Join us on a quirky culinary journey down King Street to uncover the most unique restaurants in Newtown!

And if you thought that Newtown couldn’t get any funkier, we’re here to prove you wrong. Tucked along the main strip is a handfuls of restaurants, bars and cafes that call in flocks of foodies. But, we’re here to showcase those establishments that standout.

Whether they’re adorned with distinct decor or they simply like to do things differently, we’re here to showcase all of that and more. So, let us appease your curious culinary palate with this guide to the most unique restaurants in Newtown that you need to try!

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Up the ante with Newtown’s sake bar ANTE. On top of the seasonal menu and selection of 65 sake from 21 different breweries in Japan, what sets ANTE apart is the sensational wall of vinyls that the team pick from to play. Labelling themselves as sake and sounds, ANTE is chic, modern and exceptionally trendy. So if you’re looking for one of the most unique restaurants in Newtown, be sure to add ANTE to your list.

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146 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042
<strong>Continental Deli Bar Bistro</strong>
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Continental Deli Bar Bistro

Tucked away on Australia Street, Continental Deli Bar Bistro is best described as a quirky deli with in-house dining. Their menu is short and sweet, but it’s packed with plenty of scrumptious selections to choose from. Think Marinated Champignon, Continental Pork Smoked Sausage and, the iconic Rhum Baba served with vanilla chantilly and a spiced red wine poached pear. In true deli style guests can also pick from a range of tinned fish, charcuterie and cheese to accompany their visit.

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210 Australia St, Newtown, NSW 2042
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If we had to describe Mary’s in six words or less it would be burgers, booze and bass-pumping music. Grungy and home to some of Sydney’s most delicious burgers you need to try; Mary’s should be at the top of your list for any burger lover out there. Perfect for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores, Mary’s menu is made up of a selection of mouthwatering burgers, fried chicken, fried chips and specialty sauces. Our pick of the lot is Mary’s Burger, the Mash n Gravy and, if you’re still hungry, the fried buttermilk Half Bird with a side of Mary’s Hot Sauce.

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<strong>Pasha's Restaurant</strong>
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Pasha's Restaurant

Stepping into Pasha’s Restaurant, guests will feel as if they’ve just entered a buzzing bazaar in Istanbul. Tucked along King Street, this unique eatery in Newtown is considered as one of the most authentic Turkish restaurants in Sydney. With stained-glass lanterns adorning the ceiling, the walls are also embellished with plenty of ceramics to catch your eye. With belly dancers, sofra-style (on the floor) dining and traditional Turkish cuisine, Pasha’s Restaurant promises to feed your curiosity with a true taste of Anatolia.

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490/492 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042
<strong>Thai Pothong Restaurant</strong>
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Thai Pothong Restaurant

Dining with a side of shopping? At Thai Pothong Restaurant, you’ll get the best of both worlds. One of the most unique restaurants in Newtown, at Thai Pothong you’re guaranteed three things: a long cue, traditional Thailand cuisine and a restaurant packed with homewares where everything and yes, we mean everything, is for sale. Fancy a new light fixture? How about a Buddha statue? Or maybe a five-metre-tall Transformer made completely out of recycled car parts? So sip, savour and shop your way through this supercool restaurant in Sydney!

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294 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042
<strong>The Vanguard</strong>
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The Vanguard

It comes to no surprise that Newtown’s The Vanguard has made this list as one of the most unique restaurants in Newtown. Nestled on King Street, The Vanguard is all about good food, live music and burlesque cabaret. The ultimate destination for dinner and a show or just exceptional live music; we recommend checking out their website and booking ahead for your next night out. Whilst you’re here, be sure to try the Perfect Lady Grey made with gin, earl grey tea and creme de peche. Yum!

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42 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042

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Feature image: The Vanguard, Newtown, Sydney. Photographed by Ken Leanfore. Image via Destination NSW.