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Top Choice Museum in Newtown & the Inner West

Powerhouse Museum

A short walk from Darling Harbour, this cavernous science and design museum whirs away inside the former power station for Sydney’s defunct, original tram network. The collection and temporary exhibitions cover ever…
Top Choice Museum in Newtown & the Inner West

Nicholson Museum

Within the University of Sydney's quadrangle, this is one of the city's great under-the-radar attractions. Combining modern ideas with ancient artefacts, it's an intriguing collection of Greek, Roman, Cypriot, Egypt…
Top Choice Cafe in Newtown & the Inner West

Grounds of Alexandria

A quite extraordinary Alexandria spot, the Grounds goes well beyond converted industrial chic. This former pie factory now sports futuristic coffee technology, tip-top baking and delicious food, but it's the enormou…
Top Choice Gallery in Newtown & the Inner West

White Rabbit

If you're an art lover or a bit of a Mad Hatter, this particular rabbit hole will leave you grinning like a Cheshire Cat. There are so many works in this private collection of cutting-edge, contemporary Chinese art …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Newtown & the Inner West

Timbah

Quite a way down Glebe Point Rd is an excellent independent bottleshop; turn right to find this convivial wine bar it runs downstairs. It's a lovely space decked out in wood; there's always something interesting ava…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Newtown & the Inner West

Ester

Ester exemplifies Sydney's contemporary dining scene: informal but not sloppy; innovative without being overly gimmicky; hip, but never try-hard. Influences straddle continents and dishes are made to be shared. How …
Top Choice Bar in Newtown & the Inner West

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

This distillery has made quite an impact with its excellent gins and where better to try them than the place itself? The bar is appropriately industrial chic; the mezzanine is a great spot to sit and observe the act…
Top Choice Bar in Newtown & the Inner West

Lazybones Lounge

Roomy and extravagantly decorated, Lazybones is an excellent bar-lounge with live music nightly and a decent line in cocktails and food. At weekends it gets likeably louche, with a happy crowd dancing until late. Ev…
Top Choice Seafood in Newtown & the Inner West

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

The best restaurant in Glebe, and one of the best seafood restaurants in Sydney. Offerings range from oysters so fresh you’d think you shucked them yourself, to a snapper pie that’ll go straight to the top of your f…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Newtown & the Inner West

Cow & the Moon

Forget the diet and slink into this cool corner cafe, where an array of sinful truffles and tasty tarts beckons seductively. Ignore them and head straight for the world's best gelato – the title this humble little p…