Where to find the best Aussie designers, housewares, and more.
Swing by the Intersection Paddington (Oxford St. and Glenmore Rd.), a high-end emporium carrying avant-garde and traditional Australian labels. Browse Alannah Hill’s colorful dresses fit for Katy Perry (No. 118-120); yummy-mummy staple Sass & Bide (No. 132), with its slinky denim and vintage-inspired separates; and Dinosaur Designs (No. 339), a local mainstay known for its Day-Glo resin jewelry and housewares. He Made She Made (70 Oxford St.) sells whimsical art and furniture, including graffiti-covered chairs, by emerging regional designers. Donna Hay General Store (40 Holdsworth St.), on a quiet residential corner in Woollahra, is run by Australia’s Martha Stewart. The designer has converted an old house into a pastel-colored shop filled with her signature streamlined products: 1940’s-style ceramics in white or seafoam green, scented candles, and white enamel bakeware. Drop in to Victor Churchill (132 Queen St.), even if you don’t need picnic fixings. This butcher’s shop looks like Willy Wonka’s meat-minded counterpart, down to the cast-bronze sausage links that serve as the front-door handle. Don’t miss the house-made goodies to go: mushroom tarts with Parmesan and parsley butter, duck rillettes, or galettes with smoked salmon and artichoke hearts.