It's not unusual for locals to start the day here with a super food smoothie or single origin brew, and finish it with stronger nightcap or two in the evening - then do it all again the next day.
For a few pre-dinner nibbles head to Gerard's Bar. Pull up a stool at the long bench and have the bartender serve up one of their specialised cocktails or charcuterie board.
Meet family or friends for dinner or long lazy lunch on the shaded terrace at Harvey's Bar & Bistro. Enjoy food inspired by the street stalls of Asia at the Chow House or Italian at Bucci. Fussy eaters will find a range of healthy super food (to go) options at the Pineapple Express Box Cafe. Night owls can find a cosy corner in converted stables at the Farrier Bar & Supper Club until 2am.
Stock up on your favourite home wares at Wheel & Barrow, The Pottery Barn, and Dinosaur Designs, and necessary pantry items at James St Market and with a wide range of artisan foods, couture cakes and pastries at Jocelyn's Provisions. The boutique New Farm Confectionery is like Willy Wonka's for grown-ups; their exclusive range of fine hand-made Belgian chocolates will make exquisite Easter gifts.
Skincare and cosmetic retailers Aesop and Mecca Cosmetica are here. The best in one-off European designs from casual to formal are found at Calexico and you will find a shoe to match any outfit at Maryon's with designs by Robert Clergerie, Aquazzura and Tod's to name a few. Fans of Sass & Bide's sassy outfits and Camilla's signature style bohemian prints will be in their element. You'll also now find a select collection of fashion, beauty and accessories at the DJ's. Popular labels include Zimmermann, Yves St Laurent, Dior, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Prada and Jimmy Choo. Don't forget to check out James Street's local designers Samantha Ogilvie , Gail Sorronda and jewellery by Natasha Schweitzer.
Immerse yourself in a little culture by booking a Matcha tea making ceremony at Scrumptious Reads - the bookstore for passionate cooks. TWFINEART, discreetly tucked away on nearby Robertson Street, showcases and sells the work of a wide range of inspirational and innovative modern artworks, including digital, from around the world. New works are exhibited every month. And food lovers can continue to indulge their passion for gastronomy at the James Street Cooking School.
Debbie Neilson-Hunter 3/5/17