Jones the Grocer is well known as a go-to store for providore speciality items – and it has been around since 1996, so it has stood the test of time.

Pasta, tomato sauces, vinegars, salts, lentils, gourmet crackers and teas all line the shelves. Glass cabinets hold house pastries and tarts and gift hampers make tempting displays. The joy of joys here is the humidity and temperature-controlled cheese room down the back (packing brie, goats, blue or cheddar, depending on suppliers), which boasts the reputation of being arguably Sydney’s first. This is the ideal spot to get some one-on-one cheese tutoring if you’re looking for that special wedge of blue for a fancy cheese platter, or just a morsel of mature roquefort to enjoy at home on your own.

The focus is on specialty and artisan products here, both local and international, and they have stores in New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore and the UAE.

In Australia, Jones has stores in South Australia as well as Victoria and will have a new flagship store in Sydney’s CBD Westfield come the end of 2012. But for now it’s the Woollahra store that represents Jones in Sydney.

There’s a hefty sized cafe section that bustles on weekends with everyone from family groups catching up for Sunday brunch, to romantic rendezvous or hangover cure breakfasts. The croque monsieur with poached egg is a breakfast to fix any night before. Coffee is Jones’ own, as are bakery items and almost anything worth mentioning can be recreated at home DIY style by picking up items from the grocery section. It’s a busy, bustling atmosphere that keeps foodies in the east well-serviced and coming back. Watch for salted caramel chocolate crackle biscuits.