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Today’s Sydney city guide update comes from the original guide writer, art historian and curator, and Sydney native Harriet Fesq. Harriet created a wonderful guide to eating, shopping and enjoying Sydney Australia, complete with a guide to great online shops and links to other helpful sydney guides on the web. Harriet has also paid special attention to shops that showcase Australian design. Thanks, Harriet, for this wonderful glimpse into Sydney life! –Stephanie
CLICK HERE for the full sydney guide…
Melbourne may be hailed as the shopping capital of Australia (with good reason) but Sydney’s infectious design style is truly world-class. It’s casual-luxe: think outdoors as indoors, organic forms, the green/blues of the harbour and lots and lots of sandals. Needless to say, we don’t know what to do with ourselves in winter.
Some caveats: I’ve tried to favour shops and destinations that are the less obvious/more hidden options (hence, no mention of the Opera House!) and have only touched very lightly on art galleries, music and book shops. Also, Sydney is huge so this really only scrapes the surface. If you think something’s missing, apologies, and please add in the comments!
Some good Sydney online guides can be found at:
And if I had to pick only a handful of shops to visit? Dinosaur Designs, Lee Mathews, Koskela, Edit, Fairfax & Roberts, Eccletica and Aesop.
The 3 best city shopping hubs surround Pitt St Mall (includes the beautiful Strand Arcade and the new, luxe Westfield mall), Martin Place and The Galeries Victoria (500 George St), all within walking distance of one another.
Park Hyatt – it might break the budget but you can’t beat this location. 7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, Sydney. www.sydney.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null
The Westin Sydney – chic hotel and great, central location. No. 1, Martin Plce, Sydney. www.westin.com.au/sydney/
Pensione – cosy boutique hotel. 631-635 George St, Sydney. www.8hotels.com/pensione-boutique-hotel-sydney-welcome.html
Grace Hotel – reliable hotel in an amazing neo-gothic building. 77 York St, Sydney. www.gracehotel.com.au
Establishment Hotel – luxury boutique accommodation. 5 Bridge Lne, Sydney. www.merivale.com/#/establishment/hotel
Pendolino – great shopping pit-stop 100, Strand Arcade, Sydney.
Spice Temple – fantastic Chinese cuisine. 10 Bligh St Sydney.
Rock Pool Bar and Grill – the Sydney place to eat! 66 Hunter St, Sydney.
Fix St James – great wines and small plates opposite Hyde Park. 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney.
Number One Wine Bar – wine bar & bistro right by the quay. 1 Alfred St, Circular Quay, Sydney.
White by Kikki K – an uber-chic Australian/Swedish stationery store chain; in this store, everything’s white. Ground floor, Strand Arcade. www.kikki-k.com
Card & Paper House – great stationery store. Level 3, Queen Victoria Building.
Funkis – Scandanavian chic. Shop 19, Strand Arcade. www.funkis.com
Dinosaur Designs – truly unique and exuberant Australian jewellery and object design. Shop 77, Strand Arcade. www.dinosaurdesigns.com.au
King’s Comics – Revisit your youth and discover some Aussie comics. 310 Pitt St. www.kingscomics.com.au
Kinokuniya – Japanese book emporium with an astounding array of design books and stationery. Level 2, The Galeries Victoria. www.kinokuniya.com
Shun Fai Modern – a Chinatown special, full of red velvet, gold tassels and waving cats. 427 Sussex St.
The Gardens Shop – the shop of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquarie Rd. http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/welcome_to_bgt/royal_botanic_gardens/your_visit/shops_and_services
Gaffa Gallery – rotating object and jewellery design exhibitions. 281 Clarence St.
Kit – very cute cosmetic shop; great package design. www.kitcosmetics.com.au. Pitt St mall.
Jurlique – Australian botanical skincare; the shops are lovely. Strand Arcade. www.jurlique.com.au
Love + Hatred – jewellery based on art historical forms and patterns. A favourite. Shop 59, Strand Arcade. www.loveandhatred.com.au
Akira Isogawa – possibly the most respected Australian designer, completely trendless & always intriguing. Shop 129, Strand Arcade. www.akira.com.au
Vintage Clothing Shop – the best of quality vintage in Sydney. St James Arcade, 80 Castlereagh St. www.thevintageclothingshop.com
Incu – great boutique of cult Australian and imported labels. Shop RG/23-34, The Galeries Victoria. www.incuclothing.com
Fairfax & Roberts – the Australian Tiffany’s, minus the mass production. For drooling only. Corner of Martin Place and Castlereagh St. www.fairfaxandroberts.com.au
Robbie Ingham – a place to wistfully gaze at the latest from the likes of Paul Smith. Shop 08A, MLC Centre, Martin Place. www.robbieingham.com.au
Belinda – not for the faint of heart; the bees’ knees of imported fashion. Shop 3, MLC Centre, Martin Place. www.belinda.com.au
COTA – standing for ‘courtesy of the artist’, this shop represents the most interesting and innovative jewellers. Level 2, Strand Arcade. www.courtesyoftheartist.com.au
Botanic Gardens – spend some time here and you’ll get a real feel for Sydney’s diverse flora and fauna (fruit bats everywhere!) www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Boy Charlton Pool – part of the Botanic Gardens, overlooking the harbour, this pool is a must-swim.
Art Gallery of NSW – a beautiful location and building for the state art gallery’s collection of Indigenous Australian, contemporary and international art. www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
The Eastern suburbs arguably dominate design in Sydney. Head to Woollahra and Double Bay for grand, South Kensington style, Paddington for sweet fashion boutiques, Darlinghurst for something grittier, Potts Point for elegance & coffee and Surry Hills for the interior design Mecca of Sydney. Round it off with a trip to the beach and the handful of design gems by the sea. Some streets to hit up include Queen St, Woollahra, Macleay St, Potts Point and Crown St, Surry Hills.
Ravesi’s – stay right on the promenade at Bondi. 118 Campbell Pde, Bondi. www.ravesis.com.au
Medusa – boutique accommodation right in the thick of Darlinghurst. 267 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst. www.medusa.com.au
Victoria Court Hotel – historic terrace inn. 122 Victoria St, Darlinghurst. www.victoriacourt.com.au
Kathryn’s on Queen – posh and popular B&B. 20 Queen St, Woollahra. www.kathryns.com.au
Harry’s – for coffee. 136 Wairoa Ave, Bondi Beach.
Sean’s Panorama – spoil yourself with dinner here. 270 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach.
Fish Face – best seafood restaurant. 132 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst.
A Tavola – my favourite. 348 Victoria St, Darlinghurst. www.atavola.com.au
Toko – fantastic, modern Japanese, 362 Oxford St, Paddington.
Zinc – the locals’ café of choice. 77 Macleay St, Potts Point.
Bootleg – fun wine bar and great Italian fare. 175 Victoria St, Potts Point. www.bootlegbar.com.au
Fratelli Paradiso – go for brunch. 16 Challis Ave, Potts Point.
Bourke St Bakery – takeaway goodies. 633 Bourke St, Surry Hills.
Spice I am – iconic Sydney Thai food. 90 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills.
224 – retro furniture and collectibles. 224 Bondi Rd, Bondi. www.224.com.au
Top 3 by Design – the largest dedicated design product store in Sydney. Shop 5001, Westfield Bondi Junction. www.top3.com.au
Papaya – A Sydney brand of nature-inspired home wares. Shop 5015, Westfield Bondi Junction. www.papaya.com.au
Ria Floral – gorgeous florist, right by the beach. 98 Brighton Blvde, Bondi.
Porch and Parlour – café/gallery/studio. 100 Brighton Blvde, Bondi.
Outre Gallery – objects and published art that, in their own words, revolve around ‘low brow, pop surrealism, street, tiki, modern folk…’ 13A Burton St, Darlinghurst. www.outregallery.com
Kenneth Neale Twentieth Century Modern – design classics from last century. Unit 3, 138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst.
Rococo Flowers – Luscious and inventive floral arrangements. 303a Liverpool St, Darlinghurst. www.rococoflowers.com.au
Palmer Projects – emerging art/event space, for irreverent artworks and objects. 2/238 Palmer St, Darlinghurst. www.palmerprojects.com.au
Paper Couture – one of our few good stationery shops. 284 South Dowling St, Darlinghurst. www.papercouture.net
Artisan Guild and Curiosity Shop – vintage goodies. 263 Oxford St, Darlinghurst.
Seletti – Incredible Italian home wares. 50 Stanley St, Darlinghurst.
My Island Home – fun, Pacific-style interiors. 5 Transvaal Ave, Double Bay. www.myislandhome.com.au
Papier D’Amour – glamorous stationery and leather goods store. 8 Cross St, Double Bay. www.papierdamour.com.au
Ondene – luxe global interiors. 12 Trasvaal Ave, Double Bay. www.ondene.com
Busatti – luxe Italian linen & home wares. 9 Transvaal Ave, Double Bay. www.busatti.com.au
Market Import – imported Mexican and global home wares. 27 Bay St, Double Bay. www.marketimport.com
Aesop – worth visiting for the store design alone (each Aesop store is designed by local designers and is completely unique) but their botanical skincare also happens to be divine. 72a Oxford St, Paddington. www.aesop.net.au
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery – probably the most prestigious contemporary art gallery in Australia. 8 Soudan Lne, Paddington. www.roslynoxley9.com.au
Dinosaur Designs – Their flagship store. So good you can go again. 339 Oxford St, Paddington.
Ariel Books – best for coffee table books, Mexican decorative accoutrements and awesome gift-wrapping. 42 Oxford St, Paddington.
The Society Inc – interior designer Sibella Court’s heavenly shop. A favourite. 18 Stewart St, Paddington. www.thesocietyinc.com.au
Bison Home – stoneware ceramics in interesting hues. 461 Oxford St, Paddington. www.bisonhome.com
Macleay on Manning – modern gifts & homewares from around the world. 85 Macleay St, Potts Point. www.macleayonmanning.com
Arida – antique pieces from Asia and Africa are placed amongst Lanvin and Stella McCartney apparel. 61 Macleay St, Potts Point. www.arida.com.au
Blueprint – shelves and shelves of contemporary design products. 3/46a Macleay St, Potts Point. www.blueprintretail.com
Grandiflora – more floral installation art than floristry, owner Saskia Havekes is Sydney’s premier florist. 1/12 Macleay St, Potts Point. www.grandiflora.net
First Draft – exhibition space for emerging artists and curators. 116-118 Chalmers St, Surry Hills. www.firstdraftgallery.com
Chalk Horse – great contemporary art exhibitions. 94 Cooper St, Surry Hills. www.chalkhorse.com.au
Cloth – hand-printed, contemporary Australian textiles. 35 Buckingham St, Surry Hills. www.clothfabric.com
Published Art Bookshop – art, architecture and design publications. Shop 2, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills. www.publishedart.com.au
Ici et La – sweet French beachside fabrics & industrial style. Great striped fabrics & deckchairs. 7 Nickson St, Surry Hills. www.icietla.com.au
Chee Soon & Fitzgerald – famous Sydney textile boutique. 387 Crown St, Surry Hills. www.cheesoonfitzgerald.com
Circa c. 20 – amazing haven for twentieth century glass and ceramics. 78a Campbell St, Surry Hills. www.circa-c20.com.au
Spence and Lyda – luxe emporium of major international design houses such as Missoni. 16 Foster St, Surry Hills. www.spenceandlyda.com.au
Koskela – Australian furniture designers with an inspiring showroom. Level 1, Imperial Slacks Building, 91 Campbell St, Surry Hills. www.koskela.com
Edit – truly gorgeous Australian interiors by 2 of our most successful stylists, Sharyn Storrier-Lyneham and Belinda Seper. 137 Albion St, Surry Hills. www.edit-group.com.au
DavidmetNicole – British design meets Sydney style. The most quirkily charming store in Sydney. 382 Cleveland St, Surry Hills. www.davidmetnicole.com
Flight001 – amazing travel accoutrements. 285A Crown St, Surry Hills.
Bird Textiles – hand printed textiles 380 Cleveland St, Surry Hills. www.birdtextile.com.au
I ran the wrong way – reclaimed vintage beauties. 378 Cleveland St, Surry Hills. www.iranthewrongway.com
Collector Store – Cool bits and bobs. 473 Crown St, Surry Hills. www.collectorstoresurryhills.blogspot.com
Moss River – classic Australian bed linen. 72 Queen St, Woollahra. www.mossriver.com.au
Robert Burton – well chosen international and Australian homewares. 42-44 Queen St, Woollahra. www.robertburtondesign.com
Orson & Blake – a Sydney interior design staple with fashion upstairs. 83-85 Queen St, Woollahra. www.orsonandblake.com.au
Michael Greene Antiques – the approachable option for antiques in Queen St, and a great source of decorative objects. 108 Queen St, Woollahra. www.michaelgreene.com.au
RG Madden – a dedicated design general store, from Eames to Newson. 82
Queen St, Woollahra. www.rgmadden.com.au
Howell and Howell – respected French antique dealer. 84 Queen St, Woollahra.
Parterre Garden – Seriously chic garden shop. Pretend you’re in Louis XVI’s France! 33 Ocean St, Woollahra. www.parterre.com.au
Piggott’s Store – gorgeous furniture & decorative accessories. 53 Ocean St, Woollahra.
Robyn Cosgrove Rugs – Beautifully selected antique and modern kilims & carpets. 168 Queen St, Woollahra. www.robyncosgroverugs.com.au
Simon Johnson – posh provedore, with great Portuguese ceramics and homewares. 55 Queen St, Woollahra. www.simonjohnson.com
Cotton Love – elegant interiors. 164 Edgecliff Rd, Woollahra. cottonlove.com.au
Camilla – glamour kaftans! 132 Warner’s Ave, Bondi. www.camilla.com.au
Sambag – cute shoes and accessories. 181 Edgecliff Rd, Bondi Junction.
Frock Exchange – A must-visit. A great range of recycled/vintage designer fashion. 221 Clovelly Rd, Clovelly. www.belinda.com.au
Manon et Gwenaelle – beautiful children’s boutique. Shop 2, 246 Palmer St, Darlinghurst. www.manonetgwenaelle.com
Capital L – a range of Australian fashion designers. 333 South Dowling St, Darlinghurst. www.capital-l.com
Assin – designer goods by the likes of Junya Watanabe. 12 Verona St, Darlinghurst. www.assin.com.au
Bianca Spender – Fresh, elegant women’s wear from a young Sydney designer. 9 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. www.biancaspender.com
Edition – cutting-edge Australian fashion. 214 Crown St, Darlinghurst.
Corner Shop – possibly the sweetest fashion spot in Sydney. 43 William St, Paddington. www.belinda.com.au
Ginger & Smart – Australian design duo; they use great prints. 27 William St, Paddington. www.gingerandsmart.com
Poepke – a favourite; stocking the likes of Dries van Noten. 47 William St, Paddington. www.poepke.com
Gorman – eco designer Lisa Gorman creates fresh, fun, organic women’s wear. 30 Oxford St, Paddington. www.gorman.ws
Zimmermann – justifiably-famous Australian swimwear. 2 – 16 Glenmore Rd, Paddington. www.zimmermann.com
Easton Pearson – iconic Australian design duo; eclectic, hand crafted women’s wear. 18 Elizabeth St, Paddington. www.eastonpearson.com
Scanlan & Theodore – I always take US girlfriends here. Perfectly pitched fashion. 122 Oxford St, Paddington. www.scanlantheodore.com.au
Marnie Skillings – I love her clothes: whimsical and very Sydney. 10 Glenmore Rd, Paddington. www.marnieskillings.com.au
Trunk – vintage Dries, Chloe etc. A favourite. 5 William St, Paddington.
Pearl’s Dream – incredible (literally) label Romance was Born’s concept store. 2a Glenmore Rd, Paddington. www.romancewasborn.com
Land’s End – Thakoon, Opening Ceremony etc. 205 Glenmore Rd, Paddington. www.landsendstore.com
Bloodorange – beautifully designed boutique of highly edited Australian and international fashion. 35 Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay. www.bloodorange.com.au
Becker Minty – stylish, opulent lifestyle & fashion stores. Shop 7, Ikon Building, 81 Macleay St and cnr of Macleay and Greenknowe, Potts Point. www.beckerminty.com
Eccletica – effortlessly chic leather goods, linen dresses and the best sandals. Also stock Puzzle jewellery – very special Australian-inspired designs. A favourite. Rockwall Crescent, Potts Point. www.eclettica.com.au
Anne Schofield – nothing beats Anne Schofield for antique jewelry. 36 Queen St, Woollahra. www.anneschofieldantiques.com
Celeste – exquisite jewellery. 48 Queen St, Woollahra.
Object Gallery – museum and shop dedicated to all things Australian craft and design. 417 Bourke St, Surry Hills. www.object.com.au
Brett Whiteley Studio – the former studio, now museum, of Australian twentieth century artist Brett Whiteley. 2 Raper St, Surry Hills. www.brettwhiteley.org
Bondi to Bronte coastal walk – a must-do for all Sydney visitors. Extend the walk to the Waverley cemetery.
Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay harbour walk – dotted with beaches, this walk is lovely.
Clovelly beach– take a snorkel and try and find the resident blue grouper.
Elizabeth Bay House – historic house with a perfect picnic park opposite.
Since 2000, the south/southeast has been steadily creeping up to steal the crown (from Surry Hills) as the interior design & art hub of Sydney. Danks St started the craze with the 2 Danks St art gallery complex (my place of work for 3 years). Still a semi-industrial region, it proves a perfect playground for showrooms and warehouses. Head further south into the Sutherland Shire for more of Sydney’s beautiful beaches and parks.
Woolpack Hotel – basic accommodation on top of a pub. 229 Chalmers St, Redfern. www.woolpack.com.au
Meriton Serviced Apartments – conveniently located in Danks St. www.meritonapartments.com.au/sydney/danks-street-waterloo
Beach Haven B&B – stay in the idyllic seaside township of Bundeena. 13 Bundeena Dr, Bundeena. www.beachhavenbnb.com.au
Allpress – coffee roasters. 58 Epsom Rd, Rosebery
Depot Café – classic Sydney brunch. 2 Danks St, Waterloo.
Sopra – rustic Italian fare. Inside Fratelli Fresh, Danks St, Waterloo.
Space Furniture – The international furniture design department store. 84 O’Riordan St, Alexandria. www.spacefurniture.com.au
Coco Republic – large Hampton-chic furniture manufacturers. 34 O’Riordan St, Alexandria. www.cocorepublic.com.au
Anibou – European/Australian furniture wholesalers. 726 Bourke St, Redfern. www.anibou.com.au
Great Dane Furniture – the name says it all. 613 Elizabeth St, Redfern. www.greatdanefurniture.com
Remnant House – Fabric remnants & upholstery. 722 Bourke St, East Redfern.
A Pair of Chairs – vintage industrial interiors. 80 Regent St, Redfern.
Seasonal Concepts – flowers and fascinating objects. 122 Redfern St, Redfern.
Signature Prints – A classic Australian company, printing the iconic designs of Florence Broadhurst. Unit 2, 3 Hayes Rd, Rosebery. www.signatureprints.com.au
PYD – PYD is an interior design complex, housing Kim Snow Furniture and the wonderfully named Mother of Pearl and Sons. Corner of Phillip and Young Streets, Waterloo. www.pyd.com.au
A Country Trader – if you had to pick one antique store in Sydney, go here. A sublime collection. Part of the PYD complex. Corner of Phillip and Young Streets, Waterloo www.thecountrytrader.com.au
2 Danks St – a complex of great art galleries and a café in a former kodak processing plant. 2 Danks St, Waterloo. www.2danksstreet.com.au
Gallery Barry Keldoulis – one of our best contemporary art galleries. 285 Young St, Waterloo. www.gbk.com.au
Hazel Butterfield Tate Gallery – heavenly collection of buttons, remnants, antique objects. 30 Wellington St, Waterloo. www.hazelbutterfieldtate.com
Beclau – imported European home wares. Unit 5, 198-222 Young St, Waterloo. www.beclau.com
Porter’s Paints – the pioneers of boutique paint, responsible for many an earthy hue in Sydney houses. 895 Bourke St, Waterloo. www.porterspaints.com.au
Doug up on Bourke – industrial antiques; lots of fun to peruse. 901 Bourke St, Waterloo. www.douguponbourke.com.au
Carriageworks – a great site for contemporary art and culture centre (and markets) 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh. www.carriageworks.com.au
Royal National Park – spend a day jumping into the freshwater lagoons, surfing at the beaches, bushwalking and picnicking under a gum tree. www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHome.aspx?id=N0030
Bundeena & Maianbar Art Trail – an art trail that happens on the first Sunday of each month, in and around the gorgeous Royal National Park, Sutherland Shire.
Traditionally more of a food destination, the inner Western suburbs of Sydney, notably Annandale, Balmain, Glebe, Petersham, Newtown and Stanmore, do have small design pockets amongst them that are worth seeking out.
Tara Guesthouse – a lovely, old homestead B&B. 13 Edgeware Rd, Enmore. www.taraguesthouse.com.au
Australia Street Cottage – a great B&B in Newtown. 227 Australia St, Newtown. www.australiastreetcottage.com
Junktique apartment – something a bit different; a cute serviced apartment over a retro emporium. 62 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. www.junktiques.blogspot.com/p/apartment.html
Adriano Zumbo – patisserie heaven. 296 Darling St, Balmain.
The Little Marionette – excellent hole-in-the-wall café. 1a Booth St, Balmain.
Campos Coffee – arguably Sydney’s best coffee (controversial call, I know). 193 Missenden Rd, Newtown.
Bloodwood – I love this place. 416 King St, Newtown.
Bistro Ortolan – for serious foodies. 134 Marion St, Leichhardt.
Prints Charming – hand printed, gorgeous textiles. 2 Young St, Annandale. www.printscharming.com.au
Quiltsmith – my favourite fabric & quilting store. 75 Nelson St, Annandale. www.quiltsmith.com.au
Planes, Trains and Automobiles – vintage and antique toys and books. 276a Johnston St, Annandale. www.trainsplanesautos.com.au
Terrific Scientific – the best kid’s shop in Sydney. 51 Booth St, Annandale. www.terrificscientific.com
Quintessential duckeggBLUE – incredibly stylish home wares and industrial antiques. 497 Darling St, Balmain. www.duckeggblue.com.au
Stem – Marimekko, modern interiors etc. 295 Darling St, Balmain. www.stemonline.com.au
Calico & Ivy – the cutest fabric/patchwork shop, specialising in Liberty of London. 10 Birchgrove Rd, Balmain. www.calicoandivy.com
Les Olivades – Southern French textiles and soft furnishings. 59 Denison, Camperdown.
Salvage 42 – a sweet, tiny shop of industrial antiques and recycled fashion. 42 Ross St, Glebe.
Laura Kincade – elegant interiors and an extensive array of armchair designs. 4 Bridge Rd, Glebe. www.laurakincade.com
Ruby Star Traders – think vintage suzani-covered armchairs and ikat galore! 10 Bridge Rd, Glebe. www.rubystar.com
Florilegium – dedicated shop for plant & gardening books. 65 Derwent St, Glebe.
Seed Flora – one of my favourite florists. 79 Bay St, Glebe. www.seedflora.com.au
Junktique – vintage home wares emporium. 62 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe.
Orient House – famous Asian interiors showroom. 45 Bridge Rd, Glebe.
Yoshi Jones – kimono-chic home wares and accessories. 134 King St, Newtown. www.yoshijones.com
Afghan Interiors – Afghani and Central Asian products. 451 King St, Newtown. www.afghaninteriors.com.au
Envision 54 – retro furniture, including vintage teak. 473 King St, Newtown. www.envision54.com
T2 – another example of great retail design, this time revolving around a tea emporium. 173 King St, Newtown. www.t2tea.com.au
Newspaper taxi – vintage and handmade treasures. 247 Australia St, Newtown. www.newspapertaxi.com.au
The Essential Ingredient – smart food & kitchen superstore. 731-735 Darling St, Rozelle. www.theessentialingredient.com.au
Herbie’s Spices – one of a kind in the world! A must see for anyone who loves spices. 745 Darling St, Rozelle. www.herbies.com.au
Rozelle Markets – every Saturday and Sunday, this flea market is always worth a look. Darling St, Rozelle.
Chippendale Restorations – the ultimate destination for historical architectural pieces. 26 Parsons St, Rozelle. www.chippendalerestorations.com.au
Infancy – designer children’s shop. 584 Darling St, Rozelle. http://www.infancy.com.au
Sweets Workshop – as the name suggests, a very sweet gallery/shop. 58-60 Carlton Cr, Summer Hill.
My Messy Room – gorgeous kids’ shop. 111a Smith St, Summer Hill. www.mymessyroom.com.au
Hunt Leather – a beautiful old store and the place to purchase a handbag. 215 Darling St, Balmain. www.huntleather.com.au
Punch Gallery – a Balmain institution, stocking a treasure trove of jewellery and objects. 209 Darling St, Balmain. www.punchgallery.com.au
Art Therapi – high-end fashion. 215 Darling St, Balmain.
duckeggBLUE – a lovely boutique, stocking only the best of Australian fashion. 489 Darling St, Balmain. www.duckeggblue.com.au
*there is also a collection of good vintage clothes shops at the junction of Darling St and Victoria Rd, Rozelle.
Deus Ex Machina – the most interesting retail space in Sydney. A custom-motorcycle workshop meets uber-cool clothing shop meets great café. 98 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown. www.deus.com.au
Pigeon Ground – vinyl and clothing and worth the excursion. 102 Salisbury Rd, Camperdown. www.pigeonground.com
Broadway Betty – hang out with the university crowd for cheap vintage finds. 259 Broadway, Ultimo/Glebe.
Pretty Dog – Cutting edge Aus fashion. 5 Brown St, Newtown.
Made590 – super cute clothing and gifts. 590 King St, Newtown. ww.made590.com.au
All Buttons Great and Small – The button destination. 419a King St, Newtown.
White Rabbit Gallery – an amazing private Chinese contemporary art collection in Chippendale. 30 Balfour St, Chippendale. www.whiterabbitcollection.org
Balmain ferry hopping – catch the ferry to Balmain East and walk through the suburb to Birchgrove, and then catch another back to the city.
Birchgrove oval – head here to watch some cricket or football and have a picnic with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop.
Callan Park – historic buildings, harbour foreshore walks and colonial rock carvings are all worth a look in this huge park in Rozelle.
Famous for its beaches and parklands, Sydney’s northern suburbs also offer some great shopping zones – Avalon, Manly and Chatswood being a few.
Clareville Boathouse – www.beachouses.com.au/property/clareville-boat-house/
Q Station – the old quarantine station; an amazing place to stay. North Head Scenic Dr, Manly. www.qstation.com.au/accommodation.php
Barrenjoey House – 1920s guesthouse and restaurant. 1108 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach. www.barrenjoeyhouse.com.au
Jonah’s – super romantic; incredible views. 69 Bynya Rd, Whale Beach. www.jonahs.com.au
Loaf – a gorgeous café. 3/48 Chelsea Lne, Avalon.
The Boathouse – worth the drive! The most beautiful spot for breakfast. Governor Philip Park, Palm Beach.
Manly Pavilion – an award-winning restaurant. West Esplanade, Manly. www.manlypavillion.com.au
Delicado – this Spanish provedore/bistro is heaven. 134 Blues Point Rd, McMahons Point. www.delicadofoods.com.au
Rust – some great decorative vintage finds here. 39 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon. www.rustonline.com.au
Pulp Creative Paper – great stationery shop. 294 Sydney Rd, Balgowlah. www.pulpcreativepaper.com.au
Clay & Flax – a hidden gem, importing Polish artisan ceramics and linen. 469a Pacific Highway, Crows Nest.
The Armchair – re-upholstered vintage pieces. 401-405 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest. www.thearmchair.com.au
Kikki K –Shop L215a, Chatswood Chase, 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood. www.kikki-k.com.au
Honey Bee Home Wares – French chic. 178 Sydney Rd, Fairlight.
Du Plessis and Sons – incredibly charming ‘global goods’ emporium. Shop 6, 9-17 Central Ave, Manly.
Mark Tuckey – fresh Australian furniture design. 303 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport. www.marktuckey.com.au
No Chintz – long-standing favourite for fabrics. 509 Willoughby Rd, Willoughby. www.nochintz.com.au
Soshu’s – block-printed Indian cotton clothing. 43 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon. soshus.com.au
Bassike – Aussie basics clothing co: cult t-shirts. 11-13 Macmillan Court, Avalon. www.bassike.com
Beach Without Sand – iconic surf shop. 1a North Avalon Rd, Avalon.
Garden Street Bazaar – vintage & sewing mecca. 62 Garden St, North Narabeen. www.gardenstreetbazaar.com.au
Lee Mathews – one of my favourite Aussie designers: the essence of Sydney style. 5/358 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport. www.leemathews.com.au
Bow Wow – Palm Beach-chic interiors and fashion. 1093 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach.
Taronga Zoo – get a ferry to this world famous zoo, and follow up with a swim and picnic at Clifton Gardens, Mosman.
Manly – grab an ice cream and wander up the Esplanade.
Palm Beach – walk amongst the sand dunes and up to the lighthouse.
www.rittenhouse.com.au – great example of Sydney fashion & textile design
www.modamuse.com.au – online department store for Australian design
www.dasmonk.com – great hand-printed t-shirts.
www.heaveninearth.com.au – garden style
www.castleandthings.com.au – my favourite linen designs
www.thirddrawerdown.com – limited edition art tea-towels and other cool stuff
www.poppiesforgrace.com – lovely stationery
www.annaandboy.com – my favourite swimwear label
www.linenandmoore.com.au – beautiful linen
www.remogeneralstore.com – cute objects