Finding Sydney pt. 2 — Newtown Walkthrough

by Sara · 08.02.2011 · Escapism · 2 comments

Find­ing Sydney wasn’t so dif­fi­cult if you ask me in ret­ro­spect­ive — in fact, Sydney is quite an easy place to dis­cover while you’re amongst friends and tour­ists like­wise. What could pos­sibly be missed in a city built on water, with people as diverse as six con­tin­ents can be, full of style, sky­scrapers and ser­i­ous­ness alike?

I can tell you what went miss­ing: the youth, the rebel­lion, the dirt, the cre­at­ive spark. Sydney, as far as I was con­cerned, really only had one dis­trict where I felt some­what at ease (as in, like­minded people, bits of art here and there, inter­est­ing pubs and bars, a bit of authen­ti­city in a coun­try where everything seems to be copied off pop­u­lar Amer­ican or European styles): New­town.

Admit­tedly, not many tour­ists will ever hit New­town if they only spend a couple of days in Sydney. But if you’re bound to stay, don’t miss out on the only sub­urb that actu­ally deliv­ers a youth­ful spirit to what seems to be a per­fect, clean, futur­istic city (if you’re 100 years old and bor­ing, any­way). Here’s a little run­down on what to do if you ever get the chance:

Go shop­ping! For­get the fran­chise stores of the Cent­ral Busi­ness Dis­trict and grab ori­ginal pieces from one of the crazy vin­tage stores in New­town — Vin­nies, a char­ity store (second hand), does some good with your money and is a good place to look out for inter­est­ing, freaky or com­pletely hideous vin­tage styles. Speak­ing of Vin­tage: for remixed Vinnie’s, check out Cream on King. A tad bit more expens­ive but still worth it. Local Store car­ries all the major surf­ing style “it feels like Cali­for­nia in here” brands from Stussy, Vans, Cheap Monday to accessor­ies seem­ingly chosen at ran­dom (Polar­oid, Lomo, Head­phones, Skateboards).

I know, hun­ger kills, but we haven’t come that far yet. First off, check out Cam­pos for one of the best cof­fees you will be served in Sydney and hang around Mag Nation just in case you were doubt­ing that print magazines still sell — yes, they do, and look­ing around their store made me feel as if I just entered a real life non-virtual inter­net kind of space. Scary. I heard you wanted to dive in to a real book­store, old books, heart-warming books, obscure mater­ial you’ve never found any­where else? Check out the massive second hand book dyn­asty of Goulds.

There are a couple of record stores along King Street, but I know noth­ing about vinyl. I know, shame on me– that goes just as well for bik­ing and skate­board­ing. I’d love to tell you a bit about the “scene” over in Sydney, but I can’t and I’m not going to pre­tend to be one of the cool kids. I’d rather just take a pic­ture (speak­ing of, admit­tedly, not many have been taken in New­town due to bad weather and amaz­ing people who kept me dis­trac­ted, which hap­pens to be a good thing).

Right, I heard your stom­ach growl, so here’s my per­sonal choice: Clem’s Chicken. Don’t ask, just go and have your meal over there. There’s a vari­ety of inter­na­tional cuisine in New­town, Mex­ican, Indian, Lebanese, whatever you do, simply refrain from eat­ing a Kebap. In fact, any­where in Aus­tralia, or, you know, any­where out­side of Ber­lin, a Doener Kebap just isn’t worth it (same goes for Shawarma and Falafel Sand­wiches). I’ll make an excep­tion for the Middle East.

Any­way, there’s a lot more to dis­cover in New­town — a spe­cial hug goes, again, to Ke who took us around for day after day to show us where we would feel the most at home (or where we’d com­plain the least about miss­ing Berlin).

at goulds bookstore

at Court­house New­town
  1. Sehr, sehr schöne Bilder! Weiter so!

  2. nice job looks like you found the pick of the new­town bunch. but should men­tion that your pho­tos tell that you also delved into a bit of enmore…another fine sydney suburb