Fashion and Shopping


Grand shopping arcades

Sydney attracts major international fashion brands to its grand 19th century arcades, elegant pedestrian malls and modern shopping centres. The beautifully restored Queen Victoria Building in the city centre is an arcade full of splendid boutiques. Outdoor markets are brimming with stalls, from fresh produce to the next big fashion name.

  • Boutique shopping, Paddington
  • Shopping, Westfield Sydney

Discover Sydney's best shops

Love to shop? Then shopping in Sydney has it all, from international labels and innovative local designers to buzzy markets and tours of hidden gems and discount outlets. In the bustling city centre, the grand Queen Victoria Building has three levels devoted to fashion, jewellery and gifts. 

The Tea Room QVB serves high tea daily in the gorgeous Grand Ballroom. Nearby is the Pitt Street Mall, a pedestrian mall with boutiques, global brands, department stores David Jones and Myer, the elegant Strand Arcade and Westfield Sydney, a multi-level modern shopping centre with more than 250 fashion, food and lifestyle stores.

Towering above Westfield is the Sydney Tower Eye, which offers breathtaking views of the city and beyond. You'll find personal stylists in David Jones and Myer. For a tailored shopping tour with your own personal stylist, Chic in the City offers tours of designer boutiques in the city centre and fashionable neighbourhoods.

Strand Arcade, Sydney

High tea and fashion are a great combination too. At The Tea Salon in Westfield Sydney you enjoy high tea and a style consultation before a tour with your stylist. Next to the QVB, on the corner of George, Park and Pitt streets, is The Galeries, where fashion, art, music, books, technology and food meet over several floors.

You'll find flagship stores for international designer brands - Armani Exchange, Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Versace and more - around Martin Place and on Castlereagh, Elizabeth, George and King streets.

Central in Broadway, near Central Railway Station, is a shopping precinct that is easy to spot by the vertical gardens that cover its facade. Described as The Living Mall, it features a sun-drenched emporium.

Other popular shopping precincts include Paddington's Oxford Street. On the corner of Oxford Street and Glenmore Road is The Intersection, where you'll find some of the best Australian labels.

Explore Sydney's Creative Artisan Industry

Fashion and Shopping, Sydney

Creative talent, skill and ideas have made Sydney a thriving centre of artisan industry, with many creations known globally but made locally.

Dinosaur Designs is renowned for beautiful resin jewellery and homewares that are stillhandmade in Sydney almost three decades after the group’s humble beginnings at Paddington Markets.

Loved by royalty and celebrities alike, the exquisite children’s and babies’ wear from Adrienne & the Misses Bonney has been hand-embroidered for 110 years. At her Newtown workshop, Rosie Boylan shapes her hats using traditional wooden blocks and employs artisan hand dying techniques in pieces seen on the likes of Ethan Hawke and Natalie Imbruglia.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is just one of the famous faces framed by Neil Grigg’s delicate featherworkand handmade flowers. He also runs millinery masterclassesat his Paddington studio.

The CBD’s splendid Victorian Strand Arcade has always housed artisans, couturiers, milliners, glove and shoemakers, and the tradition is firmly upheld today. Contemporary makers include master cobbler Andrew McDonald, tailor Mister. Mister, Courtesy of the Artist custom jeweller and The Nut Shop, where the Mendels family sells chocolate macadamias handcrafted with century-old techniques.

  • Holly Chalmers, Newtown

    Shopping precincts

    High-street brands mix with independent boutiques and designer labels in Sydney's many shopping precincts. Expect to see seriously stylish shoppers in Mosman, while inner-city Newtown is home to more edgy crowds.

  • Westfield, Sydney

    Designer brands

    With sleek shopping malls and Victorian-era arcades packed with local designers and the world's top brands, Sydney's city centre is splendid for high-end shopping. Pick up limited edition designs and one-of-a-kind jewellery.

  • Sauna and spas, Sydney

    Pamper parlours

    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 Moroccan and Turkey spa treatments.