Best of Sydney

Best New Books

BOOKS KINOKUNIYA Walking amidst the hubbub of the Sydney CBD one catches a glimpse atop The Galeries building of Kinokuniya through its large glass window flanked with books as a standing invitation. It’s worth following your gaze and strolling into this gem with its many book categories to cater to all tastes, however eclectic they […]

Best Men’s Apparel

ANTONS Although our modern memories idolise Cary Grant, the quintessential pre-war style icon was Hollywood man-about-town Adolphe Menjou. He won “Best Dressed Man in America” a staggering nine times. Either of these men would feel at home browsing Antons, and they’d probably buy a piece or two. Classically tailored, vintage inspired vests, jackets, trousers and […]

Best Leather Apparel

SAX FETISH Australia’s best BDSM department store is closer than you think. Sax Fetish’s relatively inconspicuous Oxford Street store front belies a pleasure palace full of high-quality leather gear and rubber garments, with many of their unique play things produced locally and sold by very knowledgeable staff. Fetish fanatics and experimental newbies of both genders […]

Best Independent Newsagency

357 DARLING STREET, BALMAIN Nothing makes my heart sing quite like a wall covered in trash mag cover posters – Posh in big glasses, K-Stew glowering, Tom looking stressed, and an assortment of baby bumps (real and imagined). At 357 Darling Street trash mag covers greet you like a warm hug from an old friend. […]

Best Health Food Shop

DR EARTH Health nuts could lose themselves in Dr Earth. And this is meant in the best possible sense. The sense of the seasoned travellers who lose themselves in the magic of cobblestoned hamlets, or of bookworms who lose themselves in some dusty library. Packed from floor to ceiling with a vast range of health […]

Best Fetish

HOUSE OF FETISH Release your inner sexy beast a with a visit to House of Fetish. With a leading range of corsetry, leather, latex, lingerie, jewellery and more, you can become whoever you want to be. (Rebecca McMullen) 288 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, 9380 9042.  www.houseoffetish.com.au

Best Children’s Shop

INFANCY, ROZELLE It’s a given that children will spend a large portion of their lives smeared in some combination of food and dirt. As humble parents we can - at best - hope a well-chosen outfit will distract from the pre-loved food factor. And, it just so happens, distractingly cute outfits are an Infancy specialty. […]

Best CD’s

HUM ‘Beats’ for the toe-tapping hipster, ‘World Music Jazz’ for the well dressed gentleman and ‘Nostalgia’ for those who just want to get back in touch. The categories lining the shelves of this store seem to stretch away into infinity and seemingly offer something for everybody. From the latest offerings from bands of every creed […]

Best Bike Shop

WOOLYS WHEELS Since opening in 1979, Woolys has prided itself on obsessive attention to detail.  Employing a staff of passionate riders, gives it a corner bike shop feel, but the shop floor rivals a warehouse. The full product range doesn’t compromise on quality and the attention to detail extends to their staff personally testing every […]

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