Start your shopping spree in Sydney’s bustling city centre. From historic markets and grand colonial arcades to gleaming modern shopping centres and luxury boutiques, there’s something here for every taste and budget.
Built in the 1890s and beautifully restored in the 1980s, the Queen Victoria Building’s three levels are devoted to fashion, jewellery and gifts as well as cafes and restaurants. You can even enjoy traditional morning or afternoon tea in The Tea Room QVB, which has Baccarat crystal chandeliers.
Walk through an underground arcade lined with fashion boutiques to reach Pitt Street Mall and Westfield Sydney, home to more than 250 stores. Nearby, on the corners of George, Park and Pitt streets, is The Galeries, where fashion, food, books and technology meet over several floors.
Sydney’s flagship department stores David Jones and Myer, sit just a few blocks from each other and stock fashion, cosmetics, toys, electronics, homewares and more. The Dymocks Building and the 19th century Strand Arcade are home to bespoke designers, jewellers and artisans.
Luxury stores and international labels line Castlereagh Street and Martin Place, close to Hyde Park. In The Rocks, tiny boutiques are tucked down narrow alleyways and the whole area comes alive every weekend for the artisan market.
At the southern end of the city you’ll find quirky boutiques in Chinatown, outlet shopping at Market City and the multi-level World Square shopping centre. Don’t miss Paddy’s Markets, a sprawling warren of stalls selling souvenirs, clothing, sporting goods and electronics.