Best Import Shop: ISKCON Temple Shop

When you take your shoes off to go inside the Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha Temple, you can feel the energy going up through your legs. With a big smile on his face, a man comes quickly to meet me as I enter the store. This small shop has everything you need to meditate and learn about […]

Best Independent Newsagency: Newscaf

As the name suggests, this is a great place to drink coffee while reading the news. If the morning paper is too dry for your tastes, a deluxe newsagent exists on the premises. If it wasn’t enough to be able to enjoy shaded outdoor seating on King Street, the edible portions will knock your head […]

Best Men’s Apparel: Local Store

This place is so hip it hurts. I almost felt shabby surrounded by the vast range of almost decadent offerings in everything from high men’s fashion to skateboards. Local store on King Street, in the middle of alt fashion hub Newtown, shines out like a beacon with its impeccable styling and amazing range of high […]

Best New Books: Ariel Books

Ariel Books is a ‘chic nerd’s paradise’: it has everything highbrow about literature with a mix of pop art, audio books and boutique stationary thrown in. Besides the fantastic collection of fiction and philosophy, art books abound, as well as sketch gear, 1970’s Czech fountain pens and all things guaranteed to transform even the dullest […]

Best Op Shop under $10: Vinnies Glebe

If the hipsters of Newtown and the scene-sters of Paddington make you raise your eyebrows, you might like to try this op shop on for size. Vinnies in Glebe sells an eclectic mix of recycled rags, accessories and bric-a-brac. Students can shop for a new business shirt or blouse for that unexpected interview as the […]

Best Organic Food Shop: Go Vita Marrickville

Go Vita Marrickville is a health food shop on a big dose of natural enhancers. Established six years ago, the shop has an on-site naturopath every day and two 25 per cent off sale-days each month. The experienced staff are very cluey, not only about supplements but also about food and dishes to try. Every […]

Best place to catch up with a friend: Gertrude and Alice

Sit yourselves in a nook at the back of Gertrude & Alice, the gorgeous bookshop and café by Bondi Beach. Let the onshore breeze, the iconic location and the scent of second-hand books provide the perfect setting for your reunion, while you stimulate your conversation with a strong Campos coffee and a corn-fritter stack. (Justin […]

Best place to get a Piercing: Kaleidoscope Custom Tattoo and Piercing

Bondi Road is home to Kaleidoscope, Sydney’s best piercing specialist. When I first stepped into this brightly-coloured trendy shop, I got a red sparkly navel piercing. Business has picked up since gentle-natured piercer, Brady Hardin, started there. “Most people come in because they want to face their fear of needles.” These days piercing is more […]

Best place to get a Necklace: I Love You Beads Shop

Don’t be alarmed by the strobing red and blue lights; it’s just a well-designed ploy to keep the haters away. This establishment has more than just beads and old women; it’s a lifestyle and a creative hub. With necklace-making lessons and a pendant army, you won’t be strung up. (Andy Fraser) 311 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt […]

Best place to get a Tatoo: Platinum Ink

Platinum Ink is not your typical tattoo studio. Run by an all female crew of professional artists specialising in many different fields that will take the time to work with you to help build your concept. They only do custom tattoos, so you know what you’re getting is something completely original and personal. Also offering […]