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Where to get sassy nails in Sydney – the city’s best mani & pedi salons

Julia Gralberg

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Brittle nails, cracked heels and chipped nail varnish? If your tootsies and paws are in need for some serious grooming and cuticle care – Sydney has you covered.

Nip in for a quick express mani, shellack, a full rejuvenating spa pedicure or a bit of groovy nail art.

With a myriad of ace salons sprinkled across the city, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to getting glossy nails and smooth feet.

Here are the city’s top nail bars for sassy manicures and pedicures.

The Nail Lounge, Surry Hills

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At this chic salon located on Belmore Street in the heart of Surry Hills, the health of your nails is priority number one. Rather than using Shellac this elegant nail salon uses Bio Sculpture Gel which is a 100% vegan and chip-free nourishing polish. No more worrying about damaging your nails. And the best part – the varnish claims to last up to three weeks!

37 Belmore Street, Surry Hills

The Nail Lab, Darlinghurst

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This is the Rolls Royce of nail bars. Located in Darlinghurst, The Nail Lab offers a unique nail salon experience from the pristine pedicure bowls to the custom seating.

The seriously talented lab technicians will transform your nails in no time and your favourite nail varnish shade is kept on file so you can rest assured you’ll get the exact colour match for your next visit.

If this wasn’t reason enough to uber it to the salon pronto, it’s also super-easy to book your appointment online and the salon is open until late from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

And wait for it…the salon also offers a clever innovation allowing visitors to pay with a pre-stored credit card on file to ensure there’s zero smudge risk.

1/330 Victoria St, Darlinghurst

Cutiecoolz, Paddington

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Tired of soft pink nail varnish or powdery beige tones? If a traditional mani won’t cut it for the weekend, this is the place to go if you are after unique and crazy hand painted nail designs.

With the mission statement – ‘Death to dull nails!’ this cool boutique nail bar specialises in cute and colourful nail art taking your fingertips to the next level.

The nail technicians will transform your hands to an electric fruit salad. Watermelon and banana nails have never looked to chic!

64 William Street, Paddington

No 13, The Beauty Avenue, Potts Point

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Located in trendy Potts Point this beautiful salon is the place to go for impeccable manicures and spa-like pedicures.

The Beauty Avenue uses the well-known brands; OPI and FABY ‘Big 5” which are both made without chemicals.

French polish starts at $15 and there’s also an option for LED cured gel lacquers.

Whilst getting a manicure why not also try a facial, lash extensions, waxing or a tanning?

2/13 Springfield Ave, Potts Point

Vivid Nail Salon, CBD

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Dating back to 1996 this is one of Sydney’s original nail bars and the nail technicians here really know their stuff.

With its convenient CBD location, this is a popular salon for busy ladies ducking in during their lunch breaks.

From the extensive menu, the Calgel (organic gel) is one of the most popular options and if you’re after some serious sparkle and bling, the team uses techniques such as Gradient art including Swarovski stones.


Suite 805, 32 York St, Sydney 2000 NSW

Julia Gralberg

Julia Gralberg is a freelance travel writer, editor of Hotel & Resort Guide, Lux Nomade and founder of Boutique Communications Consultancy, Lux Collective. When she isn’t busy jumping in hotel beds and eating her way through breakfast buffets you’ll find her on her yoga mat.