Pick up a take-home treasure, an original Sydney-designed dress or wander the streets window-shopping and soaking up what Sydney’s shopping precincts have to offer.
What you’ll find: Aussie beach essentials
The surf-loving suburb of Bondi is all about the beach, brunch and boutiques, with signature retailers like Bondi Wash, Camilla and Commune emulating the laidback lifestyle. Start your day with breakfast at Bills, where the famous ricotta pancakes are always sweet and fluffy.
Close by you’ll find Nimble, a unique active wear retailer with Aussie-made, lightweight and functional leggings, crops and tanks. On Campbell Parade you’ll find the instantly recognisable, floaty dresses of Camilla and off the beaten track, check out Commune for Bondi-esque homewares. Take home travel essentials from Bondi Wash; a dress from Tuchuzy; a plant from Jones and Co and leggings from Nimble.
What you’ll find: Hamptons-style homewares and high-end accessories
The well-heeled precinct of Mosman on Sydney’s north shore has a bustling village feel with many sophisticated multi-concept retailers. The pretty streets are lined with cafes, florists and beautiful boutiques. Stop to fuel up at The Mews, tucked into a laneway in Mosman Square. Try the Poke Bowl and a Green Peace Smoothie with kale and coconut water.
For a heavenly browse head to Fox and Dove—they stock stylish sunglasses, delicate blouses, Zulu and Zephyr swimwear and Organised Life Zodiac notebooks. Newly opened Moya has a carefully curated collection of Equipment shirts, AG Jeans and Max Mara—let owner Fran help you style an ensemble. Don’t miss the liberty print slips at Flannel and head to Chowder Bay’s Hamptons-style wine bar and homewares, East Coast Lounge, for ocean views and nautical treasures.
The Intersection, Paddington
What you’ll find: The best of Australian Fashion
The Intersection is the tree-lined point where Glenmore Road meets Oxford Street, Paddington. The chic enclave is the home of high-end Australian designer boutiques; niche art galleries and hole-in- the-wall cafes. Start at Jackie’s Café with a lazy sunlit brunch in their leafy courtyard—their greenhouse-style bar opens in Spring for cocktails.
Head to Lee Mathews for sophisticated blouses, skirts and dresses; stop by Mecca Maxima for global cosmetic finds then browse the feminine Aussie designs of Ginger & Smart, Alice McCall and Zimmermann. Pick up a cashmere-blend shawl from Jac+Jack, a standout accessory from Sass and Bide, then enjoy a vegan coffee with almond milk at Orchard Street, or a crisp rosé at historic Village Inn, which gives a birds-eye view of The Intersection.
What you’ll find: Quirky gifts, frocks and more
With luxury shopping at The Star Casino and unique retailers popping up around Union Street, inner- city village Pyrmont is having something of a shopping renaissance. The luxe arcade in The Star has high-end brands Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Gucci, Moda Emporio along with G-Star Raw and IM Lingerie.
For unique finds, Urban Oasis has cute gifts such as S’Well water bottles and quirky stationery, while St Frock is popular for its Aussie-designed, floral-print midi dresses. For lunch, head to The Star’s top eateries—sample Asian street food at Fat Noodle, a burger at Fuel or coffee from Antidote. Later peruse the bookshelves and sip a martini at Edition Book Bar—a unique fusion of brews and books in Harris Street.
Queen Victoria Building
What you’ll find: Australian fashion, Indigenous art and high tea
A historic landmark in the heart of Sydney, the Queen Victoria Building is an architectural masterpiece originally constructed as a marketplace in 1898. It’s home to luxury global brands, high street retail and the iconic Queen Victoria Tea Room, famous for its champagne high tea. Before you embark on some retail therapy, be sure to admire the intricate façade from Park Street, and once inside, take a moment to look up at the spectacular arc of the domed ceiling.
Buy a quintessential Australian sun hat from Helen Kaminski, whimsical knitwear from Gorman, a flowing kaftan from Camilla, visit the Aboriginal Art Galleries and don’t forget to pick up a sweet pastel macaron from Adriano Zumbo on the ground level. Also on the ground floor you’ll find iconic Australian bushman label, R.M. Williams, and on level two, handcrafted Australian treasures to take home at 4 Elements Gallery.
What you’ll find: All the top brands at bargain prices
Sydney’s answer to Los Angeles premium shopping outlets, Birkenhead Point has a classic, shopping mall feel with loads of top brands under one roof. The Shopper Hopper ferry, is a great way to see the harbour and get to Birkenhead—jump on board for the 20-minute journey to Sydney’s largest outlet centre for $13 one-way or $22 return. Once inside, domestic or international travellers can present their ID to the customer service desk to receive a complimentary Visitor Passport with over 35 discount offers.
There are lots of bargains to explore from luxury goods, fitness gear, shoes and children’s clothing. When you are all shopped out, soak up the views and enjoy crispy squid with soft polenta, tomato and herbs with a glass of bubbles at Café Birkenhead. Take home earrings from Australian accessories brand, Mimco; a Baku bikini; simple separates from Seed Heritage and a suit from Cue.
Text and photos courtesy of Destination NSW