So you’ve heard about my favourite food and microbreweries in Sydney, now for the shops! I walked the streets of Sydney hunting for all the one off places which I have heard so much about. Here are my top five shops in the Surry Hills/Paddington/Woollahra area (the Sydney equivalent of Melbourne’s Prahran/Armadale/Toorak).
My first stop was Paper2 on Crown St in Surry Hills. There was a similar range here as the stationery stores of Melbourne, but I still managed to pick up a few things. The Alice in Wonderland stamps and postcard were too cute to resist – I’m obsessed. I thought I would stash some of the polka dot washi tape into my luggage too as I can never find it when I am looking for it.
Still in Surry Hills is DavidMetNicole, on Cleveland St. I know plenty of people who would refer to this place as a store of junk, but to me it was a treasure trove. Piles and piles of vintage and found items fill this place and you have to squeeze your way around the perimeter of the store to reach the next goodies. I had to restrain myself from picking up too much as I had luggage limits on the plane trip home! I did buy a few small letterpress blocks and an old glass bottle of baker’s essence – the look beautiful sitting on my bookshelf.
Woollahra is home to some great kitchen stores. Donna Hay’s General Store is in an old terrace building overlooking a quiet neighbourhood park in Holdsworth St. Donna Hay is famous for her food styling, and this store has everything you need to make your own baked goodies look great. If you don’t like baking from scratch, there are lovely packet mixes and a cabinet of freshly baked treats to buy in store instead. My favourite purchase from this store was a wire cake cooling rack with love hearts all over it. I also couldn’t resist the cupcake wrappers, mini ceramic bowls, ceramic gift tags and polka dot ribbon!
Also in Woollahra is The Bay Tree on Queen St. This store was also full of pretty items for cooking and playing with in the kitchen. There was a big display of cookie cutters but I only let myself choose one – I’ve never seen a mermaid cookie cutter before so that was the lucky one! I bought a tea strainer for long lazy mornings with a big pot of tea and some floral cupcake cases (I know… more cupcakes). I also picked up a big dinner plate with a red and pink polka dot border which I will never use for dinner; instead it will be used for cakes and biscuits (my mum thinks a red velvet cake will look stunning served on it).
Winding up my shopping tour is The Society Inc in Stewart St, Paddington. Sibella Court owns this store and it was just as I had imagined it would be from reading her book. Scratch that – it was better. Two rooms filled to the brim with vintage and found items, all displayed in loving collections with handwritten price tags, and a wall of design and interior books. Sibella regularly changes the theme of her store, and when I walked in I loved the mix of lace, seashells and candles ranging in colour from pale pastels to aged metal, to faded linen, with a few shots of hot pink thrown in for fun. I chose a small piece of old table lace and a bright pink rosette to take home with me – it was so hard to choose!
I love all the little parcels that I brought home with me. I definitely recommend visiting these stores when you are in Sydney if you love buying pretty things for your home.