Sydney By Emma Kalfus
Shot on the streets of Sydney by renowned street-style photographer Dan Roberts, our latest editorial Black Tie was styled by styling extraordinaire, Emma Kalfus.
Emma Kalfus may not originally hail from Sydney but the freelance stylist, fashion contributor at Elle Australia and partner of Side-Note is widely regarded as an it-girl of the city.
Influential in the Australian contemporary fashion space, a creative mind and our styling hero, Emma share’s her top spots of this vibrant city.
Like any true Sydney-Sider, Emma confesses “I’m happiest by the ocean”. Her place in Sydney’s east is close-by the water, the ocean visible from the end of her street.
Here are Emma’s top beach picks narrowed down, to just three; East, Tamarama Beach. North, Whale Beach. Harbour Side, Kutti/Camp Cove.
When not at the beach, you’ll find Emma at her favourite coffee spot in a pair of high-rise, relaxed, authentic denim jeans. Our Charlotte Straight Jean her favourite fit of the moment.
Emma’s top place for breakfast is Shuk in North Bondi. The bakery/café supplies eastern Sydney with authentic Israeli fusion, as well as classic dishes such as Shakshuka (baked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce). Shuk also offers a variety of pastries and breads, so if you can’t stay, pop in for a take away pastry or coffee.
For dinner, why not pop into Paddington culinary establishment, Fred’s. The stylish, French country style restaurant heroes fresh, seasonal produce and cooking with fire. Food is simple, modern Australian cuisine.
“Fred's is my current favourite for a semi-fancy one (have a pre drink at the front bar or a night cap downstairs at Charlie Parker’s).”
While you’re in the neighbourhood, Emma recommends visiting another institution, Berkelouw Books. A beautiful, high-ceilinged, family run bookshop this place is not only filled with literature, but also a rich history. The café upstairs providing an ideal place to curl up with a book recommended by one of the amazingly knowledgeable staff.
Another landmark spot of Emma’s is the Ritz Cinema in Randwick. The Art Deco cinema, now heritage listed, is the last remaining picture house in the Eastern Suburbs. Opened in 1937, the Ritz remains family owned and operated to this day. The cinema’s wonderful glory has been perfectly preserved, apparent in its original light fittings. Be transported back in time in the 800-seat theatre, while catching one of Hollywood’s latest releases.
For the Art lovers, White Rabbit Gallery of Chippendale is on Emma’s list of contemporary art spaces to check out. The gallery has been in operation since 2009, and is now known for housing the world’s most significant collection of Chinese contemporary art.
“White Rabbit Gallery comprises some of the best contemporary Chinese art in the world and has the best gift store. It’s my go to when I have no idea what to buy a friend...”
Like any devout Sydney-sider, Emma has a healthy obsession with exercise. Her daily routine starts off with a run, followed by an ocean swim. Sydney provides a plethora of beautiful running spots, whether they’re iconic Cliffside Ocean paths or a little more off the beaten track. If you’re a runner, walker, or up for some adventure, why not hit the track between Diamond Bay and Camp Cove.
“Running the coastal track from Diamond Bay to Camp Cove is quite phenomenal. It starts with board walk views off the cliffs out to the ocean and ends with views of the harbour. You also can’t really beat Bondi to Bronte/Clovelly on a calm day....”
Staying active for Emma will also typically include practicing Yoga and Pilates. Her top pick for Reformer Pilates is holistic, state-of-the-art wellness centre, The Well, in Bondi.
If you’re looking at hitting the mat Emma speaks highly of One Hot Yoga, in Potts Point, “it’s bliss”. Here you are able to practice an array of Yoga forms, beginner to advanced, hot or regular.
Once the activity is complete, it’s time to indulge. Perfectly capturing Bronte’s zest for health, Tribe is a go-to for all things beauty. Another of Emma’s favourites, nestled in the streets of Bondi, is revaluating space, Nimbus Co. Whether you opt for a session of infrared sauna, Yin Yoga or any of their treatments, you are sure to detoxify at Nimbus Co.
“I only ever go to Tribe in Bronte where I have the hour of power (facial /light treatment / brow and lash tint and manicure) and Nimbus and Co for infrared saunas when I’ve had a big week at work (or night out on the town)...”
Not only a good friend of Nobody Denim, Emma is the ultimate guide to what this health obsessed, beach cultured, compelling metropolis has to offer. Enjoy!