People often say that popular suburbs are nothing like they used to be, and Newtown in Sydney certainly doesn't escape the criticism. But unlike many other suburbs you can actually step back into the (more) bohemian Newtown of yesteryear simply by changing the direction you walk.
Head south down King Street towards St. Peters and get away from the crowds, chain stores and flashy cars. Enjoy a more laid-back Newtown, one that's populated by Art Deco furniture stores, obscure boutiques and quaint sidewalk cafes. Rub shoulders with treasure hunters and relax as you watch the world amble past.
It's recommended you walk a loop south down King Street and back again. The perfect place to start is the Vargabar cafe behind Newtown post office. It's low-key and relaxed and will put you in exactly the right mood for where you're headed. Once you're on your way look out for Newtown Furniture Haven and Nest Furniture and Homewares; and if you're peckish later grab a bite from Moose Espresso Bar.
The south end of King Street proves it's still possible to get away from it all and explore new places- even in the heart of Sydney.