Whether you’re seeking antiques, high-end fashion, or vintage threads, Sydney’s shopping scene is as chic and sophisticated as the city itself. Here are a few suggestions for the best places to shop in the capital of New South Wales.
The Rocks Markets
For some laid-back shopping in the heart of one of Sydney’s most historic districts, head to the Rocks Markets, held every weekend on the cobbled streets of the enclave. Vendors sell everything from vegetables and fruit to clothing and souvenirs, and street performers are a regular fixture.
Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
A shopping center and feat of architecture rolled into one, the QVB is a must-see for visitors in Sydney for the first time. A spectacular stained-glass dome reflects light onto several levels of shops, all of which are linked by grand staircases and tiled floors. Shops range from specialist stores such as stationers and couturiers to coffee shops.
Pitt Street Mall
Home to one of the city’s largest collections of high-street shops, Pitt Street Mall is in the heart of Sydney’s central business district. The center’s convenient location means that it’s easily combined with a trip to Centre Quay, where you’ll find the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge—two of the Harbour City’s top attractions.
Harbourside Shopping Centre
Due to its close proximity to top Darling Harbour attractions such as Sydney Aquarium and Cockle Bay, Harbourside Shopping Centre is a great choice for families. As well as hundreds of shops, the mall is home to an IMAX cinema and bowling alley, making it ideal for travelers with kids in tow.