Cafes Mosman, NSWNice big bakery with a cafe and lots of seating. Frequented by lots of gym goers as it is next door to fitness first. Their sourdough bread is nice and I often grab a loaf here. They slice it for you too making it convenient for sandwich making for busy mums.
Department Stores Castle Hill, NSWI'm in that phase of my life where kids parties seem to be dotting on my calendar more and more. We, being the unorganized parents that we are often found ourselves roaming Kmart looking to find suitable presents. Kmart have lots of great toys, from classics like hungry hippo board games to the newer brands like 'shopkins'. They also have some nice craft sets and themed items such as Frozen dolls. We also found some great swimming accessories for kids at good prices.
Home Entertainment Retailers Macquarie Park, NSWI find myself in here, as I follow my husband on his technology adventures. They sell Mac books, go pros and even appliances. The staff as young and quirky, but super friendly and knowledgeable. It's a nerd heaven in here with gamers, and technology enthusiasts meeting in one Fluro yellow and black sharpie decorated hub.
Takeaways Macquarie Park, NSWIf Nugs is life, I totally rate KFC. There's the endless debate over which nuggets are the best. My dollar is on KFC, this store makes them pretty well too probably due to the high turnover. Add some sweet and sour sauce and this mummy has a great lunch that is quick to eat.
Lingerie Retailers Macquarie Park, NSWA small but nice store selling active wear and sleep wear. They have good accessories too, found some undergarment accessories to help wear tricky clothing, and it was very affordable compared to other stores and brands!
Clothing Retailers Macquarie Park, NSWA small store, the staff were helpful and welcoming. The clothes are nicely merchandised and on trend, with nice detailing and quality fabrics. You can find items with a wool or cashmere blend and some tops feel very nice, especially their stretchy basics. Their boots are made from really nice leather too, but have a high price point of around $250.
Clothing Retailers North Ryde, NSWYouth fashion that is on trend and some items are actually really well made. The prices are around $59 an item which is a little steep given the international brands that are now around. I tend to shop in the sale section and found some nice cardigans and basics.
Department Stores Ryde, NSWLove browsing the aisles especially the kids clothes section. I found a pair of baby tights for $5. Their full price items aren't much more either but their clothes are on trend and have nice designs. They recently did a Peter morrisey collaboration and lots of that collection for kids is on sale. I got a top and pant set for $15. They also stock kardashian kids if you are interested in glittery gold and white styled clothes for your baby.
Supermarket & Grocery Stores Lane Cove, NSWLots of parking at this large supermarket and the ramp escalators make it pram friendly. Lots of registers too and parking is ticketless but has a limit of 2 hours.
Cafes Mosman, NSWSo we often come here for breakfast but this was the first time we had come for lunch. It was amazing, and this is now my go to place for a healthy salad. I ordered the chicken salad which was fresh, crispy and had nicely cooked poached chicken. I had a serious case of food envy when my friend's tuna salad came out! Not tuna from a can, instead, light pan seared fresh tuna on a bed of greens with a light vinaigrette dressing. I said I wanted to try some but really, I wanted to eat the whole thing...
Hospitals Killara, NSWPart of the Adventist hospital family (like the SAN), this hospital is a small establishment in the residential area of Killara. The staff are so lovely and caring and even though there are mostly day patients, they treat you with care and patience. Lots of free parking too!
Arts & Crafts Retailers Sydney, NSWA huge store and very conveniently located in the city. Lots of fabrics, buttons, and haberdashery. Not many staff so you really need to fend for yourself a bit. The line is pretty hectic at around 5:30pm, but with Halloween and book week happening, I guess there have been a lot of busy parents preparing for all the dress ups.
General Retailers Kensington, NSWGreat baby's tire where you can pretty much find everything you need. They have good sales throughout the year. The store is a little hard to find as they are located in the car park, a little walk away from the rest of the homemaker centre. A secret register is at the front of the store, on the left as you walk out. Go there if the line is long at the central register.
Department Stores Sydney, NSWThey recently had a baby sale and I found a baby blanket reduced from $160 down to $12... yes I couldn't believe my eyes, I took it to the register and they confirmed, it was $12. I almost felt like I was doing something dodgy as I walked out of the store! David jones has really great quality products but clearly they also have good bargains!
Coffee & Tea Suppliers Alexandria, NSWOne of the famous coffee brands in Sydney, it did not disappoint. The coffee was smooth and delicious. The staff are fun, young hipster types but they are very friendly.
Gourmet Mosman, NSWI can't believe we only realised this, but this place is part of Citibank' wine and dining program! Yep! Every time we eat here, we get a free bottle of wine because we have a Citibank credit card! It makes me sad thinking about all the wine we have been missing out on, but there is plenty of time to make amends! At $43 a bottle, it is definitely a great incentive to come here for dinner, fresh pasta, papa's ricotta cheese cake and now, free wine... YES!