If you’re visiting Sydney with the hope of doing some shopping, you’ll be pleased to know that Sydney offers a range of shopping options to suit all tastes and budgets. Arrive with an empty suitcase and take home an array of treasures. We cover the hotspots for all shoppers, whether you’re after high-end designers, local fashion, bargains or vintage finds.
High-end stores are located largely in the Sydney CBD near Martin Place. Here you’ll find international, high-end designers including Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton and Burberry.
You’ll also find high-end designers such as Christian Louboutin and Miu Miu in the Sydney Westfield located on Pitt Street. The giant Bondi Westfield Shopping Centre also houses high-end designers including Chanel and Tiffany & Co. Bondi Westfield is relatively easy to get to by public transport, but plenty of parking is available so you can take your rental car and park securely in the shopping centre car park.
If you’re after designers, whether they be international, local, boutique or big name, the best streets to hit are those in Paddington. In Paddington, wander along Oxford Street and be sure to explore the side streets for the boutiques housing the works of Australian designers. Also try the glamorous Double Bay. Drive your Sydney Airport hire car to Double Bay, park on one of the tree-lined streets and stroll through the boutiques on and around Transvaal Avenue.
Pitt Street is where you’ll find a hub of Sydney shops offering a bit of everything. The stores in and around Pitt Street offer goods to suit all budgets including fashion, shoes, homewares and furniture, sports and surf shops, technology and camera stores.
There’s an endless amount of options on Pitt Street:
- Pitt Street Mall : a strip of shops along a section of Pitt Street itself which is permanently closed off from vehicular traffic
- MidCity : a shopping centre on Pitt Street Mall
- Sydney Westfield : a much bigger shopping centre right opposite. Sydney Westfield is one of the largest shopping centres Sydney has ever seen filled with shops to suit all price ranges. There’s also an impressive food court on Level 5 and a range of fine dining restaurants on Level 6
- The Galeries Victoria : an iconic Sydney building home to many shops including the expansive Kinokuniya Bookstore as well as restaurants and the Arthouse Hotel, where you could pop in for a drink after shopping
- The Strand Arcade : a beautifully adorned arcade built in 1892. It’s worth a look inside, even if none of the shops take your fancy
You’ll find Australia’s two main department stores Myer and David Jones both in the city and in many suburban shopping centres. Sydney’s suburbs are easy to reach in your hire car and parking is generally plentiful and easy.
The city stores are particularly impressive, spanning multiple levels. Both Myer and David Jones offer a large range of cosmetics, shoes, clothing, accessories, lingerie, homewares, books and gifts.
If you’re after a bargain, it doesn’t get cheaper than Paddy’s Markets. Located in Haymarket, right by Sydney’s own Chinatown and a short walk from Darling Harbour, Paddy’s Markets is a large indoor market open Wednesday to Sunday. You’ll find everything from clothing and beauty products to souvenirs, gadgets and food.
Paddy’s Markets is underneath another shopping centre, Market City, which itself houses many bargains.
If vintage shopping is your thing, you’ll find that Sydney has many vintage stores on offer. Treat yourself to something pre-loved at Sydney’s best vintage stores. Surry Hills and Newtown (particularly King Street in Newtown) are your best bets with many vintage stores including:
- Cream : 317 King St, Newtown and 32/277 Crown Street, Surry Hills
- Collective Ensemble : 500 King St, Newtown
- Dear Pluto : 5a Wilshire St, Surry Hills
- Three 5 Nine King : 359 King St, Newtown
- Zoo Emporium : 180 Campbell St, Surry Hills
- Vintage Fashion Emporium : 531 South Dowling St, Surry Hills
- Grandma Takes a Trip : 263 Crown St, Surry Hills
Boutique Markets run almost every weekend in Sydney, in various locations. Depending on where you are and where you are going, most markets are easy to get to and if you pick up a car from a Hertz Sydney car rental location you’ll find you have no trouble reaching your destination.
Both Manly and Bondi Beach offer markets selling handmade goods, jewellery and clothing in walking distance from the beach. Paddington also offers a designer market, right across the road from Paddington’s famous strip of shops. Eveleigh offers a unique market experience hosting artisan and farmer’s markets in an old rail yard. Or, there’s Kirribilli Markets held right beside the Harbour Bridge. Make sure you check websites for which weekends the markets are running. Whatever kind of shopping experience you are after, Sydney has something for everyone.