Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Darlinghurst Fashion and Shopping
Shopping in Darlinghurst
As shopping streets go, nothing beats Oxford Street's designer brands and big-name stores, but don't forget to venture into the backstreets of Darlinghurst for some of the best retro finds, gift stores and funky boutiques – you're sure to unearth a gem or two.
Retro and cool collectables
Darlinghurst stores and arcades offer intimate shopping and hard-to-find treasures in an edgy shopping precinct.
Oxford Street's gaudy, gay-friendly strip is packed with bars, clubs, fashion and much more. Find cheap wardrobe pieces at American Apparel, costume hire and dancewear at House of Priscilla, paints and paper at Oxford Art Supplies, and limited edition products at the Oxford Street Design Store, has nothing over $20 and contemporary art @ he made she made and platform 72.
For eclectic threads, check out Above The Clouds on Crown Street, or Alfie's Friend Rolfe and Diederic the Cat on Darlinghurst Road. Blokes seeking rugged, minimalist duds will find a great range at Carhartt's on Burton Street and downstairs, Supply, and there are a range of menswear stores on Oxford Street too. Looking for an outfit with attitude? Wheels and Doll Baby on Darlinghurst Road specialise in rock'n'roll glamour, while Route66 is just the spot to indulge your inner biker or cowboy! There's also a good selection of retro attire at Zoo Emporium on Campbell Street and at Map Vintage on Liverpool St, plus high-end vintage at nearby Blue Spinach. For lingerie and more, head over to Love Rouge on South Dowling Street.
If you're after exotic gifts, luscious homewares, French candles, leathergoods and everything in between, prepare to max the plastic at Victoria Street's tempting Lanterne, where the colourful, arty displays are designed to tempt. On the same shopping strip, circa75 sells local and international brands, shoes and fragrances; and the well-priced Lotus Pod boutique stocks an ever-changing collection of dresses, skirts, tops, bags and costume jewellery.