The magic of organic
Living on the north shore of Sydney, we’ve got the best of views, climate, and lifestyle – all great for our wellbeing. But, hidden in our neighborhoods, there are little gems committed to making organic food, clothing, and other healthy essentials readily available to infuse natural goodness into every area of our lives.
Here are some of my favourites, and new discoveries. There’s something for everyone, shopping and living on the north shore.
If you’re looking for organic clothing
Knowing you’ve got beautiful, natural threads against your skin is just one of the ways you can live your best life. Everything that comes through the door of Blaek Store ticks the boxes of being sustainable, ethical, and organic. The shop began as a pop-up at Freshwater Market and has blossomed into a one-stop-shop for all things naturally produced. Nudie Jeans have a presence here and the store is an ‘official repair partner’ of the ethical Australian denim brand. We love newcomer swimwear brand Sauce Swim for their sustainable beachwear and Kowtow’s conscious knits.
210 Pittwater Rd, Manly
If you’re looking for organic wine
Do you want to know where your wine originates from? Not just the area the grapes are harvested in, but rather how they are grown and nourished? Fans of natural wines will find an incredible collection at Winona wine store in Manly. The selection supports small-scale producers that all work with organic practices in the vineyard. The grapes are then fermented naturally and when it comes to additives such as preservatives – nothing! Standout labels include Yetti And The Kokonut and Slow Lane. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and helpful, so if you need a crash course in natural wines, this is the place to stop off.
Shop 9/2-14 Pittwater Rd, Manly
If you’re looking for organic bread
You’ll need to hit Manly Markets on a Sunday to find Paddy The Baker. The authentic Irish baker became famous for his Irish Soda Bread but now bakes up treats including gluten-free bread, Guinness pies, and his famous mixed berry and white chocolate scones. Paddy also commits to using organic ingredients and stays clear of preservatives, so you know his range is as healthy as it is delicious. If you’re going to treat yourself to carbs, they might as well be organic ones, right?
If you’re after organic groceries
Ruby Lane Wholefoods is much loved by locals for its nutrient-dense dishes. For example, their rainbow bowl features a bowl brimming with goodness in the form of grilled broccolini, carrot hummus, marinated greens, spiced buckwheat, avocado, and dukkha with a beetroot cracker. Most of the foods they use in their dishes are available in their adjacent grocery store, where you can also dip into recipe books, nutrition books, and healthy eating guides for inspiration. The store staff is also happy to share information and dish up all sorts of advice to transform your kitchen and home cooking style into an organic way.
200 Pittwater Rd, Manly
If you’re after organic hair care
Looking after yourself goes beyond the healthy and organic foods and ingredients you put into your body. What about the chemicals you expose your body to from the outside? Hedge Hair Co is a salon committed to caring for hair naturally, with organic, eco-friendly, and chemical-free products. They use and stock some of the best certified organic hair care products such as Natulique, Davroe, and Evo. They offer a refill station for Everscents organic hair care products too. The gorgeous Scandi-inspired salon is a beautiful space to relax in and their environmental ethos extends to the use of eco-friendly cleaning products and 98% of their waste is recycled.
120 Beatrice St, Balgowlah Heights