Jane's favourite places in Newtown
The brainchild of Christopher Thé (former pastry chef at Woollahra fine diner Claude's), this Newtown patisserie offers everything from macaroons to individual tartes Tatins. You'll find a little banquette lining the inside window with a few stools scattered about and a pile of magazines a foot high next to the ever-pumping coffee machine.
The great thing about gelato is that if you prefer fruit flavours to creamy ones you’re already choosing the vegan option – your lemon, passion fruit, mango and strawberry-raspberry options at this Newtown gelateria taste just like they would at any other ice cream shop. It’s in the chocolate/caramel/vanilla family of flavours that Gelato Blue are doing things differently.
Lady Lash specialises in fixing the hair around your eyes, whether that’s a boost to your natural beauty or reinventing what nature gave you. At the King Street salon, they offer eyelash extensions, tints, removal, and brow waxing, tints and cosmetic tattooing – they can even completely reconstruction your eyebrows and customise lash extensions to suit the client.
Created by Michael Cthurmer in 2002, the Grumpy Baker is now has eight stores around Sydney selling artisan sourdough and serving brekky and lunch menus that champion seasonal produce. Every day you’ll find muffins and pastries, Single O coffee and an extensive selection of loaves, from rye to fig and walnut or linseed soy. Their dine-in menus focus on sandwiches and salads and they make their own muesli, pies and sausage rolls in-house.
Cream on Crown’s Newtown sister is a one-stop shop for flannel, floral and Doc Martens. It also has an impressive display of sunnies.
This fairy-lit bar offers up nibbles for just five clams a pop and they've been known to host a Lou Reed tribute night. The soup kitchen special on Mondays draws hungry uni students in with a soup, crusty bread and beer for only $12 and if you not on a tight budget, give one of their cocktails a whirl.
Generally speaking, you used to go to gigs for great tunes and shitty drinks, and you went to a bar for great drinks and a Spotify playlist for atmosphere. But now Leadbelly has come along and broken all the rules by being a live music venue with really excellent cocktails in the same space that once housed the Vanguard.
If the world were about to end, we’d probably do what Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect do right before the Earth’s destruction in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and go to the pub. And we’re not talking just any pub – we’d make tracks to the Courthouse Hotel.
The Botany View has been taken over by Paddy Coughlan (the guy behind the revamps of Chippendale’s Lord Gladstone and Camperdown’s Lady Hampshire), and he has restored this old pub to a Sydney muso hotspot with free live music in the front room every Friday and Saturday night.
Bartending is in many ways the study of party alchemy – mixing drinks to lift you up, cool you out and caress your soul if it’s in need of a little TLC. And there’s nowhere we prefer to pull up a stool and bend the elbow than at the long, sturdy, timber bar at Earl’s Juke Joint.