Must-see shopping in New South Wales

  • Mitchell Road Antiques in Alexandria

    Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre

    Newtown & the Inner West

    This extraordinary vintage and antique market is a warehouse full of retro chic, whether you are after original 1970s Lego, pre-loved rocking horses, a…

  • Dinosaur Designs.

    Dinosaur Designs

    Sydney

    This tiny shop is a visual treat. Richly coloured, translucent resin bangles and baubles sit among technicoloured vases and bowls, and chunky sterling…

  • Apma Creations

    South Coast NSW

    Riotously colourful and thoughtfully run, Apma Creations displays and sells eye-catching art, handicrafts and accessories by Aboriginal makers. Magical…

  • Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Over 70 regular stallholders sell their goodies at Sydney's best farmers market, established to connect small NSW producers with consumers in the big city…

  • Artery

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    Step into a world of mesmerising dots and swirls at this small gallery devoted to Aboriginal art, particularly from the central and western deserts…

  • Berkelouw's Book Barn & Café

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Three kilometres north of Berrima, Berkelouw’s stocks secondhand and antiquated tomes. There's also an excellent selection of new Australia-themed books.

  • Mullumbimby Farmers Market

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    This vibrant food market is set under shady fig trees. Tuck into excellent organic produce while catching some live, local tunes. One of the region's best.

  • Treat Factory

    South Coast NSW

    One of the commercial success stories of the region, the Treat Factory is as much a feast for the eyes as for sweet-inclined appetites. This old-fashioned…

  • Little Bottleshop

    Newtown & the Inner West

    One of Sydney's best bottle shops for those interested in Australian wine, this unassuming place features an excellent curated selection of small-vineyard…

  • Paddington Markets

    Sydney

    Originating in the 1970s, when they were drenched in the scent of patchouli oil, these markets are considerably more mainstream these days. They're still…

  • Gleebooks

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Gleebooks is one of Sydney’s best bookshops, with its aisles full of politics, arts and general fiction titles, and the staff really know their stuff…

  • Berlelouw Books.

    Berkelouw Books

    Sydney

    Expecting the dank aroma of second-hand books? Forget it! Follow your nose up to the cafe, then browse through three floors of pre-loved tomes, new…

  • Byron Bay market.

    Byron Farmers Market

    Byron Bay

    Local producers gather to sell their mostly organic goods here, with hot coffee and hot-food stalls providing breakfast and brunch if you want to listen…

  • Faster Pussycat shop in Newtown

    Faster Pussycat

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Inspired by ‘trash pop culture, hot rods and rock and roll’, this cool cat coughs up retro clothing and accessories for all genders and ages (including…

  • Grounds Markets in Alexandia

    Grounds Markets

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Alexandria's favourite factory-garden-farm-cafe hosts these excellent markets, with a rotating crop of crafty stallholders and delicious baked treats.

  • Zimmerman boutique.

    Zimmermann

    Sydney

    Chic and cheeky women's street clothes and swimwear from sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann. There are other stores around town.

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    Book Room at Byron

    Byron Bay

    Pick up some beach reading material at this well-loved bookstore and a coffee to take away from the cart out the front.

  • Birkenhead Point

    Sydney

    This harbourside former brickworks and factory is now a major shopping complex composed principally of outlet stores. It gets packed at weekends, so visit…

  • Eden Smokehouse

    South Coast NSW

    A woody aroma envelops you even before you step inside the shop adjoining Eden Smokehouse. For sale is every imaginable variety of wood-smoked fish and…

  • Title

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    Focusing on distinct pop-cultural streams, seemingly determined at random (but probably at the owner’s whim – very High Fidelity), this offbeat little…

  • Rip Curl

    Sydney

    The quintessential Aussie surf shop, Rip Curl began down south in Victoria, but drops in here perfectly overlooking the Bondi shore breaks. Beyond huge…

  • Bangalow Pharmacy

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    If you just stumbled in here wanting Aspirin or to make up a prescription, you'll be gobsmacked at the extraordinary range of skincare, perfumes and home…

  • Spell & the Gypsy Collective

    Byron Bay

    A locally grown business that’s hit the big time (like 1 million Instagram lovers), this fashion empire’s floaty patterned dresses are seen all over Byron…

  • Kirribilli Markets

    Sydney

    Kirribilli's general market (7am to 3pm, 4th Saturday of the month) offers exotic foods and lively harbourside hubbub, and sells everything from vintage…

  • Nimbin Candle Factory

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    Around for almost 30 years, this working candle factory sells hand-dipped paraffin candles shaped like marijuana leaves, rainbow pyramids, wizards and…

  • Sax Fetish

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    No, it’s not a bar for jazz obsessives, but rather a sexy, dark-hearted shop selling high-quality leather and rubber gear. All genders are catered for,…

  • Two Grey Elephants

    New South Wales

    Two friends started this kids' toys store in 2013 and it stands out because of the calibre of products on sale — everything from local-made creations to…

  • Simon Johnson

    Sydney

    Simon Johnson is the place to fill your high-class picnic hamper. You’ll find the tastiest olives, the creamiest French and Italian chocolates and the…

  • Tomolly

    New South Wales

    Belinda previously had a store in trendy Millthorpe, but now it's all about Carcoar... and her gorgeous interiors and homeware store. The shop has been…

  • Better Read Than Dead

    Newtown & the Inner West

    This is our favourite Newtown bookshop, and not just because of the pithy name and the great selection of Lonely Planet titles. Nobody seems to mind if…

  • Bondi Markets

    Sydney

    On Sundays, when the kids are at the beach, their school fills up with characters rummaging through tie-dyed secondhand clothes, original fashion, books,…

  • Howl & Moan Records

    Byron Bay

    Byron's only record shop comes stocked with a well-curated selection of vinyl, is staffed by passionate music fans and also doubles as a live-music venue…

  • Mud

    Sydney

    The small flagship shop of this Sydney ceramics brand whose single-colour creations have achieved notable worldwide success is a sweet place. You can even…

  • Watters Gallery

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    Since 1964 this funky institution in the seamy lower reaches of Riley St has been pumping out quality. James Gleeson, Ken Whisson, Tony Tuckson and…

  • Rozelle Collectors Markets

    Sydney

    One of Sydney’s best bargain-hunter markets, with very few tourists. Sift through antiques, collectibles, hippie jewellery, vintage clothes, plants, books…

  • Koskela

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Beautiful designer furniture and homewares are created from repurposed wood at this striking historic warehouse space. It's well worth a browse and there…

  • Balmain Market

    Sydney

    This small market is set in the shady grounds of St Andrews Congregational Church. Stalls sell arts, crafts, books, clothing, jewellery, plants, and fruit…

  • Surfection

    Sydney

    Selling boardies, bikinis, sunnies, shoes, watches, tees…even luggage – Bondi's coolest surf shop has just about everything the stylish surfer's heart…

  • Glebe Markets

    Newtown & the Inner West

    The best of the west: Sydney's bohemian inner-city contingent beats a course to this crowded retro-chic market. There are some great handicrafts and…

  • Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

    Sydney

    For decades this high-powered commercial gallery has showcased innovative contemporary work, representing artists such as Tracey Moffatt, David Noonan and…