Winter might have only just arrived but to us it feels like it’s already been here for a while. It could be the weather, but it might just be that we’ve been immersed in winter clothes, bright lights and winter food while putting together our June print issue. It’s perfect for snuggling up with in front of the fire, drink in hand.

For our cover story, Henry Brink spent some time over at The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney’s grand statement of a cafe, roastery and kitchen. He chatted with the guys at the helm (coffee man Jack Hanna and entrepreneur Ramzey Choker) about everything that goes into making a place like this work, from design and service to food and coffee.

Jane de Graaff caught up with brothers Chris, Matt and Tim Barge at PaperPlanes to find out how the vibrant colour and energy of Tokyo inspired them to bring a little bit of sugoi to Bondi. And while she was there, she stopped into La Macelleria to make stuffed pork rolls with the butcher.

Retail is going through an interesting phase, but shops are still opening, albeit mostly online with new boutique retailers like 2-Times. We were keen to gain an understanding about the effects its all having on local designers, so we sat in on a conversation between two friends, Michael Lo Sordo and Christopher Esber, as they discussed their recent collections and the industry.

As the anticipation for the 18th Biennale of Sydney builds, contributing editor Dan Rule went into the fog with senior Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. Plus we’ve got our directory of favourite cafes, bars, restaurants and shops that have opened in the last few months too.

So get down to one of the cafes or shops in our directory – the issue is hitting the streets as we speak.

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