EXPLORE // Hidden Gems in Fyshwick

Fyshwick. An industrial suburb filled with car dealers and sex shops. Not many people would brag about going to Fyshwick, but today I am going to shock you (not really) and explain why you should venture there.

After a few road trips (including a visit to Bowral which you can read about here), my car was in need of a little TLC. I called up Mario at 5A Mechanical who I highly recommend, and booked the ol’ car in for a service.

With a few hours to kill, I decided to call a friend and explore the hidden gems in Fyshwick with her. As it was lunchtime, we decided to drop in to our old stomping ground – Flute Bakery.

1. Flute Bakery

In college, Flute Bakery was one of my favourite spots to go during lunch breaks. They do incredible pies, great sandwiches and the most amazing macaroons. I ordered a small coffee ($3.50) and E and I shared a beef and red wine pie ($6.00) and a chicken sandwich ($7.50). It was delicious!

 

I also purchased a loaf of multigrain sourdough bread for $6.00! It’s not pictured, but I’m sure you can imagine how good it tastes. I will definitely be enjoying my morning toast these next few days.

 

2. Material Pleasures

Across the road from Flute is Material Pleasures, which we could not resist browsing following our lunch. They buy and sell second-hand designer clothes, and you can often snatch yourself a bargain… Best of all, you’re supporting sustainable fashion and the environment!

After trying on some dresses and skirts, and admiring the Max Mara pants, I found this Ralph Lauren jumper. It was in the male section (no shame) but it was super comfy and is 100% lambs wool. I checked the price and it was $30.00! I couldn’t say no – I’m a sucker for knits.

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A knit to keep me red hot in Winter

Side note: I am yet to do a post on sustainable/ethical fashion, but at the start of the year I decided that I would limit my spending (partially because I bought too many clothes last year and partially because I realised how unsustainable the clothing industry is – shoutout to Gary and sustainable marketing).

 

3. Canty’s Bookshop 

After our fill of textures and satisfied tastebuds, we went to Canty’s Bookshop. It is a marvellous second-hand bookshop, filled with numerous titles.

Now that it is holidays (woo!), I have much more time to relax… and one of my favourite ways to relax is reading. As I mentioned in THOUGHTS // Week 12: The Importance of Self-Care, I already have Haruki Murakami’s new book ‘Men Without Women’ on my reading list. However, with the range at Canty’s Bookshop, I was unable to leave empty handed.

 

I bought the following titles:

  1. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse;
  2. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez; and
  3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

They have been on my ‘wanted to buy’ list for a while, so I was happy to get my hands on them. They were also super cheap, the most expensive being $6.50. In total, the three books were cheaper than my new Murakami book.

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My new (old) books!

Nonetheless I am always on the hunt for new titles, so if you have any recommendations for my holiday reading, shoot me a comment! Or let me know if you have read any of the above and whether you enjoyed them.

All in all, I hope I’ve inspired you to venture out to Fyshwick and explore the fine eats, arts and goings on.

 

Affectionately Yours,

Anika x

 

EXPLORE // WHY YOU SHOULD DO A DAY TRIP TO BOWRAL

After some full-on weeks of study, R (my adventure partner x s/o) and I spent a weekend away visiting the Hunter Valley region. This is a solid drive from Canberra (about 4 hours) so we decided to break up the trip with a pit-stop in Bowral, a lovely town in the Southern Highlands, NSW.

Even if you have only just come across my blog and read through a post or two, you probably realise how much I love brunch. With this deep love comes the need to scope out the latest and greatest cafes, which is why I have had my eye on The Press Shop for quite some time now.

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This café is a must for those who love aesthetically pleasing surroundings. There are brick walls, painted white. There are large windows, letting in all the natural light your heart desires. There is a hint of greenery on every table. And the coffee… it was A+.

Sidenote: I wish I had taken a photo of the entrance because it is absolutely gorgeous, but I guess you’ll have to go there and see for yourself!

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Not only does this cafe serve great coffee and delicious food (I had the vegetable breakky wrap which I can highly recommend), but you can also pick up some trendy stationery (including Kate Spade – drool) or a handmade card or two from Bespoke Letterpress.

In fact, I realised that I had previously bought a few Bespoke Letterpress birthday cards for various people from Harry Hartog Bookseller. What a coinkydink.

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As mentioned on The Press Shop’s website, ‘our space is an accumulation of our design studio, print studio, letterpress stationery store and café all contained within the one beautiful space’… and really, it does not disappoint.
After you have had your fill of coffee and nibbles, walk down the street past the beautiful boutiques towards Green Lane. As you walk through the gates at Green Lane, you are greeted by greenery billowing out of The Orangery, part of The Potting Shed. There are many glorious plants for sale (cacti, succulents – you name it), alongside beautiful vintage pots and all the accessories a gardener could imagine.

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When you continue down the lane, you find yourself in a courtyard – a courtyard in which dreams are made of. There is greenery everywhere, and so many places to explore. We ducked into Dirty Janes – an emporium full of all things vintage/antique. We could have spent hours here, wandering through the 75+ dealers in the incredibly large warehouse – but alas, we had places to be.

I left R at one of the stores to hunt through vinyls, and wandered through the rest of the warehouse, eyeing off all the vintage clothes and antiques on offer (including old designer jewellery, books and old cameras). Perhaps once I know more about film cameras, I’ll return and buy one of these beauties!

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After I had covered most of the stores, and R most of the vinyls (see below for the happy vinyl collector), we decided to continue on our way… but that is a blog post for another time.

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Affectionately Yours,

Anika x