If you love to shop, you’ll have a blast in Sydney.
This city has it all – including the ideal climate for cruising the shopping streets and exploring amazing outdoor markets. Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat!
Getting around is easy too, with many of the best places located in the CBD and its neighbouring suburbs – many of which have fabulous villages with their own unique character, as well as thriving café and retail culture.
For instance, sophisticated Paddington is the home of a multitude of up-to-the-minute international and local fashion brands. Boho Newtown is chock full of off-beat boutiques and vintage stores. Surry Hills the place to go to for amazing furniture, fabrics, out-there fashion, and art & design galleries.
Sydney Shopping Overview
Sydneysiders love designer goodies for the home, beach house, boat and bod, so expect to see loads of fresh and inspiring ideas reflecting the locals’ obsession with cutting edge style, glamour and the outdoors.
All budgets are catered for and the retail scene here is pretty competitive, so there’s every chance you’ll bag yourself some good bargains. You’ll also find the outdoor markets great for scoring vintage clothes, unique gifts, and the wares of young designers at excellent prices.
Sydney Shopping Precincts
Sydney CBD is compact and easy to get around on foot and by public transport, with numerous chic places to stop for a coffee, a bun and a breather.
Head to buzzing Pitt Street Mall and into Westfield Sydney, then on to nearby Sydney Central Plaza, the historic Strand Arcade and the magnificent Queen Victoria Building.
Over in Castlereagh Street, Elizabeth Street and King Street, you’ll find international luxury brands including Gucci and Chanel, plus iconic Aussie department stores David Jones and Myer.
Paddington is a stylist’s dream come true, with two kilometres of fashions, accessories, jewelry, home-wares and objects d’art from the cream of Australian and international designers.
Newtown is edgy, cool and lots of fun to explore, with fabulous book and music stores, off the wall clothing labels and dozens of vintage and retro shops.
Surry Hills is home to creative professionals and alternative lifestylers, so the retail scene here is as cool and original as it gets, with lots of vintage stores thrown into the mix.
Double Bay offers one of Sydney’s most sophisticated shopping experiences. Its luxury stores and elegant haute couture boutiques are situated in a picturesque waterfront village that oozes wealth and glamour.
Sydney Shopping Markets
The best shopping markets in Sydney are Paddington Market, Bondi Beach Market, and The Rocks Market.
Paddy’s Market is massive and overflows with low-cost clothes, shoes, lingerie and everything else in between. This Sydney shopping spot isn’t pretty but it’s great for grabbing cheap and cheerful souvenirs and Christmas stocking stuffers!
Get the lowdown on Sydney Markets here.