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Quaint shops line King Street adding to the appeal of Newtown.
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Newtown is one of Sydney's most interesting destinations for visitors.
An inner suburb situated a short four kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD, it comprises a two-kilometre strip lined on both sides of the street with cafes and shops.
King Street is unique in that it is the longest street strip of shops and cafes in Sydney - if you walk up one side and then back down the other, you've walked more than four kilometres, and browsed at
some of the most interesting shops and cafes in Sydney.
Perhaps, more importantly, King Street is unique because most of the continuous two and three-storey shop facades along the strip have been largely conserved with the upper facades of many buildings much the same as when they were built in the late 1800s. The shopping precinct of King Street has been described as "perhaps Sydney's largest and best example of 19th Century commercial architecture" and is listed on the Register of the National Estate. It's a delight to walk down one side of King Street and see how bright light emphasies the design features of the upper facades on the opposite side of the road, then walk back and see how shadows come into play on the upper facades on the other side of the street.
A particuarly impressive group of these commercial buildings with their impressive architectural designs and vivid colour schemes extends from the post office to the Greek Orthodox Church, which is one of the centrepieces of the area.
King Street is often referred to as "Eat Street" because of the large number of cafes, pubs and restaurants of different ethnicities. This is one of Sydney's best-known food precincts, drawing locals and visitors alike. Many of the eateries in King Street are also largely alternative and typical of the interesting and appealing type of cafes, restaurants and coffee shops you now find in the inner and old parts of cities worldwide. Ethnic cusine includes Thai, Indian, Lebanese, Chinese, African, Sri Lankan, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Greek cafes and restaurants. Menu prices range from cheap to exepensive. There is also a number of vegan and vegetarian eateries. Inside, the cafes are quirky and enticing.
There is any number of coffee shops along the King Street strip. One of these must have claims to the title of smallest coffee shop in Australia. It's delightful and a must-see.
The street is also home to a huge book barn, galleries, microbreweries and antique and curio shops. One of the latter has to be one of the most interesting and refreshingly different curio shops in Sydney.
There are numerous fashion stores in the street, some of which offer a huge range of seconds.
The suburb has a number of landmarks buildings, the most well-known being the Trocadero, Burland Hall, Hub Theatre.
Newtown is also renowned for its live music scene and its street art. Goddard Street, in particular, has same visually exciting street art.
The great thing about King Street is that you are sure to find things that will interest you. There is so much diversity in the strip that you can't help but stumble across things that appeal, whether it be eateries, bakeries, book shops, galleries, antique shops or pubs.
To visit Sydney and not make the short journey to Newtown would be missing out on one of the great experiences this city has to offer.
An outdoor cafe at the junction of King Street and Enmore Road marks the centre of the Newtown shopping strip. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
A decorated bicycle adorns the footpath outside a shop. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Shops in the strip are big on decorative exotic wares. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Even florist shops adopt an alternative look. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
A busker sings for his supper. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Shopfront window displays are bright, colourful and artistic. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
A bookshop that beckons you inside. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Wares are also displayed on trestles on the footpath. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Stunning dresses in a shop window light up King Street. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Looking for a button or some other small ware? Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Street art is big in the small side streets running off King Street. Picture: © Sydney.com.au