English architect John Spencer designed this historic shopping arcade. Initially opened in 1892, it was lovingly restored to its original splendor after a fire in 1976. Today it is home to some of Sydney's finest jewelers and boutiques while still retaining an atmosphere of charm and sophistication. Even if you are only window shopping, the Strand Arcade with its glass roof and cast iron balconies is well worth a visit.
This busy, pedestrianized shopping precinct is the meeting point for the main multi-level shopping centers in the city, as well as department stores and many other specialty stores. You will be spoiled for choice in fashions, gifts and home wares in a range of international and Australian labels. You will find eateries to suit every palate and can also enjoy the street performers and musicians who amass here.
This mind-boggling, 41-hectare site, next to the Olympic complex, is Australia's major center for the marketing of fresh fruit, veggies and flowers and turns over around AUD1.6 billion a year. Lined up here are wholesale flower markets, growers market and produce market, as well as the Fresh Food Market, Swap and Sell Market and Paddy's - Flemington. It is like a little city housed inside giant warehouses, with a shopping center, banks, travel agent, supermarket, news agency, a pub and a cafe.
Flaunt your fashion sense with the trendy clothing line from Jac + Jack. This retail outlet has created some great looks for the modern couples and managed to get into the pages of Vogue magazine's Australian issue. Established in 2004, the store has started a luxurious clothing line with beautiful knit sweaters, tops, jackets, scarves, pants and comfy trousers. The store showcases a wide range of collection for both men and women. In case you don't get time for shopping in your busy schedule, you can check their website for shopping online from the brand.
At one time, there were very few stores, which catered specially to the fashion-conscious woman, but today that scenario has changed and more stores like the Incu are forming the fashion scene in Australia. With their line of subtle and contemporary clothing, Incu has created a fan following that is hard to ignore. The store not only produces apparel but also make designer shoes, accessories for women. So head to Incu today and shop till you drop!
Built-in 1898 to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a history lesson and shopping experience rolled in one. Designed to resemble a Byzantine palace, the architectural beauty is enough to awe the visitors. Some of the highlights include the central copper dome housed in the building’s glass roof, the ornate floor tiles, and the cast-iron circular staircase that winds its way to the upper levels of the building. For visitors more interested in shopping, the building houses over 200 stores, including designer boutique, art galleries, antique shops, and cafes.
One of the most popular retail chains in Australia, Woolworths is a go-to grocery for several thousand people all over the country. Apart from the usual aisles that include produce, veggies, fruits and such, it includes a wines and beers section, deli and bakery section, frozen foods, meat products, seafood and lots more. Located at the intersection of Park and George Streets, one of their CBD outlets lies just a few minutes from Town Hall, near Hyde Park. Open all week, from 6a to 12a, it proves to be a very convenient shopping space for regular grocery and household shopping.
Australia produces 95 percent of the world's opals and the types and varying quality can be confusing. You will find many opal shops dotted around Sydney, but here, trained staff are on hand to offer any advice you might need when making a purchase. You can sit in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and choose the opal that is right for you and at the right price too. As well as the opals, there is also a delightful range of jewelery, many pieces for sale at very affordable prices and with tax-free reductions for tourists.
Girls, guys, kids, women and toddlers can look forward to a memorable shopping experience at the Seed store. This boutique store is one of the best clothing and apparel lines in the city and has some cool and funky pieces. They take pride in their organic clothing line and the subtle and soft fabrics that are especially designed for kids. Apart from trendy clothes, they also have shoes, jewelry, and other accessories that will surely make you drool.
With a wide range of electronic goods, this store is the tech-lover's dream come true. JB Hi-Fi sells a range of products like headphones, iPhones, computers, computer software, digital cameras, parts of computers, iPods, printers and so on. It also sells a range of CDs, DVDs and Vinyl records as well as a selective range of musical instruments for the music lover. With so many popular items, the store is usually rather crowded. However, it is definitely worth braving the masses to get great gadgets and music albums.
Perfect for presents, hobby aficionados and people who take their fun seriously, this mini-market is packed from floor to ceiling with all your hobby needs. Wall to wall displays and interactive working train-sets sit side by side sets of Meccano, Lego, die cast cars, doll houses, jigsaw puzzles and models of every description. All hobby needs are met including everything to complete the hobby task: paints, brushes, glues, manuals, helpful staff and of course kits. And if that is not enough there is a website and complete stock catalog. Take your kids to Hobbyco.