As promised in my last article, I put together a list of my personal shopping tips in Sydney. I found most of the tips on Urban Walkabout, http://www.sydney.com and also got some great personal insights from trendscout Fleur.
Discover a limited edition print, a Japanese dress, a leather wallet from Sweden or an inflight bag that’ll make you the envy of your fellow travellers … in Surry Hills, shopping is all about sustainability, cool design, hard-to-find fashion and everything in between. Designer boutiques, quirky gift shops, homewares emporiums and specialty stores add up to a memorable shopping experience in Surry Hills.
Snap up soft Turkish towels, striped Mexican throws, knitted kids’ toys, black terracotta cookware from Columbia and other imported homewares at I Ran The Wrong Way, an ethical âtrader of good finds’ that opens Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Cleveland Street. Old-school writers can stock up on gorgeous stationery at Paper 2 on South Dowling, while bookworms should head to Oscar and Friends on Crown. Don’t miss a peek in Vivid, also on Crown, for gorgeous quilts and gifts, or Collector Store, for one-off items, fashion and homewares.
Rich in rag trade history, Surry Hills is still a clothing hotspot. For retro chic, browse the racks at Dear Pluto and, for fashion labels from Japan (and other cool gadgets and toy cameras), take a peek in Via Alley. Frequent flyers will love Workshopped and, for prints, Outre Gallery on Crown deals in everything from pop surrealism to underground art. Flight001 on Crown Street, a retro-modern boutique selling cabin bags, guide books and travel gadgets.
Many fashion boutiques double as homewares stores, but dedicated furniture buyers won’t want to miss Orson and Blake or Spence and Lyda. Garden Life, also on Cleveland, sells huge pots, outdoor art and lanterns and is attached to a great café, while Cloth Fabric on Buckingham Street is worth the walk for its stunning range of printed table linen, wallpaper, cushions, bags and rugs. Don’t miss the Surry Hills Markets held on the first Saturday of the month. (source: sydney.com)
My absolute favorite store – somedays: Nordic fashion house and gallery
This store combines art and fashion in a loft-style gallery. Representing Scandinavian fashion, somedays is a hidden oasis of understated cool tucked away from the circus of Sydney’s retail strip. Address:72B Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills
Collector Store:Lifestyle, fashion and homewares emporium
Collector Store is an eclectic lifestyle emporium with a re-freshing gallery style approach showcasing a personal and curated collection of clothing and homewares. You will find rare objects and iconic brands next to must have fashion pieces sourced locally and globally. An imaginarium of exciting secrets to discover.Address: 473 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Cream on Crown:Vintage and re-modified clothing
Like its sister store in Newtown, this boutique is a haven for those on the hunt for one-off and re-sized vintage, 80s and 90s clothing and head-turning accessories including a great range of leather boots and bags for men and women. Address: Shop 32, 277 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Elements i love: retro art, furniture
Elements i love… is a ‘little sister store’ in the heart of Surry Hills, home to authentic antiques, quirky home-wares & one off creations that we find on our travels or create in our ‘big brother’ workshop-cum-warehouse. Address: Shop 2 /276 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
Flight 001:The world’s first travel store
Flight 001’s spread of travel essentials, in-flight comforts, bags, luggage and guide books slot neatly into its fuselage style shop front. This retro modern boutique for the frequent traveller is full of practical designs. Address:Shop 6, 285A Crown St, Surry Hills
Helix by Lisa Stack:Locally made womenswear
A seductive, scarlet den where original handprinted and handmade apparel by owner Lisa Stack are on show with other lovingly sourced wearable pieces of art from Australia and abroad. Address:363 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills.
Magdalena Duma:Classic, elegant, designed
Designer Magdalena Duma’s dual Studio/Store space culminates an esoteric array of in-style and classic design. A vanguard of seasonal womenswear. Trove covetable jewellery, lingerie and leather-good accessories. Bespoke services by appointment. Address: 525 Crown Street, Surry Hills.
Mushu Surry Hills:Bags, accessories & fusion fashion
Stocking clothing from a range of Australian boutique labels, originally designed handbags and jewellery sourced globally. Each label is handpicked for its flair for creating beautiful, original and whimsical pieces. Address: 540 Crown Street, Surry Hills
NIQUE:Men’s & women’s fashion
This quintessential Melbourne label, renowned for their minimal, Scandinavian-style, believes great design needn’t cost more, and continues the mantra with a store fit out both industrial and inspiring. Address:483 Crown St, Surry Hills
Paris Texas:Australian and international fashion
Kick in your spurs and ride on over to Paris Texas. Complete with the boot-scooting sounds of Dolly Parton and designer brands you’ll fall in love with such as We Are Handsome, Three Over One, LIFEwithBIRD, Mere Footwear just to name a few. Address:561 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
SARK Studio:Distinctive artisanal clothing for women & men
Renowned for their architectural and refined clothing made to satisfy a cult following, Sark Studio creates distinctive artisanal clothing for women and men. Using textiles from Italy and Japan, all garments are designed and made in Sydney. Address:431 Crown Street, Surry Hills.
The Fabric Store Surry Hills:Designer fabrics at amazing prices
Discover the newest fabric store on the block featuring designer dress fabrics sourced from local and international fashion houses. With fabulous prices, you will not leave empty handed. Address:21 Cooper Street, Surry Hills
The Standard Store:Style hub for men and women
A destination store for men and women hunting cult labels from Europe and the US. Find Folk, Humanoid and Trickers mingled with Sessun, YMC and Armor Lux plus an ever-changing selection of books, collectables and accessories. Address:503 Crown St, Surry Hills
Urban Bandit:Womens fashion
Fast high-street fashion for those in the know. Stocking in-house label Urban Bandit alongside statement pieces from Shakuhachi, Finders Keepers, Keepsake and more. Accessories a plenty and a droolworthy collection of shoes. Address:Shop 34/277 Crown Street, Surry Hills
The Intersection Paddington
The Intersection in Sydney’s Paddington is home to Australia’s best fashion talent including; Sass and Bide, Willow, Ksubi, Scanlan and Theodore…the list goes on. Shopping at The Intersection, Paddington gives you the chance to brush shoulders with A-Listers while bagging the same pair of to-die-for heels as them. You’ll pass kooks, models, musicians, stylists, artists – every Sydneysider with a creative flair and penchant for luxe labels has The Intersection, Paddington at the top of their favourites list.
Not sure where your style is heading? Take a trip to The Intersection, Paddington to follow the leaders of the pack.
As you can see, there is a lot of different styles and trends to shop. When you are in Sydney, don’t try to shop for the regular classics or only shop at the huge department stores, try to discover the neighborhoods Surry Hills and Paddington – that’s a whole different kind of lifestyle and definitely a much better shopping experience.
However, be aware that Sydney is expensive! So, don’t forget your credit card ;-)
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