10 questions with Aubrey Daquinag of The Love Assembly
Aubrey Daquinag is founder of successful Australian travel blog The Love Assembly and freelances for Condé Nast Traveller. Global Blue speaks exclusively to Aubrey about her favourite shopping haunts and Sydney’s famous fish markets
How would you describe Sydney style?
There’s definitely a mixed bag of individual style in Sydney but there’s always that sense of a relaxed, casual and effortless vibe to the way people dress.
What are your favourite places to shop in Sydney?
For Australian high-street stores there’s Witchery and Country Road on Pitt Street that have a nice selection, sitting alongside Spanish giant Zara. In the Westfield complex, there’s also a nice mix of international stores, premium brands and dining options. There are also the luxury flagship stores like Chanel, Prada, Gucci and Tiffany on Castlereagh Street.
Make your way over to The Intersection in Paddington for a range of Australian designers including Camilla and Marc, Sass & Bide, and, my favourites, Zimmermann and Bassike.
Close by in Paddington, you’ll also find boutiques Incu and The Corner Shop that are top picks for international designer labels like Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and Acne.
I also love The Winery, Surry Hills and Rozelle markets for the thrill of finding second-hand and vintage treasures.
In your opinion, what’s the best landmark, building or attraction in Sydney, and why?
I’d definitely say the Sydney Harbour Bridge – conquer the climb and you’ll be rewarded with the view from the top which is breathtaking!
What is one restaurant you must visit when in Sydney?
It’s not really a restaurant but the Sydney Fish Markets are popular for a reason – great fresh food. The seafood is fresh, tasty and there’s a wide variety to choose from. My favourite restaurant? Nomad – a warm and inviting restaurant serving plenty of beautiful house-made food in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills.
What makes Sydney special?
The beautiful weather and beaches. I’ve experienced winters around the world and ours is definitely the easiest to cope with!
What is one secret or insider tip would you offer for exploring the city?
Get off the beaten path and just wander. Hire a bicycle and explore!
Which is Sydney’s best beach?
There’s Bondi Beach, of course, that’s our most popular beach, but if you want to beat the crowds for a day, make a trip over to Wattamolla at the Royal National Park (south of Sydney) for lagoons, waterfalls and a beach in the middle of the Australian bush.
If you could recommend one thing to buy in the city, what would it be?
Ugg Boots are a really popular purchase for foreigners visiting Sydney (and great for keeping your toes warm at home in the middle of winter!) but I would say buy an experience and book in to climb at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You won’t regret it! A purchase from an Australian designer like Zimmermann wouldn’t hurt either – the dresses and swimwear are my favourite!
What product do you always take with you when you travel?
I never go without my camera.
What three items should every woman have in her wardrobe?
A little black dress, classic blue jeans and a leather jacket.
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