There’s nothing better than ticking off tasks on an old-school to-do list. And though online notebooks are convenient we still have a soft spot for hard copy notebooks and traditional letter writing. Luckily, there are still specialist stationers in Sydney where you can flick through an endless supply of paper diaries, greeting cards and pretty gift tags. Looking for a present? Here are the best gift shops in Sydney. Or get nesting with the best homewares stores.
Top ten stationery shops
Pulp Creative Paper sources stationery from artists all over the world. The shop is lined with wrapping paper for $4.95 a sheet, there are shelves of notebooks and you’ll find the littlest of cat-print washi tapes and handmade Opal card covers in the store’s nooks and crannies. You can spend hours just browsing their hand-drawn thank you cards featuring cheeky monkeys and whales.
Skip past the comfortable tees and minimalist homewares and go straight to the stationery section. Muji’s gel ballpoints are perfect for taking lecture notes and signing documents, but they’re also popular – pick up black and blue inks before they run out. This Japanese brand also has notebooks in lined, squared or blank pages, from A6 to A4. Turns out simplicity comes with an affordable price tag – all items are under $5.
If you’re serious about stationery, Papier d’Amour is a must-visit. Their dark wooden interiors give the store an elegant vibe – and they offer monogramming for your planners and notebooks, which will make you feel very important in office meetings. Towards the back of the shop lie stacks of paper and envelopes in colours you won’t normally find, like mustard, aqua and fuschia.
This Scandinavian store is known for its modern furniture, but it also sells contemporary stationery. They’ve got candy-coloured graphite pencils, scissors in the shape of a bird’s beak, wooden rulers and ceramic desk-tidies. The range is limited and certainly not cheap, but we bet you’ll walk out with at least one new item for your pencil case.
Walk too quickly down Crown Street and you might just miss this intimate, loft-style store. They sell boutique wrapping paper from antique prints such as a 19th century map of Sydney and school-style illustrations of the solar system. Make your way upstairs to stock up on writing pads or indulge in a fancy quill set and wax seal to up your snail-mail game.
Satisfy your organisational cravings at this pastel wonderland. The Scandinavian retailer has stationery sorted by colour scheme and you’ll want to buy the whole whimsical set. A dream journal to record your sleeps? Check. A travel organiser for your next trip? Double check. A leather-bound, yearly planner? OK, things are getting out of hand.
This aptly named store has an inviting open-plan space with its back wall lined with cards from one end to another, where you can grab any three for $15. Their team of in-house designers creates new designs daily. They’ve also got a giftwrap station complete with colourful ribbons, and not-so-essential stationery needs like travel diaries, event guestbooks and to-do list clipboards.
As the name suggests, this little Mona Vale shop is compact – but their limited space doesn’t deter them from stocking many variations of blush pink daily planners, list makers and gratitude journals. You’ll also find an abundance of crystals, soy wax candles and crystal-infused candles all made by Little Paper Lane, which make perfect study desk companions for your new peachy desk planner.
Not only a pitstop for last-minute gifts, Mr and Mrs Jones have loud and bold stationery like Kate Spade’s black-and-gold polka dot notepads, as well as pencil cases and binders plastered with banana leaves and flamingos. You can also get novelty heart-shaped pens for as little as $3 or splurge on a holiday notecard set for $50.
Apart from being a calming escape from Newtown’s manic King Street, Pentimento Paperie houses an eclectic range of stationery, from notebooks decorated with cats in space suits to succulent-print pencil sets. They also stock affordable fountain pens and goal progress journals.