After another challenging year, many of us have come to appreciate our local neighbourhood more than ever.
And what better way to show your appreciation than by supporting local businesses this Christmas.
Here’s a handy guide to where to eat, buy and give around Potts Point this festive season.
Eat (and drink)
With so many fabulous cafés, restaurants and bars in Potts Point we’re spoiled for choice. This selection of new and old places is just the start:
- Macleay St Bistro: A fixture on the Potts Point foodie scene for more than 30 years, this local favourite offers fine dining at its very best. Their three-course $90 set menu for eight or more people could be just the thing to kick off your festive season.
- Dear Saint Eloise: This atmospheric wine bar showcases wines from Australia and around the world. A great spot for a cosy Christmas catch-up.
- Dulcie’s: For a deliciously boho atmosphere for your Christmas cocktails, you can’t go past Dulcie’s on Darlinghurst Rd. Named after Dulcie Dreamer, writer, thespian, journalist and founder of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, Dulcie’s serves exclusively Australian wine and spirits, with gift vouchers available.
- Jangling Jack’s: An intimate bar with a New Orleans speakeasy vibe, Jangling Jack’s serves up great cocktails with a side of jazz every Sunday.
And if you’re looking to support new businesses, you’ll find a great list of new neighbourhood eateries here, including Casa Merida, and Neil Perry’s new venture, Margaret, down at Double Bay (which does gift vouchers, too).
Looking to spoil someone with something special? These Potts Point favourites have got you sorted:
- Macleay on Manning features an eclectic array of Australian and internationally sourced gifts, homewares and lifestyle items.
- Baz Inc showcases a beautiful range of womenswear, all Australian made and designed by Potts Point local, Baz.
- Potts Point Galleries Sydney stocks rare collectable pieces brought to you by over 28 expert antique and decorative art dealers.
- For pint-sized presents, head to Lizzie Potts Kids, which stocks a range of quality books, toys, clothing and more. Gift vouchers are available.
- The large range of titles available at the independently run Potts Point Bookshop makes it a great place for a gift. They also offer gift vouchers in-person or over the phone.
Buy (with a twist)
If you’re after a unique gift, try these:
- Grab a membership or three-class pass from Hustle Boxing for the fitness enthusiast in your life.
- Select a swanky vintage suit or a designer dress from the well-stocked racks at the marvellous Potts Point Vintage.
- For some true pampering, try a gift voucher from Zen Day Spa or Headcase Hair.
- Know someone who needs their plants watered while they’re away, their parcels collected or some odd jobs taken care of? Contact Mark Day at Hey Felix, Potts Point’s very own concierge, to help you organise a practical, thoughtful gift.
- Short on time and need to shop after hours? Want to combine retail therapy with a bit of food and wine? No problem. Check out the Potts Point Shop Late initiative, running on the evenings of 6th and 20th December from 5pm-8pm around the area.
Giving back is the ultimate expression of love for our local area. So this festive season, why not donate to one of the many charities that support Potts Point and the eastern suburbs?
- The local institution that is the Wayside Chapel has provided community care and support since 1964. They accept one-off or monthly donations.
- Our local hospital, the iconic St Vincent’s Hospital, accepts donations for their award-winning healthcare work.
- The award-winning Backpack Bed for Homeless provides clean, warm bedding to homeless people in Sydney’s inner city and across the country. One-off and regular donations accepted.
- Your donation to Pets in the Park, held at St John’s Anglican Church in Darlinghurst, helps fund veterinary services for the pets of people experiencing homelessness.
- Women’s daytime refuge, Lou’s Place, maybe moving from Potts Point to Redfern after serving our local community since 1999, but you can still donate to this worthy initiative that has helped thousands of women over the years.
- Donate to the Sydney Street Choir then head to the annual Lights of Christmas event at St Mary’s Cathedral on 9 December to watch the choir perform.
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