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Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Manly

Sure, Manly's main attraction may be the beach — but it's also home to some great local florists, boutiques and natural wine shops.
By Emma-Kate Wilson
August 07, 2019
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Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Manly

Sure, Manly's main attraction may be the beach — but it's also home to some great local florists, boutiques and natural wine shops.
By Emma-Kate Wilson
August 07, 2019
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WHERE TO SHOP LIKE A LOCAL IN AND AROUND MANLY

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Sure, Manly's main attraction may be the beach — but it's also home to some great local florists, boutiques and natural wine shops.

With its long stretch of sand, wetsuit-clad surfers and seagulls hovering at every corner, Manly feels like a permanent vacation. But while many day visitors get off the ferry and either head straight to the beach for a swim or The Corso for a spot of shopping, the locals know that it's the side streets and the tiny arcades that are harbouring all of the suburb's gems.

So whether you live on the northern beaches or just dip in from time to time, it's worth the extra time exploring the nooks and crannies of this beachside town. This list — created in partnership with American Express — will help you shop small and track down Manly's best homewares, linen clothes and pét-nats. Make sure to pull on your walking shoes and come armed with your American Express Card. And don't worry if you forget your togs — you're in the right place to buy some new ones.

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    Winona Wine feels more like a cellar door than a traditional bottle-o. Run by a team of true Manly locals (two of whom run the super successful restaurants Chica Bonita and Sunset Sabi), the shop has a boutique collection of funky wines from small producers, local craft beers, hard-to-find spirits and house-brewed kombucha. The staff are always ready to tell you about their latest finds, and the store runs regular tastings — so even if you don’t know much about wine, you soon will. Make sure to follow Winona on Instagram for updates.

    Image: Kitti Gould. 

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    In a beachside suburb like Manly, an Assembly Label store is pretty much a given. But the Pittwater Road shop is extra nice — it’s been fitted out with sleek wooden counters and minimal white aesthetics by Manly’s own interior designers Mr & Mrs White. The simplicity in the store’s fitting is mirrored in the fashion it houses: Assembly-branded tees, linen pieces, swimwear and a few pairs of sandals. You’ll probably see a lot of locals wearing this stuff. There’s also cafe in-store with coffee by Allpress to boot.

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    The Aussie love affair with Scandinavian-designed products is a long-running one. A certain megastore may steal the spotlight sometimes, but this sleek store is harbouring some of the best Nordic designs around. With a range that spans furniture, homewares, clothing and accessories, Nordic Fusion is the place to come when your home is crying out for some well-designed and stylish pieces. Expect to find popular labels like Marimekko, Pappelina and Klippan — plus, you’ll get a glimpse of some of Scandinavia’s top emerging design houses like Muuto and Menu. It also sells a large range of Nordic food and treats like elderflower cordial, Daim bars (crunchy, chocolatey caramel deliciousness), and Lingonberry jam.

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    Poppies and Amber is a bespoke florist hidden just off The Corso on the newish Market Lane. The staff here put together beautiful bouquets daily — all you have to do choose if you want a ‘bold’, ‘pastel’, ‘earthy’ or ‘sculptural’ arrangement. The florist also doubles as a homeware store, selling cushions, throws, and ceramics that will bring a blossoming aesthetic to your own home. As well as picking up Moroccan pillows, weaved baskets and Indian blankets, you can treat yourself to Soul & Ark bath salts.

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    After an afternoon of shopping, it’ll be necessary to treat yourself to an afternoon cocktail on Manly’s newest rooftop. Overlooking the beach, this three-storey restaurant and bar is a team effort for style and comfort. Featuring a fit-out by Sydney-based designer Luchette Krelle, illustrations by Beci Orpin, and the eye-catching greenery covering every surface in collaboration with The Plant Room. Hot tip from the locals: Sunday sees the rooftop turn into a real beach bar with a DJ sets and $10 spritzes from 4–6pm.

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    The Artisan Cheese Room is conveniently located right next to Manly Wharf — a perfect location if you fancy to picking up a cheeseboard or hamper for a picnic, we should say. The shop stocks over 50 different types of Australian and imported cheeses chosen by the husband and wife cheesemonger duo. If you just want to try everything, you’ll be happy to know you can become a Cheese Club member, where you can sign up for a regular delivery of four cheeses, complete with matching biscuits and tasting notes. It’s a great way to try cheeses that aren’t even available in the shop, making you a cheese connoisseur in no time.

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    Having been a constant presence on Pittwater Road for nearly ten years, White House Flowers a Manly institution. It’s hard to miss, too, with vibrant bunches of flowers spilling from the store’s interior onto the pavement outside. It’s run by Kye Carqueville, who has assisted with weddings, milestone birthdays and everything in between. The team favours slipper orchids, ranunculus, and hydrangeas, but are always experimenting and exploring new palettes and designs. You’ll want to have these blooms in your house at all times.

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    Pocket Pizza doesn’t have the same health benefits as Ruby Lane, but that’s hardly the point because the food here is particularly good. Let us walk you through it: start with the crispy calamari, followed up the crunchy eggplant parmigiana topped with oozy burrata with a side of parmesan polenta chips, and maybe a bowl of the eatery’s signature tomato vodka fusilli. And that’s before you even get to the pizza — the simple margherita and mushroom options are perfection on a crust. Take a few friends and order everything, or order a few pies to take away and eat by the beach.

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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 northern beaches.

Top image: Kitti Gould.

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