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Insiders Sydney uncovers the hidden treasures that make Sydney one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Discover Sydney's most unique and interesting shopping, dining, accommodation, and entertainment experiences.

Featured listings for May 2016

Andrew McDonald Shoemakers

Sydney shopping - Andrew McDonald Shoemakers
Andrew McDonald shoemakers were established in 1992. Started By Andrew in a small workshop in Sydney's Surry Hills designing handcrafted shoes for men and women. His skill and artistry were quickly recognised and Andrew was soon to be awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1996 to understudy master shoemakers, John Lobb of London and Paris and Paul Harnden. On his return to Sydney, Andrew opened his current shop/workshop in Paddington. founded on his craftsmanship and belief in excellence. The team comprises of a dedicated group of young shoemakers at the forefront of footwear design.

121–125, 2nd Floor The Strand Arcade
412–414 George St, Sydney
Telephone : (02) 8084 2595
Website: www.andrewmcdonald.com.au

Strand Hatters

Sydney shopping - Strand Hatters
Whether you're looking for a top hat, a tweed cap or beret, or even a classic Australian bush hat - you'll find it at Sydney's Strand Hatters. Located in the beautiful Strand Arcade, Strand Hatters has a wide range of hats made from fur, felt, leather, straw and fabric - in every style you could possibly imagine.

Shop 8, Strand Arcade, Sydney, NSW
Telephone : (02) 9231 6884
Website: www.strandhatters.com.au

KJC Coins

Sydney shopping - KJC Coins
KJC Coins is a great little store to pick up some of the beautiful Perth Mint Australian coins featuring kookaburras and koalas. They are agents for the Australian Government Mints and Perth & Royal Australian Mints, and have a huge range of collectors coins, along with some very serious investment coins - KJC Coins set a new world record for the most expensive Australian Coin or Banknote sold at public auction for a a 1920 Sydney Gold Sovereign for $582,500.

42-44 Margaret Street, Sydney, NSW
Telephone : (02) 9290 1244
Website: www.kjc.com.au

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Sydney shopping - Dinosaur Designs

Dinosaur Designs

Dinosaur Designs create fantastic and unique resin jewellery and table ware – all in wonderfully bright and refreshing colour combinations. In 1986 the three young designers began experimenting with clear polyester resin, a material more commonly used in industrial applications, and one now synonymous with the Dinosaur Designs identity. Each prototype object is modelled three-dimensionally [...]
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Sydney shopping - Rose & Ruby

Rose & Ruby

Created in 2006 by Karah Tarran-Wilson and Rebecca Reeves-Saunders, Rose & Ruby combines the girls’ love of classic, timeless design. The essence of Rose & Ruby is sophisticated yet romantic designs for women who value quality – the label’s signature French laces are woven together with the finest French tulles and pure silks. The quality [...]
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Sydney shopping - Ashwoods Music & Books

Ashwoods Music & Books

Ashwoods started trading in books and records way back in 1932. Over the years Ashwoods have collected many radio and video recordings, specialist books, as well as a huge range of music. If you’re looking for a rare recording, or an interesting book that you won’t find anywhere else – then Ashwoods is the place [...]
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Sydney shopping - Brooke Benson

Brooke Benson

Drawing from varied influences, including the fast talking dames of the 1930s and 40s, Brooke Benson offers a fresh eccentric femininity and a lush nihilistic glamour; ostentation and excess meet frivolity and fun.
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Sydney shopping - Elegantly Scant

Elegantly Scant

Fall in love with movie star glamour, curves and bows, sass and cheek and the magic of old fashioned ribbon. Remember a time when lingerie was sewn with love and care and embellished with handmade lace. Elegantly Scant is about exquisitely crafted lingerie; it is about undergarments so breathtakingly beautiful they make you smile. This [...]
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Sydney shopping - Style Council

Style Council

Style Council’s emporium offers a unique experience for men bringing together a mix of exclusive accessories, menswear, skincare and treatments all under one roof. Further to stocking quality international clothing brands, Style Council is also committed to supporting Australian designers, whether they be already established or new and up and coming.
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Sydney shopping - Ginger and Smart

Ginger and Smart

Australian luxury label GINGER and SMART is all about creating a distinct and inspiring product to market to a design-literate customer, both locally and internationally. The label was founded in 2002 by Sydney-based sisters, Genevieve and Alexandra Smart out of the desire to combine family talent to build a strong lifestyle brand. Ginger and Smart [...]
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