Since moving to Sydney, I’ll admit I haven’t done as much exploring as I should, I frequent the east and prefer the beach but on this particular Saturday I headed west, inner west and discovered this babe called Balmain. Balmain is in the heart of Sydney and is rich in history. It’s established in Australian working-class culture and is the place where the Australian Labor Party formed in 1891 making it of great cultural significance in New South Wales’s social history. But anyway, moving on… I love it for its cafes, cuisine, boutique bars, pubs, fashion hubs, community feel and the people.
It’s a darling of a place; in fact the main strip is called Darling St, so you know it’s a winner. What really makes it a winner for me though are the boutiques, fashion boutiques that is (although the boutique bars are fabulous too)! Bassike, Witchery, Leona Edmiston Vintage, Strelitzia and one of my faves because of its affordable prices, Zeigiest (see the skirt in this week’s fashion shoot). Apart from some of the fab finds, fashion wise, on the strip, you can also pick up some of the most gorgeous floral arrangements as Darling St is brimming with flower stalls!
When venturing to Darling St, you’ll also notice the abundance of eateries, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. We stopped off at Bar Contessa, a delightful café where the interiors were fab and the food supersized (which was exactly what I felt like on my slightly hungover morning). I opted for the Brekky Burrito – scrambled eggs, grilled chorizo, cheddar, rocket, house made spicy tomato relish wrapped in toasted tortilla topped with guacamole and tomato salsa. It totally hit the spot as did my date’s, Ultimate Bacon and Egg Roll with hickory smoked bacon, fried free range eggs, caramelised onion, provolone cheese, house made tomato relish and mayo on toasted brioche (Do I have you drooling yet?) The service was quick and speedy (also a necessity on my slightly hungover morning) and of course super friendly!
Another great spot is Teriyaki Boy – a quaint Japanese restaurant, smack bang in the middle of Darling St. It’s one of those places that if you didn’t know about it, you would probably walk straight past but seriously don’t! The sushi and sashimi is fresh, tasty and will have you feeling satisfied but light, which means you can hit some of the many pubs and boutique bars along the strip. To hang in Balmain I’d keep it pretty low key but if you want to stand out on the strip then go for something like the outfit on the right, perfect for a ladies lunch and a spot of shopping.
Sometimes it’s nice to simply get out of the city and wander a beautiful strip, where there is so much greenery, vintage buildings, it’s by the water and one could never get bored. So escape your boredom and head to Balmain!