one of those places that's always busy serving up all-day breakfasts (healthy and fried), fresh salads, solid burgers and coffee to keep the locals going through another day. Modern cafe food. Mains $9-20.  edit
  • Glebe Point Diner, 407 Glebe Point Rd, (02) 9660 2646. Lunch Fri-Sun from noon, Dinner Mon-Sat from 6 pm. Modern Australian with french influences with a carefully selected seasonal menu. Fine dining feel but a relaxed and un-pretentious atmosphere. Prices around $18 for starters, $25-30 for mains.  edit
  • Na Zdrowie, 161 Glebe Point Road, +61 2 9660 1242. 6pm to late. One of very few Polish restaurants in Sydney, it does a roaring trade in winter - book if at all possible. Zurek and Barszcz, Pierogi and Kielbasa, you'll leave feeling fuelled up for anything. Mains $18-$19.  edit
  • Perry's Wood Fired Gourmet Pizza, 381 Glebe Point Road, +61 2 9660 8440. 5pm-late. Perry's is a 25-year Glebe institution, owned (and unrenovated) by the same family the whole time. The pizzas are great but the owner can be grumpy - a bit like the Soup Nazi. Don't ask for half-and-half when they're busy and don't expect service with a smile. Just take your pizza home and be grateful for the wood-fired deliciousness. There are a couple of tables and chairs if you want to eat in. $10-$30 per pizza depending on size and toppings..  edit
  • Tommy's Beer Cafe, 123 Glebe Point Rd, +61 2 9660 6870. Midday-10pm. A popular local dinner joint with Czech beer on tap and schnitzels, pork belly and sausages on the plate. Great when want a solid, filling meal and a cold, eastern european beer.  edit
  • Tom-Yum Tum-Gang, "249, +61 2 8065 0859. 11am-late. Thai restaurants rise and fall in Glebe as they do in King Street, Newtown. The reigning king in Glebe at the time of writing (early 2014) is this place. The price is right, the food is good and the packed dining room plus the ten people standing on the street outside waiting for their take-aways are the proof. The same dishes are $7.50 with rice at lunch instead of $10 without rice at dinner. If you're on a budget, the lunch prices are good up until 5pm so eat early and save. $7.50 lunch, $10-$12 dinner main.  edit


Norton Street is Sydney-speak for Italian, although the food here is generally pricey and mass-prepared. There are many restaurants in the uniquely-styled Italian Forum, although some consider this attraction derivative and touristy. Thai, Japanese and Lebanese restaurants have also recently opened in Leichhardt. For more Italian options go to nearby Haberfield.

  • Bar Italia, 169 Norton Street, Leichhardt, +61 2 9560 9981. A Leichhardt institution renowned for their award winning gelato - which attracts lines that go out the door on Friday and Saturday nights (and constantly increases the price). Bar Italia also have a strict rule of nothing but regular milk in your coffee - so if you want soy or skim get your coffee elsewhere. Staff can sometimes be abrupt and rude, but it's well worth it for the gelato.  edit
  • Martini, Level 1 99 Norton St, Leichhardt (enter through Palace Cinemas), +61 2 9568 3344. This place sells the typical woodfired pizza and pasta, but go here for the movie meal deals where you get a pizza or pasta and a movie ticket for around $15 - almost the price of an adult movie ticket.  edit
  • La Disfida, 109 Ramsay St, Haberfield, 9798 8299. Excellent authentic Italian pizza. In Haberfield, which is down the street from Leichhardt. A bus from Norton St or Marion St can get you there in about 5 minutes.  edit
  • Pasticceria Papa, 145 Ramsay St, Haberfield, 9798 6894, [6]. This place is famous for their ricotta cheesecake, but they also serve hot foods such as foccacia, arancini, etc.  edit
  • Ocean Foods, 154 Lyons Rd (Cnr Gipps St), Drummoyne, +61 2 9181 4336. Some people claim (including the shop) that this is the best fish and chips around. Prepare for a queue if you come on a Friday night or the weekend.  edit
  • Bald Faced Stag - Great little pub on the corner of Parramatta Road, offers some of the best burgers in Sydney - including a few vegetarian options.


Marrickville and Illawarra Rd are home to a variety of bohemian cafés as well as a slew of Vietnamese and Greek restaurants. Find Marrickville station on the orange (T3) train-line and observe the Hellenic Bakery a few doors down from the station exit (save this 'till last so as not to spoil your main meal!).

Alternatively, take the T4 or T3 lines to Sydenham station. Upon leaving the station, turn right. You will see an unusual intersection where cars go down hill only to the left, and come up the hill only from the right. Follow the cars down and to the left and you'll find yourself on Marrickville road. Continue along into the area uphill of the next traffic lights (Victoria Road).

  • Hai Duong Restaurant, 304 Illawarra Road, Marrickville, +61 2 9559 5078. 10am - 9:30pm. With the heavy competition between Vietnamese Restaurants on Illawarra Rd, this one is by far one of the best. It may not look like a million dollars from the outside but the food and service is certainly of quality! $10 - $15.  edit
  • The Post Café, 274A Marrickville Road, Marrickville, +61 2 9572 9339, [7]. 9AM-4PM. Located in the old post-office building this is, by far, the most popular café on Marrickville Road. Aside the history within its rustic architectural interior, The Post also has a series of black-and-white photos on display of Marrickvile at the turn of the 20th century. Great atmosphere. Food and coffee are excellent, although quite pricey for the area!  edit
  • Kelby's Café, 293 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, +61 2 9564 5165, [8]. 9AM-4PM. Just down the road from 'The Post' you will find an equally intriguing, if not better, café. Kelby's is a relaxed and cultured establishment, which is popular with the younger student crowd and many other eccentric characters that live in the area. Food and coffee is excellent and reasonably priced. Enjoy the local art on display or, if your hipster trigger happy, hop on the arcade machine and blast some space invaders!  edit
  • The Hellenic Bakery, 371 Illawarra Road, Marrickville, +61 2 9559 2701. 10AM-6PM. After you've filled up with Vietnamese, Greek and/or café food, head down to the Hellenic Bakery near Marrickville station for some Aegean sweets! The range is enormous and the queues for service are occaisionally long but it's definately worth the wait! The baklava is one of the best you'll find.  edit


The King Street strip is a cheap eats paradise, with food from all corners of the globe, including a strong Thai presence. Try also the Portuguese bakeries of nearby Petersham for their famed custard tarts.

  • Good Wok, 587 King St, Newtown, 0295652175, [9]. Good Wok have a $7 meal all day, and you'll usually get some free prawn crackers and tea, too. The Chilli Beef and Satay Chicken are most popular.  edit
  • Green Gourmet, 115 King Street, Newtown, +61 2 9519 5330, [10]. Lunch 12PM-3PM; Dinner 6PM-10PM. A specialist 100% vegan Chinese restaurant and grocer. They do an all vegan buffet - but beware, they charge according to the weight of food on your plate and include the (very heavy) plate's weight.  edit
  • Sadhana - A major pick for healthy eaters, especially vegetarians and vegans. With some of the most delicious cakes, sweets and salads.
  • Guzman Y Gomez, 175 King Street, Newtown, +61 2 9517 1533, [11]. 11.30AM-10PM. Great fast food style Mexican.  edit
  • Izote, 6 King Street, Newtown, +61 2 8084 9651, [12]. 5.30PM-Late, Tuesday-Sunday. Nice Mexican food, down the Sydney Uni end of King St. One of the only places in Sydney where you can get ceviche, and they also serve a decent chicken mole.  edit
  • Thai La-ong, 89 King Street, Newtown, +61 2 9550 5866. Thai La-ong has some of the spicier dishes among Newtown's many Thai restaurants. Their yellow curry and pad see eiw are worth a special mention. The restaurant is not air-conditioned and can be a bit uncomfortable on hot Sydney summer nights. Mains approx $10, but daily lunch specials include a plethora of generous mains for $6.  edit
  • Crispy Inn Bakery, 203 King Street, Newtown, +61 2 9557 3910. 24h. Across the road from yet another 7-11, and much more interesting. They're always baking, so there's always something fresh. They have a variety of pies, cakes, rolls, and loaves.  edit
  • Pho 236, 236 King Street, Newtown, unknown, [13]. 12 - 10pm. Perhaps the best Pho (viet soup) you can get this side of capitalism. Cheap, exotic flavors and modest surrounds it cant be beat for the romantic get away on the cent. It's BYO but there is no corkage charge and the bottle shop is two doors down! Generous portions and amazing food! (you should really try it)  edit
  • Bitton Café, 37a Copeland St, Alexandria, +61 2 9519 5111, [14]. open from 7AM, closes 5PM (Sat/Sun) or 7PM (Mon/Tue) or 9PM (Wed-Fri). A small gourmet cafe opposite Erskineville Park, mixing French Cuisine with Indian spices. Their homemade speciality jams are sensational. A popular breakfast spot for locals, expect to wait for seating on weekends. Mains $15-20.  edit
  • Thai Pothong, 294 King Street, Newtown (50m from Newtown Station), +61 2 9519 8050, [15]. Lunch 12-3PM (Tue-Sun) Dinner 6PM-10/11PM (7 days). One of Sydney's premier Thai Restaurants with understated black and white decor and awesome but relatively pricey food. This place won Thai Restaurant of the Year for several years running many years ago, and one taste of the food will show you why. It has since expanded three times and incorporates a Thai gift shop. Mains $15-$29.  edit
  • Guzzle Tandoori, 453 King Street, Newtown, +61 2 9557 3537. 5.30PM-midnight. Excellent authentic Pakastani meals, typically about $15/person. Save some room for the dessert naan, delicious! (now closed)  edit
  • Sumalee Thai @ The Bank Hotel (closed), 324 King Street, Newtown (Next to Newtown Station, enter through the main bar and go down stairs), +61 2 8568 1988, [16]. This institution of Newtown was completely rebuilt in 2006. Its secret beer garden - Sumalee Thai - has probably the best Thai in Sydney, although some dishes are very spicy. The menu looks expensive but each dish will be enough for two people. Finish the night at the cocktail bar upstairs (see listing in "Drink").  edit
  • Linda's on King St ((formerly Linda's Backstage)), 341 King St, Newtown (50m south from Newtown Station), (02) 9550 6015, [17]. Tue-Sat from 6PM. "Contemporary cuisine giving classic dishes a modern twist." Not many tables so be sure to make a reservation. Top quality for Newtown. Mains $28.  edit

  • Rowda Ya Habibi, 101 King Street, Newtown. 10:30 AM-midnight. This dingy looking store is far and away the best place for a take away doner kebab in Newtown. Unlike other Newtown kebab stores, which seem to largely cater to drunk people stumbling out of pubs, Ya Habibi's kebabs are fairly authentic (the tabouleh and sauces are made by the owners, and they include a very tasty pickled red cabbage), and at $5.50 for a falafel roll or $6.50 for chicken or lamb, are actually a little cheaper. Also worth checking out are their dolmas ($1.50 each) and their large, soft and delicious pieces of turkish delight (80 cents each or $5 for a box, but most of the time the box is worse value).  edit

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The Inner West suburbs of Glebe and particularly Newtown have a thriving nightlife scene. Newtown is renowned as one of Sydney's main alternative suburbs and is also frequented as a nightlife hotspot away from the chaos of the CBD. King St is lined with many funky pubs and bars and it is convenient to walk from Newtown Station to most of these venues. Glebe (and it's tiny adjacent neighbour Forest Lodge) are a bit more chilled.

The 'peninsula' of Balmain and neighbouring Rozelle, Birchgrove and Balmain East is densely populated with pubs and even more pubs that have since been converted into private residences. On the main strip of Darling Street, across both sides of Victoria Road and also in the back streets of the area, there are pubs all the way down to the Balmain Ferry Terminal in Balmain East, for every taste.

The inner west is the home of Sydney's craft brewing scene, with Marrickville's industrial area around Sydenham station (T4 and T3 lines) in particular home to several breweries and distileries. Marrickville also has a number of pubs, bars and music venues, though they are spread across the suburb, which is the largest in the inner west, rather than located nearby.


  • The Bank Hotel, 324 King Street, Newtown. ph 02 9557 1692. This is an enormous pub only 2 minutes walk from Newtown train station. It has a Thai restaurant (see listing in "Eat") as well as a bar. Wednesday night is lesbians' night. Look out for half-priced cocktails early in the night and cheap jugs of beer. Level access and lift, disabled toilet on lower ground floor.
  • The Town Hall Hotel, 326 King St Newtown. ph 02 9557 1206. Dirty, noisy and seedy, this pub is otherwise known as The Townie and is the best place in Newtown. Older residents of Newtown and horse race punters drink downstairs, everyone else heads upstairs to Platform 8. Home to most of Sydney's indie band scene at one time or another. The pub has a unique long-running music trivia quiz every Thursday night and a 'general knowledge' quiz every Wednesday night.
  • The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville Road, Erskineville (next to BP service station). [30] The Imperial, 5 minutes from the heart of Newtown is a gay and lesbian pub and nightclub which features entertainment late THU-SAT. This pub featured in the opening scene of 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'.
  • The Courthouse, 202 Australia Street, Newtown. (02) 9519 8273. A rare gem in the fact that the pub has not been renovated and retains that old pub charm. Inside there is a lot of old Aussie sporting memorabilia on the walls and admittedly it is a little bit dank but the beer garden makes up for this. Easily the best outdoor pub in Newtown. Head down around midday on weekends to get a table.
  • The Marlborough Hotel, 145 King Street, Newtown (02) 9519 1222. If you ask someone where the Marlborough Hotel is you will probably get some funny looks as it is universally known as the Marly Bar or simply the Marly. A bit of an older crowd on weekends and a good beer garden. Can get extremely busy after midnight, and is usually one of the last venues to thin out in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday morning. Cuckoo upstairs is a laid back bar, and is accessed seperately via Missenden Road. Tokyo Sing-song is Newtown's little 'Rave Cave' often hosting parties with a more underground vibe than you will find elsewhere in Newtown (or much of Sydney). It is accessed by a set of stairs at the main entrance on King Street.
  • The Newtown Hotel, 74 King St, Newtown 02 9557 6399. The site was home to the main gay bar in Newtown during the 90s but was renovated a few years ago and has become somewhat like the Ivy of Newtown. An incredible verandah that looks out on to the bustling street and an interesting a trendy makeover inside. Great for cocktails and a dance.
  • The Coopers Arms Hotel, 221 King Street, Newtown 9550 3461. Your average Newtown bar. 2 levels with trendy upstairs.
  • Kelly's on King 285 King Street, Newtown 9565 2288. An Irish pub that seems somewhat out of place in the context of the hipster culture of Newtown. This is what makes it all the better. They do karaoke on Wed, Thu and Fri nights. Great place to drink and party.
  • The Zanzibar, 323 King Street, Newtown (02) 9519 1511. The only bar in Newtown with a rooftop. Pretty great up there but it can get packed and they usually close it early. Come here to dance to R&B on the second level or the first level just to hang out.
  • Newtown Social Club 387 King Street, Newtown 02 9550 3974. Up until about a year ago it used to be an old school pub with rock bands and lots of barflys. This has since changed and the Newtown Social Club has become the epitome of gentrified Newtown. Sells craft beers and has American food.
  • Earls Juke Joint 407 King Street, Newtown. You will most likely miss this one as its situated inside and old butchers and has retained the signage. Just look out for a security guard and you will find it. Pretty cool place with a big variety of spirits.
  • The Union Hotel, 576 King Street, Newtown 02 9557 2989. The place to go for a beer enthusiast. Lots of boutique and craft beers on tap and behind the bar. Sells very few standard beers so it can get expensive.

Glebe/Forest Lodge[edit]

  • AB Hotel (formerly The Ancient Briton), 225 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. ph 02 9660 1417. An old-time Sydney pub, this hotel underwent major renovations in 2007 and sports a Russian theme inside. The AB claims to have Sydney's coldest beer on tap, as awarded by a major Sydney tabloid newspaper. It's a large and not terribly crowded local pub with pool tables, couches and a bar made out of a fishtank. Cajun food is served daily, about $15 mains including Jambalaya, fried chicken, fish cakes and sweet potato pie.
  • Manning Bar is the main student bar at the University of Sydney. Deserted during university holidays (July and all of December-February) it can be heaving in term when a constant program of live music, theatresports, debates, comedy acts and meetings of university clubs and societies helps keep the students from having to actually study. Manning Road, Camperdown Campus of the University.
  • The Forest Lodge Hotel, 117 Arundel St, Forest Lodge. +61 2 9660 1872. A tiny suburb, wedged between Glebe and the University of Sydney campus, Forest Lodge boasts this very happening pub inside a grim 1950's modernist exterior. 60 seconds walk from the University, it's often packed with locals and graduate students who prefer it to the undergraduate-heavy Manning Bar.
  • The Friend in Hand, 58 Cowper St, Glebe. +61 2 9660 2326. Two blocks off Glebe Point Road, behind Broadway Shopping Centre, is this unique Aussie pub cluttered with a collection of purloined street signs (including one from the front of a Police station), photos of great rugby league players of years gone by (league is the great Sydney sport and The Friend in Hand used to be a home-away-from-home for league players in the days when being in training meant two steaks instead of one) and a resident sulfur-crested cockatoo who quite likes stealing your bar nuts. Situated in a pocket of state housing this pub has a fascinating mix of old-school working-class drinkers, students and wealthier inner-west residents. The less-cluttered upstairs room features Sydney's classiest and longest-running regular comedy night each Thursday (called 'A Mic in Hand') as well as poetry slams and book reading nights. Well worth a visit.
  • The Nags Head Hotel, 162 St John's Road, Glebe. Right on the boundary of Glebe and Forest Lodge, this quieter pub has more of a low-roofed English feel than any other in the area. Good for a quiet drink in the afternoon or a pleasant pub dinner from the large bistro out the back.

Balmain / Balmain East / Rozelle / Birchgrove[edit]

  • "You can't throw a brick in this neck of the woods without putting it through the window of a pub", so here's a list of 18 pubs with solid descriptions on what to expect, food and drinks available, maps and addresses; [31]


  • The Landsdown Hotel, 2-6 City Rd, Chippendale. A landmark Sydney pub because of its impressive building and impressive location. On grand City Road and overlooking Victoria Park and Broadway, it commands the attention of the tens of thousands who pass it every day on their way into or out of the city. Worth a visit for the location and the sense of position alone.
  • The Rose, 52-54 Cleveland Street, Chippendale. +61 2 9318 1133. Across the road from the University of Sydney campus and the university-owned Seymour Centre theatre complex, this modest-looking pub becomes anything but when you step inside to find a world of inner-city gentrified drinking. International beers on tap, funky stripped-back interior and a huge hidden split-level courtyard out the back with two-storey balconys looking down onto a pizza kitchen and wine bar. This place is packed on the weekend and rightly so - it has a great feel.


Marrickville is a large suburb, with a 4 train stations serving the area, so the venues listed below may be a considerable distance apart. However, most venues are located in or around the main commercial area of Marrickville and Illawarra roads (Marrickville Station), or in the industrial area near Sydenham and Victoria Road (Sydenham Station)

  • Batch Brewing Co, 44 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville. Just down the hill from Sydenham station. Marrickville's original craft brewery and a local favourite. Since opening a sister brewery (Small Batch) in nearby Petersham, the Marrickville brewery has tended to produce Batch's core beers, which includes a Lager, various pale ales, and a milk stout but will also include a selection of seasonal and limited release beers. Food is usually available from a van parked out the front, which operate on a rotating selection. [32]

Other Suburbs[edit]

  • The Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford. 02 9712 1199. [33] Sydney's Original Rowing Club, established in 1870, is a historic site with a chic and contemporary venue on a glorious riverside setting, just 20 minutes ferry ride from Circular Quay. With fresh seafood available everyday for lunch and dinner, an expansive beverage list and live music on the riverside deck Thursday, Friday and Sunday, it's the ultimate setting for the archetypal Sydney experience.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Harbour Breeze Lodge, 5 Collingwood Street, Drummoyne. ph (02) 9181 2420. fax (02) 9799 0738. email [email protected] Clean, quiet, budget accommodation especially suited to holiday-makers, business-people, working-travellers and students who require affordable three-star accommodation just minutes from Sydney CBD by ferry or bus. The stately Victorian building has a leafy rear garden, bright and spacious rooms, and an upstairs guest balcony that attains fresh gentle breeze off harbour waters. Rates: $60/night for single, $80/night for twin or double, $90/night for family. Weekly rates are available for all lengths of stay.
  • The Abbey On King, 379 King Street, Newtown. 379 King Street, Newtown offers backpackers and budget minded travellers a friendly atmosphere and a clean, secure place to stay in the heart of cosmipolitan Newtown. Predominantly dormitory style accommodation with some single and double rooms. Features include a internet lounge with fast connections, a fully equipped kitchen and dining facilities, laundry and ironing facilities, free linen, large showers, crystal clean amenities, free pay TV, storage lockers and safety deposit boxes.
  • Billabong Gardens, 5-11 Egan Street, Newtown. ph 02 9550 3236 or 1800 806 419 (freecall from within Australia). fax 02 9550 4352. email [email protected] Located in a quiet side street off bustling King Street, Billabong Gardens is a purpose built hotel/motel offering excellent quality accommodation no matter what your needs. From comfortable doubles with private bathroom to multi-configuaration family rooms or even hostel beds, Billabong offers a complete range of options for the budget traveller looking for true value for money. Facilities include a solar heated pool surrounded by a tropical courtyard with bbq area; large fully equipped communal kitchen; laundry; TV lounge with free internet terminals; free Wi-Fi in all rooms, on-site security parking (fee); and all just a 5 minutes by bus to the city, close to all Newtown live venues (including the Enmore theatre) and 5 minute walk to the RPA Hospital.
  • Glebe Point YHA, 262-264 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. ph 02 9692 8418. fax 02 9660 0431. email [email protected] A backpacker hostel located on the major Glebe Point Road food area. Dorm beds $24-$28 per night. $68 per night per double or twin room.
  • Broadway University Motor Inn, 25 Arundel Street, Glebe. ph 02 9660 5777. fax 02 9660 2929. This motel has basic rooms in the usual motel style: double beds, television, small private bathrooms. It is within easy walking distance of Glebe Point Road, and is also on several major western bus routes. It is located about 10 minutes bus ride from the city. Double room $140 per night for two people.
  • Annam Suites Cascata, 5 Croydon Street in Petersham. ph 02 9569 0547 - A boutique executive apartment building located just 10 minute drive from the CBD. Architecturally designed with many features like the striking steel and glass waterfall tower lift and magnificent views of the Sydney skyline and Harbour Bridge from most of the Executive Apartment Suites. The apartments feature all the latest in stainless steel appliances, 2 Bathrooms one with a bathtub, 32’’ LCD TV and a beautifully appointed interior design furniture package.Rates 2br $220 per night 3br $300 per night minimum 3 night stay.
  • University Stays, 8-10 Missenden Road, Camperdown. email [email protected] University Colleges offer comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in beautiful surroundings at great value prices. Single, twin and double rooms are available during the student holidays from late November up to the end of February and in June/July. Kitchenette with coffee & tea making facilities, common room with TV and coin operated laundry facilities available. Colleges are located directly on University of Sydney campus. Close to Newtown's King Street, Enmore (Enmore Theatre), Glebe (Glebe Markets), Haymarket and Chinatown. 100 meters from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Single room with shared bathroom from $66 per night. Double room with ensuite bathroom from $95 per night. Rate includes breakfast, linen, towels and soap.
  • Bankstown Motel 10, 217 Hume Highway, Greenacre NSW, 2190, (02) 9642 7555, [18]. Cheap accommodation in Greenacre. Close to the Bankstown airport, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush & Lincombe. Free wifi & parking. From $99.  edit
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Burwood, 117 Liverpool Road Burwood NSW 2134, 02 9744 0521, [19]. Over 50 hotel rooms & serviced apartments, suited for the general traveler through to families, corporate and large group bookings. All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen. All rooms are non-smoking. Free underground parking. Close to Sydney Olympic Park. From $109.  edit
  • Collectionist Hotel (Collectionist Hotel), 9-13 Marsden St, Camperdown NSW 2050, (02) 7922 3845 (), [20]. checkin: 10.00 am; checkout: 2.00 pm. Set off the A22 near the city center, this funky boutique hotel is 3 km from the Powerhouse Museum and 4 km from Darling Harbour. The 4 stylish rooms with eclectic furnishings provide Wi-Fi access, kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Some rooms feature seating areas and/or furnished balconies or terraces. Parking is available, and there's also a happy hour. From $153. (-33.881191,151.1984492) edit


  • Leichhardt Library, Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton St Leichhardt, (02) 9367 9266 (, fax: (02) 9367 9337), [21]. Mon-Fri 9.30AM-8PM, Sat 9.30AM-4PM, Sun 10AM-4PM. The library has computers with Internet connections that you can use for free for 2 hours, and also free Wi-Fi.  edit


  • Church Street Medical Practice (Church Street, Newtown) is one of the best general pratice clinics in the Inner West.

Medical Emergencies - call 000 for an ambulance.

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Main and emergency entrances on Missenden Road, Camperdown, several hundred meters from the intersection with King Street, Newtown). RPA is the main hospital for all of inner-western Sydney. It adjoins the back of the University of Sydney campus and is a major Australian teaching hospital. It has many buildings spread across a large campus on both sides of Missenden Road. RPA has a large emergency department that has responsibility for much of central Sydney. Walk-in treatment can be sought 24 hours a day although life-threatening emergencies always take priority and if you seek treatment for a minor ailment during a busy time you may be kept waiting, sometimes for hours. There are many private medical practices throughout the inner west where you can get non-urgent medical attention from a 'General Practitioner' doctor during business hours. Near the hospital, clustered around Missenden Road and Carillon Avenue are the consulting rooms of many specialist doctors and other medical premises such as radiographers and pathologists.

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