Smith St. / Gertrude St.
Pop on those powerwalking hotpants and leave Loubis at home for this one, and note some shops shut Sun/Mon. Start on Smith St., just south of Johnston St., for mid-century Danish furny and mod Oz h/ware at #311 Modern Times / 9913 8598 / moderntimes.com.au. Exit right to unearth fab vintage finds at #305 Smith St. Bazaar / 9419 4889, then if the time is right, cross over for a negroni at #304 Gorski and Jones / 9417 7779. Exit left for #294 Happy Valley’s / 9077 8509 / local design, tome and art cache. Cross back for a mind-blowing salted caramel ice cream at Gelato Messina at #237 (see Sweets). Push on for indie Oz/NZ fash (m/w) at Somebuddy Loves You at #193 / 9415 7066 / and denim revisionists Neuw at #169 / 9419 2882, then cross for handmade, ethical togs at The Social Studio #128 / 9417 2143, and earthy style at #120 Toolz / 9419 1645 / toolz.com.au. If you’re pecky, pop over for global share plates at #131 Huxtable (see Rest./Relaxed), then trot on for C.20th Scandi furny at #113 Angelucci / 9415 8001 / and ace all-purpose sacs at #87 Crumpler (see Adv. Shop.). Cross over Smith and retrace a smidge to artisan choc makers Monsieur Truffe at #90 / 9416 3101. Exit left, skip over Gertrude St. and cont. down Smith St. to #36 Et Al / 9415 7062 / for edgy, back-to-black fash (m/w), then cross over and amble back to men’s emporium Double Monk at #53 / 9417 3335 / by appt. / for fine hooves, Fox umbrellas and P. Johnson suits. Retrace to Gertrude St. and swing left. On your right are triby kings Smart Alec Hatters at #235 / 9416 4664 / and Books for Cooks at #238 / 8415 1415 / selling guess what? Shimmy on to Spacecraft at #225 / 9486 0010 / for graphic textiles. Next up, the Builders Arms Hotel at #211 is home to top gastropub eats, along with the fabby Moon Under Water (see Rest./Smart for both) for supper later, then onwards at #203 Nom*d / 9416 3500 / stocks street-chic NZ galgear. Opp. is vintage Aladdin’s cave Tarlo & Graham (see Stand. Stores) at #202, then, if you’re knackered, cross back for a top java hit at De Clieu (see Coffee) on the cnr. All pepped up, zip right into George St. for Third Drawer Down at #93 / 9534 4088 / with witty art print tea towels, then spin right back into Gertrude for vinyl heaven Title on the cnr at #183 / 9417 4477, and colourful Aussie cerams at #181 Mud / mudaustralia.com. Lotsa fash up next: start over at girlyglam Megan Park at #164 / 9486 9993, and bold Jap-Oz w/wear label Akira #158 / 9663 5003, then recross for edgy Mellie femme style at The Signet Bureau at #165 / 9415 7470, and #161 Left / 9419 9292 / with Yohji, Comme et al. (m/w). Over the road is old-school style for the working man at #126 Pickings & Parry / pickingsandparry.com, then carry straight on over Brunswick for marvy Mexi h/ware at Amor y Locura at #77 / 9486 0270, kool bike bits at #73 Saint Cloud / 8415 0727, and kitsch Australiana at #67 Cottage Industry / 9419 2430. Retrace and whirl left into Brunswick, scooting a few blocks up for pretty paper prods at #197 Zetta Florence (see Adv. Shop), and quirk-chic Oz garb (w) at #235 Gorman. Note rooftop sipper Naked in the Sky at #285 (see Bars) for later, and trot on over Johnston St. along Brunswick to pongtastic Kleins Perfumery at #313 / 9416 4112 / and leafy lovely T2 Teas at #340 / 8415 0609. Retrace to Johnston and turn left for vintage interiors at Guy Mathews #154 (see Stand. Stores), cockatoo-print cushions a wee zip left at Southwood / 329 Napier St. / 9077 5474, and wood wonders at Mark Tuckey / 231 Johnston St. / 9419 3418. Phew! Now, go get Naked in the Sky.