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Enmore area guide

Find the best places to eat, drink, shop and stay in the Inner West suburb

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Time Out editors
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Tucked away between Newtown, Stanmore and Marrickville, Enmore has long been overshadowed by vibrant King Street up the road. The neighbourly suburb has the same laid-back vibes of its incredibly popular bohemian neighbours, but with a little more room to spread out.

It’s packed with excellent places to eat, whether it’s cake for breakfast at Saga, locally famous gelato at Cow and the Moon or smelly cheese at the Stinking Bishops. And because the area is outside Sydney’s restrictive lockout zone, the party goes on all night after crowds fall out of gigs at Enmore Theatre and into the small bars next door.

During the day, there are vintage and repurposed fashion and antiques stores to browse, crystal shops and record stores to wander through, and plenty of new street art decorating the walls. It’s where the city’s hospo workers come to live, work and play, so you’ll find the best natural wines in the bottle shops, and everyone’s creative and weird – just the way we like it.

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Swop Clothing Exchange

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The meticulously colour-coded racks of second hand garments at Newtown’s Swop Clothing Exchange are heaven for any compulsively organised retro fashion fan....

Alfalfa House

Alfalfa House

Sydney's oldest food co-op stocks exotic salts, dried porcini mushrooms, breads, freshly ground nut butters (cashew and almond), oils, cheeses, milk, yoghurt,...

P&V Wine and Liquor

P&V Wine and Liquor

Lou Dowling has racked up years behind the bars of Mary's, the Unicorn, and the Lansdowne, but she kept running into the same problem. She wanted to drink...

Cottonmouth Records

Cottonmouth Records

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Craft tins from nearby breweries, a globe-trotting range of whiskies and vinyl are the three main drawcards for this Enmore Road bar. For crate diggers, you'll...

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The Enmore Theatre

The Enmore Theatre

This 1,600-seat Art Deco landmark has hosted sweaty live music from Jamie XX to Gang of Youths, as well as talks and stand-up comedy, depending on who’s...

Slyfox

Slyfox

This Enmore dive bar has been taken over by Kerry Wallace (one of the people behind SASH) and friends, and now boasts a mean Funktion1 sound system and a solid...

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