‘Living in Chatswood as I do, I have witnessed a thriving community increasing in energy and community spirit,’ says Dr Taylor. Here, we take a look at some of the local dentist’s personal highlights of the town and the services they provide to the Chatswood community.
Vibrant restaurant and cafe scene
While Dr Taylor loves to cook classic dishes or barbecue at home, he says he can’t compete with the wonderful Asian restaurants in Chatswood. He recommends The Golden Bo Restaurant on Archer Street or newly opened Mamak for Malaysian fare.
If you’re on your lunch break, Neridah Street Cafe serves fine Californian Rolls and freshly cut sandwiches. With a burgeoning coffee scene it’s easy to find a perfect cappuccino. Steam Engine and Rossini are stand outs, says Dr Taylor.
Local Market Guide
Everybody loves a market. Find out when and where to pick up a bargain with Local Market Guide. This online directory lists all the market events happening throughout Sydney. It currently lists over 90 markets.
Browsers can search by day, location, and their preferred type of market. Listings include farmer’s and produce markets, artisan markets, pre-loved markets, and pop-up events. The site regularly profiles individual markets and stallholders so you can get to know your community members even better.
Chatswood Mall Market, operated by Willoughby Council, has been promoted on Local Market Guide for almost six years. Held twice a week at the busy Victoria Street Mall right in the heart of Chatswood, it features a changing selection of stalls each week.
It provides a popular meeting place for locals. The market offers something for everyone, from fresh farm produce through to gift ideas, fashion and home wares. Sample its incredible selection of street food from around the world, with an eclectic range of cuisine to suit every palette!
‘A mere 5-10 years ago the streets were emptied after hours,’ says Dr Taylor. ‘Whereas nowadays the streets are alive at night with people of all ages enjoying a safe environment.’ Chatswood Mall Market stays open until 9pm every Thursday and Friday. Pop by and see the community mingle and enjoy shopping by twilight.
Chatswood Toyota has become a firm fixture in the local community over the years. The staff have been servicing the community’s cars for over 30 years. They are all well-known by the locals, who rely on their quality, durability and reliability.
Their friendly and helpful service has cemented Chatswood Toyota’s reputation as a favourite in the area. The team have extensive product knowledge and are always happy to provide the information customers are looking for. In addition to new and used Toyota vehicles, the dealership provides a wide range of related services. They offer test drives, finance and insurance, trade-ins and much more.
The staff at Chatswood Toyota are also dear to the local community because of their belief in giving something back. They are involved with raising large amounts of money to help children and adults with cerebral palsy. It is this strong community spirit that makes the dealership a firm favourite in Chatswood.
Chatswood offers great facilities for cyclists. Dr Taylor, an avid cyclist, receives encouragement from Pete and Nathan at Northside Cyclery. The dentist explains that the wide multilane roads surrounding the CBD are ideal for riding. For safety, though, it’s best to avoid peak hours. Commuters can use the High Street bike lane that connects to the track alongside the freeway to Naremburn.
If you’re interested in a full body and mind form of exercise, Yoga Hotspot is rated one of the top three yoga studios in Sydney. Yoga Hotspot offers over 35 classes each week, catering for people of all ages and abilities. They provide a special two-week introductory offer. Newcomers can try unlimited classes to find the one that suits them.
Modern life can be frantic and demanding, which sometimes makes it difficult to find a way to relax and get back to the simpler things in life. Yoga is a great outlet for the stresses of life, and brings people together as they learn how to breathe and co-ordinate their bodies and minds.
Yoga Hotspot teaches a variety of different yoga techniques including Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Power Yoga, and beginners’ classes. The experienced practitioners love introducing the many benefits of yoga to the Chatswood community.
The sense of wellbeing created by practicing yoga impacts on other areas of people’s lives and can be a great unifier within a community. Yoga Hotspot is a popular feature of Chatswood life. It offers a sanctuary where local people can relax in a serene and nurturing environment.
Shine Music School
A big part of the Chatswood community is its children. And there’s plenty on offer for local youngsters. Shine Music School encouraging students of all ages to have fun as they learn a range of musical instruments. The school teaches a variety of musical techniques, encompassing contemporary, classical, jazz and world music. Students find their own musical passions and learn in a way that suits them.
Music is a great unifier, says Shine Music School. It helps to bring members of the local community together, no matter what their age or background. Shine Music School believes that music should be enjoyed by people of all ages – young and old!
The atmosphere is fun and supportive, with classes tailored to the individual. The school holds local concerts which are very much community events. The teachers at Shine Music School still perform in public, exercising their own skills and inspiring their students.
F45 Training Chatswood
A newcomer to the Chatswood fitness scene is F45 Training. Owned by former NRL Player Beau Champion, F45 Training Chatswood aims to get individuals as fit and healthy as possible. But there’s also a strong focus on community. Members of F45 Training often make new life-long friends who they socialise with outside of F45 Training Chatswood.
F45 Training is a unique type of high-intensity workout, suitable for beginners through to professional athletes. The group classes run for 45 minutes, making it easy to fit into your daily routine. There are over 30 different work out types comprised of over a thousand exercises. You can see if it suits you with a free seven-day trial.
Located directly across from Westfields Shopping Centre, F45 Training Chatswood is easy to access. There’s plenty of parking for members and it’s right by the train station for busy commuters. Beau Champion says the community comes together as they work to better their own lives and help others get there as well.
Uniting the Chatswood community
We’d like to offer our thanks to Dr Bernard Taylor, a dedicated Bupa Dental professional. The people of Chatswood are brought together every day by service providers who work hard to strengthen the bonds of the local community. It truly is a great place to live and work.