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BEST PLACE TO GET ON YOUR BIKE – CELL BIKES

There is no shortage of bicyclists in Sydney.  Luckily, there is an outlet for all their cycling needs. Cell Bikes, which began in 2002, now runs the Sydney Bike Shop in Stanmore and has to date sold over 100,000 bikes.  Their vast range of accessories and clothing include. Bottom brackets, gloves and jackets, baby seats, bells and […]

BEST FASHION BOUTIQUE – ORIGAMI DOLL

Tucked in the bottom end of King Street, Origami Doll is one of Newtown’s more enticing fashion boutiques. Specialising in modernised fifties cuts, their dresses have charming prints. Origami Doll also has an extensive range of arty earrings, quirky shoes and some retro-styled home wares. Like most of Newtown, parking is tight so arriving by […]

BEST HANG-UPS – BLUE DOG POSTERS

This funky little poster shop is an icon in the hub of Newtown. Having to a more prominent spot on King St three years ago, Blue Dog Posters has established itself as a must visit. Their online store boasts the largest selection of posters in Australia and their physical store also  sells t-shirts, calendars, mugs […]

BEST FLOWER POWER – LILAC AND WILLOW FLOWERS

Lilac & Willow Flowers add a touch of nature to any space that needs a bit more life and beauty. Their floral arrangements will delight your best friend at their birthday brunch or comfort your work colleague who’s going through a rough patch. You can choose from a variety of themes from Bold & Beautiful […]

BEST STORE ON KING STREET – WANTING COLLECTION

This tiny, vibrant yellow shop towards the quieter end of King Street is a shrine to all that is cute and colourful. Wanting Collection specialises in patterned socks, bold jewellery and statement accessories. The limited collections are handpicked and sourced from all over the world – from sassy glittery resin pendants, to rubber duck earrings […]

BEST DIVERSE MARKET – MARRICKVILLE MARKET

Every Sunday between 9 and 3 (get in early though!) the Addison Road Community Centre is overrun with a bounty of market stalls. As you walk in, The Stirrup Café is a popular first stop for a good, hot cup. The choice of what to eat is a little less straight forward. With an overwhelming […]

BEST LINGERIE AND LIFESTYLE – BABYLIKESTOPONY

Babylikestopony is as luxurious of an experience to shop in as the lingerie you’ll find instore. If you’re looking to dress up or rather, dress down,  to treat your significant other for remembering your anniversary; or just to treat yourself, nothing says provocative but classy like draping yourself in the finest lace and silk. These […]

BEST SECOND HAND STORE – REVERSE GARBAGE

If you’re in need of an insect sculpture made from bicycle parts, (who isn’t?) then this is the place to come. You never know what you’ll find amongst the scattering of film props, surplus manufacturing goods and more that have floated in limbo between second-hand shop and skip bin. Originally established to reduce landfill by […]

BEST MARKET – ROZELLE COLLECTORS MARKET

While these markets feature everything you’d expect from your local domestic city markets – coffee, food stalls, handmade wares – it’s hunting though all the preloved goods where you’ll really find the magic. Revamping your wardrobe on a budget becomes a sport here as you barter with designer brand lovers and eccentric clothing collectors all […]

BEST ‘EVERYTHING’ STORE – PIGEONHOLE

Who knew I needed a giant candle carefully crafted in the shape of a pineapple? I didn’t, until I saw it at Pigeonhole. This quirky little store defies categorisation; selling everything from homemade gin kits to polaroids and patterned socks. It’s not all impulse buys though. Pigeonhole also stocks a collection of boutique clothing for […]