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Where To Shop Like a Local In and Around Mosman

From jewellery shops to high tea with incredible harbour views, you can find everything you need on Military Road and its surrounds.
By Caitlin Morahan
August 07, 2019
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Where To Shop Like a Local In and Around Mosman

From jewellery shops to high tea with incredible harbour views, you can find everything you need on Military Road and its surrounds.
By Caitlin Morahan
August 07, 2019
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WHERE TO SHOP LIKE A LOCAL IN AND AROUND MOSMAN

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From jewellery shops to high tea with incredible harbour views, you can find everything you need on Military Road and its surrounds.

Twenty minutes from the heart of Sydney's CBD is an lovely Mosman village with boutique stores, harbour views, busy restaurants and cosy bars — and of course, the family favourite Taronga Zoo. Mosman is known for its always-busy Military Road, relaxed cafe culture and popular nearby bathing spots like Balmoral Beach and the clothing-optional Cobblers Beach.

While you should never bypass a visit to see the elephants and giraffes, Mosman is a great place to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon browsing its independent shops and businesses. To get you started, we've teamed up with American Express to bring you a round-up of the most fascinating small businesses to pay a visit and shop small at. Each of these local establishments offers a sincere and friendly experience — as well as accepting your American Express Card.

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    This Mosman boutique is where you’ll find bohemian brands from Byron Bay like Spell hanging alongside Bondi-born activewear, P.E. Nation. The store’s friendly staff is happy to hand you item after item over the dressing room door — you don’t even have to ask — to ensure you’ll walk away with a new Camilla and Marc blazer or a Hansen and Gretel silk slip.

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    Burnt Orange has a fascinating history — it was originally a golf club, then it was converted into a clubhouse during the second world war for the army stationed at the nearby barracks. Now it’s a cafe, boutique shop, and one of the best places to come for high tea. Bring your loved ones for macarons, Belgian chocolate mousse and house-made scones with jam and cream — all with incredible views of the harbour. Want to avoid the crowds? Burnt Orange also dishes up top-tier breakfast and lunch dishes, such as buttermilk pancakes served with berries, ricotta and double-smoked bacon.

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    Floriade

    A staple of Mosman’s main shopping street for years, this family-run florist is well known among the brides and grooms of the area. Even when the store is busy preparing for weddings, the staff is welcoming and helpful, guiding you to pick out seasonal floral bouquets – such as peonies in late winter, tulips in spring and native sprigs all year round. If you find yourself inspired, the store offers a floral design course, so you can learn the tricks of the trade and arrange a bountiful bunch at home.

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    When four Frenchmen came to Australia for the beautiful weather and friendly people, they missed their daily fill of French-style mouth-watering crepes and galettes, so they decided to make their own. Four Frogs Creperie plates up authentic savoury galettes made with buckwheat flour and topped with ham and cheese or garlicky snails, and sweet crepes that range from traditional butter, sugar and lemon to the Grand Marnier crepe, which is set on fire before being delivered straight to your table. You can eat in at the licensed cafe, and the staff loves to celebrate a birthday with messages written in Nutella.

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    This light, bright jewellery store is like walking into an art gallery. Each hand-picked and ethically made gold necklace, delicate single-stone ring and silver hooped earring is displayed with pride by owner Gemma, who named the store in memory of her grandmother. Lily & Mitchell opened in 2013, and its mission is to source locally made jewellery from Australian craftspeople and introduce the designers to shoppers in Mosman. Gemma likes to match each buyer with an item of minimal jewellery, often crafted by brands such as By Charlotte and Kirstin Ash.

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    This homewares shop prides itself on its use of raw materials and contemporary design. Born from a quest to create sustainable materials, Papaya combines ethical production with timeless and innovative designs — and the result is a beautiful (and popular) range of sofas, dining tables and other furniture that’ll spruce up your home. Not here for the big house purchases? The store also sells beautifully designed soap dispensers, scented candles, and other, modern lighting, decor and home-building gifts.

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    Heirloom Specialty Coffee

    Found on Avenue Road, Heirloom Specialty Coffee stands out among its competitors by serving the best caffeine in the vicinity. The outdoor seating area is often busy and, if you have the time, it’s the perfect place to sip slowly while watching the world go by. Peckish? The cafe offers a delicious range of pastries (all baked in-house), and the more substantial brekkie bun, piled high with bacon and house-made tomato relish.

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    Pond (Home)

    This Mosman boutique knows what kind of lifestyle its shoppers are looking for: beachside chic. Offering modern and minimalist homewares, Pond (Home) is the type of store where you can drop $500 on a bamboo lampshade or $39 on the latest copy of Cereal. After you’ve upgraded your kitchenware, pop two doors down to Pond (Fashion) to select a dinner party outfit from racks of striking sequinned pants and linen blazers. Finish off the look with some jewellery — some wallet-friendly options include diamond-cut rings from $20.

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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 north shore.

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