Embark on a world-class shopping experience in Australia's leading shopping destination, Sydney city. See how old meets new, where local meets international, and enjoy shopping, dining and being entertained.
There’s a certain bohemian buzz in the air in Glebe, which attracts those who love their art, books and fashion. The café culture is another drawcard for the inner-city precinct and Saturdays means taking a leisurely stroll through Glebe Markets, at the Broadway end of Glebe Point Road.
The beating heart of Sydney at its eclectic and diverse best, whatever your taste in clothing, music, homewares or even art, chances are you’ll find it on King Street. Goth, glam and everything in between will have a boutique dedicated to it in an area that is our city at its bold and bohemian best. Ask any Sydney resident and Newtown will probably be near the top of their list for a great place to eat or drink too.
Flagship designer boutiques live on Oxford Street, where you will find the crème de la crème of Australian designers. As well as being a must-see destination for fashion lovers, don’t miss out on the great selection of outlets stocking gifts and homewares. Browsing through the designs of up and coming talent at Paddington Markets every Saturday has become something of a ritual for locals, with more than a couple of Australian household names getting their start at a stall here. Around 250 stalls are set up every week in the open-air market, with fashion, contemporary artworks and hand-made craft pieces being directly sold by the designers and artisans.
Pitt Street Mall and surrounds
Pitt Street Mall is the busiest strip in Australia. As you would come to expect from any cosmopolitan city, Pitt Street Mall (and surrounds) features high-end, upmarket labels as well as Australian and international high street staples. Need a meeting spot or a place to start? Just look up: Pitt Street is home to Sydney Tower.
Once you have seen all the shops in Westfield Sydney, head to the Mid City Centre, the Strand Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building. All are within walking distance and you really are spoilt for choice for public transport links too. Train and monorail stations are nearby, and many bus routes service the area.
If you are looking for something quintessentially Australian to decorate your home with, chances are you’ll be able to find it at The Rocks. Sydney’s historic precinct is home to a great selection of gift and homeware boutiques, as well as some unique and international fashion labels. The cobblestoned paths and sandstone architecture dating back more than a century really could sell The Rocks to anyone, and we haven’t even mentioned the million dollar views of Sydney Harbour which are, of course, free.
Paddington’s younger, edgier counterpart, Surry Hills is the go-to spot if you have a love for vintage, retro and emerging design talent. Crown St makes a great first port-of-call and then you can slowly shop your way through the surrounding streets that are home to specialised boutiques. Surry Hills Markets take place on the first Saturday of every month and they are well worth a look. When the sun goes down, or you need a drink after a hard day’s shop, Surry Hills is home to many of Sydney’s coolest bars and restaurants.
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Last updated: Monday, 18 August 2014