Our Top Picks For Eats & Shops In 2023

As we approach the end of 2023, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation to our incredible community for their contributions and service within retail and hospitality. 

We’d like to share some of our team’s favourite places that we love to visit. If you haven’t been to any of these places yet be sure to check them out. It could become your next favourite too. 

What Is Your Favourite Bakery?

Bernadette – Flour & Stone Woolloomooloo

Everything is delicious but my personal favourite is the Lemon Drizzle Cake. It is just the right combination of sweet and tart and with almond flour for texture – it’s an absolute winner! 

Jill – La Bretagne Patisserie 

This quaint, tiny but mighty bakery is full of stunning cakes, macaroons, Danishes and Eclairs, to name a few. It’s a little slice of France in Plumber Road Village, loved by locals and not so locals, it’s an institution in the East. 

Leanne – Maggio’s Italian Bakerty & Pasticceria

Join the line at for the bakery on Miller street for this much-loved Cammeray favourite. Whether it’s a loaf of bread, breakfast paninis or a selection of pastries. Whatever you have you won’t be disappointed and you will be back trust me on that. The biggest decision is actually what to have.

What is your favourite place to eat in your local community? 

Bernadette – Kojiro Japanese Restaurant, Mosman 

This hole in the wall is a hidden gem. It has fresh sushi and sashimi, delicious salad and vegies – the brussel sprouts are a personal fave – and it is BYO. What’s not to love. Not to mention the staff are lovely and they have an excellent value lunch set Fri- Sun. 

Jill – Bitton – Rose Bay 

Opening bravely in COVID, this restaurant is one of three Bittons around Sydney. It offers French food with amazing breakfasts of crepes, Croque Monsieur and chilli scrambled eggs. Transforming into a candlelit French Bistro at night, perfect for a cozy dinner catchup.

Leanne – Kyushu Neutral Bay

An institution in Neutral Bay this Japanese restaurant has been has been open for as long as I can remember. Kyushu always delivers when it comes to its cuisine. You will need to book as it is continually full. Not big on the ambience – it’s the food and good service you go for.

What is your favourite place to eat across Sydney? 

Bernadette – Pellegrino 2000, Surry Hills 

Pellegrino is a great little Italian restaurant with fresh starters, delicious pastas and yummy mains. The menu isn’t too big so everything they do, they do well. The restaurant itself is cosy and downstairs is great in winter and upstairs with the windows open is perfect in summer. I love this spot. 

Jill – Totti’s

I love the alfresco dining and the food is made to share. Simple Italian food, fresh ingredients and so tasty. The atmosphere and service are fabulous. It can be difficult to get a table, make sure you book in advance. 

Leanne – Chiosco By Ormeggio

Simple, authentic Italian food including house-made pasta in a casual environment on the water with views of Middle Harbour. It’s an easy choice for a casual lunch or dinner. Due to its size and popularity, you will need to book. Its big sister restaurant next door, Ormeggios is also incredible. If you like Italian you can’t go wrong with these two choices.

What is your favourite shopping street? 

Bernadette – Gould Street, Bondi

I love the relaxed vibe of Gould St. It has a lot of quality Australian designers and is great for both guys and girls.  From Fox and Dove and Tuchuzy at one end to Jac and Jack and Sir at the other end. And grab a bite to eat at Sonoma Bakery or Pompei’s Pizzeria in between. 

Jill – Cross Street, Double Bay

So much to offer in a small space. From high end designer shoes at Cosmopolitan, to stores like Style Runner, Scanlan and Theodore on the corner, opposite Mecca is a match made in heaven. 

Leanne – Military Road, Mosman

What can’t you find on Military Rd in Mosman? It’s your one-stop shopping destination. Fashion, Cafe’s & Service Providers it’s convenience at its best.

What is your favourite gift shop? 

Bernadette – Mud

I love Mud as it is proudly Australian made with porcelain that comes from Limoges France. Their mugs are great gifts and come in a gorgeous array of colours and if you’re after a larger gift, then you can’t go past the serving platters. Their items are also beautifully wrapped and are a special gift – even if it’s for yourself. 

Jill – Zjoosh – Double Bay 

Beautiful handbags, candles and all manner of homewares. Jewlery, ornaments and quality casual clothes. All reasonably priced and they gift wrap. 

Leanne – Papaya Mosman

Tableware, Homewares, Outdoor and Indoor Furnishings, small gifts and gift wrapping. It’s my first shop to visit for little gifts for birthdays or to take to someone’s place for a thank you.

What is your favourite outdoor market? 

Bernadette – Kirribilli Markets – Art Design & Fashion Markets  

The art design and fashion market is held on Sunday twice per month and has different stallholders to the Saturday market. The Sunday market has a lot more clothing stalls and 2nd hand clothing stalls, which are fun to mooch through.  Stylists have been known to sell off their samples here and you never know what you’ll find – my best purchase was a beautiful vintage Louis Vuitton skirt. 

Jill – Paddington Markets

Held at Paddington Public School, these markets are mostly under shade and provide a plethora of stalls to browse. The food stalls are delicious with a huge cultural range to feast on. 

Leanne – Manly Markets

Manly Markets has a little something for everyone and who doesn’t enjoy jumping into the ocean for a swim, grabbing a coffee from Norma’s Deli and milling around Manly Markets.

Honestly, this was a lot harder than it looked to put this list together there are so many more wonderful places to eat, drink and shop we seriously struggled to just pick one choice for each question. Thank you to our communities and those further afield we appeciate it greatly.

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