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Welcome to Muralville

Marrickville in Sydney’s Inner West has been named No. 10 in the top 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Time Out – and, despite living in Sydney all my life I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t really explored it properly. Here is why you must add Faversham Lane to your list of things to…

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November 25, 2021

Grazie mille Sydney

Post war in the 1950’s and 60’s there was a wave of mass migration from Italy to Australia, and specifically from the lesser-known hillside town of San Fele (located in the southern region of Basilicata), to the then Drummoyne Municipality of Sydney, Australia. Thousands of men and women arrived to this new land, and bandied…

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November 24, 2021

Big Brew is Little Bondi

The backroom of a small tobacconist is probably the last place you’d look for a high-end specialist shop, but this is precisely where Joelie Zhou decided to open a traditional Chinese teahouse selling some of the priciest leaves money can buy. Welcome to the Taishan Tea Club. Located out the back of a convenience store on…

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November 3, 2021

For the international sweet tooth

To the casual passer-by, this small general store on the corner of Redfern and George Streets looks fairly commonplace. In reality, it’s a lolly-lovers nirvana and an Instagram sensation with more than 24,000 followers. People venture from all over Sydney to visit this local corner store with a cult-like fan base. Owner Hazem Sedda was…

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October 7, 2021

Happiest feet in Sydney

Tourists who discover Sydney on foot will often follow their feet into the Grand lady of Sydney shopping, The Strand Arcade in George Street. This majestic (and sadly last) great shopping arcade originated in the 19th century. The arcade today is must for all visitors to Sydney, but many do not venture into the upper…

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September 29, 2021

Bottom of the Harbour

With Christmas not too far away, there can be pressure on some to find that one of a kind present. This is something very unique that you cannot find in an every day gift shop. Located in Sydney’s oldest neighborhood is the “Bottom of The Harbour Antiques” who specialize in Nautical Antiques. This store was…

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September 28, 2021

The mecca of Pop Culture in Sydney

Anime at Abbotsford is one of Sydney’s hidden landmarks. It is also the premiere Anime merchandise store in the city. They have a stunning variety of authentic Anime collectibles, plus a massive range of toys, figurines and trading cards. It is breathtaking to discover how much can be packed into one little shop. Anime at…

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September 27, 2021

When you cannot find a button

Sydney has many unique and specialized stores for all manner of items. Some are very expensive with small collections of expensive objects. But there is one store that is just as mind blowing even though it stocks the little things in life. One of Sydney’s insiders’ best tips. Welcome to “All Buttons Great and Small”….

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September 17, 2021