Australia’s fashion industry is booming, and its blossoming is nowhere as profound as in its shopping capital, Sydney. From the city’s one-of-a-kind, designer boutiques to its must-visit, high-end outlets and skyscraping shopping malls, Sydney has something in store for everyone. Whether you are a local, staying for a long weekend or passing through during your travels in Australia, Sydney’s shopping scene offers the ultimate experience for everyone’s palette and taste. For the time-pressed shopper, we have narrowed the infinite list down to our nine favorite shopping spots.
1. Harrolds – CBD
This beautiful store is hidden away in Westfield’s shopping centre, in Sydney’s CBD.
The store’s amazing stock list will have you trembling with excitement including exclusive European designers, such as Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Balmain, Comme Des Garcons, Tom Ford, Valentino plus many more. They provide an exclusive VIP styling experience, including a VIP change room and beverages upon request. Luxury shopping at its finest!
2. Strand Arcade – CBD
Fashionistas who also love to indulge themselves with some culture need to look no further than the Strand Arcade, whose breath-taking galleries are lined with outposts of the world’s most unique clothing and jewellery designers: Alex Perry, AJE, Amy Taylor, Dinosaur Designs, Dion Lee, Galanni Manning Cartell and Scanlan Theodore to name a few. This building is packed with Australia’s best contemporary designers!
Bonus: Check out La Rosa for a modern Italian feed – We absolutely love their Truffle Mushroom Woodfire Pizza!
3. The Intersection – Paddington
All the goodness that Australia’s fashion industry has to offer is seemingly packed into the small corner of Oxford Street and Glenmore Road in Paddington. Handpicked edgy boutiques and up and coming Australian designers from Acne, Alice McCall and Camilla and Marc, to Ellery and Ginger & Smart. A Fashionistas go-to shopping precinct embodies the charm of a Parisian laneway, edge of New York Fashion week combined with the beautiful weather and style of Sydney.
4. William Street – Paddington
William Street is conventiently located off Oxford Street and an absolute gem for great boutiques that hide away in this small street such as popular boutique ‘The Corner Shop’ which stocks Australian and International labels, Watson x Watson and Pelle, a secondhand designer shoe and accessories shop.
5. Five Ways – Paddington
At the junction of Broughton Street, Glenmore Road, Goodhope Street and Heeley Street, you can find a number of amazing boutiques and world class cafes. Must-visits include Parlour X (renowned for delivering an effortless yet edgy style from ready-to-wear international designer collection such as Celine, Chloe, Balenciaga, Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Victoria Beckam and Isabel Marant), Steven Khalil (for gorgeous red carpet dresses and wedding gowns) and Camilla and Marc (local star in luxury womenswear).
6. ZOMP – Paddington
This cutting-edge shoe store is located on the busy Oxford Street, next to the famous Paddington Markets. ZOMP offers the style-savvy, fashion conscious woman exactly what she wants – premium quality and exclusive footwear! They sell a wide range of brands (over sixty labels), from creative brands such as Jeffrey Campbell and Lily Mill to Italian classics such as Bruno Premi and Paolo Satori, ZOMP has a special shoe for every taste.
7. Queen Street – Woollahra
When the mayhem of the city starts to feel like too much, head to its quieter counterpart to the east for one-of-a-kind boutiques and less-exposed designer labels and boutiques including Brunello Cucunelli, Simon Johnson, Repetto, Herringbone, Pond, Johanna Johnson and MJ Bale are a must-visit in Queen Street. Also make sure to stop at Bistro Moncur for a beautiful French dish that will tantalise and stimulate any palette.
8. Cross Street/Knox Lane – Double Bay
This little shopping paradise is located in the heart of the Double Bay, one of Sydney’s most elite and high end suburbs. It is filled with luxury boutiques, mouth-watering cafes, beautiful homeware stores and idyllic bookshops. Make sure to stop at Elizabeth K; for amazing stockings and shapewear, Revivre; for secondhand designer clothes, Papier d’Amour; for funky modern stationary, personalised invitations and edgy homewares, Belinda (Boutique) stocks European designers such as Victoria Beckham, Kenzo and Lanvin, The Vintage Luggage Company; for amazing vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases and ACO; for edgy designers such as Derek Lam, Maticevski, Elizabeth & James and Rachel Zoe.
9. For Artists Only – Rose Bay
Finding For Artists Only is a little like going on a treasure hunt, but once you have discovered this Rose Bay gem, you will find beautiful pieces from emerging Australian labels such as Christopher Esber, Aimee-Cherie Intimates alongside the well-know Australian labels Dion Lee, Ellery, IRO, Sass & Bide and other (smaller) international designers Mara & Mine, Isa Tapia, Lisa Marie Fernandez to please the individualist within. Happy hunting