Oxford St., Paddington
The Intersection in Sydney’s Paddington neighborhood gathers the A-list of retailers on one pretty block. But this is no mall.
1/85 Dunning Ave., Rosebery
Like Copenhagen or Milan, Sydney is one of those cities where you’ll want to allocate time to visit the many, many design stores.
The Architect’s Bookshop
499 Crown St., Surry Hills
Spending a quiet hour browsing the shelves in a bookstore you've happened upon far from home is one of life's little pleasures.
2-16 Glenmore Rd., Paddington
There is perhaps no other brand as synonymous with Aussie style as Zimmermann.
The Society Inc
302/75 Mary St., St. Peters
There are a few innovative store founders around the world who just…get it. Sibella Court is one of those creatives who knows that the best shopping is more than a transaction; it is an experience.
72B Oxford St., Paddington
Nestled in leafy, Victorian-era Paddington is In Bed, an interiors shop of dreams (see what we did there?).
561 Bourke St., Surry Hills
Surry Hills’ Paris Texas is one of those boutiques that sell a little bit of everything. The brands—Cameo, Barney Cools, Atoir—tend to skew a bit more bohemian and unusual than the labels at a typical boutique, and we love that about this place.
Camilla and Marc
217 Glenmore Rd., Five Ways, Paddington
Camilla and Marc is an Australian family endeavor that has been super successful. There are nine boutiques across Australia, but the location at Paddington Intersection (a strip of Aussie boutiques, plus a few local galleries) is our favorite. The siblings produce collections that are a little more structured and formal than what you'll see from other Aussie designers—these are not pieces to be worn at the beach, but the quality more than justifies the cost.
Playa by Lucy Folk
3/11-13 Hall St., Bondi
Of all the Aussie-owned retail in Sydney, this cotton-candy store, which feels like a well-heeled friend’s closet, is easily our favorite. Lucy Folk is a jewelry designer, and one with exquisite taste across everything that could be classified as fashion. Sure, you can buy Folk’s jewelry and sunglasses at her Sydney flagship, but it’s also the spot to snag hard-to-find designers and pieces like Isa Arfen dresses, Solid & Striped swimwear, and woven panama hats in every color.
Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore
78 Oxford St., Paddington
Buried deep in leafy, suburban Paddington is a bookstore straight out of Harry Potter’s world. The many shelves are haphazardly packed with tomes, there’s no rhyme or reason to the organization of it all, and there might be an armchair or two to curl up in—and you’re expected to stay a while. Ampersand also moonlights as a café, so plan to settle in.