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10 best breakfasts in Newtown | September 2018

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 - 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?) here are the best places for breakfast in Newtown.


1.) Rising Sun Workshop

This workshop for bike service has a relaxed vibe and dining upstairs. It supports local community where they buy supplies. Try their breakfast ramen, why not?

  • Address: 1C Whateley St, Newtown NSW 2042
  • Contact: (02) 9550 3891
  • Open: Sun-Tue - 8am-4pm / Wed-Sat - 8am-10pm
  • Must-try: Breakfast ramen
  • Price range: $50 for two (approx.)

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2.) Handcraft

The coffee is what you really come here for, with different blends available each week. 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.

  • Address: 67 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
  • Contact: (02) 9550 3701
  • Open: Mon-Fri - 7am-5pm / Sat - 8am-4pm / Sun - 8am-3pm
  • Must-try: avo-on-toast-with-extras options
  • Price range: $40 for two (approx.)

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3.) Shenkin

With locations in Enmore, central King Street and Erskineville, you’ll be close to a branch of Shenkin 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 filling up at the weekend.

  • Erskineville: 53A Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043 / Open: Mon-Sun - 7:00am–3:00pm
  • Enmore: 129 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042 / Open: Mon-Sun - 7:00am–4:00pm
  • Newtown: 239A King St, Newtown NSW 2042 / Open: Mon-Sun - 6:30am-5:00pm
  • Must-try: Shakshouka with Marguez Chorizo
  • Price range: $40 for two (approx.)


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4.) Varga Bar

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.

  • Address: 10 Wilson St, Newtown NSW 2042
  • Contact: (02) 9517 1932
  • Open: Mon-Sun - 7am-3pm
  • Must-try: Eggs Benedict with salmon or bacon
  • Price range: $60 for two (approx.)

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5.) Brewtown

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.

  • Address: 6-8 O'Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042
  • Contact: (02) 9519 2920
  • Open: Mon-Sun - 8am-4pm
  • Must-try: Corned beef hash with garden peas, poached egg and parmesan crumbs
  • Price range: $40 for two (approx.)

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6.) Fleetwood Macchiato

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.

  • Address: 43 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043
  • Contact: (02) 9557 9291
  • Open: Mon-Fri - 7am-3pm / Sat-Sun - 8am-3pm
  • Must-try: Smashed egg breakfast roll
  • Price range: $45 for two (approx.)

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7.) Black Star

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.

  • Address: 277 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042
  • Contact: (02) 9557 8656
  • Open: Sun-Wed - 7am-5pm / Thu-Sat 7am-5:30pm
  • Must-try: Watermelon cake
  • Price range: $30 for two (approx.)

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8.) Exotik

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.

  • Address: 284 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
  • Contact:(02) 8541 7413
  • Open: Tues-Fri - 11:30am-9pm / Sat - 9am-12am / Sun - 9am-9pm / Mon - Closed
  • Must-try: Exotik Delight
  • Price range: $55 for two (approx.)

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9.) Bakerman Patisserie

This Erskineville courtyard cafe has a distinctly European feel. We're not sure if it's the alfresco 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.

  • Address: 2/65 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043
  • Contact: (02) 8090 0204
  • Open: Sun-Wed - 6am-4pm / Thu-Sat - 6am-11pm
  • Must-try: Haloumi stack
  • Price range: $45 for two (approx.)

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10.) Urban Bites

Sometimes all you need is a good-value, BIG breakfast - and Urban Bites is just the place for that. Known for its very reasonable prices (students love this place), huge portion sizes (seriously, order the pancake stack), sunny courtyard and friendly vibe, Urban Bites is a good ol' Sydney breakfast cafe that doesn't try to be too fancy. What you see is what you get here - and we like it.

  • Address: 70-72 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
  • Contact: (02) 9565 5888
  • Open: Mon-Sun - 7am-10pm
  • Must-try: Smashed avocado
  • Price range: $70 for two (approx.)

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