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Parramatta Road, Camperdown-Glebe

Sydney Morning Herald

Thursday March 31, 2011

Julietta Jameson

Some amazing antiques and cool blokey things await the savvy shopper who stops on this unassuming stretch of one of the city's busiest thoroughfares, writes Julietta Jameson. 1. Deus Ex Machina, 98-104 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, 8594 2800This great emporium of cool stuff, including motorbikes, accessories and apparel, is the place to go for biker chic.The core of the business is custom motorbikes but in this pitch-perfect 1940s garage-inspired space you will find lovely soft vintage leather biker jackets, sunglasses with a retro flavour (think Gael Garcia Bernal in The Motorcycle Diaries) and cool pre-loved and new boots and helmets with panache, as well as some more general apparel for men, women and children.The adjoining cafe, with its communal tables and inventive breakfasts, is hugely popular with locals and weekend Harley warriors who stop by on their way out of town.2. Coco Living 88-90 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, 9565 1013Don't be put off by the slightly scruffy exterior of the place, especially if you're interested in good-quality reproductions.Coco Living carries an intriguing range of French and English old-style furniture, some polished, painted white or black, or gold and silver leaf.If you're after a witty little antique-style accent for an eclectic decor style or to bring a point of interest to a more minimal interior, you just might find something here.Standouts when Essential Style dropped by included some swoonworthy velvet-upholstered Victorian-style chaise lounges with matching smoker chairs.There were also some perky white-painted Louis-style chairs covered in bright fabrics, English-style partners' desks in a variety of sizes and some character-laden bedside tables.3. Antiques & More 66-70 Parramatta Road, Glebe, 9557 8929Formerly in Woollahra, Antiques & More has been in business for decades. And the collections show it. There's a depth of quality here that beggars belief. These are serious antiques (with the accompanying price tags).The large store is full of gleaming dark wood these are, in large part, masculine pieces with solidness and gravitas, sure to add a grand presence to a home.Of particular prominence is the suite of desks, from ornate kidney-shaped writing tables with intricate gold leaf and leather trim to robust, earnest partners' desks.You will also find in store some simply incredible statues in bronze from Italy, France and England, a range of antique glass and lamps from around the world, dining tables, chairs and other occasional furniture.4. Glebe Antique Centre 62 Parramatta Road, Glebe, 9692 9577We love this crowded shop full of all manner of old stuff, from bric-a-brac to large investment pieces of furniture.Downstairs is a remarkable range of antique beds, from infant cots to romantic four-posters, among other unusual and unique items around which to build a room.Upstairs you'll find some absolute treasures: everything from a Beverly Hillbillies annual and old school bags to exquisite jewellery, clocks and more.5. Austiques 58 Parramatta Road, Glebe, 9660 4684Chandeliers and gold abound in a mad collection of ornateness. Think crazy Russian ornaments, life-sized Austrian wood carvings of bears, crazy cuckoo clocks as big as bath-tubs and Moorish lamps finished in glittering gold leaf.There are huge armoires and dining tables, massive Italian religious paintings and Australia's biggest collection of chandeliers in this shop.The owners shop in New York, where the Upper East Side dwellers have been casting off their chattels after the global financial crisis. And the winner, as they say, is Sydney.You will be hard-pressed to find such an amazing array of decorative and ornate antiques anywhere else in the country.Get in quick, though.Cafe Hernandez 1 Arundel Street, GlebeThe legendary 24-hour Kings Cross coffee roaster has an offshoot. And here it is, right opposite the main gate to the uni. Needless to say, the coffee is awesome and the paella and other Spanish nibbles are bueno.

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