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Sydney Shopping Guide
QVB, Westfield, Paddys Markets, Rocks Market, David Jones, Oxford Street & more.



Sydney Shopping


Being Australia's biggest city, Sydney is awash with quality shopping areas which boast the stores ranging from the flagship stores of Australian giants like David Jones, to smart boutiques and the ubiquitous souvenir vendors.

"…the most beautiful shopping centre in the world" is how Pierre Cardin described Sydney's Queen Victoria Building (QVB), making it an excellent place to begin your shopping tour of the city.


Built on the site of the original Sydney Markets, and taking up and entire city block, it has been a concert hall and city library. Now it is a stunningly opulent shopping centre which is home to some 200 shops which sit beneath an array of domes and stained glass windows. As a sign of how fantastically sumptuous this shopping palace is, consider the "Great Australian Clock" which has recently been installed in the QVB at a cost of $AU 1.5 million. Designed by Chris Cook, he says it tells the story of Australia from both Aboriginal and European perspectives.


As for the shops, this is the place to get your designer labels, antiques, jewellery and souvenirs. With prices maybe a little more than you will pay elsewhere, the surroundings more than make up for it. You will find the QVB just down from the Town Hall in George Street.


In a similar vein, try the Strand Arcade. Taking its name from the fashionable London street, this complex is home to designer labels like Third Millennium and Billion Dollar Babes. There are also beauty salons and places to eat. Downtown Duty Free is a great place to pick up some bargains and is tucked neatly away in the basement. You will find the Strand at the Pitt Street Mall, 412-414 George Street.


More up-to-date is the AMP Centrepoint Shopping Centre. Not just a large needle sticking out of the CBD, Centrepoint is home to hundreds of shops all under one roof. There are no less than 12 jewellers and more than 30 clothes stores. The Duty Free stores are represented here too. It is difficult to miss the complex as it has a 305m tower sticking out of the top of it, but for the record you will find it on Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets.


Australia's premiere department store is David Jones and this can be found in front of Hyde Park in Elizabeth Street. It is in an impressively large building and, whilst it is more of a place for locals to buy their wares, you might want to have a nose so that you can compare it with the department stores back home.


Further out, and away from the shopping complex and department store mentality, try the shops which line Oxford Street in Paddington. This is a more relaxed area to go about filling your shopping bags, and there are some good cafes there too.



One of Sydney's better markets is to be found on Saturdays in Paddington in the church grounds where Oxford and Newcombe Streets meet. There are quite a few quality stalls here, so you should be able to find something over and above the stuffed koalas and Taiwanese boomerangs that proliferate in some of the other markets.


Another good, though more earthy market is to be had on Saturdays in Glebe, in the grounds of the school on Glebe Point Road. Again, this is an area that is rich in cafes, so when the bargain hunting gets too frantic, go chill out in the African Café.


The Sunday Tarpeian Market is always an enjoyable experience, more so because it takes place in front of the Opera House. Further along, the Rocks Market sets up stall in George Street, and if you want a market experience that would make Arthur Daley proud then have a look at Paddy's Markets on the corner of Hey and Thomas Streets in Haymarket.







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