A cosmopolitan city who’s airport measures just 8km distance to the city centre; Sydney is the perfect place to spend either a short stopover or a weekend shopping. With the perfect blend of luxury malls, high street precincts, boutique back streets and quality markets, Sydney shopping promises to impress even the most die-hard shopper.
Head out in style finishing a day of shopping with cocktails on Darling Harbour, or peruse one off pieces in Bondi wearing little more than a bikini, the choice is yours. We’ve got your Sydney shopping guide covered.
Sydney Shopping Guide: Bondi Beach
Bondi Sunday Makes is a must do fro every fashion forward thinker, sun seeker and uber hip trend setter. Located at the Bondi School, near the beach front, shoppers cn cruise under the intense Aussie sun, while wearing little more than a bikini and sun glasses. You’ll find quality one-off pieces from jewellery and clothes to soaps and soy candles. This is the kind of market where gorgeous fashion designers start out and even though price tags match the individuality, it’s far too hard not to leave with arm loads of new items.
After the market head to Gould Street and then Hall Street. Gould St has a small handful of Bondi Beach’s life long fashion favourites. Tuchuzy, Museum and Jatali have been keeping Bondi women in fashion for a very long time with no hint of slowing down. On Hall street a couple of delights will be sure to tickle the fancy of home ware hustlers: Abode and Jones&Co are two not to be missed.
Sydney Shopping Guide: The Mall Experience
Sydney has plenty of shops but if you’re a fiend for malls, there are only two worth considering: Warringah and Westfield Bondi Junction.
Warringah Mall is located over the North side of Sydney and although has fewer than 400 shops, has a peaceful and inviting atmosphere by mall standards. That’s because most of the mall is open roofed with plants and water features scattered throughout. You’ll find all the usual Aussie stores like Kookai, David Jones and SDS but notice a much slower pace and less noise than your typical mall.
Westfield Bondi Junction is the Queen of Westfield Malls. Comprising of two main towers with a glass footbridge between the two, each tower captures a certain budget; luxury in the West tower and high street in the East. Any shopper would be entertained for hours here and conveniently located at the Bondi train station, there’s no reason why this mall couldn’t trill a time precious traveller.
Sydney Shopping Guide: Arcade Masterpieces
In Sydney’s CBD, not far from Darling Harbour, is the magnificent Queen Victoria Building. Built in the 1800’s this heritage listed building was originally built as a market place and now houses high end fashion labels at street level, with strategic high street stores en route underground to Pitt St Mall. Even if the shops aren’t quite a match, the building itself is with a look with stained glass windows, ornate finishings and tiles walkways.
Sydney Shopping Guide: Markets
Sydney does a great day time market with 4 main ones to choose from. Bondi market on Sundays is perfect for one off fashion pieces and jewellery. Glebe Markets on Saturdays is perfect for the boho-hippy traveller looking for intense and crystals. Plus Glebe market has a grassed area where each Saturday a musician plays for shoppers; perfect for sitting, listening and relaxing. Paddington market on Sunday, located on Oxford Street, is the place to go for crafts, food and gifts to take back home. Finally, The Rocks Market is an interesting showcase of historical Sydney with black and white photographs or paintings and mid century oddities.