In case you’ve been living under a rock (or your doona) for the past month, we’ve teamed up with American Express to celebrate the fifth annual Shop Small. We hosted The Urban List’s first ever Urban Weekender presented by Shop Small, and partied the only way we know how – by eating, drinking and shopping, while supporting our local heroes.
If you’re feeling total FOMO, we get it; you missed out. But don’t worry, even though Shop Small month is coming to an end you can still support your local shop owners. Here’s our list of 6 local small businesses that are worth your hard-earned cash.
Smoking Gun Bagels
Since hitting the streets in Sydney in 2016, Sydney bagel lovers have flocked to Smoking Gun Bagels to get their weekly fix of doughy goodness. Offering eight different kinds of toppings (as well as a DIY option), the bagels themselves have been hand-rolled and wood-fired. The Gone Shroomin’ with Pepe Saya crème cheese, pickled mushroom and fried sage is an office fave but the Lil Kimcheese with house-made kimchi, coriander mayo, cheese and fresh coriander is never a bad idea.
Known for its legendary bacon and eggs rolls, Ruby’s is the perfect place to brunch on the weekend before hitting the beach. Serving coffee that’s as strong as it is smooth (just the way we like it), nab a seat in the sun and take down the raw chia-oat bircher if you’re feeling healthy, or coconut chilli eggs if you want something with a bit more bang.
Kepos Street Kitchen
If you’re after a Middle Eastern breakfast feast, make Kepos Street Kitchen your go-to. From falafels (with hummus, labnah AND a soft boiled egg) and baked meatballs to burrata cheese with Persian eggplant, it serves up the complete opposite of your regular smashed avo on toast. Believe it or not, there are things in life better than avocado. Just sayin’…
The Grumpy Baker
The Grumpy Baker is a must on any Sydneysider's foodie bucket list. Famous for good reason, this cute café is tucked away in Marrickville and does a killer coffee. Order the hearty shakshuka for two all for yourself and regret nothing. Don’t forget to take home a loaf of sourdough.
Doggy-friendly Dachshund Coffee is a favourite with Hunters Hill locals. Their Reformed Avo is what our avo on toast dreams are made of (seriously) and the eggs bene croissant, with miso hollandaise sauce, is worth every single calorie. The perfect place to catch up with your whole crew (so you can order one of everything), you’ll never want to leave.
With a sustainable approach to dining, we can’t help but love Two Chaps. Dishing up only the best of the best local produce, expect simple but delicious food that will leave you wanting more. We’re talking about the sourdough crumpets served with sautéed green bean and rainbow chard, fermented hot sauce, fresh curd and a poached egg. Drooooooool.
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