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Apr 26, 2012

Best Shopping Experiences in Sydney

Sydney is renowned for its shopping, with everything from the latest in fashion and designer labels to quirky collectibles and antiques. The best thing is that much of the shopping is only a short stroll from your Sydney accommodation. City shopping hours are Monday to Friday from 9am-5.30pm with late-night shopping on Thursdays until 9pm. You will also find most shops open Saturdays from 9am-5pm and Sundays 10am-5pm.

Oxford Street
Known as Sydney’s “Style Mile”, Oxford Street in Paddington is packed with hip fashion boutiques and leading designers such as Lisa Ho, Collette Dinnigan and Morrissey. There are also homewares and quirky collectibles to be found, while at the western end of Oxford Street in Darlinghurst there is a thriving street fashion and music scene.

City Centre
Where do you start? There is something for every taste in the heart of Australia’s biggest city, from the elegance of historical arcades such as The Queen Victoria Building or Strand Arcade to major department stores such as David Jones and Myer. Skygarden, Glasshouse and Centrepoint are the perfect places to begin your retail therapy. If it’s chic designer brands you crave then a visit to Castlereagh Street is a must. Sydney CBD accommodation is easy to find as well, meaning you don’t have far to go for that perfect shopping experience.

Newtown
Retro fashion, quirky collectibles and accessories can all be found in Sydney’s Bohemian capital of Newtown. King Street and Enmore Road are packed with shops selling just about everything from records to buttons. It’s also the place to go to find the hippest designs from Sydney’s rising fashion stars.

Westfield Bondi Junction
How does 455 shops under one roof sound? That’s what you get at Westfield Bondi Junction, where you can shop all day long in comfort and walk away with bags loaded full of goodies.

Double Bay/eastern suburbs
High-fashion street wear and that ideal evening dress are available in Double Bay if you’ve got money to burn. Woollahra Village shopping precinct is also a popular shopping spot for the fashion conscious. It’s a great shopping experience for those of us who don’t mind parting with our dollars!

Bargains
If it is a bargain you are after then you can’t go past the discount stores of Market City, which can be found in the centre of Chinatown. Outlet shopping can also be found in the old rag-trade district of Surry Hills where even Ralph Lauren has a store. The Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre is another popular place for bargain hunting with Country Road, Oxford and Marcs prominent. Direct Factory Outlets is the latest player in the bargain scene and is the biggest of its kind in Sydney. Located close to Olympic Park, it has a wide range of big brands such as Calvin Klein and Oroton.

 

Markets

Open Saturdays and Sunday, The Rocks Market has 145 stalls boasting an array of goods from homewares to jewellery and everything in between. It is located at the northern end of George Street right near the Harbour Bridge. Paddington Market is something of a Sydney institution with its fashion lines, toys, collectibles and antiques. It is open on Saturdays. The Bondi Beach markets, open every Sunday, are the perfect place to pick up the latest fashion at heavily-reduced prices, along with second-hand clothing, retro items and antiques. Paddy’s Market, the biggest in Australia, is where you will find shoes, clothes, swimwear and even lingerie. It’s also where you can get hold of fresh produce.

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