Better known as the capital of Australia’s coast, Sydney has it all. Parties, bars, cafes, fun and relaxation of whatever type, flavour, or outlook you can think of it, this town has it all. You can enjoy amazing restaurants, get a nice barbecue going on the beach, and have a nice look of culture, art. Check out the Opera House if you want nice photos for the folks at home, as well as stopping by for one of the many concerts being held there. Check out the beaches, go bar hopping, a night of partying or a day of culture, you can find both in Sydney. And of course, the best and most fun thing of all – shopping.
Sydney is famed for its amazing and widespread shops. No matter what you are interested, you can find it here. Luxury shops and affordable stores, it’s all within its borders. So, we suggest you pop in by the central business district of Sydney, check out the situation there, and go crazy.
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Let’s start with one of the main locations of Sydney’s Central Business District. Namely, this place is found right on the corner of Pitt Street Mall and Market Street. Here you have six floors filled to the brim with food and fashion outlets and shops. Chanel, Gucci, Versace, and Calvin Klein can be found here, as can some more affordable options like Cotton ON, Dotti, and Sportsgirl. These shops are just some of the 280 retails stores in this area, all waiting for you.
While you can’t really find souvenirs and thrift store items in this place, you can certainly find at least some things that pique your fancy, while still not breaking the bank. And if luxury is your thing, then no worries, you are good to go. Opening hours are between 09:30 am to 7 pm.
While you’re here, you can check out the famous Tower Eye of Sydney, grab a bite to eat at the many food courts, and just relax.
On a more artistic bent and spectrum, we suggest you check out the Rocks Market. This one is special. Found at The Rocks precinct, here Sydney’s artists and special artisan creators gather and show off.
Namely, every Sunday and Saturday you can find over two hundred stalls that sell you homemade artwork and crafts. Jewellery and clothing, sculptures and painting, chances are you will find something that you like here.
Furthermore, you can also try lots of foods and drinks here as well. Temporary stalls are everywhere, with cafes and restaurants that serve you very unique and interesting foods. Everything is artisanal here, from the food, right down to the clothes.
This place opens at 10 am, and it closes at 5 pm.
One of the best and finest destinations Sydney has to offer is without a doubt Darling Harbour. The best way to actually feel the city and its place by the sea is by visiting this area. You can just walk there, and enjoy the fresh, sea air. However, once you’re done with all that, it’s time to check out the shopping centre.
Namely, the Harbourside Shopping Centre is a three-story building filled to the brim with shops and stores. However, that’s not all it has. There you can find over a hundred stores, but also a bowling alley, laser tag, and lots of food courts.
Now, once you’re done with shopping, we suggest you check out the Australia National Maritime Museum that can be found nearby, as well as both the wildlife Sydney zoo, and the Sealife Sydney Aquarium. So, no matter if you’re a fan of sea life or terrestrial life, you’re gonna get have some fun.
If you want something a bit less educational, we suggest you give the local nightclubs and bars a look as well. Opening hours are from 10 am to 9 pm.
Next, you must not lose out on Paddy’s Markets and Market City. The cheapest deals for the best products can be found here. This is a veritable flea market, no matter if you want to check out the Flemington market site, or the Haymarket area at Paddy’s Market. Anything from fruit, vegetables, to amazing fresh seafood can be found here – and for very low rates.
The lower floors of the market offer nice discounts and cheap products. However, the higher floors of Market City have anything from souvenirs to jewellery to clothes. Lots of knickknack and specialized Asian products, spices, and herbs can be found here.
However – a quick tip. You want to do as much of your homework as you can on things like public liability compensation claims, travel insurance, local laws and regulations, as well as things like border security and international product transfers. Simply put – the last thing you need is to find out carrying a special type of spice or fruit across the border can saddle you up with some serious fines and fees. We understand the urge to get some amazing produce you bought at this market home, but do be smart about it.
We have another quick tip, or rather, a reminder. Namely, this is the only area in the entirety of Sydney where you can actually bargain with the shopkeepers. In fact, not only can you do it, it's encouraged. This place is open on Wednesdays and Mondays, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Queen Victoria Building
For a bit more tourism with your shopping, Queen Victoria Building (The QVB) is a must. This is a large area that is supposed to basically serve as a local marketplace. It fills an entire city block, and house more than a hundred shops and store. Here you can find anything, from fine food to luxury fashion. Art galleries and locations litter this area, and you can hardly be left bored, hungry, and uncultured after spending some time here.
You can simply bask in the beautiful architecture, or go underground and take a look at the cheaper, simpler shops. This area is open from 9 am to 6 pm during the weekdays, and on Saturday, and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays.
Pitt Street Mall
Right in the middle of Sydney’s business district, the Pitt Street Mall is one of the most important and fascinating shopping precincts in this city. Namely, you can find a whopping 600 stores right here. The Sydney Arcade, the Mid City Shopping Centre, the Glasshouse, many stores, shopping centres, and arcades can be found here. There is basically nothing you can’t find here, so go crazy, and explore.
However, what also adds to the beauty and glory of this place are the buskers. There are just so many of them, and you can always find a fantastic, classy cat wherever you go. Anything from street performers to high-level musicians, you won’t be sorry if you pass by here.
The opening times for this are very intensely, but you can count on 9 am to 5 pm to be something of a standard.
The largest dedicated Chinatown in Australia can be found right here in Sydney. You can reach it by travelling to the southern part of the CBD, right there in Haymarket. You simply must check out the restaurants and the to-die-for food in this area. While it may take some effort (since it’s not guaranteed), you can find real, authentic Asian food here. You will definitely not be short on any options for food and deliciousness here.
As far as shopping is concerned, go and visit the Chinatown Night Market, right on Dixon Street, every Friday starting from 4 pm.
Next up – Glebe Market. One of the best-known markets around Sydney, this place is a must if you want to spend a lovely Saturday morning shopping. Here you can find over 200 stalls that can sell you anything from books to homemade crafts. And these crafts are what make it special.
Namely, the Glebe Market is famous for its vintage items and wares. If you are looking for some retro clothes, accessories, artwork, jewellery, or things like vinyl discs, you’ve come to the right place.
You can also expect music and entertainment, right there on the grass. This market is open only on Saturdays, sadly, form 10 am, and closes at 4 pm. Still, this gives you ample time to explore.
And there you have it, folks – a simple guide to shopping in Sydney. Whether you want an insane range of over 600 shops in the Pin Street Mall area, or perhaps you prefer grabbing some authentic Asian cuisine while you shop down at Chinatown. Glebe market needs to be seen to be believed – 200 stalls of goods, anything from homemade artwork, crafts, right down to fresh fruit and veggies. Maybe you prefer walking down the Harbour and seeing what kind of shopping you can do there, or perhaps the QVB is more up your alley. Whatever you want or need, trust us when we say that Sydney will have it.