Ten Must-Visit Spots in Double Bay for Every Occasion

Whether you're on the hunt for designer vintage, your next read or a really, really good bowl of pasta, you'll find it here.
Jordan Kretchmer
Published on November 12, 2021

Ten Must-Visit Spots in Double Bay for Every Occasion

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Whether you're on the hunt for designer vintage, your next read or a really, really good bowl of pasta, you'll find it here.

Located just a stone's throw from the CBD, Double Bay beholds a clutch of excellent boutiques, tasty eateries, chic shops and so much more. Whether you're living locally and on the hunt for some fresh favourites, or visiting for a day of shopping, pampering and good eating, you're sure to find everything you're looking for here.

With some help from American Express, we've created this guide covering the go-to spots in Double Bay — for every occasion.

 

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    Kick start your day at this bright and breezy coffee and smoothie purveyor, located inside Kiaora Place. The menu here extends far beyond a plain latte, offering your standard coffees made with Allpress coffee beans alongside bulletproof coffees (a long black with grass-fed butter and XCT oil) and matcha lattes.

    You’ll also find a heap of cold-pressed juices and an extensive smoothie menu, where fruits and greens are blended up with nutrient-dense superfoods like ashwagandha, blue spirulina, astragalus root, maca and lion’s mane mushrooms. If you’re hungry, you can also grab a sandwich, toastie, acai bowl or a burrito bowl.

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    You wouldn’t expect to find a dining haven hidden away between a supermarket and a library, but that’s exactly where you’ll find Little Jean. From the elegant, ever-changing fresh flower arrangements on entry to the denim overall apron-sporting waitstaff, this all-day cafe excels in both design and service.

    Book in for a lunch meeting and dine on house-made fettuccine with prawns, lobster butter, chilli, garlic, rocket and pangrattato, or a hefty steak sandwich, served on sourdough with onion jam, fried egg and chimichurri.

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    This boutique bookseller is where to go when you’re looking for a fresh read to get absorbed in while the weather is cooler. Browse through the brightly lit shop and marvel at the huge bookshelf that takes up the entire back wall.

    The shop beholds an extensive collection of cookbooks, a huge fiction section and hot-off-the-press new releases. As for the name of the shop, it pays homage to Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde.

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    Visit this elegant brow boutique to get dolled up before an event, or just to pamper yourself. Brow services include waxing and tinting, so you can boast the perfect eye-framing arch. Or, you can get a lash lift and tint, so your eyes are open and bright from the minute you wake up, all without mascara.

    It also offers semi-permanent brow tattooing, where trained technicians use ombre or feathering techniques to create the illusion of fuller brows with ink. To top it off, you can shop a carefully curated selection of candles, Maison Balzac glass carafes, collagen supplements, beauty tools and haircare products, so you can continue the pampering from home.

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    This inspired, elegant and artistic florist has been putting together beautiful bouquets and arrangements for more than 20 years. Flower arrangements are divided into categories including sculptural (think eye-catching arrangements with unique flower and colour combinations); elegant (classic flowers that are perfect for anniversaries); and preserved (like bone-white, dried-out hydrangeas).

    It also has an extensive range of indoor and outdoor palms and figs, plus potted orchids, which are perfect as a keepsake gift for the home.

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    This locally loved pizza and wine bar is the ideal place to make tracks when you’re craving carbs and you don’t feel like cooking. The extensive pizza and pasta menu takes in all the classics that make Italian cuisine so loved. Sit al fresco and order pizzas to share, be it a simple prosciutto e rucola, replete with fior di latte, prosciutto, leafy rocket and shaved parmesan; or the decadent salme e tartufo with rounds of salami, mushrooms, smoked mozzarella and truffle paste.

    Pasta-wise you can’t go past the Ligurian classic of pesto linguine, which comes topped with an orb of fresh burrata; or the rigatoni alla norma with napoletana sauce, fried eggplant and salted ricotta. Add in a spritz and you’ll be living la dolce vita in no time.

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    This fashion destination is home to a plethora of designer clothes that’ll take you from workout to work — or from the beach to a night out. Created by Deborah Symond O’Neil, Mode Sportif houses both international designers and Australian favourites.

    Browse playful prints by Copenhagen designer Ganni, easy separates by Lee Mathews, floral numbers by Rixo, activewear by Varley, easygoing denim by Citizens of Humanity, sneakers by Axel Arigato and heels by Rejina Pyo. Accessories aren’t forgotten about either, with an extensive range of sunglasses (from the likes of Chloé, Gucci and Shevoke), handbags (by Staud, Hershan and Kayu) and jewellery (from Meadowlark, Anni Lu and Holly Ryan).

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    As we learn more and more about the impacts the fast fashion industry has on the environment, more people are looking for sustainable alternatives. A stylish and simple way to shop is uncovering secondhand gems, and Revivre has been doing just this since 1986.

    The consignment store has racks of preloved designer fashion in mint condition, and it only takes authentic pieces so the quality is guaranteed. Whether it’s some blood-red Dries Van Noten silk slacks, a black double-breasted Jean Paul Gaultier blazer or a timeless Chanel button-down cardigan, you’ll be able to hunt down a designer piece at a nice price.

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    When you’re after a truly special keepsake, this fine jeweller is the prime place to hit. Founded in 2015 by Russian-born, Sydney-based Alina Barlow, Alinka’s pieces incorporate timeless diamonds with minimalistic-yet-playful designs, all made with 18-carat white, yellow and rose gold.

    Necklaces range from diamond-encrusted stars to simple diamond chains, while bracelets are embellished with evil eye motifs. You’ll also find classic tennis bracelets here, plus elegant rings, earrings and ear cuffs.

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    Ondene

    This high-end furniture and homewares showroom is one of the most lavish places to shop if you’re fitting out a brand new home. Your new space deserves elegant and high-quality pieces from some of the world’s best interior designers and craftspeople, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here.

    Browse elegant side tables and consoles by Christophe Delcourt; block-like wooden and marble stools from Collection Particulière by Jérôme Aumont; lush throws, towels and bedding by Society Limonta; and brass bowls and steel vases by Michael Verheyden, alongside ceramics, glassware, jewellery and perfume.

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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.

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