Surry Hills : Crown St
Start at the yummy Bourke Street Bakery (see Coffee & Cake) at 633 Bourke St (cnr Devonshire St). Exit right for MCM House’s / Shop 3 / #276 / 9698 4511 / mcmhouse.com / pared-back linen and wood furniture plus art, then cross Devonshire St, and go right then left into Nickson St for the Ici et la warehouse at #7 (see Standout Decor), crammed with French home, fabrics, and eclectics. Head back to Devonshire St for an arty amble through The Hughes Gallery at #270 (see Art), and Brett Whiteley Studio in the laneway behind at 2 Raper St / 9225 1881 / Fri-sun / brett whiteley.org. Continue up Devonshire St and right into Crown St for Vividshop at #558 / 8399 1210 / vividshop.com.au / with girly faff and pressies; #503 The Standard Store’s / 9310 1550 / thestandardstore.com.au / guys n’ gals Euro fash stash; #485 Fouratefive / 9698 6485 / fouratefive.com / for a much needed cuppa; and next door at #483 Melbourne design duo Nique / 9319 5889 / nique.com.au / with men’s and women’s daywear. Keep up, you’re not done yet, Brett. At #477 is Paper 2 / 9318 1121 / paper2.com.au / with cute as a button fine stationery; #473 Collector Store / 9699 7740 / collectorstore.com.au / has casual his, hers and home; #439 Mondo Luce / 9690 2667 / mondoluce.com / glows with lighting; at #431 is artisan linen lair Sark Studio / 9310 1544 / sarkstudio.com.au; and #427 Mrs Red & Sons / 9310 4860 / mrsred.com / has sweet Japanese cards and Asian-y whatnot. Push past #425 Mankind / 9081 0222 / mankind.com. au / where debonair lads go to be stripped, snipped and bronzed, to #423 Bisanna / 9310 2500 / bisanna.com.au / a top stash of styley, mod tiles. Phew! Strike a pause across the road at #490 natty Nippon Toko (see Rest/relaxed) or continue up for a gelati-sanal scoop at #389 Messina (see Coffee & Cake) before you make a final push to A.P.C. / Shop 2 / #406-410 / 9380 2010 / with m/w urban chic staples. Ya done well, Kel, now just skip up and cross Albion St for some fun Sino sups at Master (see Rest/relaxed). Beaut!