12 of the best nail salons in Sydney
To the salon…
By Georgia Nelson
Beauty & Social Editor / June 13 2023
Finding the best nail salon in Sydney is quite the task. It’s not exactly a small city and while some suburbs may have a nail bar on every main street corner, the quality can seriously vary.
Sure, you can always take a punt and walk in right off the street. But to save you the drama of a nightmare manicure, we’ve rounded up the best nail salons in Sydney. From gel nails and SNS to BIAB, the city is packed with A+ nail techs to keep you on top of the latest nail trends. And yes, we’ve even got a few recs for surrounding suburbs, too…
So if you’re ready to level-up your nail game – whether it be through length, texture, colour or nail shape – scroll on for our top recommendations for Sydney nail techs.
Hidden underground and right opposite Hyde Park is the quiet sanctuary that is SUMI Nails. If you work in the CBD or find yourself there often, it’s the perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle. Relax while the SUMI team tends to your talons using the latest Japanese techniques and leave you with the most flawless cuticles of your life.
Shop 15, Lower Ground, 227 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
As the official manicurist for CHANEL, you know you’ll be treated to a luxurious nail experience at Jocelyn Petroni. The salon shows the same amount of care to your fingers and toes as they do with their renowned facials, leaving nails looking pristine and pampered. In fact, they even offer treatments where you can experience a facial and manicure simultaneously. We’re sold.
Level 1, 80 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025
Tucked away in an eclectic home studio in Burwood, Triggrfingers is well worth a visit to the Inner West. Nail artist Trish has been mastering the art of manicures since 2017, with a focus on nail health, nail structure and visual design (read: the cutest nail art you’ve ever seen). Trish offers BIAB and gel extensions, and opens her books monthly. But be sure to keep an eye on her Insta stories and set your alarm because she books out in seconds!
Clarence Street, Burwood NSW 2134
CEGE Nail Bar
In the heart of Chippendale, you’ll find CEGE Nail Bar for all your manicure needs. The quaint salon specialises in Japanse gel and Apres extensions to transform short, bitten nails into claws even Hailey Bieber would envy. From whimsical bridal nails to 3D nail art, CEGE Nail Bar is the ultimate destination for a mani makeover.
Central Park Ave, Sydney NSW 2000
You’ve no doubt seen manicurist Victoria Houllis’ masterpieces all over your Insta feed. Her work is quite literally art for your nails, and she is a go-to for Sydney-based influencers and beauty aficionados. Houllis’ books are currently closed, but she posts cancellations to her IG stories so you might get lucky. In the meantime, snag a set of Mannequin Hands press-on nails via her website.
90 May St, St Peters NSW 2044
For anyone living in The West, The Nailologist is a must-visit for all your nail needs. The Seven Hills-based salon specialises in e-file manicures (a Russian technique that revives even the most damaged of cuticles) and premium gel treatments. Founder Chryssa also offers training and mentorship if you’re thinking of getting into the nail game yourself.
224 Prospect Hwy, Seven Hills NSW 2147
Shire girlies, rejoice. BB Claws has landed in Miranda and will (quite literally) work magic on your nails. Britt and the team specialise in BIAB and e-file, working to help grow your natural nails (a nail biter’s dream). You can also opt for gel extensions, if that’s your thing, and the team’s mismatched nail art is guaranteed to garner countless compliments.
34 Gibbs St, Miranda NSW 2228
The Parlour Room
If you live in The East and haven’t experienced The Parlour Room yet, you’re missing out. The relaxing space is conveniently located on Clovelly Road, making it ideal for weekend nail and coffee catch-ups. If you’re tired of run-of-the-mill salons, this is the chic alternative you’ve been looking for.
216 Clovelly Rd, Randwick NSW 2031
The Nail Lab
With a CBD location near the Sydney Library and another in Darlinghurst, The Nail Lab is another reliable salon for those who prefer to book ahead. Whether you’re after gel nails, nail art or a quick touch-up, the service is always friendly and the manicures long-lasting.
CBD - Shop UG09, Upper Ground Floor, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney 2000
Darlinghurst - 1/330 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Known for their Calgel (an organic, long-lasting gel), Vivid Salon has been producing quality manicures for Sydney-siders since 1996! The latest location is in Martin Place and whether you prefer to keep it minimal or go all-out with Swarovski stone gradient art, they’ll nail it (sorry, had to) every time.
Martin Place, Level 4/90 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
USA Nails Paddington
If you’re simply after good nails at a good price, USA Nails in Paddington is the BC team’s go-to for walk-ins. Whether you’re after acrylics, gel or SNS nails, the team always does a top-notch job.
346 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021
Sleek Nails Newtown
For those in the Inner West, Sleek Nails in Newtown receives rave reviews from their regulars. If you like a quiet atmosphere it’ll pay to go off-peak (like everything in Newtown), otherwise grab a friend and catch up while your claws are transformed.
10/330 King St, Newtown NSW 2042