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sydney guide {update}

by Grace Bonney

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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 Grillthe 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 SmallThe 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 Boathousewww.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

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  • Yay for Sydney! This guide makes me miss home so much. I currently reside in Houston. While Houston has its perks there is no place like home. Thanks to Harriet and Grace for posting this guide. I’m taking a trip back to Sydney in May so I’ll be sure to check out some of these places.


  • great resources! the Cloth store in Surry Hills is so delightful. you must go to the paddington market and shop til your hearts content! Supre is also a great aussie clothing store (much like forever 21 but way more euro). don’t forget to grab some delicious yogurt and fruit at David Jones and sit in the sun at Hyde Park!

  • Another great resource – the Sydney Design Guide. That beautiful little book includes guides, maps and walking tours for the city’s best architecture, object design, fashion, visual arts and restaurants/hotels – it was totally indispensable for my trip. I found mine at the Sydney Opera House shop.
    (There’s a Melbourne version too!)

  • Ooh so timely! We’ll be first-timers to Sydney (to anywhere in Australia actually) on the 19th and I’ve barely done any research yet. This guide is perfect, thanks so much!!!

  • An excellent taste of Sydney – I’ve lived here my entire life (almost 30) and still haven’t gotten round to everything ;-) I’d just like to add to the East list the Bondi Markets which are held every Sunday at the public school by the beach. The markets showcase an amazing array of handmade goods, vintage gear and unique bric-a-brac. For all the foodies out there, another must-do are the monthly Growers Markets at Pyrmont (first Saturday of the month), for organic produce and artisan foods.

  • Thanks Josephine for adding the markets. I didn’t include markets at all (I had to start drawing lines in the sand as Sydney is so huge and has so much to see!) but you’re so right – Bondi markets are so much fun. As are Kirribilli for recycled fashion (get there early and watch 19 year olds fight over a missoni cardigan), Surry Hills, Hope St and Orange Grove in Lilyfield for a organic growers market with a great village feel.

  • Lovely guide! I’m a Sydney local and there’s many of my favourite places on that list, as well as lots of places I’ve yet to discover. Off I go on a mission around Sydney! Love that you’ve included fabric stores, I’ve recently discovered the joys of sewing but find great fabric stores hard to come by. Thankyou!

  • Yay! I am back home in Sydney next month and am looking forward to seeing more of the harbor city. This guide makes me really homesick – but thanks so much xx

  • a great list, but another nomination for markets would be the Rozelle/Balmain markets which are great for vintage homewares and jewellery and accessories.
    and nearby is a really great second hand shop called Mint Condition which has beautiful dresses.

    Glebe markets are good too, for handmade and secondhand clothes.

  • Hi Harriet (and Anne and Grace!). Great post! Very exhaustive!

    Thanks so much also for the link! Greatly appreciated… :) As a Melbourne girl I am no Sydney expert… but my best recommendations for Sydney are in my Surry Hills Shopping Guide and Illustrated Map here –


    (Might be worth changing your link to my site so it lands on this guide, in keeping with the Sydney-centric focus.)

    Thanks again! Lucy x

  • Thanks so much! We are off to Sydney/Melbourne for the first time on Monday, and this list will surely be invaluable.

  • This is a pretty great list but I don’t see Tessuti Fabrics on it. Those of you that love whipping your own clothes together are going to love this place. They have five stores now and mostly sell fashion fabrics and designer ends. They have a huge range from Australian designer’s as well as from Europe. The stores are a great place to shop because you can find just about everything you need to do your project including an awesome collection of buttons. They add new fabrics daily and you will often find fabrics that have been used by some of the designer’s on this list. I have a nice good chunk of red Shibori that Akira used one year … absolutely beautiful!
    Thankfully for the rest of us that live far far away, they have an online store! Their fabrics are always of excellent quality and they a super friendly to do business with!

    Tessuti fabrics: http://www.tessuti.com.au/
    The online store: http://www.tessuti-shop.com/

  • Don’t forget Glebe Markets too! Every Saturday, Glebe Point Rd in the school, can’t miss them. My favourite. Thanks d*s for the Sydney guide! Even as a local design devotee, I found some helpful reminders! I would also like to mention Bird Textiles, on Cleveland St in Surry Hills. Gorgeous sustainable design, produced in a Byron Bay solar-powered factory of all things! Clothing, fabrics etc…. You can order through their website too – http://www.birdtextile.com. My favourite xmas present from my husband is a big bolster cushion for yoga, covered in their beautiful fabric.

  • Great post on Sydney! Lost of great stuff is happening here at the moment, especially as its summer! Its also really inspiring to see the design scene thriving here.

    Another cool website to check out is http://studio98.mokumtextiles.com which is the blog of the design team at Mokum who you featured a while back for their Dauphine Textile collection.

  • A treasure trove of handprinted and exclusive fabric.See the girls at work and be inspired by original design,colour,and fabbo fabrics!Ask about silkscreen printing and sewing workshops….it’s sooooo wonderful!

  • Hey, I’m commenting super late, but I just wanted to say how cool it is to see Australia getting a bit of screen time! Hoorah! Even though I live half way across the country from Sydney, it’s nice to see it up there :)

  • another late post but just wanted to say I was in Sydney this time last year and I LOVE dinosaur designs.! amazing shop .

    Also love the Paddington St market on Saturdays – and the one in Glebe the same day is pretty funky too.

  • One name really caught my eye in this list – Country Trader. It IS a fabulous collection, but it’s way more fun to try find the most ridiculously expensive item. And trust me, there are plenty to chose from. My best find so far has been an $80,000+ bookcase. Seriously.

  • Campos is on Missenden Rd in Newtown, not Glebe! Its not far from King St. Coffee is reliably awesome xx

    Australia street tucked just behind King street in Central Newtown has the following Shopping:
    1/ Hullbullu : Funky Australian Made Baby and Childrens Fashion, 243 Australia street.
    2/ Newspaper Taxi : All things From a Bygone Era + cards, soaps and curios 247 Australia street.
    3/ BlackStar Patisserie, All things Pastry and Coffee. The locals are swarming this place.
    4/ Stax of Wax: Candles Handmade
    5/ Court HouseHotel: Best beer Garden in Newtown

  • this is a great website. Im so glad I found it.. I went to some of the Newtown recomendations and have an unbelievable one to add – Made 590 – 590 King Street Newtown. I went in to look and bought 3 dresses and have worn them all I love it

  • Don’t forget prints charming! They make the most delightful hand screen printed fabric. I went there on the weekend and I could not beleive how lovely their stuff is!! You can buy fabric by the meter, or you can pick up kits to make your own quilts, flag bunting, mobiles etc. http://www.printscharming.com.au/

    Also Sandie Bizys Millenery on Parramatta Rd in Annandale is to die for. She makes custom-made hats, is a retro stylist and sells vintage dresses and jewellrey, including Bridal wear.

  • Our Little Voice store is located in the heart of the Sydney CBD and is in the historical QVB… please explore some of the most whimsical and evocative aspects of a magical childhood there….

  • I must say that having a personal tour guide (i.e a local) is worth its weight in gold. (if you’re lucky enough to know one!)

    I LOVED PAPIER D’AMOUR in Double Bay.. could have spent a good few hours in there. I still regret not buying that red and white polka dot pencil.
    OH WELL! Loved Double Bay by the way.

    OH and I must say that one of the cutest things I did in Sydney was get a caricature of my partner and I at Luna Park.

    Have a look:

    Thanks Ed.

  • Exciting to see that my little neighbourhood of Sydney got recognized in a write up! Can’t wait to go back to Australia after so long in Japan and smell the sea air….

  • Great guide, but you forgot the best store in Newtown which is made590 at the South end of King Street (near St Peters Station) link to the amazing website and online store which ships internationally: http://www.made590.com

    An amazing selection of Australian made clothing and design products, jewellery, gifts, mens tees, and japanese homewares. It would be my number one check it out store for that area! And I think Toby’s is also on par for being the best coffee in Sydney! check out Toby’s Estate on City Road near Broadway :) http://www.tobysestate.com.au/

  • Appreciate the mention and a great list, well done . Pigotts Store has not been the agent for Cath Kidston fabrics / product for 8 years , we do not have any of her product/fabric in the shop . We have an extensive range of Indian fabric, of which there is a small amount on our WEB. The only thing gingham in the shop is biased binding.You did not mention ,the premier Antique shop in Sydney, if not Australia Martyn Cook Antiques , now in Redfern . Love your Blog

  • Nano – the guide has just been updated so hopefully more accurately describes Piggott’s now. Thanks for the feedback! And yes, Martyn Cook is amazing – good thinking.

  • seletti moved out to danks street, waterloo early last year i think. barrio chino on bayswater road near the cross is good for mexican food…but gets quite busy (and loud!) on weekends. ms.g’s on victoria street, potts point does some really good slider burgers and asian food. there’s also yuli’s on crown street, surry hills…two words. haloumi bagel.

  • Oh man, time flies! Here are a few further updates:

    Bistro Ortolan has moved to 32 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point.
    Number One Wine Bar is no longer so try Mr Wong, Bistro Felix or China Lane for city eating.
    Koskela is now at Dunning Ave, Rosebery – a must-visit!
    Bianca Spender’s shop has moved to 2-16 Glenmore Rd Paddington
    For south Sydney eating, try Kitchen by Mike (at Koskela)
    And add Hartsyard to the inner west.
    Art Therapi, Balmain, is closed.
    As is Loaf, Avalon. Try Frank’s in Avalon instead: 20 Avalon Pde. Some great little shops, like Table Tonic are next door.
    Manly Pavilion has also closed.

  • A secret gem in Annandale…If your new to Sydney or a tourist, I recommend the roastery Euroespresso. It might be small and understated, but it’s been established for over 20 years and the coffee is truly great..

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