Oxford Street, which runs from Darlinghurst through Paddington to Woollahra, is a fashionista’s dream. High-street brands intermingle with independent boutiques and designer labels such as Jac + Jack, Camilla and Nudie Jeans. Turn down Glenmore Street to The Intersection for Ginger & Smart, Ellery and Easton Pearson. Expect to see some seriously stylish shoppers.
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Darling Street in Balmain offers some of the best cafés, pubs, boutiques and bookshops in Sydney. And lots of fascinating history in its architecture. The suburb's fashion-cum-café culture has been so successful over the years that big names such as Witchery are now part of the action. Don’t miss Hunt Leather and Punch Gallery, just past the main strip towards East Balmain.
Newtown's King Street has its own vibe: cosmopolitan, bohemian, young, fresh, fun. Purple hair, individual attitudes, lots of students, the occasional goth. Vintage shops, second-hand shops, book shops, a dedicated button shop, custom-made handbags, boutiques from Dangerfield to Pretty Dog. Someone is quite likely playing music outside The Hub, and there are almost as many pubs as shops.
Mosman Village has its look, too. Mainly navy and white, with designer bags. Don’t go looking for bargains, but do get swept up in the village atmosphere and the fabulous stores. Design Mosman sums up many: a lifestyle boutique, supportive of independent labels, local and international designers, beautiful clothes, accessories and gifts. Lots of high-street brands along this part of Military Road, too.
Crown Street in Surry Hills is truly eclectic. For example: Orson & Blake may well bring out the interior designer in you; Grandma Takes a Trip is perfect for vintage aficionados; there is nowhere like Wheels and Dollbaby for satin, leopard print and rock-chick chic; Holy Kitsch! delivers the off-beat in spades (Mexican sugar skulls, anyone? A cast-iron kangaroo doorstop?); Flight 001 is dedicated to travel goods. And you’re never far from a good coffee.
Charming Blues Point Road in McMahons Point is not as busy as some village precincts but booklovers will appreciate the charming and incredibly well-stocked Blues Point Bookshop, and there is no shortage of tempting cafes and restaurants. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the stunning harbour views from Blues Point itself.
Spoil yourself with the wide range of indulgent options available in Sydney’s day spas. Relax and rejuvenate with soothing facials, massages and body scrubs, or experience traditional Morroccan and Turkey spa treatments.
With sleek shopping malls and Victorian-era arcades packed with local designers and the world's top brands, Sydney's city centre is ripe for inspiring high-end shopping. Pick up limited edition designs and one-of-a-kind jewellery.
Sydney is home to some of Australia's best markets, featuring stylish fashion, vintage furniture, free entertainment and much more. Stretch your style imagination at weekend markets in Bondi Beach, Glebe, Kirribilli, Paddington and Surry Hills.
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