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Drop a pin in: The Inner West

Newtown, Enmore, Annandale and beyond play host to an abundance of top-tier diners, fast-paced indoor activities and thriving community hubs

Google Signature Searches: The Inner West

By Time Out in partnership with Google

While Newtown may historically be one of Sydney’s bustling student hubs, the Inner West and beyond is home to makers, creatives, passionate sustainability-focused collectives and so much more these days. King Street is the area’s lengthy landing strip, punctuated by excellent cocktail bars, swish gift emporiums, vintage shops and of course, Rising Sun Workshop. This communal hot spot interestingly combines the crafts of motorcycle mechanics and ramen making with tasty results. Beyond this you’ll find Wish Bone, where you can eat some of Sydney’s best fried chicken, and the Duke of Enmore, a gussied-up pub that’s a good shout for a pre-Enmore Theatre gig drink. 

Further afield, the Inner West’s industrial history has cultivated fertile grounds for experimentation. Former warehouses are known to host raging parties in the evenings, while in the day time you’ll find a former soup cannery, which is now home to Banh Xeo Bar (where you can try pig’s head nuggets) and Archie Rose (Sydney’s award-winning distillery, making some of rum and whisky). Other unique land transformations include Camperdown Commons, a bowling green turned community farm, and the Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre, which fills a sprawling warehouse space with a cornucopia of vintage furniture. Many Sydney families call the Inner West home, which makes accessible fun a priority: bounce around at trampoline park Sky Zone, bound around on dodgems at Archie Brothers, get crafty at Reverse Garbage or crack the codes at stylish escape room, the Cipher Room. From hidden gems to quirky icons, these establishments and their own ‘signature searches’ represent the character and diversity that make each part of Sydney so special. 

Tried it? Share your picture of Motorcycle Oil Ramen on social media using #foundongoogle and you could win big.


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Sky Zone Alexandria
Sport and fitness

Sky Zone Alexandria

Sydney's indoor trampoline park will have you jumping for joy

Camperdown Commons
Things to do

Camperdown Commons

This former bowling club is now an urban farm, growing leafy greens, herbs and root veggies, and holding markets and workshops

The Enmore Theatre
Music

The Enmore Theatre

This 1,600-seat Art Deco landmark plays host to everything from rowdy band gigs to giant dance parties and stand-up comedy revues

The Cipher Room
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The Cipher Room

Test your problem-solving skills with three of the most inventive and suspenseful themed escape rooms in the city

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5 out of 5 stars
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Banh Xeo Bar
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Banh Xeo Bar

Inventive takes on Vietnamese classics are the go

Cornersmith - Annandale
Restaurants

Cornersmith - Annandale

A vegetarian café so good you won’t miss the bacon

The Duke of Enmore
Bars

The Duke of Enmore

This corner pub has spruced up its interiors and menu

Wish Bone
Restaurants

Wish Bone

Your wish for fried chicken and poutine is granted

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3 out of 5 stars

Signature Searches

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Discover more

We've hunted down five truly one-of-a-kind dishes that no Sydney food fan will want to miss

Win vouchers to try all five unique eats for free
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Win vouchers to try all five unique eats for free

For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we partnered with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some delicious dishes and the local heroes who made them and locked in a shortlist of one-of-a-kind dining experiences worth searching for. Now, we want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all five dishes (worth $350) for free!  Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended)   Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot.   Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept  

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Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre
Shopping

Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre

Float from stall to stall for hours on end for accessible vintage fashion and antique finds

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
Things to do

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq

This little pocket of Alexandria is the perfect place to hide out on a rainy day 

Reverse Garbage
Shopping

Reverse Garbage

This bric-a-brac emporium offers recycled DIY, costume and art materials for crafty and environmentally conscious shoppers

Archie Rose
Bars

Archie Rose

Sydney's own whisky, rum and gin distillery holds tastings and behind-the-scenes tours