Shop in Sydney


Souvenirs & Mementos

Go on a ‘shopabout’ around Sydney for an ideal window into the city’s vibrant, neighborhood-oriented culture.



Strand Arcade to Elizabeth Bay


Strand Arcade, 412-414 George Street, CBD | +61 2 9235 2353

Our love for this Australia-made brand runs deep due in no small part to its heavenly line of botanically based products. The Aesop tradition of having individual stores take on the persona of their cultural environs is worth seeing for yourself. Case in point, the futuristic gallery feel of the Strand Arcade location. 


David Jones

65 – 77 Market Street, CBD | +61 2 9266 5544

In the grand tradition of Selfridges or Le Bon Marché, there is David Jones, a high-end department store with a long local history. While visiting, don’t miss WILLOW, an in-store boutique offering the wares of one of Sydney’s most sough-after lines. And if you’re feeling particularly swanky, the David Jones VIP Personal Shopping services are rumored to be legendary.



61 Macleay Street, Potts Point | +61 2 9357 4788

This Potts Point area lifestyle boutique packs a punch, carrying the likes of Superfine, Costume National and Rick Owens alongside a worldly collection of housewares. 



35 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay | +61 2 9357 2424

This small but impeccably curated boutique has become the go-to for polished, cool girl staples from an impressive stable of contemporary brands. 



Double Bay to Paddington


8 Transvaal Avenue, Double Bay | +61 2 9357 2424

You can’t get far in a conversation about Sydney shopping without mention of former top model Belinda Seper’s eponymous retail empire. Her unassailable eye is trusted by Sydney’s most fashionable denizens and with good reason – a can’t-go-wrong collection of both international and local labels ensure you’ll go home well-heeled.


My Island Home

5 Transvaal Avenue, Double Bay | +61 2 9362 8760

It just feels so “Sydney” to stumble upon this ode to the tropics in the midst of plenty more haute fare. Rattan furnishings, colorful hammocks and plenty of coral abound in this refreshingly unhurried shop.



2/2-16 Glenmore Road, Paddington | +61 2 9357 4700

It’s perfectly apropos to kick off a Paddington district shopping spree with a stop at Zimmermann, the feminine resort and ready-to-wear brand from Sydney’s most stylish sisters. Flirty silhouettes and pin-up swimwear are always favorites (along with their always well-placed ruffle).



Sass & Bide

4/132 Oxford Street, Paddington | +61 2 9360 3900

A little bit boho, a little bit refined, Sass & Bide is many things (but never ever boring). Get a feel for the brand that arguably put Aussie style on the map at their sleek Paddington boutique.




Capital L

100 Oxford Street, Paddington | +61 2 9361 0111

Get to know Australia’s fashion up-and-comers at Capital L, a funky-cool boutique that houses picks for both men and women. Shop feminine dresses from Nicholas and Bec & Bridge alongside Karen Walker sunnies and printed We Are Handsome swimwear.



122 Oxford Street, Paddington | +61 2 9380 9388

Scanlan Theodore’s sophisticated cuts and clean lines deliver high fashion quality at a more affordable price point. Sample their full line of separates (we’re obsessed with the fit on their crepe knit pieces), shoes and sunnies at their light-filled Oxford Street boutique.




Bondi to St. Peters


132A Warners Ave., Bondi Beach | +61 2 9130 1430

Easily one of our favorite Sydney shops, Camilla is the embodiment of beachy Bondi whimsy. Don’t leave the lucky country without one of her brightly patterned swimsuits or killer kaftans.


Leslie McKay’s Bookshop

Spicer Street, Woollahra  | +61 2 9328 2733

This is a book lover’s bookstore, a lovingly curated trove of tomes guaranteed to pique your interest. It’s pretty well impossible to leave this cozy, café-adjacent shop empty-handed.

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Imagine This

40 Ocean Street, Woollahra | +61 2 9327 6713

If you’re in the mood to collect a little dream home decor inspiration, Imagine This should work its way onto your shopping list. Custom furnishings and vintage vignettes are camera-ready eye candy.

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The Bay Tree

40 Queen Street, Woollahra | +61 2 9328 1101

This shop is enough to inspire even the greenest kitchen novice – it has been Sydney’s signature cookware and tabletop resource for years.


The Design Hunter

316 Bronte Road, Waverley | +61 2 9369 3322

The Design Hunter derives its sensibility from a simple but profound idea: people are deeply influenced by their living spaces and should decorate accordingly. Thoughtful decor finds abound in this charming and well-edited shop.




Reclaim by Monica Trapaga

356 King Street, Newtown | +61 2 9565 4702

Newtown’s status as an up-and-coming shopping enclave seemed solidified once we browsed jazz chanteuse Monica Trapaga’s Victorian-inspired outpost. Vintage tea sets and fine china share shelf space with pretty linens and scented objects, and the overall effect is very bygone grandmother’s formal parlor – delicate displays included.




The Society Inc.

Suite 3.02 – 75 Mary Street, St. Peters | +61 2 9516 5643

We cap off our shopping sojourn with interiors whiz Sibella Court and her warehouse wonderland, The Society Inc. A swashbuckling spirit is alive and well at this decor playground-cum-gallery, so treasure seekers should plan to devote at least an hour to a St. Peters detour (and earmark suitcase space for the curios you’re bound to collect)!



Contributing Photography: Helen Brooks

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