We start our stylish exploration in Belconnen. An unlikely place to find cool or unique stores? You might be surprised at what you’ll find.
Start with a coffee and a yummy flavoursome breakfast at Two Before Ten in Aranda — I recommend the Bubble and Squeak — delicious! This moody café roasts its own coffee beans on site in The Roastery, which makes for a wonderful aroma.
This beautiful little Aranda store boasts wonderful natural light and is full of handcrafted furniture, homewares, jewellery, accessories, art and more. Everything at Meet Gather Collect is unique, colourful and tactile — the few times I have visited this store I have walked around smiling, touching and repeating the words ‘how cool is this!?’.
At the end of an unassuming street in Fyshwick is a little alley which leads to a trip Down Memory Lane. A store full of vintage wares including furniture, books, homewares, jewellery, fashion, accessories and — the items I get most excited about — vintage hats. I could spend hours wandering around this wonderful store.
Pull in for a quick look around the absolutely massive Salvos Op Shop in Fyshwick. I often frequent op shops looking for vintage hats, gloves and accessories, and this store more often than not has some real treasures. Op shopping is also a great way to help the environment by rescuing some pre-loved clothes, while saving some cash and helping out a good cause at the same time.
I sometimes find Landspeed Records in the City a little intimidating because I’m not a muso, but the call of fashion overpowers this feeling. Start at the front if you’re into music, or head straight to the back to get your fashion fix from their fabulous mix of vintage and new clothing and accessories. Be sure to check out their house label, Things We Lost.
The Green Shed has a two shopfronts in the city: the Green Shed Café and, around the corner, a larger store called green shed underground. Grab a quick bite to eat from the Green Shed Café and then take your time exploring.
The café is filled with vintage furniture, homewares and a small selection of fashion and accessories — I particularly love the vintage sewing patterns and material. The underground store is filled with lots of clothing and accessories.
This little store is relatively new to the city and is truly wonderful, although I might be a little biased as they stock Sovata! A collective of local artists and designers, Trove has something for everyone: fashion, a wide range of jewellery, millinery, homewares, kid’s clothing, artworks, and more. A store that smells absolutely divine, is great for gifts, and is unique as you will be served by one of the designers stocked within the store.
The sculptural Ori building in Braddon is a veritable treasure trove of stylish finds. Start your exploration in itrip iskip — a store filled with natural light and a cool and trendy charm about it. Discover great pieces that will keep you on-trend from local, national and international brands. I especially love the shoes and accessories they stock, and always find myself saying ‘like’ a lot in this store.
Stocked in this industrial styled store you can find a great selection of inspiring local fashion designers and a wonderful range of jewellery and shoes. If you appreciate fashion which focuses on design, quality and sustainability, then Assemblage Project in Braddon is the store for you. If you’re lucky enough, you might see garments being created in-store.
The best way to describe Handsomepretty in the Ori building is colour, colour, and more colour. This beautiful and truly visually inspiring store is so much fun to walk through. You’ll find gifts, quirky homewares, vibrant art, clothing, furniture, and so much more. One of my favourite stores to wander through and discover cool stuff from all over the world.
Timber and Tailor is beautifully curated and a real pleasure to wander in. The Braddon store is light and bright with a Scandi feel. Full of cool homewares, beautiful furniture, jewellery — and my favourite pieces in store — the stunning resin art.
Finish your day of shopping with a delicious bite to eat. The Elk & Pea is a South American-inspired restaurant that is effortlessly stylish: mismatched artworks on the walls and the roof, elk and peacock figurines, a ‘birdcage’ and so much more. I love the enchiladas and am always visually entertained by the decor whilst eating truly tasty food.
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