A ten minute walk up Ocean St from Edgecliff station, and a 5 minute walk from Oxford St, Woollahra is Sydney's leading art gallery district and antique shopping destination. Whilst sometimes forgotten next to the bustling Paddington, the charming suburb offers a variety of independent (and somewhat exclusive) boutiques, cafes and grocers. Whether to shop or relax, the streets of Woollahra offer visitors a picturesque stroll through tree lined streets of Victorian terraces and heritage listed buildings.
In 1994, the late Eva Breuer opened her gallery at 83 Moncur Street with the objective of selling and promoting Australian artists - within just a few years becoming one of Sydney's leading private art dealers. The gallery has run consistently since and boasts works for sale on the secondary market by both new and upcoming artists, such as Michael Muir, as well as a large collection of works by established artists such as Judy Cassab, Brett Whiteley, Sidney Nolan and Doreen Gadsby - who will be exhibiting her 'Four Seasons' collection at the gallery from Saturday the 22nd of September.
Eva Breuer is currently holding a retrospective for the late David Boyd at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, 'David Boyd: His Work, His Life, His Family', which is open until the 23rd September.
Just across the road from Eva Breuer Art Dealer, sits Jones the Grocer, which serves as a boutique grocery store, fromagerie and cafe. On first inspection, Jones may seem a smidgen spartan, but its strengths lie in its minimalism. Jones' philosophy is simple - uncomplicated meals created with superb ingredients - such as the breakfast muffin made with a variety of seeds and nuts.
For cheese enthusiasts, the scoping out of the fromagerie is an imperative, and the grocer offers regular tasting events of their artisan fromage.
Spicer St Cafe
Spicer St Cafe is a cute little coffee spot squirrelled away in a little nook off to the side at 128 Queen St. Their macchiatos would have to take the crown for the best coffee in Woollahra, whilst their staff are certainly the friendliest. The cafe has the usual assortment of foods, such as baked eggs, a variety of teas and rolls, with one particular stand out - the muesli biscuit topped with berry yoghurt, which goes down a treat with any of their herbal teas.
If you have kids or simply want to experience a nostalgia for your own childhood, then don't miss out on the old world styled toy shop, which boasts an enormous (two storey) collect of toys for children of all ages. The store has a distinct appreciation for educational toys and the knowledgeable staff will more than happy to help you in picking out a gift.
Just down Moncur St, one block down from Eva Breuer Art Dealer and at the end of Spicer St, is Moncur Street Reserve. Grab a takeaway coffee and enjoy your lunch break or plan a picnic after a gallery opening. The reserve is small but offers much in the way of architectural sight seeing - a large number of adjacent Victorian houses have been recently renovated and some nearby buildings are recent contemporary structures.