EAT & DRINK - CROISSANTS

Eastside Sydney has the best restaurants, bars, bakeries and clothes stores in this city, with more than one giving a nod to “Le Style Francais”.

Let’s start with the CROISSANT…

For the best croissant in town you absolutely cannot go past Nadine Ingram’s buttery croissant. At $6 per item, the Flour & Stone croissant has had some debates raging online recently - can you justify paying $6 for a croissant? Nadine thinks you can and defends her price point by pointing out the high quality ingredients she uses (pepe saya butter and country valley milk included) and the fair wages she pays her staff. By the looks of the bustling store and the “sold out” signs daily, many people agree with her. Flour and Stone lovingly make the best butter croissants in town and have the t-shirt to prove it!

Darlinghurst’s Infinity Bakery does a mighty fine croissant and also serves homemade fruit jams, if that’s your preference. They use local produce and organic ingredients: stone ground certified organic flour from NSW; Murray River inland salt; extra virgin olive oil from the NSW countryside, and honey from Sydney’s rooftops.

flour+stone, bourke street bakery, infinity bakery.

flour+stone, bourke street bakery, infinity bakery.

There’s a reason Bourke Street Bakery (Surry Hills and Potts Point) has lines snaking out the door each Saturday morning. It’s the cakes, sausage rolls and YES croissants that set the scene for this hipster-loving, foodies paradise. Baked and raised from humble beginnings in Surry Hills, this local’s favourite has grown to become one of Sydney’s most iconic food destinations, even stretching all the way to NYC!

Croissant D’Or in Macleay St is a Potts Point institution. Not a lot has changed on this menu (does anyone know how long its been here? 30? 40 years?) and the locals wouldn’t have it any other way. As the name itself suggests croissants - golden, buttery and flakey - feature prominently.

EAT & DRINK - SAY CHEESE!

Looks like CHEESE is the food du jour in Eastside these days with cafes, restaurants, bars and speciality stores all offering their take on this creamy, tasty, gooey and sometimes smelly, treat.

Penny’s Cheese Shop in Potts Point is leading the charge with her selection of handmade and farm house cheeses sourced locally and internationally. A self-confessed ‘curd nerd’ Penny has been in the food industry for over 20 years and is an Australian Cheese Judge to boot! She will cut cheeses to your specifications, make up platters for special events (or a quiet evening at home) plus she sells all the quince paste and crackers your cheesy-heart desires.

Penny’s cheese toasties have been voted Best in Sydney but you’ll have to get in early to decide for yourself - with a limited amount made each day Penny is regularly sold out by 1pm.

pennys cheese shop

At Formaggi Ocello in Surry Hills you can buy a cheese wedding cake (YES) Plus they also offer a selection of Australian, French and Italian cheeses with all the condiments you need - biscotti, crackers, oils and vinegars, cured meats and olives. If you prefer, you can eat in with a glass of wine or two and a tasting platter. There are cheesy gifts, raclette nights, gourmet hampers and Ocello has recently introduced Cheese Tours to Italy!

Speaking of RACLETTE have you tried the All-You-Can-Eat Raclette at Loluk Bistro? Just off Taylor Square this little French Bistro, known for its authentic southern cuisine, is run by brothers Luk and Loic, serving food in the “grandma way” with a modern twist. Every Tuesday and Wednesday they pour the cheese on top of potatoes, salad, cornichon and a plate of charcuterie (braseola, coppa, saucisson, ham and prosciutto) and it’s all included in the $49 price.

Loluk Bistro

Also on every Wednesday night, Black Bottle’s offering of ‘Fromage in a Box’ is just what it sounds like - an oven baked wheel of cheese, served with cured meats, roast potatoes and lettuce. It serves two and at $39 per head, coupled with the 5-7pm happy hour “apertivo” makes for a great date-night or after work destination.

This popular wine bar in Darlinghurst also serves up Mediterranean style share plates, along with superb selection of wines and cocktails. The ambience is chill and these guys know their food is best served super fresh!

Locals Tip: if you phone ahead Black Bottle will serve you “fromage in a box” any night of the week!

black bottle darlinghurst

Back over in Potts Point, Le Petite Louvre is the latest edition to our bustling cheese scene. Tucked away on Springfield Avenue, this shop is an homage to all things French and cheesy. Proprietor Christian Estebe, tells us he stocks a few Swiss cheeses (from the French side, bien sur) but everything else is lovingly hand made in the traditional style by pretty French farm maids living a full and wholesome life - okay we may be exaggerating just a tad here, but believe me Monsieur Estebe knows his stuff and has very high, very exacting standards when it comes to cheese.

Quality and tradition rule in this gem of a store that is part shop, part cafe, part tea room. There’s gold medal cheese, fancy cheese, rare cheese but most of all really tasty cheeses to pair with wine, tea or whatever you like.

Baroque music and French reproduction paintings on the ceiling and walls make for a unique ambience and a truely one off experience.

Locals : Christian can also be found at the KX Organic Markets on Saturday mornings

Le Petite Louvre

STYLE - FASHIONISTA ALERT

TWO new boutiques have opened up on Macleay Street, Potts Point which is quickly turning into a fashion lover’s destination. No cookie-cutter, fast fashion here - it’s all slow fashion, locally designed and locally made too.

Both stores have their resident designer on hand to help with selection, styling and basically give you a gentle nudge in the right direction. Think silk basics, slinky viscose dresses, cool velvet jackets and snuggly woollen knits for winter.

Carolyn from BAZ Inc loves to layer and has the most sublime selection of prints, as well as brocade and-jewel toned velvet jackets.

BAZ Inc

BAZ Inc

Lesley from byfreer is all about natural fabrics, classic style and the small details. Coining the phrase “perfectly imperfect” to sum up her vibe, The byfreer girl raids her boyfriend’s wardrobe and looks better than he does! Think long shirts, slouchy pants, cosy knits and luxe fabrics..

Both stores were involved in the first PoPo late night shopping last week which was a great hit and a little bird tells us will become a regular event with special offers, styling nights and collaborations in the planning.

by freer

by freer

DRINK -DULCIE'S KINGS CROSS

If If a cosy bar is what you're looking for then you're in luck! If a bohemian style drinking den, serving Australian spirits and wines and inventive cocktails is more your style - well my friend you've hit the jackpot with DULCIE'S KING’S CROSS. 

Slap-bang in the middle of Darlinghurst Road, the once infamous 'strip' of Kings Cross, this new kid on the block (how nice to hear of an opening in the midst of all those closings!) is the brainchild of co-owner Brandon Martignago (ex Roosevelt + The Butler) who has built an entire drinking den around the year 1932. 

Come for the drinks and stay for the piano playing, exotic dancers and erotic fiction nights.

LOCALS TIP : sign up for a cocktail masterclass, using all-Australian spirits and produce.

DULCIE'S

COMMUNITY - Donate a plate for Wayside's Christmas!

Not everyone gets to spend Christmas surrounded by family and friends, with a ham on the table and gifts for all. The holiday season can be lonely and Wayside Chapel is committed to making the Christmas period a time to come together as a community and support those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable.

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Wayside Chapel makes Christmas more special for people in need.

They are back again with the annual donate a plate project. For just $25, you can provide a meal with all the trimmings for a homeless person living in on the streets.

  • $25 will provide one meal to feed a homeless person

  • $50 will feed a couple

  • $100 will feed a family of four

  • $250 will sponsor a table to feed 10 people

If you want to make your donation on behalf of a friend, family member or colleague, use the 'perks' option to receive a blank paper plate 'gift card', which we'll post to you. Share the plate in lieu of a gift this Christmas. In addition to this your name will be written on a plate at the Christmas Day Street Party to recognise your support to feed the homeless.

Click through here to donate!

STYLE - The 5 Best Places for Jewellery Shopping in Eastside

Ranging from handmade local beauties to on trend funky one-offs here are the top places to pick up every kind of jewellery.

  1. Pigeonhole - 3/285 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

This shop is a gem for bits and pieces and at a great price, if you have a teenager or are after a stylish stocking filler then  Pigeonhole  is for you.

This shop is a gem for bits and pieces and at a great price, if you have a teenager or are after a stylish stocking filler then Pigeonhole is for you.

2. Burton Metal Depository - 11 Foley Street, 'Fine Fellow' Concept Space, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

If you’re looking for sleek mens accessories then take a trip to  Fine Fellow  in Darlinghurst.

If you’re looking for sleek mens accessories then take a trip to Fine Fellow in Darlinghurst.

3. Becker Minty - SHOP 7, IKON BUILDING, 81 MACLEAY STREET ENTER VIA, Manning St, Potts Point NSW 2011

For more sophisticated tastes,  Becker Minty  has a mix of jewellery and accessories. This is where you should head for something truly special.

For more sophisticated tastes, Becker Minty has a mix of jewellery and accessories. This is where you should head for something truly special.

4. Southwest Trader - 36 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

For a global and exotic style, head to  South West Trader  and browse through their range of unique and one off pieces.

For a global and exotic style, head to South West Trader and browse through their range of unique and one off pieces.

5. Francis Street Atelier - 38 Francis St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

The most stunning  local handmade designs are found here.  Lalita Peeranan is the owner and maker and will make sure you find the perfect piece for that special someone.

The most stunning local handmade designs are found here. Lalita Peeranan is the owner and maker and will make sure you find the perfect piece for that special someone.