Santa Carla


Ph: (03) 9387 3721

3 Sparta Place
Brunswick , 3056 VIC
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Opening Hours

SUN closed
MON closed
TUE 10:00am - 5:00pm
WED 10:00am - 5:00pm
THU 10:00am - 5:00pm
FRI 10:00am - 5:00pm
SAT 10:00am - 5:00pm

The Details

Hunting For
  • Music
  • Art
  • Books
  • Gifts
  • Interiors
  • Things for Kids


The Verdict

For husband and wife team Alex and Jode, the secret to a good homewares store is pretty simple:

“We just stock things we like.”

It’s not a bad way to go. If you’re passionate about local designers, indie artists and off-beat homewares, there’s a good chance someone else in this crazy city is too. Alex and Jode set up Santa Carla a little while ago as a space to champion local Melbourne talent, and it’s been a runaway success ever since.

A lot of lifestyle stores end up a little same-y: elk head broaches, soy candles, Banksy-style street art and other things you find on very basic Pinterest boards. Santa Carla isn’t like that. It’s more like somebody’s bedroom: there’s an original and distinct sense of style. It’s got personality, and it doesn’t try to appeal to everyone.

You’ll find the store in Sparta Place, surely the best-kept secret on Sydney Rd. A tiny, heritage cul-de-sac, originally built for the garment industry and now packed with eclectic food stores, cafes, cheesemongers, boutique barbers...and Santa Carla.

So what does it stock? A bit of everything really. Alex is in charge of the music, and there’s a fantastic mix of indie CDs on display (think obscure talent like Dr. Monokrome, Panacea, Supa Dave West and Phonophanatic.). You can even take them for a test-drive, courtesy of the in-house headphones.

Jode handpicks the jewellery range, with a definite skew toward the whimsical. Think beardy badges from Cheerio Paper Co, delicate geometric pendants and bubblegum pop-art from Miss-a-Ree Guts. Not your standard Finders Keepers stuff, this.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the comprehensive comic book and indie publishing collection. One step above zines, two steps below X-Men. Graphic novel fans could spend a happy hour just browsing the racks, picking up little treasures like Believe by Tom Taylor and Emily K Smith.

Expect the unexpected.

Image credit: Griffin Simm