Here’s a primer for Sydney’s best shopping experiences. From big-name brands to indie boutiques, these are the shelves worth perusing.
The Intersection, Paddington
The Intersection – a strip of boutiques on the corner of Oxford Street and Glenmore Road – has evolved as Sydney’s premier fashion hub, attracting the very best Australian designers. Venture to Jac+Jack on Oxford Street to find simple, timeless garments made from luxurious natural fibres of cashmere, merino wool and silk, before turning down Glenmore Road to explore Bassike, Mecca and Camilla and Marc.
William Street, Paddington
Paddington’s William Street is a hotspot for Sydney trendsetters. Browse finely curated menswear in concept store Belancé X The Black Label or shop for stylish spectacles and sunglasses in homegrown Bailey Nelson. William Street is also home to Sydney’s first annual fashion laneway festival, a community celebration of local retailers that features live music and one-off specials. Be sure to pick up treats at Just William Chocolates.
Westfield Sydney, CBD
Located beneath Sydney Tower, 250 stores cater to serious shoppers who can appreciate a seamless mix of international and local design. Grab swimwear from renowned Australian label Tigerlily or visit Aesop for its range of antioxidant-rich skincare products. Don’t miss French export Sephora, or the newly opened H&M in the adjacent Pitt Street Mall.
The Strand Arcade, CBD
Once crowded with milliners and book specialists, this 1891-built landmark remains a haven for local designers and has kept its Victorian charm. Discover the flavours of Australia’s oldest family-owned chocolate manufacturer Haigh’s Chocolates or the “lolly shop” of herbs and spices, Gewürzhaus. Afterwards, peruse Australian labels such as Dion Lee and Lover, and detailed men’s tailor Mister Mister.
The Queen Victoria Building, CBD
The QVB is one of Sydney’s most ornate buildings – graced with Romanesque architecture, stained-glass windows and a spectacular internal glass dome – which is only enhanced by the antique and specialty stores lining its halls. Fashion is not forgotten, either; the QVB is home to Topshop Topman, Gorman and M.J. Bale. Top off your visit with a traditional afternoon tea at The Tea Room, set in the building’s ostentatious original grand ballroom.
Sydney's fashion markets
Sydney markets are abundant but a few cut above the rest as standout fashion destinations. Glebe Markets is an op-shopper’s paradise, while Bondi and Paddington Markets are often tipped as hosting Sydney’s emerging designers. To experience one of Sydney’s longest-running markets, visit Kirribilli’s Art, Design & Fashion Market on the second Sunday of every month.
King Street, Newtown
Home to all that is quirky and alternative, Newtown’s King Street is packed with fantastic finds. Dig through vintage goods at Cream on King, The Collective Ensemble or Elizabeth’s Bookshop, or pick up a sartorial gem at O’Connell Street Merchants. Nearby cafes such as Brewtown Newtown or Black Star Pastry will keep those hunger pangs at bay.