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Best of Sydney 2017

We’re never tourists in our own cities, but perhaps we ought to be. Often there are things that stop us in our tracks — a snazzy bit of street art down a hidden lane; a perfect bowl of noodles with just the right amount of bite; the sky looking a certain way at a certain time of the day as the sun sets over the harbour; a dirty ibis crouched on top of a bin, pecking at the remnants of lunch.

BEST BOUTIQUE BOOKSTORE – ARIEL BOOKSELLERS

A creative hub since 1983, this bookstore is a literary institution, consistently ranked among Sydney's top ten bookstores. The well-manicured shelves house books of eclectic and quirky brilliance, so pop in to find an unexpected gem or a unique coffee-table book. Along with an appreciation of art, design, architecture, and interiors, there's also a wealth […]

BEST ETHICAL SHOPPING – THE CRUELTY FREE SHOP

The Cruelty Free Shop is your friendly neighbourhood vegan supermarket. Stop by for a much needed snack after reading up on Peter Singer’s 'Animal Liberation.' You can stock up on milk free chocolate that tastes exactly like Nutella; gelatine free pillowy marshmallows; or vegetarian sausages courtesy of Suzy Spoon’s. Whether it be for those lactose […]

BEST CHOCOLATE – KAKAWA

Kakawa is a chocolate shop that sells a no frills approach to indulgence. With nowhere to sit in front of the display of luxury chocolates, it is a shop for those cynical of places trying to recreate the Willy Wonka experience (we’re looking at you, large mixing chocolate vats at Max Brenner). What is distinctly […]

BEST BUTTONS – ALL BUTTONS GREAT & SMALL

This specialty store pushes all the right buttons. Since 1989, All Buttons has been supplying buttons for every sort of need. You’ll find buttons made out of glass, bamboo, coconut, bone and metal among the collection of over 13,000 buttons in all different shapes and sizes. These guys have had some serious celebrity clients including […]

BEST WINE RETAILER – THE WINE SQUARE

The Wine Square is the largest independent wine retailer and event centre in Sydney. Only 10 minutes from the CBD, the showroom and outlet in Camperdown houses a vast collection of domestic and international wines; from Germany, to Spain to Argentina. Taking up an entire block – thus the name The Wine Square – this versatile space runs […]

BEST FARMERS MARKETS – MARRICKVILLE ORGANIC FOOD MARKETS

Championing the paddock to plate mantra, the weekly farmers market at Marrickville have been operating for more than 15 years. Spend a lazy morning in the sun and graze on food, pastries and fresh fruit. There is really nothing better than fresh produce locally sourced and bursting with colour. If you’re feeling fancy, you might […]

BEST CHEESE – THE STINKING BISHOPS

Fromage fanatics look no further than The Stinking Bishops! This self-confessed cheese haven is nothing short of a heavenly experience. Home to one of Sydney’s finest international cheese selections and an eclectic array of bio-dynamic wines, you’re guaranteed a stinking good cheese sampling experience. Once you lay eyes on the exquisite array of soft and […]

BEST MARKETS – PADDY’S MARKETS

Paddy’s Markets have been around for over 150 years. This iconic Sydney market is a shopping bazaar – get everything from fresh fruit to gadgets, vegetables, affordable clothes, crafts, jewellery and gifts. Situated right in the heart of Haymarket below Market City with a sister market in Flemington, browse over 1,000 stores across both locations […]

BEST FLORIST – BELLE & GRACIE

Combining the freshest of market flowers and untamed native blooms, Belle & Gracie delivers bold and beautiful posies around inner Sydney from $29 Monday to Friday. The creative vision of florist Rosi Tuck, a Belle & Gracie bouquet makes the perfect gift for a loved one, or even just yourself. You can also order edible […]