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To do some serious shopping in Sydney is not a rocket science at all. Australia’s biggest city is often considered as a Mecca of shopping. Streets offers huge variety of different shopping centers and markets where you get anything you can think of.

Depends of what are you after but usually the best shopping experiences are often available on the streets of CBD or on numerous weekend markets. Here we are coming with a tips of popular places for shopping in Sydney.

Westfield Warringah Mall

Another Westfield in Sydney’s Northern Beaches located in suburb of Brookvale, approximately 15 km from CBD. Boasting with shops, entertainment features such as cinema or huge food court, it is that kind of place where one can spend the whole day shopping and in the afternoon go to the beach to catch some sunshine or waves – what a perfect day. The third largest shopping centre by floorspace in New South Wales is at the moment undergoing a massive $310 million renovation project with completion scheduled by late 2016. At the end of the reconstruction project the mall will have 70 shops more and a Centre Court which is planned to be an unique feature and a social hub of Westfield Warringah Mall with complementary Wi-Fi connectivity. Despite the redevelopment it is still open to public with some safety arrangements offering over 270 retailers, food courts and free parking. Basically Westfield Warringah Mall offers a pleasant shopping experience full of fun, relax and good deals. Shopping in Sydney is all about fun.

Alexandria Outlets

It is one of Sydney’s best kept secret and many people still don’t know about existence of various factory outlet shops located in Alexandria. This inner-east suburb is largely industrial providing a home to factories, warehouses, shops, bars and restaurants. Just 4 km from CBD it is easily accessible by train or car however to come here with a car could mean struggling with parking spots. If you take a green line and get off at Green Square Station head left straight to Botany Road (Redfern, city direction). Right on the corner of Green Square crossroad there in Ron Benett outlet store. Follow the Botany Road and after few minutes of walking check the left side where are New Balance & Puma shops. All these shops have daily sales probably with best prices around. The list of factory outlets in Alexandria is pretty long containing names like New Balance, Puma, Reebok / Rockport, Seafolly, Sheridan, Sunbeam, Sweet Sixteen, True Alliance and Vianne.

Other great sport brand called Lonsdale has it’s headquarters, warehouse & shop situated in Mascot on the corner of Gardeners and Kent Road. When new collections are coming they have to empty the warehouse so the sales are great and shopping experience is pleasant.

Harbourside Shopping Centre

Located just steps from the waters of Darling Harbour, minutes of walking from busy CBD and with spectacular views of Sydney’s skyline, Harbourside offers an exceptional dining, leisure and shopping experience. In 2005 after massive refurbishment had grown to a modern meeting point with extended food court and a new entertainment level with 20-lane bowling centre, laser tag venue and Boeing 737-800 flight simulator. Harbourside is growing every year to become a kind of one stop venue offering numerous shopping and dining options. Except shopping and dining there is one more reason to visit Harbourside, it is the views of city’s skyscrapers touching the clouds. The panoramic views from balconies of restaurants are just priceless and one can enjoy the magic atmosphere best with glass of wine. A small tip from SydneyHappyDeals is to arrive before sun goes down, find a comfy seat facing the skyline and watch the show of the colours. Harbourside is home to some world famous restaurants likeHard Rock Cafe and various great local bars.

Glebe Markets – Glebe

Glebe is a part of Sydney close to CBD well known for different atmosphere & trendy lifestyle. Variety and number of authentic multicultural restaurants and bars with typical food creates a unique feeling. Take a walk through the streets of Glebe and experience atmosphere like nowhere in Sydney (except Newtown). Every Saturday Glebe changes to a big outdoor marketplace where folks trade with all you can imagine. Food stalls, outdoor entertainment like a live bands, acrobats or other artists. Over 200 stalls under the Sydney’s sky, heaps of people wading through the junk. The food is delicious and one have a problem to try it all and not to get sick because of the variety, colors, aromas and tastes. Get some original books, old records, CDs, second hand outfits or even originally designed attire. Get in early in the morning to avoid the lunch and afternoon jam. If you do not have any plans for a Saturday, Glebe Markets is the perfect destination to kill some time & meet perfect people.

Central Park, Sydney

A modern urban development project situated in Chippendale is one of the most exciting and interesting shopping places in the whole Sydney. One Central Park, which is part of the complex, won a first placein International Best Tall Building award in 2014. Skyscraper features all the modern technology focused on environmental aspect. Vertical – hanging green gardens, cantilevered heliosat, on site trigeneration system for power, heating and cooling. Captured rain water is reused for other than drinking purposes. In 2015 Central Park became first time part of famous festival VIVID Sydney. The location is very convenient and the complex is in walking distance from Central Station, in addition the buses runs very often. Students like to hang out a lot in the area because of the proximity to the two Sydney’s major universities. Shopping centre features all the major brands like Woolworths, Foot Locker or Adidas.

The Rocks Markets

It is home to some of the oldest pubs in the country, area that bursts with history, the land remembers first European setters when they decided to step ashore. One of the most interesting parts of Sydney hosts popular weekend markets. Open air market with over 200 stalls will satisfy everyone by selling designer clothing, souvenirs, textiles, jewellery, food, photography and everything else. Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5 pm. Stay longer and take a walk around the harbour, enjoy the ocean breeze and the sounds of the oldest part of city. Other than weekend days it is worth to visit Friday’s Foodies Market where you can get fresh fruits, hot bread or baguettes, irresistible chocolate. Get wraps, burgers, grilled fish, turkish kebabs or italian pizza. Everything is fresh and delicious. Friday at the Rocks is all about the food, people know it so this event is on fire. As a weekend attraction The Markets on The Rocks are worth to visit.

Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre

Sydney’s largest original factory outlet shopping centre is located within convenient distance just 15 minutes from CBD in Drummoyne suburb. Elegantly set complex offers except savings up to 70%spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. Savvy shoppers value over 120 premium outlet shops covering Australian and international well known fashion brands. Other services of Birkenhead Point are justice of peace, parents rooms, play land or 24 hours security on site. Centre management is located on Level 4. Birkenhead Point has over 1300 parking spots with car wash service available. First three hours are free of charge. Shop in style and arrive by water with H2O taxi from Sydney Harbour, for customers taxi offers discounts. In addition to great shopping experience if you take H2O taxi from Circular Quay you’ll have the chance to observe Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour from different perspective.

The Strand Arcade

In 2012, The Strand Arcade celebrated 120th anniversary. Together with QVB, The Strand Arcade is symbol of Victorian Sydney and one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire world. Sydney’s heritage was one of the first buildings built in Victorian style nestled in the heart of city and one of the first with electric lights in Sydney. In more than a century of existence The Strand Arcade experienced devastating fire or wild times in the underground night clubs but that’s all part of rich history. Nowadays The Strand Arcade is a centre of design and lifestyle a place where everyone would like to try delicious coffee or chocolate while admiring the rare interior design. The Strand Arcade houses high end fashion labels, beauty salons, gift shops, jewellers and coffee shops. The shopping experience is great but this place is not about shopping it is like a museum where one can travel back in time. Who would like to experience the Victorian times the answer is simple The Strand Arcade.

Queen Victoria Building

CBD is the heart of Sydney’s present life as well as important part of history. There are many buildings that are priceless heritage. One of them, probably one of the most famous and beautiful buildings in Sydney was named after Queen Victoria. The Queen Victoria Building, also known as the QVB, was originally designed as a marketplace. Nowadays it serves as a shopping center. It is home to the most famous Australian and International fashion, jewellery or electro brands. The location is ideal as it is just seconds from Town Hall transportation hub however those ones who prefer cars to public transportation can experience difficulties with finding a parking spot. The QVB is popular spot for interior enthusiastic, take a walk with eyes wide open and admire the beauty of Victorian times. If you are tired get a shot of strong coffee in one of numerous coffee shops. Experience best shopping in Sydney, experience the QVB.

Broadway Shopping Centre

Broadway Shopping Centre is a popular complex located in Glebe area situated in almost a century old buildings. Estimated number of visitors over 13.5 million per year is increasing each year after change of the management in December 2006. This number proves that Broadway is one of the most popular shopping spots in Australia. It features 500 seat food court as well as well known brands like Coles, Kmart, Aldi etc. and more than 100 retailers. It’s convenient location close to Central Station, Sydney’s transportation hub is a big benefit for those who depends on public transportation. Broadway Shopping Centre is known for it’s often sales and premium quality goods. After exhausting shopping process one deserves a rest in near and beautiful Victoria Park just across the street. Free parking for three hours is a generous enough for anyone who needs to crawl every single shop.

 Bondi Junction Westfield

It is not directly in the CBD but close enough to take a bus or train service. Accessible by car with over 3000 parking spots available for customers. Spend morning on the famous Bondi Beach and get ready for unique afternoon shopping experience. There is probably no better place to do some serious shopping in Sydney than in Westfield at Bondi Junction. It is a huge six level complex (eight levels total with parking) full of shops. Over 450 retail stores selling everything what modern shopper wants to buy including a food court, restaurants and cinemas. Big stores like David Jones, Myer, Coles or Woolworthsare a must. Open daily from 9:30am until 6pm (Thursday until 9pm).

 Westfield Shopping Centre

Just at the end of the Queen Victoria Building, on the corner of Market and George Street is a modern shopping centre Westfield packed with everything what stylish market place has to offer. Consider the Sydney Tower in the complex as a bonus activity, there is not many places like this in the world. Get a ticket to a restaurant & bar with the best view in Sydney and make your shopping experience unique. Move yourself to completely different level just in few moments. Surrounded by Pitt Street Mall, the QVB, the Strand Arcade and shops on Martins Place it could be difficult to decide where to shop but Westfield Sydney Central Plaza is always a good option. Across the Market street visit Sydney State Theatreplaying most cutting edge theatre and music productions.

Paddy’s Market

Shopping in heart of Sydney for bargain prices? If you think it is impossible you are wrong. Head south from Town Hall station just few minutes and you’ll arrive to Chinatown, opposite Capitol Square. In place called Paddy’s market you will find anything from toys, souvenirs, fashion to electronics or vegetables & seafood. Sometimes it is difficult to walk through especially in the afternoon. If you like to negotiate than this piece of Chinese land would be a heaven for you. Best deals, special offers and much more just at Paddy’s Market. While you are already in Chinatown why not to try some authentic Chinese noodles in near delicious restaurants? A tip for you: go to Paddy’s 30 minutes before they close & get vegetables and fruits for sale price because they have to get rid of it.

 DFO Homebush (Direct Factory Outlet)

Another Sydney’s shopping place full of outlets with discounts up to 80% could be found just in Homebush 15 km from CBD and very close to Sydney Olympic Park. It’s not so easy to reach by public transport as one must change between train and bus and the journey from CBD might take up to an hour. But if you like big shopping mostly of previous seasons stocks it is worth to visit this remote shopping island. A large two floor air conditioned warehouse offers around 80 retailers, food court and a large car park with more than 2000 spaces open daily from 10:00am until 06:00pm.

 Shopping in Sydney, Fish Market

Just few minutes walking towards Pyrmont area is Sydney’s famous Fish Market where everyday is a catch of the day. Always busy, smelly, fishy place full of people & fresh fish. If you are an early bird who loves seafood get some fresh lunch early in the morning. Wholesale auctions starts at 5:30am and gates for public opens at 7am. Established in 1945 it is the largest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere and with sells over 14000 tons of fish per year it is one of the biggest in the world. Ever wanted to learn how to cook fish and seafood? Well lets take a cooking class and become a master in your own kitchen. In the area of market you’ll find a fishing port, delicatessen and sushi bar, bakery, fruit & vegetable shop or a gift shop. Or better take a tour to visit every corner.

 World Square

In the heart of CBD just few minutes walking down the George street towards Central Station there is another shopping gem. One of the newest spots for shopping in Sydney offers fresh food, selection of fashion, lifestyle and service within over 90 retailers on three levels. If you want to escape the Sydney’s hustle and bustle head straight to the Open Air Square which is surrounded by restaurants, cafes & bars. A place dedicated to meet friends, have a chat with strangers or just enjoy espresso by yourself observing others. Apart from hosting a shopping complex World Square is home to various hotels, office buildings, residential apartment towers and a radio station / studio.

 

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