Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

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Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Donna Hay Shortbread biscuits

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Old fashioned wax straws

The amazing thing about girlfriends is their innate capacity to shop and consume sweets. I couldn't live without them (girlfriends, shopping or sweets) and so when Teena, Gina and I finish our 6 course meal at Marque, we jump in the car looking for more things to eat and buy. Zumbo was a little too far out of Gina's route home so we decided to pop in on the brand spanking new Donna Hay store in Woollahra.

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Bird house decorations

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Route 29 goodies

Set in a residential street, it's not the place you'd necessarily expect to stumble upon a store. Beautifully merchandised, it's filled with Donna Hay merchandise that is not available at David Jones as well as other boutiquey brands from all over the world, many of which I haven't seen in other stores. Things are definitely on the adorable side although they aren't without a price tag to match with a teddy bear retailing for $360 and little bird feeders for $200+ and twine for $30. It doesn't stop me from wanting many things though.

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Baby Eames Replica chair - me wanty!

Other items such as the Baby Eames replica chair are priced at $800 (is it wrong that I think that this is good value?). Of course no visit here is complete without a cupcake liner purchase and I'm happy to see that they've got two sizes of the French pleated liners that I've been carefully rationing.

[Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Cupcake liner heaven

We're interested in the sweet treats that you can buy. Unfortunately as it's a residential area, there is nowhere to sit and eat your goodies. In fact, there is a petition for shoppers to sign so that the shop is allowed to sell takeaway coffees but for now, goodies are strictly a takeaway affair. Towards the back of the store is the macaron display and they also bake cupcakes and brownies using the Donna Hay recipe mixes sold in the store. Clever!

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

The baking area and macaron display

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Cupcakes and truffles made on the premises using the Donna Hay mixes

Leaving the store with our goodies, we walk along Queen Street trying to find a place to sit down and sample these. We buy coffees and juices and create our own impromptu picnic.

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Pistachio Macaron $3.95

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Chocolate brownie

The brownies have a nice crispy top and a chewy texture. The macarons aren't bad, although at $3.95 they're quite a bit pricier than other places.

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Shortbread dolls $3.95

The shortbread is adorable but quite sweet with the royal icing on top.

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Peanut Butter Sticks

We were intrigued by the American brand Route 29's Peanut Butter sticks (as Peanut Butter cup devotees we had to try some) and chocolate turtles. The peanut butter sticks are delicious, like a cross between a peanut butter cup and a Butterfinger bar.

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra

Chocolate Turtles

The chocolate turtles are disappointing though as the entire thing tastes like a Picnic bar or something similar from a supermarket but at a boutique price.

Our impromptu picnic is finished off with a spotting of chef Luke Mangan by the eagle eyed Teena. Ah yes that's why you have girlfriends. For chef spotting, shopping and sweetie consumption.

So tell me Dear Reader, what do you do with your friends when you go out? Shop? Eat? Drink? Or something else altogether?

Donna Hay General Store

40 Holdsworth Street, Woollahra, NSW

Tel: +61 (02) 9328-6555

Open: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

Donna Hay General Store, Woollahra