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Fashion & Shopping in Sydney

Fashion & Shoping in sydney
Love to shop? Sydney shopping has it all, from luxe labels and home-grown fashion to buzzy markets and outlet tours. So if you're looking for a dose of retail therapy, here are a few places to start.

In the city centre, the new Westfield Sydney has set the pace for sensational shopping. As well as Zara and Gap, you'll find four floors of fashion favourites. Stroll through the historic Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade, as popular for their beautifully restored interiors as they are for the fabulous fashion boutiques featuring local and international brands.

Castlereagh, Elizabeth and King Streets host the world's most famous designer brands, including Chanel and Gucci, while Australia's two largest department stores, Myer and David Jones, have all the top brands as well as a stylist to help you choose.

Inner Sydney's shopping precincts have their own individual sense of style. Paddington's Oxford Street is the most well-known, with two kilometres of funky boutiques and high-street fashion. Other fashion hot-spots include Military Road in Mosman, Crown Street in Surry Hills, Queen Street in Woollahra and Darling Street in Balmain.

Sydney's shopping precincts

Sydney's favourite inner-city shopping precincts include funky Surry Hills, stylish Paddington, chic Woollahra and street-hip Darlinghurst. Balmain has a unique home-grown style, while Newtown is edgier and great bargains can be found.

Sydney's shopping precincts

Sydney's favourite inner-city shopping precincts include funky Surry Hills, stylish Paddington, chic Woollahra and street-hip Darlinghurst. Balmain has a unique home-grown style, while Newtown is edgier and great bargains can be found.
Edit store in Surry Hills. Image Daniel Boud

Shopping tours and markets in Sydney

If you'd like insider knowledge on Sydney's best shopping, join a shopping tour and discover fashion secrets and chic city boutiques. There are also dozens of markets every weekend in Sydney, ideal for buying one-off originals and vintage treasures.

Favourite shopping streets

Create your own shopping tour in Sydney. Stroll Sydney's favourite shopping streets including Oxford Street in Paddington, Crown Street in Surry Hills, Queen Street in Woollahra or Hall Street and Campbell Parade at Bondi Beach.

Explore Sydney's shopping precincts

Be prepared to discover your own sense of style at Sydney's best shopping destinations. From window-shopping along shady streets to immersing yourself in vast shopping malls, it's no wonder shopping is one of the most popular things to do in Sydney.

In the city centre, historic city arcades are surrounded by slick new fashion centres, including Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall. Make sure you also pop into the beautifully restored Queen Victoria Building, with its vast array of high street fashion, designer-style, jewellery, antiques and art.

The Strand Arcade is the place to go for young Australian designers and handcrafted jewellery. You'll also find plenty of home-grown fashion talent in David Jones and Myer department stores.

Find inspiration in the creative inner city hubs of Surry Hills and Paddington, while Balmain offers a unique mix of fashion, homewares and cafe-culture. Also in the inner-west, Newtown with vintage fashion, funky homewares and quirky boutiques. To the north of the city, stylish Mosman has chic boutiques and cafes.

Browse Sydney's many outdoor markets at any time of the year. Paddington Market, held every Saturday, is probably Sydney's most popular market shopping destination - many Australian designers made their breakthrough with a Paddington market stall. Other weekend markets are in Balmain and Rozelle, Surry Hills, Kirribilli and The Rocks.

Explore Sydney's shopping streets

Whether you're just browsing for inspiration, looking for a fabulous new dress or the best of vintage, you'll find shopping streets and markets in Sydney have miles of style to tempt you.

Oxford Street, running from Darlinghurst to Paddington, is a great place to start. High street chains mingle with Australian designer flagship stores and a diverse mix of boutiques. Head down side streets including Glenmore Road, William and Elizabeth to find quirky one-off boutiques and stylish designer ware. The Intersection is a who's who of designers whose wares are featured in this "anti-mall" cluster of shops with a village vibe.

Nearby Queen Street in Woollahra has a chic mix of fashion and homewares. Robert Burton, John Cavill and Orson & Blake are well worth a visit. Crown Street in Surry Hills is design-central - browse the vintage racks at Cream on Crown or Grandma Takes a Trip, or pop into Musu Bags and Regina Garde for stylish fashion. Check out emerging Australian labels at Paris Texas.

If you're looking for beach fashion, head to Bondi's Hall Street and Campbell Parade, also known as beachwear central. Check out top swimwear shops, including Labyrinth, Mambo and The Big Swim which stocks brands such as local heroes, Hotel Bondi Swim, Zimmerman and Anna and Boy. Bikini Island on Campbell Parade has been an institution since 1981.

Sydney designer shopping

Find your own piece of Sydney's unique summer style in the flagship boutiques of Australia's best local designers. If you love designer shopping, head over to Surry Hills. Darlinghurst, Paddington, Bondi, Newtown or the city centre for fabulous one-off clothing, shoes and accessories.

At 100 Squared at Westfield Sydney, eleven emerging designers have been plucked from various market stalls and housed under one roof in a 100 metre square cube. It's a one-stop-shop for creative design.

The Corner Shop, in the Strand Arcade and Paddington, has a fabulous collection of coveted local labels. McLean & Page in Manly offers some of the latest favourites, including Josh Goot, Therese Rawsthorne and Camilla & Marc. And fashionistas will love Incu in Paddington for their local mens' and womens' designer ranges. In Newtown, Romance Was Born and Friedrich Gray at Pretty Dog are just two of the best for local fashion.

Sydney has produced many world-famous designers, including Sass & Bide, as worn by Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker,Lisa Ho, Zimmerman, Nicole Finetti and Leona Edmiston. But nothing says Sydney summer quite like a Camilla Franks kaftan - as worn by Oprah in front of Sydney Opera House in 2010 and available from her Bondi Beach store.

Sydney's best city shopping

With its blend of historic and ultra-modern shopping arcades and shopping malls packed with designer fashion for men, women and kids, Sydney's city centre caters to every possible shopping whim.

The Strand Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building (also known as the QVB) are the grand old dames of Sydney shopping. At the Strand, taste the exquisite chocolates at Haigh's, stock up on stationery at Kikki K, then hit the first floor for designer style. The QVB has some of Australia's favourite stores, including Country Road and Camper as well as art, collectibles and antique shops.

Pitt Street Mall is home to one of the busiest shopping strips in the world. Check out Sydney Central Plaza and the slick Westfield Sydney which has designer brands, high-street trends and European labels. Explore the flagship department stores, Myer and David Jones, and the elegant Chifley Plaza. Other inner-city shopping hotspots include The Galeries Victoria, Chifley Plaza and World Shopping Centre.

Love global brands? DFS Galleria has tax-free shopping for big-name brands Burberry, Bulgari, Cartier, Dior and Tiffany & Co. Jimmy Choo and Chanel are located at the intersection of King and Castlereagh streets, Giorgio Armani is at Martin Place, the MLC Centre has Gucci and the QVB Bally and Ralph Lauren.

1.Slick city shopping at Westfield Sydney-

Four floors of fashion, two floors of dining, hand-picked local design talent at 100 Squared. Westfield Sydney is a fashionista's dream come true. When it comes to Australian designers, you'll find Arthur Galan AG, Fleur Wood, Zimmerman, Ksubi and Little Joe Woman - amongst many other shining stars. Savvy fashion shoppers should also check out affordable catwalk style at Zara.

2.Queen Victoria Building

Originally built in 1898, the QVB has been described as 'the most beautiful shopping centre in the world'. Admire the stained glass and Romanesque architecture as you browse some of Australia's favourite stores, including Saba and Marcs.

3.The Strand Arcade

A quiet oasis in Sydney's busiest shopping strip, The Strand Arcade is the destination for Australian fashion talent. You'll find Dinosaur Designs, Alannah Hill, sass & bide, The Corner Store and Leona Edmiston here.

4.The Star

Discover international designers and one-of-a-kind gifts at The Star, at Darling Harbour. This glamorous luxury shopping destination has Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique, Moda Emporio, GStar Raw, IM Lingerie and Calvin Klein Jeans for starters.

Fashion tours and events

Discover Sydney's finest shopping secrets on a shopping tour, at outdoor markets or by getting involved in special fashion-shopping events.

If the idea of finding your own way around the maze of boutique-lined shopping streets doesn't excite you, why not join a shopping tour? Fashion-savvy girls can shop 'til they drop at Australian designer flagship stores, intimate boutiques and independent stores packed with cool, one-off pieces. Discover where celebrities shop with Chic in the City, a stylist-led, chauffeur-driven tour of Sydney's best kept fashion secrets.

Sydney's outdoor markets are another great place to check out the latest fashion trends and up-and-coming names in the fashion industry. They're abuzz with vintage, retro and new fashion throughout the year and are perfect for buying Christmas presents or something memorable from your Sydney trip. Head to Bondi, Balmain, Kirribilli, Glebe, Paddington or the Eveleigh Artisan Markets for starters.

Don't forget - sale time is fun time in Sydney so check out what sales are on while you're here and you may be able to snap up a great bargain..

Shopping by the sea

Need a new bikini or the latest caftan from Camilla? Some relaxed beach fashion or a sensational summer party outfit? The best place to start is Sydney's beach strips where you'll find surf stores and designer labels. In Bondi, check out Campbell Parade and Hall Street or The Corso and surrounding streets at Manly Beach.

Manly shopping tours

Discover style-savvy shopping haunts in Manly on a short escorted tour. The I Love Shopping Manly tour includes champagne, of course, your own personal stylist and special VIP discounts.
I love shopping tours in Manly

Paddington Markets

Paddington buzzes every Saturday with the best Australian art, fashion and jewellery amongst the 250 stalls of Paddington Markets. Its creative contemporary vibe makes it the perfect destination for unique fashion and gifts.
Paddington Markets. Image Pierre Toussaint

Chic in the City

Get the inside knowledge on Sydney's best-kept fashion secrets with this luxury chauffeur-driven tour. Your personal stylist will whisk you around the latest Australian designers and European labels.

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