Secret Sydney with Momoko Hatano

Secret Sydney with Momoko Hatano

 A COFA graduate and ex-Dinosaur Designs silver maestra, Japanese jewellery designer Momoko Hatano has lived all over Sydney for the past 27 years.

Momoko made her newest collection, The Thirteenth Eve, entirely by hand in her Marrickville studio – home also to a bevy of other independent Sydney designers and makers, plus Miu Miu the cat.   ‘The Thirteen Eve’ is a translation from the Japanese word ‘jusanyazuki’ which describes the Gibbous moon phase – something Momoko has explored in sterling silver, brass and gold. “In Japan the Moon is an integral part of our cultural celebrations and stories, so it kind of felt natural,” explains Momoko.

In some circles, Momoko is notorious for seeking out the most delicious, locals-only eats in her town - long before they’ve been Broadsheeted. We convinced her to give up some her favourite secret haunts, and today she shares a few of them – plus points us in the direction of the city’s best chicken.

Where do you take visitors when they come to Sydney? Cremorne Point for a picnic. It's super pretty, amazing views and not very busy.

Most underrated restaurant in Sydney? Tobikiri in Neutral bay is a great Japanese place and it's never been written up about - but I love that it's this secret little gem hidden in the suburbs.

Favourite secret shopping haunts? Glebe Markets! It's great for vintage shopping and I love it for it's nostalgia and the fact that it hasn't changed in 20 years! Or there is this one Kenyan stall at Paddy's Markets. She has an amazing collection of bags and baskets.

The furthest you’ve travelled for a good meal? My friends and I travelled from Venice to Bologna (2 hrs on the train) just to have authentic Bolognese. But in terms of Sydney I will travel from the CBD to Cabramatta for Pho or to Granville for El Jannah chicken and tabouli.

Where do you go to surprise yourself? Summer Hill. It's so cute and full of character.

Where do you go for a locals-only Friday night? I quite like Arcadia Liquors in Redfern or the Tennis Club in Marrickville to "play" tennis and drink wine.  (I can't play tennis, I can sometimes hit the ball back.)

Describe your perfect Saturday in Sydney… Having breakfast at Cafe Ella in Darlington, then going to White Rabbit Gallery and then to Redleaf beach to have a lazy afternoon swim and picnic.

Is there one place/thing in Sydney that you’re willing to wait in line for? Gumption coffee in the Strand Arcade. I'll wait for them any day.

Best beach in Sydney to avoid the summer crowds? Hmm so difficult. Chinamans Beach in Mosman is pretty and often quiet or Maroubra beach, even though it's popular it doesn't get as busy as Bondi or Bronte.

Best recent discovery in Sydney? Thousand Spices in Homebush - amazing Indian food.

Most un-Sydneyish place in Sydney?  The Portuguese Tennis Club in Marrickville. It's still stuck in the 70s but in the best way - you can drink wine and play tennis and afterwards have amazing Portuguese food and watch the local grandpas perform in their band. 

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Momoko Hatano’s newest collection, The Thirteenth Eve, is available now.