Sydney, a shopper’s mecca


Sydney. The city that sparkles.

And it does; anyone who had stood at Circular Quay in high summer and watched the lights dancing on the Harbour water would agree.

I love Sydney. I’m unsure if it is the shopping or if it is… oh, who am I kidding? It’s the shopping!

You see, periodically I wonder into my closet, rifle through the items I’ve ‘shelved’ for the season, then decide that I have nothing to wear. At all. After which, of course, I book a trip to Sydney.

Remember my previous blog post on weekends being the perfect express holiday? The first and foremost tip is the proximity of your chosen destination to enjoy a fuss-free trip.

The Gold Coast, a mere hour by plane, fifteen minutes afterward spent on an exorbitantly priced train to Museum Station, and then I am welcomed with open arms at the Wyndham Sydney.

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Following are a just a few of my favourite shopping spots that are not too far from the resort, and are perfect for a weekend getaway:

  • China Town – Paddy’s Markets have cheap everything, particularly for clothes and jewellery that you’ll see for sometimes double the price in chain stores. There are a couple of boutiques across the road, which sell cute one-off pieces that will never fail to get you compliments.
  • Bondi State School Markets – Excellent for reasonably priced local designers, vintage everything, and particularly nice clothes & jewellery. Prime location too; you are practically across the road from the famous Bondi Beach.
  • Bondi Beach – After you’ve had your fill wandering around the Markets, explore the area itself; there are some relaxed boutiques hidden nearby (off the main strip) with vintage and local designer offerings.
  • Queen Victoria Building – This is where to go if you are looking for bespoke stationery, distinctive gifts and a dash of history with your shopping. Known affectionately as the QVB, the building has been painstakingly restored to its historic splendour (even if you don’t buy anything, your pics alone are worth the trip).
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  • Westfield Sydney – The QVB joins Westfield under ground (perfect for a rainy day as I last discovered), should you be looking for a large variety of chain stores. There are also the odd pop up stalls of designers selling their wares  for something a little more unique.
  • Pitt St Mall area – One of the busiest shopping strips in the world! Also in the area, you can ogle at the flagship stores of the big names – Prada, Chanel, you name it – for style inspiration.
  • The Strand Arcade – More window shopping, this time in a historic arcade that exudes elegance and glamour (and Haigh’s chocolate). Right across from Westfield!
  • Paddington – A mix-and-match dream of high street style and affordable boutiques. Have a fresh juice as a pit stop – the shopping strip is long… On Saturdays, the Paddington Markets are the place du jour for art, fashion, jewellery, and people-watching.
  • Op shopping – If you’re a fan of perusing second-hand stores for the perfect one-off find, stick to key areas. There are some in Paddington, but expect those to be pickled bare by the style-hungry. Try going to the well-off suburbs early in the morning instead…

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Remember, the Mercedez Benz Fashion Festival is happening  right now in Sydney. More ideas for things to see, events  & food-wine in Sydney can be found here.

It pains me to have to leave the list where it is, although I’m sure seasoned shoppers like yourself can help add more! Leave a comment below with your favourite shopping precincts – I’d love to hear them 🙂

Until next time,
Ilona

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