The best shops in Newtown
Maple Store is a sure-fire sign that Newtown is in gentrification phase 2.0. Alongside high-waisted Marilyn Monroe shorts and James Dean roll-ups from labels like Dr. Denim, Neuw and Nudie Jeans, this is also the place to pick up forest-scented Triumph & Disaster grooming kits, sleek Sunday Somewhere shades, Funkis clogs, Saltwater sandals and hundreds and hundreds of striped tees.
The Flower Room is a funky oasis on Newtown’s busy King Street. You’ll find orchids, water lilies and bromeliads in arrangements finished with dried lotus leaves and natural twine. We love their terrariums and wooden boxes filled with succulents, ferns and moss: the look is less ‘floral’ and more sculptural. While they stock their fair share of pretties, the Flower Room can furnish you with a fine man-bouquet, too.
T Totaler creator Amber Hudson believes that the ancient tea leaf has a lot to offer. “In a fast-paced society, it’s hard to stop and appreciate it,” she says. “But tea makes you slow down. Drinking tea is an experience.” Established in 2012, the T Totaler brand grew from two of Hudson’s passions: tea and travel.
This section of the inner west suburb strip has long been overshadowed by its busier northern end, but your jaunt will be rewarded with quirky vintage finds, ethical shopping choices and authentic craftsmanship that seems all that much harder to find these days.