Locals in Sydney know Oxford Street for two main reasons: partying and shopping. We’ve already written about partying on Oxford Street, so this post will cover the shopping aspect.
Oxford Street runs a fair distance across the city of Sydney, starting from Hyde Park in the Central Business District, and stretching out to the Eastern Suburbs. While little shops and specialty stores run throughout Oxford Street, the area closest to the CBD is more predominantly known for being the bar and club section of the strip, and the area near Darlinghurst is known for being Sydney’s gay neighborhood. The shopping district lies mostly around the Paddington strip section, where upmarket shops and retail dominate.
You could spend the day shopping on Oxford Street just around Paddington. The fashion shops, shoe stores, food, wine and art gallery options mean you can break up the day with multiple activities and never leave the main street. That said, the Paddington side and backstreets offer just as much of that sophisticated flair as the main designer strip where Alannah Hill, Lucette, and High Tea with Mrs. Woo call home. The Intersection, located between Glenmore Road and Oxford Street, is where you’re find the shops with fashion that mainly Sydney A-Listers peruse.
The Paddington Markets operate every Saturday at the Paddington Uniting Church. Over 250 stalls of jewelry, homewares, collectibles, latest fashion styles, and original art make their presence known in this weekly event. It truly is a shopping extravaganza!
Up near Woollahra’s section of Oxford Street is Queen Street – an offshoot of Oxford where you can shop for jewelry, art and antiques.