You already know bohemian Newtown is the place to be for hip bars and late-night drinks, but what about some grub the next morning?
You’re in luck. Newtown is chocka with mega morning eats along King Street and beyond (including a few Erskineville gems) - and we’re here to bring you the cream of the crop.
From good ol' bacon and eggs to innovative, modern fare (smoked salmon and almond cream, anyone?) you're bound to find the perfect place for breakfast or brunch in Newtown.
Three Queens on King
This is a super-relaxed corner cafe at the quieter end of King Street, run by the same team behind St Jude in Redfern. Don’t let the simple surrounds mislead you though; the food here is the stuff gourmet-brekkie dreams are made of. We’d highly recommend the zucchini bread with house-cured salmon, herb salad and orange hollandaise (yes, orange - and it’s delicious). Other favourites include truffle-and-goats-cheese-stuffed mushrooms and the potato hash cakes with chinese broccoli.
2-4 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9519 7744
Mon-Fri - 7am-3pm
Sat-Sun - 8am-3pm
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The coffee is what you really come here for, with different blends available each week, such as Melbourne-based Proud Mary. The service is super quick too, you’re never left standing around waiting for a caffeine shot here. Hole up for a while on one of the cute window stools and order some food; we’d recommend one of the super-fresh avo-on-toast-with-extras options (think dill-speckled goats cheese, salmon and more).
67 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9550 3701
Mon-Fri - 7am-5pm
Sat - 8am-4pm
Sun - Closed
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With locations in Enmore, central King Street and Erskineville, you’ll be close to one regardless of where in Newtown you are. Settle in for a creamy coffee and some filling, flavoursome eats. Try the tasty Israeli Breakfast served with labanne and salad, or the Shakshuka for a rich tomato-based brekkie that’s perfect for chilly winter weekends.
Erskineville: 53A Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043
Open: Mon-Sun - 6:30am–5:00pm
Enmore: 129 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042
Open: Mon-Sun - 7:00am–4:30pm
Newtown: 239A King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Open: Mon-Sun - 6:30am-5:00pm
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Head here for the veggie options. The big veggie breakfast - named The Hippie - includes all of the usual suspects plus just-salty-enough mega chunks of haloumi and a few spears of asparagus. The setting is definitely cute, with a few tables and nooks inside, plus a smattering of Ikea step-stools used as seats along the outside window. Just off King Street on a thoroughfare to Erskineville, it’s an ideal spot for people watching on a Sunday morning.
10 Wilson St, Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9517 1932
Mon-Fri - 7am-4pm
Sat-Sun - 8am-4pm
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This popular haunt is a local Newtown gem and it always manages to draw a crowd. The industrial-style coffeehouse (think lots of exposed beams, concrete and bricks) is often abuzz with activity, with most heading there for the coffee and the cronuts. If you’re a bit hungrier though, try the black sausage with eggplant puree, salad and goats cheese or the corned beef hash with garden peas, poached egg and parmesan crumbs.
6-8 O'Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042
Mon-Fri - 8am-4pm
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Locals flock to this stylish little joint, which has the most hipster name we’ve ever heard, for some of the finest breakfast food in the Inner West. Simplicity and quality is what this place stands for in decor, coffee and food. They have a top-notch range of single-origin caffeine options plus lots of lip-smacking dishes like eggs with smoked chilli or hot smoked salmon, almond cream and lentils.
43 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043
(02) 9557 9291
Mon-Fri - 7am-3pm
Sat-Sun - 8am-3pm
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On everyone’s “best of” list (and quite rightly so), this patisserie is famed for its mouth-watering, flaky, pastry delights. It gets a little crowded, so we’d suggest grabbing your coffee and sweet treat to go and wandering up the road to Camperdown park for breakfast alfresco. We’d love to recommend more than one cake, but we can’t ever get past the strawberry and watermelon cake…
277 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9557 8656
Mon-Sun - 7am-5pm
This latin cafe may already be a lunch and dinner favourite, but did you know they serve a mean breakfast too? Specifically for the very hungry, we’d recommend the Exotik Delight, a belly-stuffing brekkie of black beans, poached eggs, tomato, avocado, mozzarella and plantain. They also have arepa and empanada breakfast options, in addition to some classic fare like eggs Benedict and a traditional big breakfast. Seriously, go with an empty stomach...
284 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
0452 188 460
Sun, Tues-Thu - 8am-9pm
Fri - 8am-10:30pm
Sat - 9am-10:30pm
Mon - Closed
This cute Erskineville courtyard cafe has a distinctly European feel. We're not sure if it's the courtyard setting, the continental beer available or the fact there is a record store attached - but we love it. Hang out here on a sunny weekend morning and enjoy brekkie faves like sweetcorn and coriander fritters with bacon and salsa, or classic poached eggs on toast with a range of side choices - including garlic mushrooms, chipolata and huevos beans.
0411 969 065
Sun-Wednesday - 6am-4pm
Thu-Sat - 6am-11pm