With a decadent mix of luxury labels and cutting-edge local creations, there’s plenty of opportunities to reinvent one’s style in Sydney. There’s designer labels from Armani to Zara, but don’t miss the specialty stores for one-of-a-kind keepsakes.
Loved by Sydney’s jet-set for the luxe labels on Elizabeth, Castlereagh, and King Streets; the city centre’s other key drawcard is the Pitt Street Mall, Sydney's busiest shopping strip, with department stores Myer and David Jones; the high-end stores of Westfield Sydney; and The Glasshouse.
Queen Victoria Building & Strand Arcade
As popular for their beautifully restored interiors as they are for their fashion, the grand old dames the Queen Victoria Building and the Strand Arcade are simply beautiful places to shop or browse. Step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of sophistication and glamour.
Oxford Street, which runs from Darlinghurst through Paddington to Woollahra, is the ultimate neighbourhood for gorgeous vintage finds, up-to-the-minute streetwear, and everything in between. Duck down Glenmore Road in Paddington for style sanctuaries laden with hand-picked designer gems and up and coming Australian talent.
Ladies who lunch know that they will always find what they need in one of Sydney’s most refined suburbs. Mosman has plenty for both the young and more mature shopper, from fashion and homewares, to accessories and antiques. Neutral Bay caters for a younger crowd.
More like an art gallery than a shop, lining the walls of this creative design shop is an endless display of hand-crafted resin jewellery and homewares in vibrant colours. No two pieces are the same, so you can be assured of owning an original piece.
Red Eye Records
This old-school record shop in York Street stocks a massive selection of new releases and imports in a wide variety of genres, both new and second hand. One for collectors, and if you can’t find what you want here, they’ll search the world for you.
Gleebooks has been a favourite of Sydney’s literati for over 30 years. Its range of fiction and non-fiction is unbelievably vast, and the store regularly hosts talks by local and international authors and other literary events. Its second-hand store is further along Glebe Point Road.
The Rocks Market
Every weekend, those in the know head to The Rocks Market and wander amongst the 200 or so stalls selling everything from antiques, art, fashion and souvenirs to indigenous arts and crafts. On Friday’s there’s the Foodies Market, where the tasty homemade goods are irresistible.
Peter’s of Kensington
Sydneysiders have been frequenting this famous pink building on Anzac Parade for decades. It’s the place to go for homewares, kitchen and cookware, as well as toys, bedding, and cosmetics, all at reasonable prices. You’re sure to find something special you didn’t know you needed.
Chic in the City
What could be better than shopping? Shopping with champagne in a limousine with a personal stylist. Chic Style’s luxury shopping experiences will take you to Sydney’s most fashionable precincts and show you where the celebrities shop, as well boutiques perfect for every shape and style.