Best Book Shop – Hill Of Content

BY PETA GILBERT   Tucked away in the charming village of Balmain lies Hill of Content, a quirky bookshop that offers a unique and intimate book-browsing experience unlike any other. True to its name, this store will leave you more than satisfied with its cosy atmosphere and extensive selection of content. From audio books and […]

Best Antiques – Mitchell Road Antique And Design Centre

BY SAM CALDWELL   In the heart of Alexandria lies an astoundingly large warehouse – we’re talking 2,300 square metres – packed with traders, hobbyists, collectors, stylists, dealers and stalls selling a huge range of preloved items. Mitchell Road is renowned among bargain hunters across the city and is even home to Adam McDonald and […]

Best Supermarket – Banana Joe’s Foodworks

BY SAM CALDWELL   With a name like Banana Joe’s, there is almost no surprise that this is indeed a community-focused store. And Joe’s does so by supporting and sponsoring things such as local charities and schools. Founded in 1984, the busiest independent supermarket in the state offers over 15,000 lines of products – with […]

Best Vintage-Inspired Fashion – Kitten D’Amour

BY JENNIFER LUU   Tucked away inside the depths of the Queen Victoria Building, this little gem of a boutique takes a step back in time to 18th century France, offering a unique range of vintage-inspired clothing and lingerie. Feminine hearts will be set aflutter by Kitten D’Amour’s oh-so-elegant designs, which borrow from the Parisian […]

Best Stationary – kikki.K

BY JENNIFER LUU   When it comes to getting organised in style, Swedish stationery brand kikki.K has you covered. The trademark Scandinavian aesthetic is evident in their range of notebooks, diaries, stationery and gifts, which practically ooze simplicity and effortless sophistication. Make your desk the envy of your coworkers with an elegant patterned notebook or […]

Best Cat Sanctuary & Op Shop – Cat Protection Society

BY SAM CALDWELL   There’s no denial of the cultural significance and universal love of cats today – think online viral cat videos or even Channel 7’s new primetime show, Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud. Sadly, not every cat has a loving home to go to and stray cats are still an unfortunately reality […]

Best Chocolate Shop – Kakawa Chocolates

BY SAM CALDWELL     Kakawa Chocolates is an artisan chocolate shop that specialises in handmade, fresh chocolates, and they’re damn good. That means they use only the best couverture from France, Switzerland and Belgium (let’s be honest, Australia has many talents, but raw chocolate ain’t one of them) – before all their products are […]

Best Cupcakes – Black Velvet Sydney

BY SAM CALDWELL   Black Velvet Sydney may have some outstanding cupcakes, but it’s far more than a run-of-the-mill cupcake shop. If anything, ‘designer concept store that also sells cupcakes’ is a more appropriate label. With a background in interior design, owner Orlando Sanpo was always going to make Black Velvet a stylish affair, and […]

Best Health Food Store – Taste Organic

BY SAM CALDWELL   Finding the good organic products you want all in the same place isn’t the easiest thing to do in Sydney. You won’t have this issue at Crowie’s Taste Organic however – this one-stop shop has an incredibly large range of certified organic produce and groceries, and everything from health foods to […]

Best Place To Get On Your Bike – Cell Bikes

BY SAM CALDWELL   Over the past 13 years, Cell Bikes has garnered a reputation across the inner west, and indeed all of Sydney, for their commitment to service, value and quality bikes. And while it’s certainly grown from the one-man Rockdale shop it was in 2002, the local business has truly lived up to […]