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Where To Shop Like a Local In and Around Redfern

From boutique wine shops to a next-level convenience store, these are the shops that make Redfern great.
By Chloe Sargeant
August 07, 2019
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Where To Shop Like a Local In and Around Redfern

From boutique wine shops to a next-level convenience store, these are the shops that make Redfern great.
By Chloe Sargeant
August 07, 2019
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WHERE TO SHOP LIKE A LOCAL IN AND AROUND REDFERN

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From boutique wine shops to a next-level convenience store, these are the shops that make Redfern great.

Of Sydney's rapidly developing inner city suburbs, Redfern is one that's changed the most in recent years. The area's main drag, Redfern Street, is almost unrecognisable to what it was five years ago. But, while lots of small bars and fancy cafes have moved in, the history of Redfern hasn't been lost, and neither has the community feel.

Redfern locals are understandably passionate about their home and are big believers in buying local. So we've teamed up with American Express to show you where they shop small — whether it's for late-night obscure groceries, homewares or a good bottle of plonk. Plus, all these joints will accept your American Express Card, so you can get your max benefits while keeping Redfern small businesses going strong.

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    If you can’t tell from the design of the shop and gorgeous minimalist items on the tables, one of the co-founders of The DEA Store, Karin Huchatz, used to be a gallerist. This store has an flawlessly clean and handmade aesthetic, offering up unique, whimsical homewares and designer goods made by crafters from all around the world, including plenty of local and Australian artists. Every item in the store is chosen depending on whether it is visually pleasing to one’s delicate eye area, which is what the ‘DEA’ in the store’s title stands for.

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    As well as having the best business name in Redfern, Breadfern stocks a good range of breads, cakes and  pastries — making it the go-to bakery for locals. Sitting on the corner of Redfern and Chalmers streets, the shop bakes sourdough daily so you’ll probably smell it before you even step inside. As well as loaves, the bakery’s racks are also stocks with pies, sausage rolls, tarts and scrolls. In winter, we recommend popping by for the soup of the day and a big piece of crusty bread.

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    This tiny little Redfern corner store has become somewhat famous Sydney — people travel far and wide to visit, and Redfern Convenience Store has more than 15,000 fans on Instagram. Owner Hazem Sedda started working in his dad’s corner store when he immigrated from Palestine, and made a big impact by starting to import hard-to-find international snacks and beverages to set his store apart. The difference with this store is that it’s more about community and the customers than it is about the products; Sedda loves chatting to all who walks through his doors, and he regularly features his customers and their recommendations on the store’s social media. In fact, you can become a bonafide Redfern celebrity by winning the store’s highly-coveted Customer of the Day title.

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    Vine Providore

    If you’re looking to purchase some vino or brews that are a little less commercial, Vine Providore should be your first port of call. Every drop that finds its way to the shelves is hand selected, and the staff are so well-versed in their product knowledge it’s likely you’ll never want to set foot in a Dan Murphy’s again. Unlike a lot of purveyors of unique wine, all budgets are catered for — so if your card limit won’t stretch as far as you’d like, you’ll still find something delish that won’t break the bank. Vine Providore holds regular tastings, so if the nuances of wine makes your head a bit fuzzy, you can stop by for the most delicious learning experience you’ll ever have.

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    Redfern has a beautifully diverse population, and one of the most wonderful examples of it is The Bearded Tit. This local LGBTQI+ institution is always filled with art and has cosy booths for you and a few friends to pile into to enjoy some casual drinks. The Tit also has a busy roster of live entertainment and events — you could be watching First Nations drag queens one night, and a boisterous queer art auction the next. You’ll never know what you’re going to get at this bar, but that is certainly part of its charm.

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    Redfern Fruit Market

    This haphazard little produce market has some of the friendliest staff you’ll ever meet, and it’s sort of a classic Aussie corner fruit shop and Asian grocery rolled into one. Redfern Fruit Market stocks some impressively diverse items, so it has a reputation as the go-to place if you can’t find an uncommon ingredient. As well as fresh, well-priced fruit and vegetables, they also offer a wide range of spices, nuts, organic goods, ready-to-eat Asian meals, and some luxe gourmet goods.

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    This petite, uncluttered little eatery is serving up some of Sydney’s best ramen. Scott Gault travelled all around Japan trying all the ramen he could find, and ended up studying for two years under ramen masters from Fukuyama before heading back home to open up his own ramen bar. It’s a great place to stop in for either a quick bowl for lunch or a casual dinner date — the menu has an impressive range of local beers and natural wines, too. If you want to waer your love to Rara on your sleeve, make sure you check out the small range of merch available for purchase.

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    Chee Soon & Fitzgerald is well established in the Sydney design scene. The shop has a rich and impressive history — it first opened in Surry Hills in 1996, and were the first in Australia to stock Finnish homewares giant Marimekko. If you’re a fan of lush textiles and left-of-centre homewares, this place is sure to become one of your favourites. The Redfern store is home to Japanese ceramics, African textiles, folk art from all around the world and, if you’re lucky, that one-of-a-kind antique piece you’ve been dreaming of. We recommend bringing your credit card.

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    If you’ve been hanging out for a cocktail — especially a gin-based one — Moya’s should be next Redfern stop. This lovely little gin joint is staffed by people who know and adore the delicious juniper spirit, and will be able to help you pick a drink that’s perfectly tailored to your tastes and botanical desires. The bar also hosts weekly free jazz nights on Sundays, so you can relax and soak in some jazz with a $10 negroni in hand, and imagine you’ve been transported back to the 1920s.

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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 inner city.

Top image: Trent van der Jagt.

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