I travel a fair amount for my job which means every now and then, I get to spend an afternoon in a fabulous city doing what I do best, shopping for vintage! I thought it was time to share my ultimate Sydney vintage and pinup shopping plan in case you were planning a trip of your own. I recommend visiting these places over a few days or picking a couple instead of doing them all in one day. Because of the sheer amount of places and things to see, it’s best to take your time so you don’t miss a hidden gem.
CBD: I normally start my Sydney vintage adventure around Oxford street branching out to Crown Street. You can ping pong your way down Crown Street visiting multiple vintage, second hand and specialist stores and there is also some great coffee stops in case you need a pick-me-up. Stores I recommend include Fabrique Vintage, Zoo Emporium, Route 66, Miss Brown Vintage and a few others along Crown. Crown Street has everything from 1950’s dresses, heaps of 60’s and 70’s, as well as stores specialising in 90’s.
Newtown: This is one of my favourite areas to go vintage shopping in Sydney, this area is only about a 30 minute walk from the CBD but I have caught an uber there depending on my Endo that day. I normally find the Outlet for Dangerfield, Alannah Hill, Princess Highway (etc) and carry on from there. I believe it’s King Street that you end up walking down. Now this is a really long street and you can spend the entire day going from store to store as it’s jam packed with vintage, retro and reproduction stores, outlets, second hand and charity stores as well as unique and quirky nick nack stores. Some of my favoruite stores include Cream on King, Retrospec’d and Faster Pussycat. If you keep heading down South King Street, you will also find yourself surrounded by little coffee houses, tea specialists, florists and delicious eateries. You can indulge in some deliciousness from cafes, restaurants, take aways and this also includes heaps of places for the health conscious and vegans.
Special Shout out to Faster Pussycat: if you are after that one very special true vintage pinup show stopping outfit, look no further than Faster Pussycat. It is truly pinup heaven and you need to take your time whilst browsing because there are items of beauty all over the store. When I first walked in, I thought I got hit by a bus crossing the road because I thought it was heaven! The store owner is one of the most fun, vibrant and knowledgable people I have ever met and she was very helpful finding me some fabulous items to try on and even offering me a corset so I can see what items would look like if I were to cinch myself. Every time I now visit Faster Pussycat I never walk out empty handed and always find items that are completely drool worthy.
Queen Victoria Building: if youre only staying close to the city, it’s worth checking out the Queen Victoria building and enjoying the atmosphere there. The whole original building is perfectly maintained to it’s original glory so it’s a great place to stop for a photo and enjoy some shopping. Although there are heaps of brands inside the building, I recommend visiting the lovely ladies of Kitten D’Amour if you are after something truely fabulous. Kitten D’Amour is an Australian brand who create limited collections of vintage and pinup inspired clothes and accessories. The entire store is styled to pinup perfection and the staff are some of the most wonderful people you will ever have helping you shop.
Alexandria: I like to plan my return trip home with an evening flight for one special reason, I get to enjoy the area of Alexandria. It’s about 10-15 minutes to the airport so it’s perfect to stop for a couple of hours and kill some time. Start with visiting Mitchell Road Antiques and Design centre on Bourke Road and you can easily spend several hours there alone. Designed and set up in a huge warehouse, this space is divided into heaps of smaller booths full of clothin, furniture, items, jewellery and vintage treasures. This is not a place you want to walk in and only have 30 minutes to spend, dedicate a couple of hours if you plan on perousing at your own leisure.
After you are done at the warehouse, you cannot go past The Ground of Alexandria Cafe. Tucked away in an industrial area is my favourite cafe of all time! Delicious food, beautiful scenery and always super friendly staff. This is such a beautiful space which is much loved.