The largest town in Southern Highlands, Bowral bears historic establishments, alluring gardens, eclectic eateries, wineries and markets, there’s little wonder why many Sydney-siders have their weekend retreats at Bowral. The shopping in Bowral offers a vast and diverse curation of brands from Australia and around the globe, as well as the wares of many local creatives. Most shops are known as mini emporiums, featuring everything from homewares and fashion labels to irresistible gems. Here are our pick of the stand-out shops in Bowral that you must visit when you are in town.
Image: The Potting Shed
Whether you’re looking for gifts, fashion or homewares, Babilonia has it all. The luxury lifestyle store, housed in a charming cottage on Boolwey Street, is the epitome of country sophistication. The store has also built a reputation for quality design elements in home fragrances, women’s fashion, jewellery and homewares in trendy as well as classic styles. Expect Australian and international brands such as Cire Trudon scented candles from Paris, Post & Co leather belts from Italy, and Bouviet Jewellery from Australia.
21 Boolwey Street, Bowral, NSW 2576 | Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm; Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 10am – 3pm
Barbara’s Storehouse offers an eclectic mix of mid-century modern, nautical and vintage furniture and home décor. The team makes it a point to constantly change the stock so that every shopping experience is unique and different. Buyers also travel to South-East Asia every year to source new products, keeping their range fresh and interesting. Wicker chairs, ceramic bowls, reclaimed tables and framed prints are some highlights.
284 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
Cloth & General is exactly as it sounds – a lifestyle concept store that offers an exquisite edit of clothing and general items, including gifts and homewares from all over the world. Despite the eclectic mix of products, each piece has one thing in common: they are treasured items, specially handpicked for their simple design philosophy of beauty, form and function. Cloth & General offers fashion and homewares that are both beautiful and inspiring and spread a lovely relaxing vibe.An array of brands like Paul & Joe, A.B, Lee Mathews, Rabens Saloner, Tine K, Wonki Ware and Towels from The Beach People is just a small teaser of what you’ can expect.
1/23 Boolwey Street, Bowral NSW 2576
Cooking enthusiasts are in for a treat at Cookshop Plus. The emphasis of this shop is the kitchen with a strong focus on the essentials needed in both the home and commercial arena. As the name suggests, this shop offers a full range of stylish, high quality and affordable dining, entertaining essentials and hostess gifts.
340 Bong Bong Street, Bowral NSW 2576
No visit to the Southern Highlands is complete unless you drop by Dirty Janes. Vintage and antique lovers be warned, you might just fall head over heels at Dirty Janes. Offering ‘The Best in Vintage’, Dirty Janes consists of two sections: Dirty Janes Emporium and Dirty Janes Antique Market run by a father-daughter team with a passion for imported European and American antiques. The emporium offers antique furniture, lighting, décor items and other preloved home furnishings, while the antique market is a massive warehouse hosting more than 70 independent dealers peddling vintage pieces that range from art deco to country styles.
13-15 Banyette St, Bowral NSW 2576
Multi-label boutiques are always great finds, no matter which part of the world you’re in and Quirkee Birds is evidence of that. Featuring a wide range of labels from Europe, the Americas and Australia, the store specialises in edgy street wear by labels such as Nolita, Odd Molly, Maison Scotch, Hunky Dory, American Vintage, and Australia’s Juicy Bear and Mela Purdie. Quirkee Birds also has an online store called Born Again Fashion, which allows users to buy and sell preloved luxury fashion at bargain prices.
372 Bong Bong Street, Bowral, NSW 2576
For over 20 years, the Bowral Bookshop (formerly known as Angus & Robertson) has been enticing bookworms with their massive range of carefully curated, hard-to-find out-of-stock titles and gems for your bookshelf. The cosy bookshop, which acts more like a library than a shop, has become quite an establishment in the Bowral precinct, inviting readers near and far to pick up a book or stay for hours.
311 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
New kid on the block is The Potting Shed. This divine garden and homewares edit in Bong Bong Street specialises in topiary, heirloom perennials and edibles as well as vintage garden furniture, decorative gates, pots and architectural pieces. You’ll find the space in the courtyard in front of Dirty Janes. Why not take the opportunity to grab a delicious HIghlands meal at Harry’s on Green Lane while you are there. Beside experiencing outstanding the food, your eyes will also be in for a feast with the perfectly styled space that takes you back to yesteryear like nowhere else.
15-17 Banyette St, Bowral NSW 2576
The Press Shop is where a design studio and print studio meets letterpress stationery store and a delicious cafe. Sip a cup of freshly brewed 5 Senses Coffee and enjoy a sweet treat while watching the family of vintage presses (the oldest dates back to 1893) print the beautifully old-fashioned way. You won’t escape without taking some of their beautifully crafted products.
391-397 Bong Bong Street, Bowral 2576 NSW
Experience a visual extravaganza of treasures and pleasures like jewellery, ornaments, textiles, beadwork and adornments and a small collection of womenswear sourced from faraway places at Three Wise Monkeys. All items are globally sourced, handmade, unique and ethical.
312 Bong Bong Street, Bowral NSW 2576