23 April 2013
Even in sunny Sydney, we can get some chilly winter weather from time to time – and if the mercury is dropping, it might be the perfect opportunity to go shopping in Sydney! While shopping is a great activity at any time of year, it’s a particularly fun way to experience Sydney in winter.
Whether your preference is high-end designs or market bargains, the harbour city has something for every shopper – here’s a quick guide to some of our favourite destinations.
When it comes to great shopping in the Sydney CBD, your first shop should be the spectacular Westfield Sydney. Home to popular retailers including Zara and Gap, you’ll find four floors of favourite fashion brands to peruse, as well as intriguing market finds.
Nearby, the historic Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade are not only stunning feats of historic architecture – both buildings boast stunningly restored interiors – but also are home to local and international boutiques that are well worth a look.
Elsewhere in Sydney’s city centre, you will want to check out the designer boutiques and department stores along Castlereagh, Elizabeth and King Streets. And of course, you can’t miss the newest addition to the inner-city retail landscape – Topshop and Topman. You’ll find this exciting UK export on the corner of George and King Streets.
Outside of the immediate CBD, you’ll find that each of Sydney’s inner suburbs has its own unique sense of style – and with so many to choose from, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Oxford Street in Paddington, for example, offers more than two kilometres of shopping heaven and is jam-packed with unique boutiques and high street designs. The Intersection, which is located on nearby Glenmore Road, is a haven for those who love Aussie brands – this can be a great place to pick up a beautiful design from your travels if you are visiting from overseas.
While you are exploring the city, you won’t want to miss a number of other fashion hubs, including Military Road in Mosman, Darling Street in Balmain, Crown Street in Surry Hills, and Queen Street in Woollahra.
Whether you are a bargain hunter or you are simply in the mood for something a little bit more off the beaten track, markets are a great place to stumble on some unique finds.
For example, Paddy’s Markets at Haymarket are located in the heart of Chinatown and offer up an eclectic mix of food, clothing, gadgets, accessories and souvenirs to suit all shoppers. The markets are open from 9:00 until 17:00 from Wednesday to Sunday each week and are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, with the exception of public holiday Mondays.