Sydney Travel Tips from a Local: Eva Galambos

Eva Galombos inside her Parlour X boutique in Sydney.
A polychromatic array of handbags.
Parlour X finds.

Eva Galambos, Boutique Owner

Galambos is the stylish and influential founder of Parlour X, a trailblazing boutique


By Emma Sloley
Photography by Jason Loucas

Best Shopping Area in Town Right Now
Glenmore Road in Paddington. Start at Five Ways [intersection], where you will find Australia’s best import boutiques: Parlour X, Land’s End [no relation to the American brand], and the new, exceptionally designed flagship Camilla and Marc store. Farther down the road toward “the intersection,” you’ll find Acne Studios and Australia’s best-known brands: Ellery, Bassike, Scanlan Theodore, Zimmermann, Josh Goot, Sass & Bide, Alice McCall, Jac+Jack, Ginger & Smart, and Camilla.
New Fashion Talents to Watch
Christopher Esber, Elissa McGowan, Verner, and Strateas Carlucci.
Favorite Place to Buy Flowers
Grandiflora is unquestionably the best florist in Sydney!
Restaurant for a Romantic Night Out
It’s a tie between Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point and Icebergs Dining Room in Bondi Beach.
Sydney’s Best-Kept Secret
The harbor foreshore behind the Rose Bay shops. It’s one of the few beaches that allow dogs, and there are usually very few people. You get a perfect view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, so it’s quiet, special, and captivating.
Favorite Way to Spend a Lazy Sunday
Waking up late and strolling along the promenade in Bondi, bumping into friends, having a chat, and heading for breakfast at a favorite local spot.
Best Place to Watch the Sunset
The grassy knoll at North Bondi Beach. The view and sunsets over Bronte are spectacular.

Who is the Parlour X Customer?
A creative woman who appreciates extraordinary fashion and recognizes great attention to detail. My aim is to bring Sydney women the latest and greatest global fashion available, with a curated selection particular to the Australian culture and climate.
Beach or Harbor?
Beach, definitely. I’m born and bred Bondi Beach, and my parents still live in the same house—my mum especially is a bit of an institution, walking her dogs and my French mastiff, Rosie!

Get More Sydney Tips:
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Art Advisor, Justin Miller
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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Life magazine, July 2014.

The grassy knoll that marks an entrance to Bondi Beach.