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Where to Shop for Designer Homewares and Fashion in Sydney

Have you ever wondered where Sydney’s top wheelers and dealers go to shop? We know just the places. Sydney has a profusion of shopping destinations where you can find anything from designer homewares to beautiful vintage clothing boutiques. Explore these different neighbourhoods to discover some of Sydney’s finest shopping and the trendy café and bar scene that surrounds them.

Paddington and Woollahra

It’s no secret that Paddington and Woollahra have an incredible line-up of boutiques, designer stores and fine art galleries. Wander along Five Ways on Glenmore Road, Oxford Street, William Street or Queen Street and you will discover A-list Australian and international brands which sit alongside trendy cafés, restaurants and English-style pubs. And let’s not forget the weekly Paddington Markets that hosts local craftspeople and designers, but it’s the little surprises that can be found throughout the back streets – Blender Gallery, Olsen Irwin Gallery, The Bellevue Hotel, Guillaume and The Bonython Café. 

Where: Glenmore Road, Oxford and William Street, Paddington, and Queen Street, Woollahra

What: Australian and International designer clothing, accessories and homewares and art galleries.

Urban Couture

Balmain and Rozelle

Rozelle and Balmain are a treasure trove for vintage clothing and antiques stores. Mint Condition specialises in perfectly restored vintage clothing. For antique homewares and lighting, quintessential duckeggBLUE has everything from restored farmhouse tables to 1930s medical units. Wander down Darling Street for an eclectic mix of designer and vintage stores that sit alongside cafés and gastro pubs inside heritage buildings and terrace houses. 

Where: Darling Street, Balmain

What: Premium vintage and antique stores.

Double Bay

A profusion of high-end boutiques and homewares stores line Bay, Knox and Cross streets, while Transvaal Avenue has a jaw-dropping collection of designer shops located in beautiful townhouse-style shopfronts. The bar and dining scene doesn’t disappoint either – Mrs Sippy, Casa Blanca, Sake and Indigo Café are just a few options. For a real treat, drop into one of the many salons for some well-deserved pampering.

Where: Bay, Knox and Cross Street and Transvaal Avenue, Double Bay

What: Designer clothing, accessories and homewares.


Husk, Double Bay

Waterloo

Along one block of Waterloo’s Danks Street you will find a mix of established and emerging furniture and homeware designers. Parterre, Rogerseller, Abode on Danks and James Salmond are well worth a visit. Amidst the showrooms and boutique shopfronts you’ll also find contemporary art galleries and a line-up of edgy and modern cafés and restaurants, such as SO 9, The French House and Pu’er Restaurant.

Where: Danks Street, Waterloo

What: Designer homewares.

Surry Hills

Home to stylish and quirky boutiques, funky art galleries and designer homewares, Surry Hills offers up an intriguing selection of Australian and international designers – Urban Couture, The Minimalist, Spence & Lyda, Wolfe & Ordnance, The Stables and Brett Whiteley Studio, to name a few. But it’s not all about the shopping in this inner city hotspot. Surry Hills has established a name for itself on the bar, café and restaurant scene, all of which sit amidst the boutiques and beautifully restored terrace houses.

Where: Crown, Devonshire, Chalmers and Commonwealth Streets and their surrounding streets, Surry Hills

What: Australian and International designer clothing, accessories, homewares and art galleries.

Jardan Shop Paddington Sitchu

Alexandria

This inner city neighbourhood has been attracting some big names on the fashion and design scene. Moving into converted industrial spaces, leading brands and designers, such as Coco Republic, Space, Jardan and Blue Dot, are taking up residence along O’Riordan Street and Bourke Road. When you’re not shopping, The Grounds is a favourite, but if you want to escape the crowds then head to L’Americano, Bread & Circus or Salt, Meats Cheese Kitchen.

Where: O’Riordan Street and Bourke Road, Alexandria

What: Designer homewares.

Newtown and Chippendale

The creative epicentre of Sydney, Newtown and Chippendale has a range of galleries and art spaces. Chippendale’s creative precinct is made up of galleries such as White Rabbit Gallery, and Kensington Contemporary 1 & 2, and is surrounded by incredible dining options, such as Silvereye, Automata, Spice Alley and Mekong. You can also join ‘Explore Chippendale’ walking tours and meet artists and listen to talks on their creative processes. Similarly, Newtown has a string of galleries which regularly showcase works from emerging and established artists. King Street and surrounds have some of Sydney’s top restaurants and bars.

Where: King Street, Newtown and Balfour Street, and Kensington Street, Chippendale

What: Art galleries and art supplies.

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