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Welcome to the Tastemaker’s Guide with Stefania Reynolds

Welcome to the Tastemaker’s Guide with Stefania Reynolds

Welcome to the Tastemaker’s Guide with Stefania Reynolds

Designers are tastemakers. They’re often the best people to ask for recommendations on places to eat, shop and stay – so we’re doing exactly that with The Tastemaker’s Guide. This new online series asks designers and creatives to share their favourite local hotspots, and the best places they’ve been when abroad – so you can add even more things to your bucket list.

Stefania Reynolds is head of interiors at Studio Johnston, more than this all-encompassing role, she’s also an artist. Stefania has spent years living abroad but proudly calls Sydney (Gadigal land) home. A multi-talented individual, Stefania has studied art and architecture in Greece, France, the UK and Australia.


Coffee shop

St Jude’s Café – I am biased as it is my local cafe and I love the vibe, people, atmosphere, spot in the sunshine and everything about it. Breezy on a warm afternoon, provides something simple, restful and hopeful in this converted corner store. Locals prop up at the street-side seating, friendly staff. Perched on a leafy corner has such a friendly cosy atmosphere.

St Jude’s Café

1/728 Bourke St, Redfern NSW 2016


Single Origin – This cute tiny cafe has wall art by Brett Chan. They source socially and environmentally sound beans, products and produce, as well as reusing and repurposing at every opportunity. Their menu is seasonal plus a good dose of friendly service. My favourite bowl is the Mothership Bowl 🙌

Single Origin Roasters

60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010


Ester – The mood is casual, the fit-out is sparse and the dishes are simple and honest but incredibly finessed. The menu changes with the season, but signatures to expect all year round are baked cauliflower with almond cream and mint. Like the food, the interior is accessible, minimalist and smart.  

Local Hotspots - Tastemaker's Guide


46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale NSW 2008

Spot for a drink

The Doss House at the Rocks – Past lives of 77 George St have included… a boot maker, boarding house, and opium dealer, and now it is all about whiskey.

The interior fit-out is by Buck & Simple, and features original sandstone walls, which bring warmth to this unique bar, including five distinct spaces that each pay homage to past tenants. The stylish vintage surrounds include renewed fireplaces, antique mirrors and Chesterfield sofas. It’s easy to feel transported back to another time. Love the vibe!

The Doss House

77/79 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000

Places to shop

The Standard Store in Surry Hills and Rudi Rocket, both have some amazing vintage homewares. 

Rudi Rocket

28 Regent St, Redfern NSW 2016


Paramount House Hotel – this is an older classic boutique hotel, the rooms are a mix of heritage brightened by new by Breathe Architecture. Great location in the heart of Surry Hills with Golden Age Cinema downstairs and Chin Chin across the street.

Paramount House Hotel

80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Cultural hotspot

Hickson Road and a night out at the rocks. There is a unique character on the wharf and stunning heritage details. Also, recommend the theatre bar at the end of the wharf for a drink before the show on the water.


Favourite coffee spot or café

Yiasemi in Anafiotika, Athens – There is nowhere like Anafiotika, it’s a tranquil oasis in the bustling heart of Athens. It’s a picturesque place that is the most Instagrammable bistro-café in the neighbourhood, with tables outside on the staircase. You can just sit and relax, watching people go by.


Mnisikleous 23, Athina 105 55, Greece

Most memorable bar

From all the gourmet bars and restaurants in Santorini, Mylos is a real standout thanks to the haute quality of the sublime dishes and desserts enjoyed against the breathtaking backdrop of the volcano and the sea.

This gem of fine gastronomy, complete with impeccable service offers light delicious tastes served in an elegant, chill-out ambience, while a candlelit dinner in the evening turns into a fabulous epicurean experience.


Thera 847 00, Greece

Restaurant everyone must try

Fjorubordid in Iceland – A menu of buckets of langoustines. No words. 

Local Hotspots - Tastemaker's Guide

This restaurant is in the small village – Stokkseyri – in South Iceland. There’s a parochial, nostalgic feel where corrugated iron houses sit just above the village harbour, and the whole place is filled with the smell of the ocean. The atmosphere in the restaurant is warm and wonderful and the service is friendly and personal. Their menu is simple and they specialise in langoustines – they’re known for their magical langoustine soup, and buckets of langoustine. The most memorable place I have ever been.


Eyrarbraut 3a, Eyrarbraut 3a, 825 Stokkseyri, Iceland

Shopping spots

Any boutique vintage shop in Paddington, London. 

The best hotel

Katikies in Santorini – The luxurious Katikies hotel is nestled in the hills of Oia, Santorini. This renowned hotel is celebrated for its incredible natural surroundings, complemented by high-end design. A stay at this hill-carved haven is an unforgettable indulgence that promises to elevate your senses to new heights. It’s a treat but absolutely breathtaking.


Oia (Ia), Santorini, 84702, Cyclades Islands, Greece

Must-see gallery

MONA Tasmania – The full experience. What else needs to be said?

Favourite city in the world…

Athens, but you need to know where to go. The best country to visit is Iceland.

Where’s next on your bucket list and what do you plan to do there…

Nepal for some trekking… When the kiddies are older!

Studio Johnston

Stefania Reynolds

If you would like to be featured in our Tastemaker’s Guide, please reach out to Aleesha Callahan at aleesha@indesign.com.au


Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Habitus. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Aleesha seeks out the unique people, projects and products that define the Indo Pacific region. Aleesha was previously the editor of Indesignlive.com and has written and contributed to various publications and brands in her 10 years in the architecture and design industry, bringing intimate insight to her stories having first trained and practised as an interior designer. Her passion for mid-century design and architecture began while living and working in Berlin.