Forget shopping for souvenirs! Sydney’s the place for a splurge. From designer wares in hip boutiques to vintage clothing, historic arcades and local handicrafts at community markets, there’s a world of temptation beckoning you from every street corner. Find your way through the maze of consumer delights with our guide to the absolute best of Sydney shopping.
1. Queen Victoria Building
Because it fills an entire city block in central Sydney, it’d be hard to miss the QVB. This handsome building dates back to 1898 and is now Sydney’s grand dame of shopping. Its five levels are packed with boutiques, chocolatiers, souvenir shops, mainstream Australian brand stores and cafes.
2. The Strand Arcade
Six years older than the QVB, the Strand Arcade has been a drawcard for shoppers for over 118 years. In the early 1900s people came from all around to see the ‘electric lights’. These days shoppers cram its elegant arcade and balconies in search of unique designer fashion and specialty stores such as the ‘Strand Hatters’.
3. Paddington Markets
Held every Saturday in the fashionable inner suburb of Paddington, Paddington Markets prides itself on showcasing the very best in emerging contemporary art, craft and fashion. You can find over 250 stalls selling a whole range of unique collectibles and fashion.
4. Bondi Markets
The inner Sydney suburb of Bondi is iconic Aussie culture at its best. Every Sunday, the Bondi market sets up next to Australia’s most famous beach with a string of stalls offering everything from designer clothing, handmade jewelry, art, craft and homewares. When you get tired of shopping, simply flake out on the golden sands of Bondi beach!