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Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Cronulla

These great local businesses in Sydney's south are well worth a look in.
By Caitlin Morahan
August 07, 2019
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Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Cronulla

These great local businesses in Sydney's south are well worth a look in.
By Caitlin Morahan
August 07, 2019
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WHERE TO SHOP LIKE A LOCAL IN AND AROUND CRONULLA

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These great local businesses in Sydney's south are well worth a look in.

A mere 40-minute train ride from Sydney CBD is a sliver of sunshine: the beachside town of Cronulla. Often overlooked in favour of higher profile beaches like Bondi and Coogee, Cronulla offers a guaranteed spot on the sand, grins from the locals and seaside village vibes. It's a tight-knit community, and the weekends often see people wandering around the local shops or gathering in the parks to share Sunday lunch.

We've teamed up with American Express to help you shop small at the local favourites in and around Cronulla. All of these small businesses will accept your American Express Card, so no need to worry about keeping coins in your board shorts.

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    Meraki means ‘soul, creativity and love’, and this is the theme Girl Meraki encompasses with its home interior accessories. Each piece sold is sourced directly from the maker themselves, and the mother-daughter duo behind the business are always looking for new designs with enough layers, textures and tones to help shoppers create their dream homes. Along with a chic interiors collection, Girl Meraki stocks an ever-changing range of gifts, candles and plants that you’ll be more than happy to pull your wallet out for.

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    Walking the line between cafe and bar, Next Door serves up fun, fresh food to go with either a mid-morning mimosa or a classic cappuccino. The all-day menu features breakfast treats like homemade blueberry crumpets and jalapeño corn fritters. Or if a long, winding lunch is more your style, you can’t go past house-favourite char grilled octopus, or the lighter king prawn and saffron spaghettini. Treat yourself to a signature cocktail while overlooking the turquoise waves of Cronulla beach — the perfect place to soak up the sunshine and some well-deserved R&R.

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    This funky cafe/bar is held in high regard by the locals, because despite being around for so many years, its friendly demeanour has yet to falter. Grind Espresso is a favourite for local celebrities — players from the Cronulla Sharks can often be seen milling around, enjoying an espresso and some smashed avocado (with eggs, of course, for protein). The cafe fare here is simple but delicious, with BLTs and scones frequent favourites on the menu. Drop by and sit at the dive bar-style couches, or perch around a refurbished barrel for some coffee drinking and people watching.

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    Every small town needs a touch of higher-end fashion, and this boutique definitely meets that niche for Cronulla. On the quieter side of Surf Street, Meet That Store has a chic aesthetic that ensures it isn’t crowded with racks and racks of clothing. Instead, you’ll find carefully chosen pieces with the demographic of the beachside locals in mind. With every item of clothing on the rack, there is a selection of matching accessories to go with it. If you have a special occasion coming up, Meet That Store is definitely your one-stop shop to look and feel a million dollars.

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    Cronulla’s proximity to the beach makes this swimwear haven a necessity. Stocking Australia’s favourite brands — including Sunburn, Tigerlily and Seafolly — Hazards Swimwear has something for anyone who has accidentally left their togs at home. While much-loved Australian swimwear brands often come with a hefty price tag, this isn’t the case for everything in store at Hazards; no matter your purse size, you’ll be beach-ready in minutes.

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    If the scent alone isn’t enough to lure you into Harperwood, the eye-catching floral design sure will. Run by a trio of cousins, Harperwood has long been a local favourite for creative, seasonal and fresh floral designs, sourced straight from the Sydney flower market. Whether you want a bunch of Australian natives for your dining room table, a gift for a loved on or an elaborate wedding display, Harperwood really can cater to your every need.

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    If you harbour a secret sweet tooth, there’s no place better to let loose than around the delicious delicacies of Paper and Poppies. There are cupcake flavours to suit every palate, including strawberry and coconut for those who prefer fruity flavours, and Milo sundae for when you’re looking to remember the flavours of your youth. The bakery itself is decked out like your fashionable great aunt’s living room, with patterned teacups, golden cake stands and flowers adorning every surface. If cupcakes aren’t your thing, the buttery scones, moist brownie sandwiches or red velvet cookies will surely be enough to tempt you.

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    Berkelouw Cronulla

    Some say print is going out of fashion, but clicking ‘add to cart’ on your computer just isn’t the same as inhaling the scent of fresh ink from the pages of a paperback book. Berkelouw Books is a mahogany sanctuary in salt-sprayed Cronulla, smelling comfortingly of paper and furniture polish. In store you’ll find a vast collection of new releases, classics bound in leather, enormous coffee table books and vibrant children’s stories. Take your coffee-filled keep cup and give yourself plenty of time to meander.

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    Wicker furniture, driftwood chairs, handmade jewellery, indoor plants and art sourced from local artists — Cronulla Living encapsulates the best of beachside interior design. While you’re ogling throw rugs and decorative cushions, make sure not to overlook the practical essentials, such as cookware, that are also in stock. Located right next to South Cronulla Beach, a visit to Cronulla Living will have you inspired to recreate the seaside vibes at home.

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Love where you live and shop small to support the local stores that make Sydney so great. To learn about American Express and the Shop Small initiative, visit here. Then, head this way to find more must-visit spots around the southern suburbs.

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