Best of Sydney

Best Under $5 Shop

THE REJECT SHOP The name The Reject Shop is not really apt. People call in trawling for discounts or the ultimate bargain. I like this shop for its low prices on brand names, too. Their choice of music is a lure - Kiss was on the sound system, a good choice for eager shoppers. It […]

Best Kitsch

MY SWEET MEMORY My Sweet Memory is a three-of-a-kind cafe, (the sister stores being in Chatswood and Strathfield). Their kitsch antique decorations make this a wonderland for those who visit. The layout is entrancing, with hanging potted plant lights catching your eye the moment you step inside. The cafe is filled with cute notebooks, pens, […]

Best Retro Shop

WALL CANDY WALLPAPER Whether you are renovating or just dreaming about it, you can help your home become a rock star rental or a psychedelic pad with the help of Wall Candy Wallpaper. The homely shop is filled with fun, quirky and classical retro wallpaper samples (plus other kitsch pieces such as cushions, mugs and […]

Best Vinyl

RED EYE RECORDS Vinyl is dead... r-r-r-rewind! Vinyl is back with a retro flavour and filling the shelves of DJs and old people. Red Eye Records won our top place for vinyl because they stay on the ball with the latest tracks, and provide customer orders, so you can have your favourite track on wax. […]

Best Used Books

GERTRUDE AND ALICE, BONDI BEACH Amongst the tan, fit and blonde beauties of Bondi Beach lies a perfectly small haven for literature lovers. Gertrude and Alice, named after writers and life-partners, Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas, is much more than a bookshop café. It’s escapism with home made lentil stew.  Wallpapered with tattered books, […]

Best Tea

THE RABBIT HOLE TEA This tea is handmade by Amara, a fire fighter, and Corinne, a singing teacher, who were inspired to make tea products after visiting the World Tea Expo. Organic loose-tea and freeze-dried fruit is used. The Rabbit Hole is proud of their ethical stance; no preservatives are added and fair trade considerations […]

Best Shoes

ITALIAN SHOES ON NORTON I haven’t met a woman who doesn’t love shoes, even if she has succumbed to wearing practical numbers on a daily basis. The manager at Italian Shoes is customer focused and helped an interstate friend with size exchanges without fuss – now that is service! The shoes are elegant and alluring, […]

Best Paper

AMAZING PAPER Smart phones, tablets, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest equal instant news flashes. Blessed be the evolution of digital convenience, but sometimes, even for those who aren’t devout luddites, a Facebook notification doesn’t cut the mustard. When announcing something special such as a wedding, baby shower, housewarming, or your new origami hobby, sometimes the not-so-humble paper […]

Best Organic Food Shop

ALFALFA HOUSE If only Noah had seen this! Think about it - he’d built the ark, assembled the animals but they sure weren’t just going to eat woodchips on that lengthy sea voyage. No, he needed condiments, dried fruits, organically grown fruits, macrobiotics, superfoods, soy products and savoury snacks! Noah really could have used Alfalfa […]

Best Op Shop

CAT PROTECTION SOCIETY OP SHOP Helping sustain the Cat Protection Society of NSW for more than 30 years, this Enmore second-hand store not only stocks a wealth of clothing, shoes, jewellery and homewares, but it also maintains a steady supply of cat-themed collectibles - presumably gifted by fellow feline-loving donors. But that’s not all you’ll […]