City Centre shopping
Find the best of Sydney's shopping style within a few city blocks, at the Queen Victoria Building, the Strand Arcade, Westfield Sydney, David Jones and Myer. A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent applies to most goods and services. It is included in the ticket price of goods and in restaurant menus. Departing travellers may be able to claim a refund for GST paid on goods bought in Australia under the Tourist Refund Scheme.
Sydney's best city shopping
With its blend of historic and ultra-modern shopping arcades and shopping malls packed with designer fashion for men, women and kids, Sydney's CBD caters to every possible shopping whim.
The Strand Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building (also known as the QVB) are the grand old dames of Sydney shopping. At the Strand, taste the exquisite chocolates at Haigh's, stock up on stationery at Kikki K, then hit the first floor for designer style. The QVB has some of Australia's favourite stores, including Country Road and Camper as well as art, collectibles and antique shops.
Pitt Street Mall is home to one of the busiest shopping strips in the world. Check out Sydney Central Plaza and the slick Westfield Sydney which has designer brands, high-street trends and European labels. Explore the flagship department stores, Myer and David Jones, and the elegant Chifley Plaza. Other inner-city shopping hotspots include The Galeries Victoria, Chifley Plaza and World Shopping Centre.
Love global brands? DFS Galleria has tax-free shopping for big-name brands Burberry, Bulgari, Cartier, Dior and Tiffany & Co. Jimmy Choo and Chanel are located at the intersection of King and Castlereagh streets, Giorgio Armani is at Martin Place, the MLC Centre has Gucci and the QVB Bally and Ralph Lauren.
Discover emerging designers of fashion and accessories at The Rocks Markets, held every Saturday and Sunday. Nestled in The Rocks’ quaint cobblestone laneways, these colourful markets are home to more than 200 eclectic stalls. You’ll also find original photography, art and craft here, as well as beauty products and locally-produced homewares.
Slick city shopping at Westfield Sydney
Four floors of fashion, two floors of dining, hand-picked local design talent at 100 Squared Westfield Sydney is a fashionista's dream come true. When it comes to Australian designers, you'll find Arthur Galan AG, Fleur Wood, Zimmerman, Ksubi and Little Joe Woman – amongst many other shining stars. Savvy fashion shoppers should also check out affordable catwalk style at Zara.
Originally built in 1898, the QVB has been described as 'the most beautiful shopping centre in the world'. Admire the stained glass and Romanesque architecture as you browse some of Australia's favourite stores, including Saba and Marcs.
A quiet oasis in Sydney's busiest shopping strip, The Strand Arcade is the destination for Australian fashion talent. You'll find Dinosaur Designs, Alannah Hill, sass & bide, The Corner Store and Leona Edmiston here.