Among the tree-lined streets of Woollahra, beyond the BMWs and yummy mummies, are some of Sydney’s best hidden gems. From Polish cakes to Japanese ceramics, there are plenty of places to explore in this Eastern suburbs hub.
Eat and drink
It’s not often you stumble upon a fantastic café in Sydney offering up some of Poland’s finest products, ingredients and traditional dishes, but Wieczorkowski is giving us our fix and it’s the best thing ever. The deli stocks food from all around the world and locally, and there is a range of traditional Polish homewares and handicrafts to buy, but the café is where the good stuff is. Not only is the food fantastic and a little bit interesting, but also the baked goods are to die for. Forget your diet and grab one of everything, it’s so worth it.
If you’re not aware of Luxe, they are the gang who make some of the best bread and pastries in Sydney, and they have set up shop in Woollahra to serve us food all day, every day. There are some great salads and other fresh dishes to keep you full, or stretch out your stomach before tucking in to their signature salted caramel chocolate tart.
For years the Woollahra Hotel has been one of the most iconic venues of the Eastern Suburbs. The large open roof terrace is home to a casual and comforting bistro serving up all your pub favourites as well as the one-hatted restaurant, Bistro Moncur sharing the site, giving the locals a place to see and be seen.
Relaxed and sophisticated, Chiswick’s menu is packed with delicious food using produce from their on-site garden. Matt Moran is at the helm of the restaurant, leading the way for paddock-to-plate style dining in Sydney, which is an obvious theme at the restaurant. The menu is created to share and the wood roasted Moran family lamb with zucchini tomato and mint is not to be missed!
The Wine Library
From the folk who bought you the much-loved Italian restaurant Buzo, is The Wine Library, a sophisticated bar and eatery on Oxford Street with wine at its heart. There is a 15-page wine menu fill of over 350 handpicked drops, making this bar a hotspot for wine connoisseurs, industry folk and regular lovers of fancy grape juice. The converted shop-front glows in an orange light, wine bottles lining the walls behind the long and high bar. There is also a selection of nibbles to line the stomach and keep the wine-fest going even longer.
The Brow Bar
You wouldn't be caught dead with an untamed brow in this neighbourhood. Luckily, The Brow Bar on Queen Street will have you plucked, waxed and shaped perfectly, so you're ready to strut down the street and fit in. All jokes aside, these guys are some of the best brow shapers in Sydney, so it's well worth popping in if you're in the area (or even if you aren't).
Step out of reality for a little while at Maya Medispa. Whether you're after a luxurious facial, much needed pedicure, or a relaxing massage, the folks at Maya Medispa have got you covered. After one visit here, you'll be wanting to book in regular treatments!
Treat yourself to a bit of luxury at Jo Malone. The Woollahra outpost of this British brand stocks a wonderfully smelling array of candles, fragrances, body and bath products. With their iconic packaging and beautiful scents, we say spoil yourself here because, you know, you're worth it!
Ruby & Min
This boutique in the heart of leafy Woollahra carries sophisticated, edgy collections from fashion labels around the world including Johnny Was, Majestic, Paige and Annie Campbell Jewellery. Ruby & Min also have their own label called Just Min, which focuses on fashion forward leather, silks and cashmeres. Whether you want to browse or do some series spending damage, Ruby and Min is well worth checking out.
Gingko Leaf has some of the most beautiful artisan Japanese homewares and kitchen goodies on offer in Sydney. The focus is on well-crafted, well-designed, contemporary Japanese household items that bring joy to their users. Throughout the beautiful store you’ll find ceramics, porcelain, glassware, woodcrafts, ironware, bath and bed textiles, or if all that is a little too overwhelming, gift vouchers to catapult yourself to Best Friend Ever status.
Quincy is a must-visit shop for ladies who love style. The heritage-listed terrace in the heart of Woollahra showcases shoes, bags and accessories from internationally renowned designers. Following European seasons, your outfits can always be on fleek plus you can shop online, if that’s easier! Happy days indeed.
Known as ‘The Bulgari of Butchers’, Victor Churchill is pretty much the butcher to end all butchers. They are committed to sourcing the best quality meat available in Australia, which isn’t going to be cheap, but it’s going to be all kinds of delicious. There are a tonne of goodies made on site too, like rillettes, terrines and sausages to take home and dream of for weeks to come. Even just stepping into the beautifully renovated store, you can sense the dedication and sophistication of the team.
Olsen Irwin Gallery
Olsen Irwin is the product of Tim Olsen Gallery joining forces with art dealer Rex Irwin to exhibit a broad range of Australian and international art in the gallery, online and at arts fairs. There is a continually changing exhibition calendar showcasing emerging and established artists, which have been cultivated by Tim and Rex to represent a comprehensive and poignant view of contemporary arts in Australia.
Image credit: Wieczorkowski