Tourist mecca perhaps, but The Rocks is an intrinsic part of Sydney’s history and just a five-minute stroll to Sydney’s CBD, the area - while still home to plenty of historical landmarks and architecture - is dotted with a bounty of boutiques and galleries, as well as one of the city’s most beloved markets. We round up our favourite spots to shop.
If you love a minimal, simplistic wardrobe, then this contemporary fashion store was curated just for you. They stock some of Australians leading fashion labels, namely KITX, Zimmerman, Hansen & Gretel and Bec & Bridge. Conveniently located in the heart of The Rocks, the store itself is just as stylish as the designers who grace their racks.
79 George Street, The Rocks
This homegrown label has launched a range of premium plant-based skin and body care offerings that smell as delightful as they feel on the skin. And the stores themselves are just as impressive, each one is an architecturally designed space that is worth a visit alone. This particular venue was created in collaboration with Melbourne architects March Studio, and was inspired by the 148-year-old building in which it sits.
95 George Street, The Rocks
A curated selection of runway-worthy styles from Europe’s most sought-after designers, COSETTE is all about being ahead of the trend and you definitely can be with their private online shopping club. Located next door to the Museum of Contemporary Art, here you can shop for fashion, designer bags and accessories by the likes of Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Valentino and Balenciaga.
Shop 2, 140 George Street, The Rocks
This one may be for the men, but ladies, you will want to get down to The Rocks to check out this menswear label too. This family-owned Australian label, custom tailor luxurious linen and silks with limited edition textiles that are inspired by the Australian landscape. They have a signature collection of handwoven silk jackets plus an exclusive art series silk jacket.
103 George Street, The Rocks
Washable paper bags that look and feel like leather. It really doesn’t get much better than this! Bondi local discovered the washable paper concept on a holiday in Italy and lucky for us, is now stocked in three locations across Sydney, The Rocks being one of them. The range spans across handbags, paper bags, carry bags, buckets, trays, place mats, aprons…you name it, they have it.
140 George Street, The Rocks
A design that came about from handcrafting a raffia hat to protect her children from the harsh Australian sun, Helen Kaminski hats have evolved into a stylish set that is now worn by A-list celebrities (we’re talking Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Hilary Clinton). Beautiful, classic and ever so stylish, the brand has extended its range into scarves, bags and accessories.
Helen Kaminski at Four Seasons, Shop 3, 199 George Street, Sydney
A label that’s renowned for mixing denim modernism with workwear tradition, Englishman Jason Denham established his brand to inject a fresh take on the classic denim. Casual wear for men, women and children, Denham covers the full range – shirts, jackets, jeans and shoes. Their chic store in The Rocks is part of their international reach with a homebase in Amsterdam.
77 George Street, The Rocks
A name synonymous with designer leather products, Louis Cardini is renowned for his luxury handcrafted leather bags, coats and accessories, befitting of his heritage store front along George Street. Using only Australian leather, including ostrich and crocodile, his products really are a work of art, you need only look to his made to measure coats and leather handbags that add another level of luxe.
75 George Street, The Rocks
A trip to The Rocks is incomplete without a visit to its beloved markets. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm, the open-air market totes everything from jewellery to fashion, textiles, knick knacks and specialty craft art. For those with a penchant more on the eating side of the spectrum, there is also The Rocks Foodie Market on Fridays.
Playfair Street, George Street, and Jack Mundey Place, The Rocks
A gallery dedicated to Sydney-based artist, Ken Done and his famous colourful depictions of Australian life. A bevy of his work is available to view in his gallery which sits in the centre of The Rocks but if you are wanting to take a piece of an Australian icon with you, Ken Done’s artwork (which can be purchased) is available in prints, clothing, books, accessories and homewares.
1 Hickson Road, The Rocks
If hats ever really did go out of fashion they are certainly back in the fold now - you need only look to Johnny Depp for proof. This boutique offers a modern take on classic styles – trilby, fedora, bronco, ivy caps – by a variety of different brands that range from Akubra, to Rafinelle and Barmah for everything from a day out at the races to the beach.
125 George Street, The Rocks
The illustrious Museum of Contemporary Art is home to a collection of some of the most progressive (and impressive) art work in the nation. But right now, it’s the accompanying gift store that we’re interested in – coffee table books, exhibition souvenirs, quirky gifts and artisan creations from some of Australia’s hottest young talent (ceramicists and jewellery makers among them) sit alongside unique art publications and catalogues.
140 George Street, The Rocks