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Sydney's shopping spots

Queen Victoria Building, SydneyCREDIT: Destination NSW

Shoppers in Queen Victoria Building in Sydney's CBD.

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Sydney's
shopping spots

Queen Victoria Building, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Shoppers in Queen Victoria Building in Sydney's CBD.

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Sydney is known for its distinct neighbourhoods, and each brings with it an equally individual appeal when it comes to shopping. From beachside suburbs that feature laidback boutiques channelling surf and sand, to the city centre’s mega-malls and historic arcades, and the inner-west’s retro curios and vintage finds, here are nine destinations to indulge in retail therapy across the city. 

Queen Victoria Building (city centre) 

Spanning an entire block in the heart of the city, the historic 1898 Queen Victoria Building is as applauded for its fantasy of elaborate Romanesque architecture as it is for its diverse shopping experiences. Take home something made in Australia (from Haigh’s Chocolates to R.M. Williams clothing), peruse boutiques from big-name brands, then end your expedition with champagne high tea at the legendary Tea Room.  

Westfield Sydney (city centre) 

Set on a pedestrian-only strip of Pitt Street in the heart of the city, Westfield Sydney mall hosts some of the world's most exclusive and luxurious brands, from Fendi and Coach to Givenchy and Chanel. To match the big names are high-end services, such as valet parking and personal styling. But you don’t have to max-out your credit card shopping here — there are more than 280 retailers over four levels, which means you’ll also find plenty of streetwear labels, homewares stores, beauty and even high-end restaurants.  

Mosman (North Shore) 

The well-heeled precinct of Mosman on Sydney’s North Shore has a bustling village feel, the neighbourhood’s leafy streets lined with upmarket boutiques, rainbow-hued florists and cool cafés. Discover premium Australian and international womenswear labels at Fox & Dove, feminine slips and skirts at Flannel, and eminently covetable homewares and fashion at Pond. 

The Intersection, Paddington (Eastern suburbs) 

If you’re after a collection of high-end Australian designer boutiques all in one place, The Intersection is a must. Where Glenmore Road meets Oxford Street in the inner-city suburb of Paddington, this chic enclave is where you’ll find outlets from Lee Mathews (for voluminous shirt dresses and printed maxis); beauty emporium Mecca Cosmetica (for hard-to-find make-up and fragrances); Ginger & Smart (for ethical fashion and accessories); and Zimmermann (for sophisticated pieces with a colourful flair). In between, pop in to galleries and cafes, for well-earned refreshments.  

Bondi Beach (Eastern suburbs) 

The inner-east suburb of Bondi may be known for its surf and sand, but away from the water the area’s streets are dedicated to brunch and boutiques. Pick up on-point fashion and accessories at Tuchuzy, a favourite haunt among locals. Then peruse Commune, for homewares and styling tips that will have your abode looking like the pages of a glossy magazine. Playa by Lucy Folk, meanwhile, sells a select range of beachworthy bling, alongside sunglasses and bags to turn heads. 

Westfield, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family shopping in the Sydney CBD.

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Westfield, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family shopping in the Sydney CBD.

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Commune, Bondi Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends shopping for handmade homewards at Commune, Bondi Beach.

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Commune, Bondi Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends shopping for handmade homewards at Commune, Bondi Beach.

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Newtown (Inner-west) 

Bordering the University of Sydney and home to live-music venues, theatres, bookstores and some of Sydney’s best restaurants, inner-west Newtown has a distinct bohemian vibe. King Street is one of the quirkiest shopping strips in the city, lined with independent stores like All Buttons Great and Small, packed with more than 15,000 buttons. The Social Outfit is known for its colourful clothing and ethical employment opportunities (it offers free training to refugees), while U-Turn is a mecca for vintage and pre-loved clothing. 

Westfield Parramatta (Western suburbs) 

A major commercial hub in the west, 25km from Sydney’s centre, Parramatta is home to one of Australia’s largest shopping complexes. Welcome to Westfield Parramatta, packed with just about every well-known retailer in the country — think David Jones, Kmart and Myer — alongside specialist domestic brands including Honey Birdette (luxury lingerie), Oroton (fashion essentials) and Mimco (luxury accessories).  

Birkenhead Point, Drummoyne (Inner-west) 

Sydney’s answer to the premium shopping outlets across the US, Birkenhead Point unites 160-plus top brands under one roof — with everything discounted, of course. It’s a 15-minute drive from the city centre, or you can arrive via water taxi or join a bus tour, then make the most of the free nanny service while you indulge in a little retail therapy. 

Cronulla (Southern suburbs) 

Some 30km south of the city centre, Cronulla’s relaxed beachside vibe also filters through its flourishing shopping scene. On Surf Road, drop in to Roar for statement pieces and bespoke accessories from a curated collection of Australian and international designers. Fair trade and sustainable homewares from around the globe are a highlight at Ur Place, in Caringbah, a five-minute drive away from the beach, while Inbetween Tangerine on Surf Lane stocks beach-to-bar sundresses, jumpsuits and accessories. 

Shopping, Paddington CREDIT: Destination NSW

Signage for Australian jewellery designer Kerry Rocks store on William Street, Paddington.

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Shopping, Paddington CREDIT: Destination NSW

Signage for Australian jewellery designer Kerry Rocks store on William Street, Paddington.

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Birkenhead Point, Drummoyne CREDIT: Destination NSW

Boats docked at Birkenhead Point Marina, Drummoyne in Sydney's Inner West.

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Birkenhead Point, Drummoyne CREDIT: Destination NSW

Boats docked at Birkenhead Point Marina, Drummoyne in Sydney's Inner West.

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