It was actually a nasty second week in April weather-wise, but Sydney was still such a lovely city to visit.
So much more laid-back than pretty much all of Asia, it was a welcome relief to my stressed soul. And while work occupied my days, I was able to catch up with a couple of mates for dinner and enjoy some luscious, modern Ozzie fusion food while the rain came down. With work over, I headed over to Surry Hills for some retail therapy!
Located to the south-east of the CBD*, the inner-city suburb is a mixture of residential, commercial and light industrial areas. However, as it remains Sydney's main centre for fashion wholesale, it also attracts a number of boutiques that sell unique homeware.
My favourite shops were Planet Commonwealth (who gave me the map/address sheet below to help me navigate around the area), Koskela and Shelf/Life.
One of the gorgeous goodies I picked up was a Tara Badcock purse with a metallic green leather backing and an embroidered Red Necked Stint on the silk cover.
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I also bought a cool pair of linen teatowels by Me and Amber.
But my cutest purchase (which I'm gifting) was a rabbit vase by Perch.
Not on the map, but definitely worth a visit, is Object on Bourke Street, the next street up Albion Street from Crown Street.
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* central business district