From beautiful clothes to exquisite jewellery, Sydney is Australia’s design capital. There are many master artisans in other fine crafts, too. In elegant shopping arcades and buildings in the city centre, and in neighbourhood shopping streets, are local designers and artisans of the finer things in life.
You’ll also find enticing international designs and browse precious gemstones, such as black opals and pink diamonds, and natural pearls. Many boutiques and jewellery stores are within an easy stroll in the heart of city, near iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, a masterpiece of design.
Begin your discovery in the Queen Victoria Building, a beautifully restored colonial arcade near Town Hall. A short walk away is the Dymocks Building, where there are dressmakers, jewellers and tailors. Nearby is the Strand Arcade, a gorgeous colonial arcade with more designers, tailors and jewellers.
For handmade shoes and handbags, visit Andrew McDonald Shoemaker in the Strand. Walk through the arcade for the Pitt Street Mall and Westfield Sydney, home to chic international brands and delicious food. A stroll north is Martin Place and Paspaley, which sells lovely natural pearls.
In fashionable neighbourhood streets – and backstreets and laneways – are more designer shopping experiences, including The Intersection in Paddington and King Street in Newtown. There are also shopping tours such as Chic in the City that visit designer boutiques where stars and celebrities shop.