map no. 4: woollahra
Antiques Road Map
The new neighborhood for old things.
Sydney is the oldest city in Australia, settled in 1788, so the antiquing is fabulous. Not only are there treasures still to be found, but the favorable exchange rate makes shopping here a much better deal than in, say, London. Start at Anne Schofield Antiques, known for its stunning South Sea pearl earrings, then make your way along Queen Street; stop for lunch at Bistro Moncur before venturing toward nearby Oxford Street for the grand finale: the Woollahra Antique Centre, with 50 shops. Avoid Sundays, when many stores are closed.
1. Anne Schofield
36 Queen St.
Jewelry—Georgian neoclassical cameos, French Deco baubles—from the eighteenth century to the fiffties.
2. Simon Johnson
55 Queen St.
Not antiques but a gourmet store worth a stop: Buy the preserved lemons and satay paste to bring home; salt caramels for the walk.
3. The Art of Wine & Food
80 Queen St.
Everything from absinthe glasses to hippopotamus-tooth corkscrews.
4. Howell & Howell
84 Queen St.
Antique mirrors, lamps, and stools from France, Italy, and Spain.
5. Tim McCormick’s
92 Queen St.
Rare books, prints, and maps; ask to see the Colonial manuscripts.
6. Three Antiques
stores in a row 104-108 Queen St.
Tortoiseshell brushes and vintage pens at Michael A. Greene, early-Victorian dining tables and chairs at Gaslight, and unusual pieces like a Charles X cherrywood birdcage at Martyn Cook’s.
7. Bistro Moncur
116 Queen St.
Break for a bistro lunch: Order the grilled sea scallops or the popular pure pork sausages with potato mash.
160 Oxford St.
The three best specialty shops: Cast, Tin and Other Toys; Art Nouveau; English and Continental Glass.
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