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The north shore is a beautiful part of Sydney, and its close proximity to the water means an abundance of restaurants and bars with stunning views.

With beautiful scenery to enjoy, time spent shopping and dining in this area is like being on holiday. You can lose hours exploring the luxe fashion boutiques, homewares stores and fine diners.

We’ve teamed up with American Express to bring you the creme de la creme of local businesses so you can love where you live. Armed with these shopping lists, you can shop small around the region — from the bustling streets of Chatswood to the Mosman boutiques — while using your American Express Card.

GETTING AROUND

The traditional way to reach the north shore is via ferry. You can hop on the Mosman Bay route at Circular Quay, which takes around twenty minutes. Alternatively, you can hop on the T1 train line to North Sydney, then jump on the 230 bus. If you’re heading to Crows Nest or Chatswood, stay on the train — it’ll deposit you right at their doorsteps.

DON’T MISS

Bringing a little bit of Europe to the north shore is Four Frogs Creperie, a quaint cafe serving up some of the most delicious crepes outside of France. Head there for an indulgent savoury crepe with bacon, swiss cheese and raclette potatoes cooked in cider. Have more of a sweet tooth? Try the one with homemade maple syrup.

HIGH STREETS

Mosman’s Military Road, lined with cosy cafes, luxe restaurants and high-end shops, is the main thoroughfare of the harbourside suburb. In Crows Nest, you’ll find most of the action happening just off Princes Highway on Willoughby Road. Keep travelling up the highway and you’ll land in Chatswood.

LOCALS LOVE

When you live on this side of the bridge, you’ve likely marked some special occasion — a birthday, anniversary, promotion or graduation — at Burnt Orange. With sweeping water views, an artfully designed interior and incredible food to boot, you can’t go to this longstanding local institution just once.

THE SHOPPING LISTS

Explore three of the north shore's thriving shopping precincts.

Your North Shore Hit List

Looking for fresh produce, funky cheese or a one-of-a-kind gift? Find what you're looking for here.
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  • Design & Style
    Chatswood

    Monsterthreads Chatswood

    Find t-shirts, accessories and left-of-centre gifts featuring designs by independent artists from around the globe.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    The Source Bulk Foods

    Stock up on organic pantry staples at this waste-free local store.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    Jim's Cellars, Crows Nest

    Specialty spirits, craft beers and international wines.

  • Design & Style
    Crows Nest

    Fancy That! Costumes

    A one-stop costume shop for all your fancy dress party needs.

  • Design & Style
    Crows Nest

    Top3 By Design Crows Nest

    This design store stocks more than 1000 products — but only three of each type.

  • Design & Style
    Mosman

    Floriade

    A longstanding florist in the heart of Mosman.

  • Design & Style
    Mosman

    Lily & Mitchell

    Shop for Australian designed and made jewellery.

  • Mosman

    Four Frogs Creperie Mosman

    Celebrate the end of the week with a fiery crepe made the French way.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Burnt Orange

    Tea, cake and harbourside views? This Mosman gem has it all in spades.

  • Design & Style
    Mosman

    Fox & Dove

    Find Australian designer threads for women.

  • Design & Style
    Mosman

    Pond (Home)

    Buy a piece of the beachside chic lifestyle at this Mosman boutique.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Heirloom Specialty Coffee

    This Northern Suburbs cafe is one of the best places for coffee in the area.

  • Design & Style
    Mosman

    Papaya Homeware

    Find contemporary furniture and locally crafted designs.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Sunflower Lounge

    A sunny Mosman cafe doing great coffee and croque monsieurs.

  • Food & Drink
    North Sydney

    Devon Cafe North Sydney

    The third outpost of the Devon crew's popular cafe chain is on the lower north shore.

  • Food & Drink
    Chatswood

    Shuk Chatswood

    A lower north shore spot from Bondi's much-loved Israeli cafe.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    Small Bar

    Contrary to its name, this lower north shore bar offers plenty of seating and a sizeable menu.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    Meadow Meat

    A local butchery and takeaway joint in the heart of Crows Nest.

  • Food & Drink
    Chatswood

    Mama Mulan

    Chatswood's stunning 180-seat restaurant pairs an elegant modern space with regional Chinese fare.

  • Food & Drink
    Gladesville

    Boronia Kitchen

    Hunters Hill's new all-day eatery from an ex-ARIA chef is serving up standout in-house meals and healthy lunches to-go.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    Double Cross Espresso Bar

    A friendly Crows Nest cafe with a loyal coffee following and a Japanese-leaning menu.

  • Food & Drink
    Killara

    Greengate Hotel

    Killara's mainstay pub on the Pacific Highway.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    Annata

    A gem of a restaurant stepping up North Sydney's fine dining game.

  • Design & Style
    St Leonards

    Encore Beauty Studio

    Find your zen at this relaxing north shore spa.

  • Food & Drink
    Chatswood

    Tea Journal

    Tea heaven at Chatswood Interchange.

  • Food & Drink
    North Sydney

    Hunter Gatherer

    Forage your way to North Sydney's new rooftop eatery.

  • Food & Drink
    Chatswood

    New Shanghai

    For when you can't (don't want to) choose between a soup dumpling and a pork bun.

  • Food & Drink
    Gladesville

    Dos Senoritas

    Award-winning tacos in traditional Guadalajaran-style.

  • Food & Drink
    Lane Cove

    Via Napoli

    Ordering a two-metre long pizza is as good as life gets.

  • Food & Drink
    Neutral Bay

    Woodland Kitchen & Bar

    A comfortable and versatile place to eat, relax, catch up and still impress.

  • Food & Drink
    Berowra Waters

    Berowra Waters Inn

    Refinement in a bush setting proves that Berowra Waters Inn hasn't finished making history yet.

  • Food & Drink
    North Sydney

    The Roots

    From the black stuff to the foodfare, you'll find it hard not to strike up a 'spromance with The Roots.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    The Hunter

    It’s not the plains of the Serengeti, but a chic new watering hole with a wild safari-inspired menu.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    The Foxtrot

    Deliciously smooth and wickedly gratifying, much like the whisky the Foxtrot showcases.

  • Food & Drink
    Artarmon

    Salvage Specialty Coffee

    A specialty coffee joint tucked into the quiet side of Artarmon's train station.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Afous

    Moroccan hospitality has arrived to charm the pants off the north shore.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Fourth Village

    Fourth Village, like going to any Italian home means you're dragged into a fun, loud place where good food is never far away.

  • Food & Drink
    Kirribilli

    Street Market Asian Tapas

    Make your way into the sensory celebration that is Street Market.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    La Grillade

    Tucked away in a quiet corner of Crows Nest, La Grillade is a cheap alternative to a holiday in Provence.

  • Food & Drink
    Willoughby

    The Italian

    Serving simple pizza and pasta, with a focus on well-balanced flavours and quality ingredients, the Italian feels like the village trattoria you have in your Italy-inspired dreams.

  • Design & Style
    Crows Nest

    Constant Reader Bookshop

    A lower north shore literary stalwart.

  • Food & Drink
    Neutral Bay

    The Local Bar

    The Local Bar is as good for a relaxed breakfast and flat white as it is for a pre- or post-dinner drink and nibble.

  • Food & Drink
    Neutral Bay

    The Pickled Possum

    Widely renowned as one of the more bizarre establishments in Sydney, the person with the microphone is king at the Pickled Possum.

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