"Sydney Shopping - Find out the best places to spend your well earned cash!"
There's plenty of places to enjoy shopping in Sydney. Best bet is to enjoy city centre shopping but combine this with a trip to one of the suburbs as it is here that you will discover the smaller boutiques and more interesting items.
As the world gets more global, so does the shopping experience. You'll find an array of chain stores that you'll find all over the world. I also find Australian clothes pretty expensive compared to the US and Europe. But read on and I'll tell you some gems of places to visit for Sydney shopping.
Shopping in Sydney City Centre
The main pedestrian area in the city for Sydney shopping is Pitt Street and it's around here you'll find the well known department stores of David Jones and Myer. You'll also find an array of well known Australian shopping chains such as Witchery, Just Jeans, Cotton On, Sussan, Zu and more.
If you fancy a bit of style and architecture then head to the QVB (Queen Victoria Building) This is on George Street heading away from the Rocks towards Central Station (near Town Hall train station). Here you will find the same chains but in a very beautiful old building. You will also find plenty of jewellery shops and a few more boutiques than in the centre.
The area around The Rocks Is good for some touristy shopping - think Australian sheepskin (Ugg Boots), Crocodile Dundee type hats and an an array of cuddly Australian animals.
Many tourists come to Australia wanting to take some Ugg Boots back home. They do tend to be cheaper here in Australia and the locals love to walk around in these boots come rain or come shine!
If it is Ugg Boots that you want (firstly check out my page on souvenirs) then read on...The trendy Ugg Boot with the Ugg label on the back of the boot is actually made in America and then sold around the world including Australia. If the boot has Ugg on the back but says made in China inside, then it's likely to be a fake.
There are plenty of sheepskin boots around Australia that you can buy in Sydney (around the Rocks) that are actually made in Australia but these won't carry the Ugg label on the back of the boot but will be much cheaper than
1) the official Ugg Boot2) What you can buy in Europe/US
It depends what you are after!
There are two official Ugg Boot stores that you can get to easily in Sydney - the first is in Paddington on Oxford Street and the second is on William Street going towards Kings Cross near the expensive car showrooms.
Hit the Suburbs to Find the Best Boutique Shopping
There are plenty of great suburbs that offer some lovely Sydney shopping experiences. Here are my favourite that are easily accessible from the city centre:Paddington - Walk up Oxford Street from the city for about 20 minutes and you'll hit Paddington. Here you will find a few chain stores with some lovely boutique fashion stores. Don't forget to wander down some of the side streets too as there are more shops down these too.
Stop off at the many cafes. Max Brenner's is a firm favourite too if you like anything chocolate. You can get some great chocolate drinks, deserts,pizzas, dipping chocolate with strawberries or banana - yum!
Don't miss the Paddington Market here on a Saturday eitherBalmain is another great place for boutique shops. You can get a ferry from circular quay over to Balmain East regularly. From here there is a very steep hill so I would recommend getting on the bus and getting to the top of the hill near Gladstone Park.
From here you can walk along the main Darling Street and admire the many and varied boutique shops. I'd carry on past the Town Hall and then wander back down to the ferry or catch one of the many buses back to the city from Balmain Town HallMosman is a well off suburb and is the other side of the bridge. You can catch a bus or a ferry over to Mosman (near Taronga zoo) and take a wander down the main high street. It is quite a trek over to Mosman though so I'd stick to Paddington or Balmain to start withBondi Junction has a huge Westfield shopping centre. You can get here by bus or by train from Town Hall or Martin's Place in the city. You can easily lose yourself in this huge centre - great on a rainy day.From Bondi Junction you can catch a bus to Bondi. This is good for those of you who are probably under 30. There is a market here on a Sunday and there are plenty of funky clothes and home stores here. Get off the main Campbell Parade and head down the streets that run away from the beach e.g. Hall Street.Double Bay is another suburb reachable by ferry or bus and offers more boutique shopping - high end! The hotel here used to be where the rich and famous stayed. In fact this is where Michael Hutchence from INXS died....The shops and cafes are well worth a visit.
Sydney Discount Shopping
There is an area around McEvoy Street in Alexandria (a suburb of Sydney not too far from the city centre) that has warehouses and factory outlets. You'll find sporting outlets such as Nike or swim wear from Sea Folly.
This is a different sort of Sydney shopping experience but you can pick up some bargains if you are willing to hunt and drive between stores.
You can take part in an organised tour for approx $49 and they will take you to some of the best outlet stores. Their website is called sydney shopping tours.
Chic Shopping Tours
Do you fancy a real treat and perhaps even a Sydney shopping experience with a personal shopper/stylist?
Check out Chic in the city tours for a day to remember. They do chauffeur driven tours, one on one shopping experiences and take you to most of the above mentioned suburbs.
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