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
  • Boutique shopping, Paddington

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.

Design Tsars

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Carriageworks, Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s fashion epicentre, home to some of the hottest designer labels such as Dion Lee and Romance Was Born. It also hosts the country’s major annual fashion event, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFWA).

For 2016, MBFWA takes a bold new direction: it will be the global industry’s first fashion week dedicated to Resort collections from May 15-21.

The new focus is expected to attract Sydney’s largest fashion gathering yet, and with Vivid Sydney kicking off its dazzling program just a few days after MBFWA’s grand finale, the lights, music and action are certain to continue long after the catwalk models have strutted their stuff.

  • Shopping precincts

    High-street brands intermingle with independent boutiques and designer labels in Sydney's many shopping precincts. Expect to see some seriously stylish shoppers in Mosman, while the inner-city suburbs of Newtown and Surry Hills are home to more edgy crowds.

  • High designs

    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.

  • 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 Morroccan and Turkey spa treatments.