Newtown and Glebe are hot spots for anything punky, alternative, socialist, greenie, intellectual or noir. King St, Newtown, has interesting boutiques, second-hand stores, downmarket antique shops and (along with Glebe Point Rd) some of the city’s best bookstores. New homewares stores strike the fear of gentrification into the hearts of long-term locals.
The now-trendy semi-industrial area of Alexandria, east of Erskineville, is known for its factory-outlet shops. Most are spread along the busy McEvoy St strip and along Botany Road. You can easily walk there from Erskineville station in about 15 minutes or from Green Square station in about 10.