From historical arcades to world-class shopping malls, and designer markets to kitschy thrift stores, there is no shortage of amazing fashion to be found in Sydney. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to explore local and international fashion.
Queen Victoria Building
This 19th-century arcade is a stunning piece of architecture. Spread out over three grand levels, it has become the go-to place for Sydneysiders to stock up on clothes, jewellery and gifts. Iconic fashion labels such as Furla and Bally call this place home, affectionately known as the QVB.
Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, +61 2 9265 6800
Walking down Pitt Street, you will find lots of familiar international brands, including Zara, H&M and Uniqlo. There are also plenty of Australian brands, like Country Road and David Jones. The street is also home to the award-winning Westfield Mall, which is spread across seven levels and full of local and international fashion retailers.
Westfield Mall, Pitt St and Market St, Sydney, Australia, +61 2 8236 9200
Running through the hip neighbourhood of Paddington, Oxford Street has become a must-visit shopping and fashion destination. At its cross-section with Gipps Street, you’ll find boutiques from Australia’s most coveted fashion labels, including Zimmermann, Manning Cartell, and Scanlan Theodore. If you want to spot a fashion blogger, this is the place to be.
As Sydney’s original arts-and-crafts market, Paddington Markets celebrates 43 years of trading, and continues to attract edgy designers and artists. Open every Saturday, this is one of the best markets to snag a fashionable bargain and find pieces by some of Sydney’s best up-and-coming fashion designers. With over 150 stalls, you’ll find everything, from fashion and accessories to food and flowers.
Paddington Markets, 395 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW, Australia, +61 2 9331 2923
Gould Street, Bondi
Running parallel to Campbell Parade, Bondi’s beachside road, Gould Street looks unassuming at first, but in recent years has become a fashion hot-spot. Tuchuzy is one of Sydney’s most popular boutiques, selling Acne, Céline and Chloé, along with all the beachy basics you need, like Birkenstocks, Levi denim cut offs and Missoni beach towels. Down the road you’ll find Bondi Bathers, selling unique swimwear with Bondi photography printed on the fabric – a very fitting memento of a Sydney holiday.