When did you last shop the strip?
From homewares to hand-made chocolates, local and Australian fashion labels - here's 20 reasons why Darby St has our shopping heart.See our handpicked guides to Newcastle
BY ALICIA POOLE
You might think you're all over what's happening on Darby St, but when did you last do a lap? Whilst we love it for the chilled streetside dining, quality coffee and delicious eats, it's the boutique shopping scene that makes us smile. With a smart collection of independently owned boutiques and village type atmosphere it's nice to take a wander, coffee in hand, and get a little familiar again.
Vintage Inspired & Lifestyle Fashion
Step inside this eclectic, vintage-inspired boutique for all your frocks, lifestyle wears, shoes including preloved cowboy boots, and accessories. Girls, guys, grannies, curvy ladies and everyone in between will find a treasure here.
High Tea with Mrs. Woo
Fashion, Gifts & Homewares
Australian-made, this small-run clothing store keeps the emphasis on designing eloquent, comfortable clothing and accessories with natural fabrics. Sisters, Rowena, Juliana & Angela Foong have been patternmaking, sampling, cutting and producing designs from their store since 2004, finding inspiration in memory, story and landscape to create their signature pieces.
Fashion, Jewellery & Homewares
Specialising in unique treasures and textiles, paper goods, jewellery and homewares, fashion and folk, Betty Mim is a collective of old and new focusing on independent and local designers and makers; there’s nothing mass produced here.
Fashion & Music
Tiff & Tim introduced fashion to Darby St and continue to bring a smart collection of Men’s & Women’s staples, a specialised selection of Vinyl, CD’S, books & Polaroid film. From King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard to John Coltrane, Ray-Ban wayfarers to organic cotton t-shirts…Abicus is committed to supporting both local and international artists and designers.
Self-pronounced ‘architect for the human body’; Jean Bas is the studio that produces bespoke creations for racewear, Mother of the Bride, Bridal or special occasions. Limited edition and made onsite in her stunning boutique makes for a unique shopping experience.
Fashion and accessories for the ladies
If your preference is to shop independent and you love a good browse through a beautifully styled boutique, then Scout is where you need to head. Scout brings its very own niche of fashion collectives, with the likes of Spell & The Gypsy Collective, Finders Keepers, Status Anxiety and Afends, just to name a few; Scout covers all of your fashion & lifestyle needs.
Clothing, Swimwear, Shoes & Accessories
The bohemian-inspired women’s fashion label features clothing and accessories of an exotic nature. You’ll find their guanabana label alongside Talulah, Faithfull The Brand, The Bare Road and Amuse society; just to name a few. Together with their fully stocked store on Darby, you can even purchase online – double win!
Fashion, Gifts & Homewares
Stocking handmade, locally made brands which you can’t find anywhere else in Newcastle. You’ll find anything and everything from screen printed t-shirts, handmade greeting cards, short-run magazines, handmade fashion accessories; the list goes on.
Pork Ewe Deli
Cheese and Charcuterie
Here you’ll discover a unique range of products which are sourced from small producers or family-run businesses. An expertly selected cheese and charcuterie store, Pork Ewe Deli also has a range of yummy gifts!
Blue Star Elements
Fashion & Gifts
A unique gift shop selling a wide selection of items including jewellery, women’s clothing & footwear, homewares, plants, plant pots, novelty accoutrements, candles, soaps, leather goods, cards and more!
Willows Home Traders
Furniture, Homewares & Art
A carefully curated collection of homewares, furniture, skin care and art. All of which stick to a very Australian theme with the store housing local artists' work on the walls whenever possible.
Fashion & Flowers
A florist and clothing boutique store, specialising in wedding florals, your daily bouquet and designer threads. A collaboration between sisters Morgan & Nichole Clark, who design in an unstructured, wild and on-trend style. Expect to find labels such as Maurie and Eve, Lover, Christie Nicole as well as Nichole’s own fashion line Payten Made.
Too Cool for School
Kids Clothing, Gifts & Accessories
Not your typical kids' clothing store; you’ll find no primary colours or ABC’s on the walls, or the usual kiddie paraphernalia. Too Cool for School doesn’t take itself too seriously but appreciates that kids’ clothes should be fun and look good at the same time.
Described as a men’s streetwear and lifestyle store, the brothers work with local artists to stock a unique range of clothing that at times has a quirky Newy flavour to it. In store you’ll find a crisp retail space with the collection dispersed amongst massive graffiti artworks that take-over much of the walls.
The unique thing about Coco Monde is that everything is made on site, including all the chocolates, ice-creams, honeycombs, marshmallows and cakes. Not just a divine chocolateria dessert cafe, they also have a range of goodie gifts!
The new kids on the block, Koda, specialise in Boho fashion and accessories. Born out of a collaboration with Josh & Jase, the team behind Scrubba body and Jess (Ted) from Teddy Mac Boutique, Koda opened their doors early this year. Besides Scrubba Body, you can shop labels such as
Born out of a life-long love affair with all things used, salvaged and saved, Cream is the brainchild of Jonathan Head. Every item in the store has been lovingly hand-picked or custom-made; making each piece unique and special. Cream’s passion is taking something old, re-imagining it and making it new again.
From quirky to your classic, sporty or your ultra chic, you'll find a unique selection of shades for the ladies, gents and even the kids at Custom EyeCare.
Predominately an organic supermarket, Natural Tucker provides wholesome and organic food, products and even a gift for that vegan family member or friend of yours.
Blooms on Darby
Vintage styled florist, drawn to unusual textures and with a love of working with varieties that are a little different, or anything that captures their eye. Blooms on Darby are here to help you spoil your loved one, or yourself with a big beautiful bunch of flowers.