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Best shopping streets

From designer labels to high-street fashion, Sydney's favourite shopping streets are perfect for serious retail therapy. Head to Pitt, Castlereagh and King in the city centre, Oxford Street in Paddington and Bondi Junction, King Street in Newtown and Crown Street in Surry Hills.

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Explore Sydney's shopping streets

Homewares store 'Edit' in Surry Hills. Image Dan Boud

Whether you're just browsing for inspiration, looking for a fabulous new dress or the best of vintage, you'll find shopping streets and markets in Sydney have miles of style to tempt you.

Oxford Street, running from Darlinghurst to Paddington, is a great place to start. High street chains mingle with Australian designer flagship stores and a diverse mix of boutiques. Head down side streets including Glenmore Road, William and Elizabeth to find quirky one-off boutiques and stylish designer ware. The Intersection is a who's who of designers whose wares are featured in this "anti-mall" cluster of shops with a village vibe.

Nearby Queen Street in Woollahra has a chic mix of fashion and homewares. Robert Burton, John Cavill and Orson & Blake are well worth a visit. Crown Street in Surry Hills is design-central – browse the vintage racks at Cream on Crown or Grandma Takes a Trip, or pop into Musu Bags and Regina Garde for stylish fashion. Check out emerging Australian labels at Paris Texas.

If you're looking for beach fashion, head to Bondi's Hall Street and Campbell Parade, also known as beachwear central. Check out top swimwear shops, including Labyrinth, Mambo and The Big Swim which stocks brands such as local heroes, Hotel Bondi Swim, Zimmerman and Anna and Boy. Bikini Island on Campbell Parade has been an institution since 1981.

Miles of style on Oxford Street

If you only have time for one Sydney shopping street, make it Oxford Street. Stretching from Hyde Park through Paddington and on to Centennial Park and Woollhara, the Oxford Street retail strip is where you'll find some of Australia's best designers and fashion boutiques, as well as jewellery, homewares, gifts, books and music. Don't miss side streets, William Street and Glenmore Road, for more great fashion.

Shopping on Oxford Street, Paddington. Image Pierre Toussaint
King Street in Newtown. Image James Pipino

Vintage style on King

Buzzing Newtown is an inner-city hub for students and hipsters, with hip bars, ethnic restaurants and quirky boutique shopping. Vintage fashion, books, and homewares jostle with unconventional second-hand stores, bead shops and tribal or gothic gift shops.

Balmain markets. Image 3 Stroke Photography

Darling Street shopping

Catch the Thames Street ferry from Circular Quay and wander along Darling Street from Balmain to Rozelle. This laid-back, inner-city neighbourhood has weekend markets, bookshops and an eclectic mix of fashion boutiques stocked with the best of local and imported brands.

Shopping at Manly Corso. Image James Pipino

Shopping on The Corso

Manly's Corso is where you'll find the best names in surf and beachwear. Check out Mambo, Heritage Surf, Billabong, Rip Curl, Surfection and Quiksilver or find something special at the weekend Manly Arts and Crafts Market or at one-off boutiques on side streets nearby.

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