6 reasons why Sydney is your international shopping destination
Sydney is a shopping haven for local and international visitors alike. Explore sparkling department stores, high-end designers and independent boutiques within the heart of the city.
Australia’s original department store first opened its doors in 1838 selling “the best and most exclusive goods” to the new colony. Today, almost 180 years later, it’s still the city’s most stylish place to shop. David Jones features top Australian designers like Camilla and Marc, Bec & Bridge, Tigerlily and Carla Zampatti. The complimentary Personal Shopping Service offers shoppers their very own Stylist or Personal Shopper. With access to the entire David Jones range, they perfectly curate your very own selection, while you relax in the luxury of their Personal Shopping Suites. Simply ask at your Sofitel Concierge.
A Sydney landmark, the QVB is home to more than 180 stores selling clothes, jewellery, homewares, art and souvenirs. You’ll find mid range chains like Country Road, Gorman, Veronika Maine and Cue. Don’t miss the one of a kind boutiques and fascinating antique stores, as well as interesting cafes and wine bars perfect to refuel.
When The Strand Arcade opened in 1892 it was described as “the finest public thoroughfare in the Australian colonies”. The arcade has been beautifully restored with the shops perfect replicas of the originals lining a stunning patterned tile floor. Look out for Alex Perry, Dion Lee, Manning Cartel, and Scanlan and Theodore.
Martin Place is lined with the flagship stores of international brands like Tiffany & Co, Giorgio Armani and Rolex. It’s also home to Australia’s oldest jewellery retailer, Fairfax & Roberts, and the Paspaley Pearls boutique. For sleek Scandinavian pieces, discover Australia’s first Collection of Style (COS) housed in the grand former Commonwealth Bank building.
Serious shoppers head straight for Sydney’s busiest retail thoroughfare – Pitt Street Mall. Anchored by the city’s flagship Myer department store, discover local designers like Jayson Brundsen, Wayne Cooper and By Johnny. Wander further along the promenade and shop at international brands Zara, Sephora, Uniqlo, and H&M.
This chic fringe suburb has a reputation as the home of independent Australian fashion. Explore the popular Oxford Street, then trail through the smaller lanes to hunt out individual boutiques. It’s also a great place to find bridal wear or custom couture. The Intersection is a fashion hub with edgy designers like Ksubi, Kitx and Jac + Jack. Don’t miss the Paddington markets every Saturday where many known designers and artisans got their break. Find unique accessories, fashion and crafts, plus keep an eye out for local celebrities and models who frequent the stalls!
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