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Akira Isogawa should need no introduction. He’s one of Australia’s most prominent and cutting-edge fashion designers, making this country his home after immigrating from Japan in 1986. He’s also a valuable export commodity, with his commercial fashion label Akira being sold in at least a dozen countries world-wide. He’s costumed the Sydney Theatre Company, done a first-class accessory range for the flying kangaroo, and been on a postage stamp. These are his selections for the best Sydney has to offer:

Best Breakfast: Bills of Surry Hills
Best Coffee Place: Cafe Hernandez, Kings Cross
Best Café: Museum of Sydney Cafe
Best Jazz Music Venue: The Basement
Best Locally Crafted Furniture Shop: Jonathan Ingram, freelance furniture designer
Best Beauty Salon: Peach Cosmetics, Paddington
Best Women’s Apparel: Akira Black
Best Men’s Apparel: Akira Mens
Best Tourist Attraction in Sydney: The Sydney Opera House
Best Weekend Markets: Surry Hills Markets
Best Hairdresser: Renya Xydis
Best Cinema: Palace Cinema, Paddington
Best Local Actor: Cate Blanchett
Best Local Author: Linda Weiss