Late last year, a cute little pop-up shop opened on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst – Sydney’s first pop-up shop dedicated to celebrating local, seasonal and sustainable foods, hand-crafted by Sydney-based artisans, chefs and urban farmers. Following on from the success of the project, a wonderful new shop opened this March in our neighbourhood. Real Food is on Enmore Road, just down from Hartsyard, one of our favourite restaurants.
The shop is a treasure trove of produce from boutique producers such as Farmer Jo, Maya Sunny Honey, The Little General and also local food heroes, Black Star Pastry and Cornersmith. So when we got an email from Kate asking if she could stock our tea, I raced up there that afternoon with a delivery of Sencha and Genmaicha.
You will definitely “ooh and ahh” at all the treats at Real Food but it’s also a beautifully styled space that’s full of vintage wares and salvaged Australian timber, crafted into furniture, mirrors and lighting. Another great thing (aside from Popcorn the Pig who stands at the front door) is how the space is transformed for dinners, cooking classes and demonstrations. There’s been tortilla, jam, pastry and pasta sauce making, pickling, wine tasting and a Mexican family dinner!
What more can we say other than they got the recipe right when this pop-up shop was created. It has been a huge success and a great addition to the inner west. Get down there quickly as the store is closing on 14 April. Check out more great pictures on Real Food’s Facebook page.