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The Chronicles of Her founder and the latest curator of our Shop With… series reveals her favourite spots in her hometown of Sydney.

Interview by Jane McFarland.

LOCAL EATS

‘Porch and Parlour (porchandparlour.com) is my favourite local spot in Bondi Beach. Go for breakfast and order the Green Breaky Bowl, with bacon if you’re feeling naughty. The Apollo in Potts Point (theapollo.com.au) is perfect for Sunday lunch with friends and 10 William St (10williamst.com.au) in Paddington is a cute, cosy wine bar that pulls a cool fashion crowd and serves delicious Italian-style sharing plates. It’s a bit of a local Sydney secret.’

Porch and Parlour
Porch and Parlour

AN EVENING OUT

‘For a special occasion, book in at Restaurant Hubert (restauranthubert.com) – it has exquisite food, setting and vibe. I had my birthday dinner there in February in a private space called the Theatre Royale, which still has the original theatre chairs and it was magical.’

SECRET SPOTS

‘The harbour-side beaches are beautiful (with perfect swimming conditions too) and you can walk between them so they’re fun to explore. If Bondi Beach is packed, skip around to MacKenzies Bay. You can sit up on the rocks and jump in for a dip. If you have time, venture up to the Northern Beaches for the weekend. The food at Jonah’s (jonahs.com.au) is as unforgettable as the view. Or you could always do a day trip via seaplane from Rose Bay to Jonah’s for lunch, if you’re short on time.’

Bondi Beach, Sydney

THE RETREAT

‘I’ve actually stayed at the QT Bondi (qthotelsandresorts.com) despite the fact it’s walking distance from my house! It has a really cool vibe, but personally I would recommend finding a beautiful Airbnb in Palm Beach – I’ve stayed in an amazing 1960s-style beach shack before and I can’t wait to go back.’

QT Bondi

ART HAUNT

‘China Heights gallery (chinaheights.com) in Surry Hills houses a lot of cool contemporary exhibitions by emerging talent.’

China Heights gallery

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