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Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Mona Vale

In this northern beaches suburb, you'll find stylish fashion, coastal-inspired homewares and designer surfboards.
By Emma-Kate Wilson
December 10, 2019
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Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Mona Vale

In this northern beaches suburb, you'll find stylish fashion, coastal-inspired homewares and designer surfboards.
By Emma-Kate Wilson
December 10, 2019
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WHERE TO SHOP LIKE A LOCAL IN AND AROUND MONA VALE

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In this northern beaches suburb, you'll find stylish fashion, coastal-inspired homewares and designer surfboards.

Halfway up Sydney's northern beaches you'll find a veritable Aladdin's cave of hidden goodies in Mona Vale — an idyllic seaside town where keen shoppers can find plenty of cool and unusual treats. The suburb is larger than most on the peninsula, with an enormous double beach and a bustling town centre. The latter is made up of locally run small businesses, selling everything from beautiful coastal homewares to delicious cakes and some of the world's best surfboards.

The beach attracts water seekers from young families to surfers, thanks to the south end's shallow waters and the north end's big waves. To help you navigate all of Mona Vale's many options to shop, eat and drink, we've teamed up with American Express and pulled together eight places to get you shopping like a local. These community-minded businesses will all accept your American Express Card, so you can go from strolling along the beach to sampling the wares without any hassle.

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    Positioned less than a 100 metres from Mona Vale beach, Armchair Collective is a local favourite for its quirky style and the seamless way it blends eating, drinking and shopping. The cafe’s menu honours simple, honest dishes that make it a perfect place to sink into one of its namesake armchairs for brekkie and a cup of Single O coffee, lunch and vinos, or tea and cake. Meanwhile, the back of the space is full to the brim with collectable art, books, furniture and homewares that will easily give your sanctuary from the world some stylish coastal vibes.

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    The Pot Warehouse

    A quick scroll through Instagram is likely to uncover greenery decorating pretty much every home, with potted plants beloved for making apartments and courtyards feel leafy and peaceful, adding extra zen and helping to purify the air around you. Mona Vale’s The Pot Warehouse is your one-stop shop on the northern beaches for adding some garden vibes to your home, offering every size imaginable when it comes to pots, indoor and outdoor plants and accessories. The shop is located in a very chic, dark grey warehouse on Harkeith Street, making it super easy to pick up a couple of new plant babies if you find yourself in the centre of town.

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    Morgan's Fine Foods

    When you are after a gourmet experience, it’s best to venture to Morgan’s — you’ll struggle to leave without buying anything. Behind the curved counter, you’ll find cured meats, fancy-sounding cheeses (like blue de basque and fromager d’affinois), ready-to-eat meals and delicious-looking pastries. Stop by for a coffee and a freshly made salad or sandwich, pick up pasta or a stew to take home or put together an impressive cheeseboard for a sundowner at the beach complete with olives, pickled veg, chutneys and some sweet treats. The best bit? You’ll be supporting a local business that’s been run for more than 25 years by brother and sister duo Mark Joseph and Laura Kellet.

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    Roze & Thorn

    If you are local to the northern beaches, you’ll know the style is all about minimal clothing in soft fabrics to make transitioning from beach to bar a breeze. Roze & Thorn offers local and international designers that do this with ease; there are floaty, floral dresses from the likes of Auguste The Label and Talulah; chilled denim brands One Teaspoon, Rollas and Neuw; and uber-cool sunglasses label Valley Eyewear. The boutique also stocks cutting edge activewear brand Jaggad, delicate jewellery from Deer Ruby and Love Isabelle, Suboo swimmers and plenty of shoes and handbags to tie it all together.

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    Haydenshapes Surfboards

    Launched in 1996 by Mona Vale surfer Hayden Cox, Haydenshapes’ innovative approach to board making has seen it become one of the world’s most revered surfboard designers. The flagship studio store is now a destination for custom surfboards and will surely help you make the most of the coastal lifestyle that Mona Vale offers. This ultra-sleek company is all about clean style and high-performance boards, using its own FutureFlex technology. The locally based team have created bespoke designs that could have you thinking they are pieces of art. In store, you’ll find the brand’s complete customisable range, including exclusive models and colour variations, plus a curated selection of apparel, wetsuits, fins, traction and surf accessories.

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    Aqua Rosa

    Fittingly located on Waratah Street in the centre of Mona Vale, Aqua Rosa’s beautiful flower arrangements are sure to brighten up your day. Choose between native bouquets of banksias, bottlebrushes and dried eucalyptus or opt for pretty pink posies and elegant orchids. There are plenty of cute knick-knacks for gifts, too.

    The friendly staff are on hand to help pick out the perfect florals and to put together an arrangement that could be mistaken for an art installation.

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    Home on Darley is not to be missed on a trip to Mona Vale, especially if its 14,000 followers on Instagram are anything to go by. The light and bright homewares store is family owned and run and has been providing the area with beautiful designs since 2012. Find organic bamboo bedding, coastal-themed prints, linen throws, cactus silk cushions, vintage woven rugs and more than enough quirky gifts to tick off your entire Christmas shopping list. Home on Darley embodies that cosy, seaside vibe you’ll see throughout Mona Vale, making it a great local spot to pick up prezzies for friends and family or a few new pieces for yourself to make your home feel like a luxury beach house.

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    Paddock & Vine

    For an easy and relaxed beachside spot for a glass of wine, this Mediterranean-inspired small bar has you covered. After a day wandering around Mona Vale’s shops, Paddock & Vine is a good place to reflect on this lovely suburb you get to live in — or start researching rentals. Choose from share plates such as saffron and cheese arancini, chorizo and chimichurri, duck pate and sourdough or summer favourite salt and pepper squid. Or go for something bigger, with main dishes like steak, pork loin, lamb shanks, or house-made gnocchi. The hero of the menu is the Australian wine list — ask your server for their favourites.

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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.

Images: Trent van der Jagt.

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