Westfield Sydney and Westfield Bondi Junction have changed mall shopping forever building glamour destinations offering personal shopping, valet parking and even fine dining.
The QVB has four floors of elegant and unique shopping along its grand century-old, art deco balconies with tearooms, restaurants and a concierge. The nearby 122-year old Strand Arcade offers similar historic elegance with milliners, fine jewellery and bespoke fashion on show. The Rocks multi-tasks as showcase for Australian wares like fashion label RM Williams and opal stores as well as being the main duty free district in the city.
Head to The Intersection at Paddington for hot Australian designers like Zimmerman, Rachel Gilbert and Camilla & Marc. Balmain’s Darling Street is an eclectic mix of boho boutiques, upscale homewares and popular gastro pubs in which to refuel. Grab a Macaroon at the famous Adriana Zumbo bakery while you shop. Find great bargains at the harbourside Birkenhead Point outlet centre, where Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein pieces go for a end-of-season song.
Our top picks
132a Warner Avenue, Bondi Beach / Shop 6, 134-140 Oxford Street, Paddington / Shop 2, 647b Military Road, Mosman
Camilla’s lavish hand beaded, multi-hued kaftans have cemented themselves as the ultimate symbol of high-end summer fashion. Fans of the upmarket boho treasures include Beyonce, Oprah and Jennifer Lopez. Stores in Bondi, Paddington and Mosman.
3 Temperance Lane
Too hip to be obvious, this men’s shoe store is located in a glamour-free lane, with hip hop music and the world’s coolest sneakers. Selling luxe labels like Balmain and Givenchy, you can pay up to $1200 a pair. But you won’t take them home on the day - cool shoes get posted.
Shop like a local
Many a famous fashion designer was discovered at one of Sydney’s weekend outdoor emporiums like Paddington, Bondi, Rozelle and Glebe markets. Vintage treasures hang side-by-side with edgy one-offs, catering to both retro-loving fashionistas as well as early adopters. Heaving with creative flair, the city’s markets do double duty as upmarket design hubs plus second hand treasure troves.
From fresh flowers and tarot readings, to massages and antiques Rozelle opens Saturdays and Sundays in the Darling Street school grounds while Paddington markets in Oxford Street happens every Saturday rain or shine, with live music and handmade delectables you won’t find in the mall. On the northside of the bridge, Kirribilli art and design markets, in the Burton Street tunnel, has 220 stalls on the second Sunday of the month.