Are you visiting Sydney from other areas of Australia, or from Europe or Asia? Without allowing a little time for some retail therapy you will be missing a big chunk of grass-roots life in this vibrant modern city. In Sydney, high-end designer stores mix with local new-wave funky designers and busy bustling markets. Here are a few places to visit for the best shopping in Sydney CBD.
For some of the best clothes shopping in Sydney, shopping in Pitt Street Mall is a great place to start. Over 600 specialist stores, all grouped in an area of two city blocks in the Sydney Business District. With every international fashion and accessory designer you can think of having premises here, it really is a shopaholic’s heaven.
Old-style 19th-century architecture with traditional Victorian shop fronts are a feature of two of the best shopping malls in Sydney Australia. The Strand and the Queen Victoria Building are both situated on George Street. With designer stores, the latest fashion boutiques, gift shops, coffee shops and patisseries’, a little window shopping will take longer than you think.
Do you prefer your shopping experience a little more laid back? Some of the best shopping in Sydney is at the intersection of Oxford Street and Glenmore Road. Rated one of the best shopping centres in Sydney, The Intersection is home to many of Australia’s established designer brands. While you’re browsing the likes of Zimmerman, Bassike, Rachel Gilbert, Jac + Jack, Alice McCall and many others, enjoy a little people watching. Many of the world’s international celebrities fit in some shopping time at The Intersection whenever they’re in town.
If your penchant is for independent everything, one of the best shopping centres in Sydney is the Newtown area. Stretching across North King Street, South King Street, Erskineville and Enmore Roads, the precinct is a haven for independent retailers. You will find vintage shops, period clothing shops, old bookstores, punk and Goth shops, bric-a-brac and ethnic stores full of beads and buttons. Take a break in one of the many cafes and delicatessens selling a range of different food products. With no High Street retailers in sight, you can soak up the relaxed atmosphere, and enjoy a whole new shopping experience.
Wherever you are in the world, there is just something about the vibrant atmosphere that abounds in open air markets. Enjoy the buzz of a local farmers market. Take in the aroma and ambience of a night-time lantern-lit Asian food market. No matter what type of market you visit, they seem to generate a feeling of well-being and carefree enthusiasm all of their own.
There are many local markets in and around Sydney trading bi-weekly, weekly or monthly. There are vintage clothing and accessories markets. There are food markets and craft markets. There are second-hand everything markets, collectors markets and artisan markets. Your holiday won’t be complete without visiting at least one local market. Enquire at your hotel reception about which markets are available for you to visit during your stay.