2010

BEST PLACE TO GET PIERCED: STEEL LOTUS

Steel Lotus is about more than just ink and piercing, it’s about creating original and innovative works of art and your body is the canvas. For the best custom tattoos and body-piercing, you work one-on-one with the guys on a look individually designed for your specifications and body shape. So forget all that dingy scratch-shop […]

BEST PET SHOP: BOW HOUSE

Only Sydney’s best pet shop would welcome their ‘four-legged clientele’ with such open arms. Proprietor Terry says the store even had a piglet brought in by one of his customers recently. Dogs, cats, you name it, they are all welcome here! The philosophy of this pet shop is clearly based on a love of all […]

BEST ORGANIC FOOD: IKU

While foodies across Australia have been glued to the Masterchef circus, Iku’s chefs have been quietly performing a culinary miracle in their kitchens across Sydney everyday: they make tofu delicious. No, really. Founded on the macrobiotic principle of a balanced diet promoting a balanced life, the chain has been filling the tummies - and soothing […]

BEST NEW BOOKS: DYMOCKS

It doesn’t matter whether your taste leads you to the new edition of the Quarterly Essay or the latest instalment in the Twilight series, sometimes you just can’t wait to crack the cover of a new release. Whether you’re a hardcore bibliophile or a recreational reader, the Dymocks flagship store on George Street is the […]

BEST NEW AGE SHOP: NATURE’S ENERGY

This shop — which is conveniently located online for the internet-savvy —doesn’t sell tarot cards or crystals if that’s what you were thinking. The Nature’s Energy retail section (connected to the therapy centre and day spa) sells face, hair and body products made with natural ingredients, so you won’t find any chemical-laden goods here. From […]

BEST LEATHER APPAREL: CREAM ON KING

Leather envy: it’s something we all experience at some point in life. You pass someone in the street sporting a slammin’ leather jacket, or pair of lace-up boots. Your heart stops. You desperately wonder where they bought it. In severe cases, you fantasise about mugging them. But alas, there’s no need to get violent. The […]

BEST INDEPENDENT NEWSAGENT: OXFORD NEWSAGENT

Owner Chris Fisher has done a marvellous job setting up this local hole-in-the-wall institution. You don’t you have to stand in this newsagent long to realise the staff know their regulars to a tee. Having seen Oxford St through its finest moments, employees and customers have developed a rather fond affection for one another. Long-term […]

BEST IMPORT SHOP: OXFAM

We love to shop, we adore our coffee, and we’re all for cultural diversity. But it’s easy to overlook the hardships of others when choosing which coffee to drink, or where to buy your next wallet. This is why we love shopping at Oxfam. With sustainability, fair trade, and environmental consciousness at the heart of […]

BEST HEALTH FOOD: ABOUT LIFE

The term ‘health food’ has been known to strike fear in the hearts of some, who automatically assume that this involves consuming foodstuffs with a taste (and texture) reminiscent of cardboard. This is certainly not the case when it comes to About Life. Within two minutes of being in this natural food market, both fans […]

BEST GYM: V CLUB

Far more than just a gym, V Club is a no-holds-barred lifestyle destination. Beyond the state-of-the-art gym floor, and spread across four levels individually themed to meet your needs, you’ll find a fully-equipped boxing ring, six dedicated studios for hot yoga, pilates, even pole dancing, and over 130 classes to choose from each week— more […]