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The best sex shops in Sydney

From vanilla to kink and everything in between, there's something to tickle everyone's fancy

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Time Out editors
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Sex shops get a bad wrap, but the skeezy, back alley stereotype is far from the norm in these sexually enlightened times in which we live. Greater sex positivity has helped society shed many uptight taboos and lifted the veil on the erotic hijinks many of us choose to dabble in. As the saying goes, a workman (or woman, or non-binary person) is only as good as their tools, so it's worth investing in some quality hardware if you care about how you get your kicks.

We've hunted down Sydney's finest purveyors of bedroom playthings, from cheeky toys to hardcore fetish gear – and if you cannot visit in person, they all deliver, discreetly and direct to your door.

Sydney's best sex shops

Adult World
  • Sex and dating
  • Darlinghurst

Adult World bills itself as a supermarket-style shopping experience for sexy, sexy products, with everything from fetishwear to toys and porn. It's not fancy, but it comprehensively does the job. There's the Oxford Street store in Darlinghurst (124 Oxford Street), or you can keep it industrial at the Alexandria outlet (386 Botany Rd).

Order online here.

Max Black
  • Things to do
  • Newtown

The Max philosophy is simple: they like to keep it classy. That's not to say that they aren't replete with all sorts of marvellously kinky and sexy equipment, but that they have gone to some design-heavy lengths to ensure that the place is all about a safe, fun space for their customers, regardless of gender or sexuality. To that end, the tend toward the pricier, high-quality end of the spectrum as befits its Newtown location. After the more spacious old shop burned down (a sad day for Newtown), the Max Black team moved across the road to upstairs at 249 King Street.

Shop online here.

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Funtasia
  • Things to do
  • West Ryde

It's Ryde's home of sexy good times, specialising in adult fun for men and women of all proclivities. And it has a puntacular name – everyone loves that, right? Find a great selection of porn titles, toys, novelty items and gear for some of the more common kinks in the erotic arena. You'll also find an outlet further west in Penrith (23 Woodriff St).

Order online here.

  • Shopping
  • Potts Point

This old favourite has been serving up porn, toys and lingerie and fetish gear for 30 years, catering to the straight, gay, bi, trans and intersex market. This was once a skin-flick porn palace, where you could slip a cheeky $20 and spend an afternoon with Madame Palm and her five lovely daughters. Now, it's a 21st-century outfit, with an excellent online presence for all your erotic needs. Need it quick? You can get same day delivery or click-and-collect your order.

Order online here. 

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  • Things to do
  • Darlinghurst

The city's sexiest, kinkiest, most twisted and high-quality leather and fetishwear are to be found on the shelves of this Oxford Street institution. This delightful den caters for both newbies and old hands to the fetish game and carries some seriously sexy wear from studded harnesses, chaps and codpieces through to latex leggings, rubber skirts and chrome bras. Don't get lost – Sax has moved up the road from its old premesis to new digs at 247 Oxford Street.

Order online here.

The Toolshed
  • Things to do
  • Darlinghurst

One of Sydney's best and most aptly named adult stores, The Toolshed, serves up some of the most creative and imaginative objects destined for the orifice of your choice. From Mould Your Own Pussy kits and deluxe double-ended dildos, through to porn classics such as Shaving Ryan's Privates and Edward Penishands, the Toolshed is all about bringing Sydney's sexy back.

Shop online here.

Other Aussie sex stores you access online

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Nikki Darling

Nikki Darling is Australia’s first gender-free sexual health and pleasure store, founded by sex-positive educator and pleasure activist, Lauren Clair. The website is easy to navigate and you even have the option of searching for items by specific body parts.

Shop online here

 

Normal 

Normal prioritises sexual empowerment and education above all else. Lucy Wark, the general manager and part-owner of Normal, is working to make sexual wellness more accessible to people everywhere with a range of affordable, sleek toys that you can have shipped straight to your door (in discreet packaging, of course).

Shop online here

 

Rosewell 

With its stylised photography and dreamy, earthen palette, Rosewell is basically the Aesop of the sex toy world. Banished be eye-watering colours and unsubtle packaging – here, a luxurious ‘Midnight Hour’ scented candle comes in a pack with a sleek, white toy and a deck of reflection cards, for a new, exploratory take on self-love.

Shop online here

 

Par Femme

Par Femme is an independent online store created by women for women, selling loungewear and sex toys. If you sign up to the newsletter, you’ll score 10 per cent off your first order.

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Wild Secrets

It isn't a secret that Wild Secrets is a great Aussie site for sex toys, bondage gear, lingerie and more. They offer super fast (even same-day delivery!) and discreet delivery plus a great range of toys you often have to search international sites for. 

Shop online here

 

Femplay

This woman-owned sex toy warehouse has been operating since 2002. Head here for an incredibly extensive range, with thoughtful touches like sex toy cleaners, batteries and an encyclopedic catalogue of lubes also available. Femplay discreetly ships across Australia and to a few international locales for globally-minded lovers.

Shop online here

 

Adult Toy Mega Store

Sometimes you just want to shop at the department store, ya know? This horny Myer has many virtual levels of products for you to browse. From anal toys to pheromone candles, Adult Toy Mega Store have got it all. Plus, they take their support of Australian sex lives seriously with an in-house podcast and regular sales.

Shop online here

 

Love Honey

If you want a wide range of sex toys, daily deals, discreet delivery and good customer service – Love Honey will have you loving it, honey. 

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Club X

It's highly likely you've seen the splashy bricks and mortar Club X stores around the country. But did you know you can order from their massive range online? This sexy stalwart has toys, fetishwear, bondage and other accoutrements for all: him, her, them, couples and beyond. Club X's size and scope also means there are incredible discounts and sales to make the most of too. 

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Fleshlight

The most specific sex toy purveyor on this list, Fleshlight sells... well, fleshlights mainly. Find a diverse range in their online store with the tubular units coming in different colours, textures and purposes. There are realistic casts of famous models (with an impressive gender parity) to browse or a "create your own" section if you're a customising customer.

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Adultshop.com

Aside from having killer SEO and one of the cutest little horny devil-on-the-internet logos Adultshop.com also consider themselves to be the passion and pleasure experts. Head here for exclusive kits and bundles, a section devoted to romance and seduction and LGBTQIA-friendly shopping. They also offer free shipping on orders over a modest $59.

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JOUJOU

JOUJOU takes the cake when it comes to tentative buyers. Their site has an excellent beginner's section that aggregates content and products for those just starting out on their sex toy journey. You can also ramp up the heat if you're more of an expert with guides for more confident customers after something new and a huge range of products for all tastes and positions on the gender spectrum.

Shop online here

 

My Amora

A relative newcomer to the scene, My Amora offers discrete delivery across the country on a broad selection of premium European-imported toys.

Shop online here

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