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  • 1. Bondi Markets

    Bondi Beach

    This relaxed and friendly beachside market at Bondi is the place to go for clothes—vintage and by up-and-coming designers—plus handmade jewelry, organic cosmetics, art, retro furniture, and secondhand goods. Look closely at the faces in the crowd—you'll often find visiting celebrities lurking behind messy bed hair and dark glasses. The markets are on every Sunday 10–4.

    Campbell Parade
    - 02 - 9315–7011
  • 2. David Jones

    City Center

    The city's largest department store maintains a reputation for excellent service and high-quality goods. Clothing by many of Australia's finest designers is on display here, and the store also sells its own fashion label at reasonable prices.

    Elizabeth St. at Market St.
    - 02 - 9266–5544
  • 3. Paddington Markets


    About 200 stalls crammed with clothing, plants, crafts, jewelry, and souvenirs fill this busy churchyard market (sometimes called Paddington Bazaar). Distinctly New Age and highly fashion-conscious, the market is an outlet for a handful of avant-garde clothing designers. Go early as it can get very crowded.

    395 Oxford St., Sydney, New South Wales, 2010, Australia
  • 4. Paddy Pallin

    City Center

    This should be the first stop for serious bush adventurers heading for wild Australia and beyond. Maps, books, and mounds of gear are tailored especially for the Australian outdoors.

    507 Kent St.
    - 02 - 8029--0125
  • 5. Queen Victoria Building

    City Center

    This is a splendid Victorian-era building with more than 200 boutiques, cafés, and antiques shops. The building is open 24 hours, so you can window-shop even after the stores have closed. Guided history tours, which run 45 minutes, cost A$15 and depart 11:30 am Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Book at the concierge on the ground floor.

    George, York, Market, and Druitt Sts.
    - 02 - 9265–6800
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  • 6. R. M. Williams

    City Center

    The place to go for riding boots, Akubra hats, Drizabone raincoats, and moleskin trousers—the type of clothes worn by Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman in the movie Australia.

    389 George St.
    - 02 - 9262–2228
  • 7. Strand Arcade

    This ornate three-story shopping arcade built in 1891 runs between George Street and Pitt Street Mall and is one of Sydney's most elegant shopping strips. Beautiful Victorian-era floor tiles, magnificent cedar staircases, and charmingly old-fashioned shopfronts help make the shopping here refreshingly chain-store free. The upstairs galleries are home to high-end Australian fashion designers and jewelers, while the ground floor has a charming mix of cozy specialty tea and cake shops, beauty and gift stores, and fashion boutiques. Strand Hatters is the best men's hat store in the city and the place to buy an Akubra or fedora. The arcade is bookended by two of the country's iconic chocolate stores—Haigh's Chocolates at George Street and Koko Black on Pitt Street—and both are virtually irresistible.

    412–414 George St., Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
  • 8. The Rocks Market

    The Rocks

    This sprawling covered bazaar transforms the upper end of George Street into a multicultural collage of music, food, arts, crafts, and entertainment. It's open weekends 10–5. Be sure to check out the new Rocks Foodies Market with delicious fare, on Friday 9–3.

    Upper George St., Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
  • 9. Aribella

    The Rocks

    Here you'll find a unique mix of high-grade silk caftans and resort wear. Each is handcrafted, with high-quality crystals and beads threaded onto each piece. No two garments are the same.

    79 George St.
  • 10. Ariel Booksellers

    City Center

    This is a large, bright, browser's delight, and the place to go for literature, pop culture, avant-garde, and art books. They also hold book readings and other literary events.

    98 Oxford St.
    - 02 - 9332--4581
  • 11. Balmain Market


    In a leafy churchyard less than 5 km (3 miles) from the city, Balmain Market has a rustic quality that makes it a refreshing change from city-center shopping. Crafts, handmade furniture, plants, bread, toys, tarot readings, and massages are among the offerings at the 140-odd stalls. Inside the church hall you can buy international snacks. Take Bus No. 442 from the Queen Victoria Building in York Street.

    Darling St., Sydney, New South Wales, 2041, Australia
  • 12. Belinda

    Double Bay

    This is where Sydney's female fashionistas go when there's a dress-up occasion looming. From her namesake store that scores high marks for innovation and imagination, former model Belinda Seper sells nothing but the very latest designs off the catwalks.

    8 Transvaal Ave.
    - 02 - 9327–2873
  • 13. Birdland Records

    City Center

    This institution for music lovers has an especially strong selection of jazz, blues, African, and Latin American music in multiple formats, including vinyl and super audio CDs, as well as an authoritative staff ready to lend some assistance.

    428 George St.
    - 02 - 9231–1188
  • 14. Birkenhead Point


    A factory outlet with more than 100 clothing, shoe, and housewares stores on the western shores of Iron Cove, about 7 km (4 miles) west of Sydney, Birkenhead Point is a great place to shop for discounted labels including Alannah Hill, Witchery, Bendon (Elle Macpherson's lingerie range), Rip Curl, and David Jones warehouse. Take Bus 504, 506, 518, or the M52 from Druitt Street near Town Hall station and also Circular Quay. Water taxis depart from the site for Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.

    Roseby St.
    - 02 - 9182–8800
  • 15. Cooee Aboriginal Art

    Bondi Beach

    This gallery, open Tuesday–Saturday 10–5, exhibits and sells high-end Aboriginal paintings, sculptures, and limited-edition prints. It's a five-minute walk from Bondi Beach.

    31 Lamrock Ave.
    - 02 - 9300–9233
  • 16. Country Road

    City Center

    The fashion here stands somewhere between Ralph Lauren and Timberland, with an all-Australian assembly of classic, countrified his 'n' hers, plus an ever-expanding variety of soft furnishings in cotton and linen for the rustic retreat. You'll find Country Road clothes in most department stores, but the biggest range is here in this flagship store.

    142–144 Pitt St.
    - 02 - 9394–1818
  • 17. Dinosaur Designs

    City Center

    This fun store sells luminous bowls, plates, and vases, as well as fanciful jewelry crafted from resin and Perspex in eye-popping colors. There's another location at 339 Oxford Street in Paddington.

    George St.
    - 02 - 9361--3776
  • 18. Dymocks

    City Center

    This big, bustling bookstore is packed to its gallery-level coffee shop and is the place to go for all literary needs.

    424 George St.
    - 02 - 9235–0155
  • 19. Gertrude & Alice Café Bookshop

    Bondi Beach

    Need something to read on Bondi Beach? Take a stroll to Gertrude & Alice Café Bookshop, named in honor of lovers Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Always buzzing with people, it's a great place to sip coffee or chai lattes, or have lunch while perusing the mostly secondhand books.

    46 Hall St.
    - 02 - 9130–5155
  • 20. Glebe Markets


    Handmade and secondhand are the order of the day at this colorful market at the top end of Glebe Point Road. One of the best markets for lovers of all things vintage, Glebe also hosts live music on the lawn and good food stalls as well. The markets are open every Saturday 10–4.

    Derby Pl. at Glebe Point Rd.

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