City Centre


Shopping in Sydney's city centre

You'll find a retail precinct like no other – literally – at Sydney's incredible Pitt Street Mall, which boasts a staggering array of stores and arcades to explore. Or, spend a day browsing every level of the landmark Queen Victoria Building! Book a shopping tour if you're new to the city and short on time.  

  • Hyde Park Fountain
  • Strand Arcade

About Sydney city centre


Set on the world's largest natural harbour, Sydney City centre fans out from the shopping, dining and transport hub of Circular Quay, through the Central Business District (CBD) and down to the city’s south of Chinatown and Haymarket, with The Domain and Hyde Park to the east and Darling Harbour to the city’s west.

The city's star attractions, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House sit either side of the Circular Quay Ferry Terminal, overlooking the water. Nearby are the cobbled streets and historic pubs of The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest precinct, such as The Hero of Waterloo, the Lord Nelson Brewery and The Glenmore. Also nearby is Walsh Bay; its heritage-listed wharves house some of Sydney’s most well-known performance spaces, such as Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Theatre Company.

Darling Harbour is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sydney, with Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf offering a wide range of restaurants, bars and attractions, including SEA LIFE Sydney AquariumWILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Take a walk along the historic wharf and walk across to Pyrmont or catch a ferry to Balmain or Lavender Bay.

Chinatown and Haymarket, as well as the nearby smaller precinct of Thaitown and Koreatown, are fantastic spots to grab something to eat, with some restaurants in Dixon Street open until late. This is where you can treat yourself to yum cha or try authentic Thai cuisine from the famous Chat Thai. Food halls, gift shops, discount stores and Asian supermarkets are also in abundance, with Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets open Wednesday-Sunday.


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