You'll find luxury labels, organic cosmetics, locally made activewear, playful jewellery and ethically made denim all on the one strip in Bondi Beach. If all that retail therapy is making you hungry, fill up on some of the best breakfasts in the 'burb before hitting that world famous beach.
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The back room of a convenience store would strike most people as an unwise location in which to open a business. But when Joelie Zhou saw the storage area at the back of Bondi Square Tobacconist, she decided it would be a perfect location for her tea shop. “In China, tea shops are usually hidden in secret, quiet places – like at the end of a street,” says Zhou, owner of Taishan Tea Club in Bondi Junction. “Tea shops are quiet places where people go to relax. They stay for the whole afternoon drinking tea and talking with friends.” She took over the space in June 2019, opening her shop-within-a-shop along the pedestrian strip of Oxford street mall where hundreds of people pass by daily en route to the train station. Most do not notice the tea shop, but for the ones that follow the green neon "tea and cake" sign in the window, there is the joy of discovering the unexpected, that wonderful feeling of curiosity having paid off. To reach it, you must first walk through the unremarkable, fluorescent-lit shop out front. Just beyond the usual rows of refrigerated soft drinks and snacks, a decorative wooden archway, quite out of place in your common-or-garden convenience store, draws you into another space. As you pass through, there is a perceptible change in the ambiance: the lighting softens, the noise of Oxford street fades behind you, and a long wooden table beckons. For this is no ordinary tea shop. It’s more like a tea museum, filled with rare and collectible items, where you
If you’re struggling to get your kid off a screen, this is your shop. B. Amused have floor-to-ceiling shelves of games they say will entertain kids from 0-100. At the family-run business, staff are more than willing to find the right game for your family. You’ll find everything from Snap to various types of Rubik’s Cubes to a full range of the Orchard Toys board games for littlies. Go home with: StoryCubes, where the dice have pictures on them and you roll them to tell a story ($18.95) or Spot It! A snap-like game kids love ($24.95).
The Eastern outpost of Salt Meats Cheese is your one-stop-shop for its namesake with a delicatessen, retail store and small café. You'll find it in Harris Farm Market, Westfield and inside you find a huge range of prosciutto, salami, chorizo, mozzarella, ricotta, buratta and more. You can also order up cheese and charcuterie platters and cheese wheel towers for parties and functions. You'll also find Salt Meats Cheese delis at Broadway and Drummoyne and as a pizzeria in Mosman.
From Celtic salt and chia seeds to Inca berries and raw chocolate, the bulk-buy organic food store in Bondi Junction stocks natural ingredients at appealingly low prices. Online retailer Naked Foods Organic Health Foods owns the store and there are in-store nutritionists who can help shoppers choose clean eats. Plus, filling brown paper bags with scoops of dried mango makes it feel like you’re shopping in a fresh, healthy lolly shop.