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The north shore is a beautiful part of Sydney, and its 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 support your favourites. Armed with these shopping lists, you can shop small around the area — from the bustling streets of Chatswood to the Mosman boutiques — all with 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 20 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 organic 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 long-standing local institution just once.

THE SHOPPING LISTS

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

Florian from Four Frogs Crêperie
The Localist: Mosman
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Your North Shore Hit List

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  • Food & Drink
    Chatswood

    Three Beans Chatswood Chase

    Brunch in a shopping centre just got better.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Kazzi Beach Greek

    A Greek Island-inspired eatery opposite Balmoral Beach.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    Ume-Ya

    Head to this Crows Nest store for speciality goods from Japan.

  • Design & Style
    Sydney

    Endota Spa Crows Nest

    Pamper yourself at this certified organic spa.

  • Food & Drink
    Crows Nest

    The Crow Bar

    Head to this Crows Nest bar on Sundays for free live music.

  • Design & Style
    Chatswood

    Aje Chatswood Chase

    Where you'll find edgy casual clothes through to embellished evening wear.

  • Design & Style
    Chatswood

    Cyclery Northside

    Test ride gravel bikes and lightweight e-bikes at this specialist store.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Penny's Quality Butchers

    A traditional butchers with style.

  • Food & Drink
    North Turramurra

    Exclusive Meats North Turramurra

    Find Nuremberg-style bratwurst and continental frankfurters at this family-run butchers.

  • Food & Drink
    North Turramurra

    Tom's Cellars

    A boutique bottle-o that stocks booze by the small guys.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Balmoral Cellars

    This beachside bottle-o and convenience store has been around since 1951.

  • Food & Drink
    Chatswood

    Pattison's Patisserie

    Beautiful desserts that taste as good as they look, and the coffee's pretty good, too.

  • Food & Drink
    Chatswood

    Quattro Deli

    Build your ideal charcuterie board at this traditional Italian grocer.

  • Food & Drink
    Chatswood

    Fresh City Fruit & Vegetables

    A friendly neighbourhood green grocer in Chatswood.

  • 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.

  • Design & Style
    Mosman

    Floriade

    A longstanding florist in the heart of Mosman.

  • 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.

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Heirloom Specialty Coffee

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

  • Food & Drink
    Mosman

    Sunflower Lounge

    A sunny Mosman cafe doing great coffee and croque monsieurs.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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 one-metre long pizza is as good as life gets.

  • 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
    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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