[A Date For Your Diary] Charing Cross Christmas Fair

What: Fashion, Gifts & Homewares Where: Charing Cross, Bronte When: December 1-2, 9am-5pm Description: Come on down to the Charing Cross Christmas Fair featuring a fantastic range of discounts and prizes at some of the amazing local shops, local brands. … Continue reading

Shopping in Clovelly, really?!

Just south of Bronte, is the quaint beach-side suburb of Clovelly. You probably know Clovelly for its child friendly park and beach, and not for its shopping. So we are here to tell you – The shopping in Clovelly is of quality, affordable and unique products, and well worth the visit.

The strip shopping in Clovelly is concentrated to Clovelly Road, with a focus on babies & children and homewares.

Kido Store, 159 Clovelly Rd – Locally and internationally sourced collection of everything you need for your baby and children. From clothes, accessories and shoes to furniture, décor and bedding.

Loft Funiture & Other Ideas, 163 Clovelly Road – This local shop will take you to places you’ve only ever dreamed of going… Here you will find homewares from Amsterdam, clothing and accessories from France, furniture from Italy and much more from Morocco, Tunisia, India…

Biird, 199-201 Clovelly Rd – Formally known as Nest Child, this gorgeous boutique offers a wonderful range of local and international fashion, homewares and accessories for all ages – newborn to adult.

Kidoodle, 203 Clovelly Road – The best selection of toys, craft, puzzles and games to entertain and challenge young minds. They also have a Craft Workshop Centre and Birthday Party Venue. Your little one’s next birthday party… sorted!!!

My Catwalk, 353-355 Clovelly Road – Wall-to-wall fashion from international and local designers, plus expert fashion advice from trained stylists.

Until next time, happy shopping wherever you may be!

the travelshopa team x

The “Bondi to Bronte”, the shopping experience!

The term “Bondi to Bronte” is usually referred to as a unique coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach. This walk hosts the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition where you see the beaches, parks and path temporarily transformed into a 2km long sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. It’s returning this Thursday for the 16th time!!! It’ll be drawing crowds day in day out until Sunday 4 November 2012.

Bondi to Bronte” also refers to one of Sydney’s most iconic ocean swims, hosted by the Bronte Surf Club. This year they are holding their 12th event on Sunday 2nd December 2012. If you are not up for swimming, it’s still great to get amongst the atmosphere and catch a glimpse of the “eye candy”!

Just as spectacular (and surely just as famous) is our version of the “Bondi to Bronte”… the shopping experience. Also starting very close to Ben Buckler Point and ending not far from Waverley Cemetery, we present the strip shopping guide to Bondi Beach and Bronte.

Your “Bondi to Bronte” shopping experience could only start with a visit to the home of two NORTH BONDI icons:

Camilla, 132A Warners Avenue – Putting a whole lot of love (and colour) in your wardrobe. If you’re lucky you may even meet the Kaftan Queen herself!

Bondi Markets, Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade (every Saturday from 9am-1pm) – Support up and coming Australian designers! We are totally behind this one!

The block between Campbell Parade, Curlewis, Gould and Hall Streets is pretty much where it all happens in downtown BONDI BEACH. Dozens of local shops stocking some of the finest local and international designers are to be explored. Some of our favourites include:

For the ladies

me and moo, Shop 5/157 Curlewis Street – Offering the most simple, elegant and relaxed shopping experience for timeless, trans-seasonal classic fashion

museum clothing, 124 Roscoe Street (cnr Gould Street)Street fashion for the fast and fashion serious

Oscar the Third, 4/95 Gould Street – Women’s clothing for the fashion orientated

Pluto’s Bodywear, Shop 3/157 Curlewis Street – Stocking sexy lingerie for his eyes only, something special to everyday basics. And they always stock that special undergarment which you can’t seem to find anywhere else.

Shallow, 124A Roscoe Street – Beautifully chosen classic fashion items making up a cute multi-label concept store

Tuchuzy women’s wear, The Beachhose 178 Campbell Parade – Stop by for an absolute must-have trending now piece

For the men

Annex, The Beachhose 178 Campbell Parade (enter via Gould Street) – A concept store stocking huge ranges of the most sought-after labels

The Academy Brand®, Shop2/79 Gould Street – Is your man allergic to shopping and will only buy original fashion made easy? You just found the store for you, and HIM!

Tuchuzy menswear, 90 Gould Street – On trend absolute must-have men’s fashion pieces

For the little people

Hullubullu, 79 Gould Street – Divine baby and kids clothing, toys and homewares

For gifts or your home

So Gorgeous, 9 Hall Street – you’ll find something for everyone in here, and more!

Abode, 16 Hall Street – (also check out Abobe Junior across the road)

Also known as Charing Cross, Bronte Road, BRONTE, has come a long way since the days as the strip with one local milk bar and a fish’n’chip shop. You can now discover Bronte for its fashion, gifts and homewares, and most importantly, all local brands!

For the ladies

Eda Michelle, 5 Albion Street (Cnr Bronte Road) – Don’t have anything to wear to Spring Carnival? Look no further. You’ll find it here, with the most personal shopping experience!

Venetia Elaine, 275 Bronte Road – After stopping by here, you’ll have “ready to wear” for any occasion

Elodie on Bronte, 1/306 Bronte Road – We love the great range of affordable, stylish local designer labels

Lesley Lee, 277 Bronte Road – Finish off any outfit with bold, vibrant and colourful statement jewels and accessories

For gifts

jo & i, 318 Bronte Road – Here you’ll find a little something for someone special and then give it to them for absolutely no reason at all.

For your home

The Design Hunter, 267 Bronte Rd – The perfect blend of unique design services within a gorgeous homewares store focused on urban, organic and luxe. They’ll help you turn a house into your home!


So now you know… next time a friend suggests to you “let’s do the Bondi to Bronte” you’ll don your shopping outfit and not your walking gear!

Until next time, happy shopping wherever you may be!

the travelshopa team x

Stylish Travel Shopping, in Woollahra

Woollahra not only houses some of Sydney’s most exquisite contemporary and heritage architecture, it is also the home of one of the most picture-perfect shopping villages.

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Oxford Street, Bondi Junction and Edgecliff, you’ll find dozens of local shops well hidden within the blossoming streets. Boasting some of Australia’s most iconic brands, Woollahra is also renowned for its local designers.

Walking the boutique-lined shopping strips is a sensory delight and you’ll find some of the most noteworthy fashion boutiques and gift stores around! And… at the same time you will cross off every item on your must-have travel list!

Tops Eclettica, 164 Edgecliff Road. T-Shirt dresses will have you ready to recline.

Bottoms Seed Woman, 64 Moncur Street. Seamless leggings making it all that more comfortable to stretch out in.

Accessories Reads, 130 Queen Street. Scarves to keep that air-conditioned cabin chill at bay.

Feet Sambag, 181 Edgecliff Road. Ballet flats for running from duty-free shopping to your departure gate, and worry-free swollen feet disembarkation.

Drink Simon Johnson, 55 Queen Street. Herbal teabags to dunk and keep you hydrated, calm and relaxed on the inside.

Moisturise (and sniff) Ecoya, 74 Queen Street. Hand creams to nourish your paws (and tinned travel candles for your hotel room)

HoldPigott’s Store, 53 Ocean Street. Toiletry Sponge Bags to carry all your under 100ml liquid items.

ReadDonna Hay General Store, 40 Holdsworth Street. Grab the latest Donna Hay Magazine because you never have time to read it cover to cover at home

Until next time, happy shopping (and safe travelling) wherever you may be!

the travelshopa team x

Our ‘Best of’ Double Bay

With the stunning Sydney Harbour as its backdrop, we can’t help falling in love with one of Sydney’s most stylish and sophisticated shopping villages. Leafy streets, charming arcades and picturesque laneways lined with Australian designer boutiques, offering the ultimate shopping day-out.

Our ‘best of’ Double Bay covers some of the Bay’s most iconic stores and a few of its latest additions. All are local shops, local brands and an absolute must-see when visiting this gorgeous shopping destination.

Best Women’s Apparel Store Carla Zampatti, 12 Bay Street. With Spring Racing Carnival and wedding season upon us, every woman deserves a little spoiling.

Best Men’s Apparel Store Victor Alacqua, 28 Cross Street. Turning chaps into  ‘Mr Bond’s’ for decades.

Best Footwear Store Gary Castles, 45a Bay Street, has a shoe for every occasion.

Best Accessories Store Duo,12 Cross Street, stocking classic, affordable bling!

Best Gift Store – My Island Home, 5 Transvaal Avenue. With Xmas coming up you’d be mad not to drop in.

Best Homewares Store – Doveton Kay, 10 Transvaal Avenue. Cushions, throws, baskets to complete the look of any room in your home.

Best Stationery Store – Papier D’Amour, 8 Cross Street. You’ll be captivated by the variety of ‘stuff’, all of which you ‘need’. You’ll leave wondering how long you were in there.

Best Kids Clothing StoreAdrianne & Misses Bonny, Cnr Cross and Bay Streets. Go on, spoil that little one of yours. Check out their gorgeous personalised Christmas Stockings.

Best Kids Toys Store Puddle Duck Toys (The Double Bay Toy Shop), 13a Transvaal Avenue. This is wooden toy heaven and so much more. Leave the kids at home if you don’t want to leave with the whole shop!

Best ‘New-Kid-on-the-Block’ StoreDanielle Chiel, 28-34 Cross Street, offering the most exquisite summer and winter hand knits, luxury like you’ve never seen before. Simply divine styles and quality!

Until next time, happy shopping wherever you may be!

the travelshopa team x

Hunter Valley Roadtrip? Pit Stop at Morpeth!

About 35 kilometres north-west of Newcastle, just a half hour from Hunter Valley Wine Country, or a short fifteen minute drive from Maitland, lays the small historic village Morpeth. In its heyday, back in the mid to late-1800s, Morpeth was a main Hunter River port.

Today, it is a place where even the most addicted destination shopaholics are well-fed. This discrete country town is adorned with stone pathways and Swan Street is lined with the quaintest fashion boutiques and gorgeous homewares stores.

La Belle France is the newest kid on the block, stocking French themed homewares – tablecloths, teatowels, cushion covers, aprons, and kitchen gloves. Savannah on Swan, Timpotoo and The Mews Gallery also carry the perfect gift or that special something for the mantelpiece to remember your trip forever.

Morpeth does not disappoint the fashion conscious! Fleurs of Morpeth, Simply Elegant of Morpeth and Louise’s of Morpeth are a must for the women’s fashion and current trends. And why not complete your shopping pit stop with a bit of bling fromVon Lillianstein Jewellery & Gifts or Morpeth Jewellery Gallery?!

Your destination shopping trip to Morpeth would not be complete if you did not take home some of the local alpaca fashion and homewares from Australian Alpaca Bar and sample the famous sourdough breads, chutneys or jams from Morpeth Sourdough & Arnotts Bakery.

If you don’t visit Morpeth to explore the now thriving shopping strip, just take a few hours out of your Hunter Valley roadtrip to admire the beautifully restored shop-fronts, wharves and posts along the main street. Oh… and don’t forget to stop (revive and survive) at the Commercial Hotel and be served by the ever welcoming and hospitable Ben or Adam.

Until next time, happy shopping wherever you may be!

the travelshopa team x