Sydney Shopping

Sydney's shops vary from those with international cachet to Aboriginal art galleries, opal shops, craft bazaars, and weekend flea markets. If you're interested in buying genuine Australian products, look carefully at the labels. Stuffed koalas and didgeridoos made anywhere but in Australia are a standing joke.

Aboriginal art includes historically functional items, such as boomerangs, wooden

bowls, and spears, as well as paintings and ceremonial implements that testify to a rich culture of legends and dreams. Although much of this artwork remains strongly traditional in essence, the tools and colors used in Western art have fired the imaginations of many Aboriginal artists. Works on canvas are now more common than works on bark. Much of the best work of Arnhem Land and the Central Desert Region (close to Darwin and Alice Springs, respectively) finds its way into Sydney galleries.

Australia has a virtual monopoly on the world's supply of opals. The least expensive of these fiery gemstones are triplets, which consist of a thin shaving of opal mounted on a plastic base and covered by a plastic, glass, or quartz crown. Doublets are a slice of mounted opal without the capping. The most expensive stones are solid opals, which cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. You can pick up opals at souvenir shops all over the city, but if you want a valuable stone you should visit a specialist. Sydney is also a good hunting ground for other jewelry, from the quirky to the gloriously expensive.

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  • Books/Stationery

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

Gertrude & Alice Café Bookshop

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Need something to read on Bondi Beach? Take a stroll to Gertrude & Alice Café Bookshop, named in honor of lovers Gertrude Stein...

Glebe Markets

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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...

Hathi Jewellery

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Here you'll find a beautiful collection of handmade jewelry including earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Most pieces are one of a kind.

Kate Owen Gallery + Studio

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This gallery showcases quality indigenous art over three levels in Rozelle, a suburb about 15 minutes west of the city center. Take the...


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The clothing here is located somewhere close to Diesel-land in the fashion spectrum, with a variety of clothing, footwear, and accessories...

Mountain Designs

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In the middle of Sydney's "Rugged Row" of outdoor specialists, this store sells camping and climbing gear and dispenses the advice necessary...


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Buy clothing and accessories by Australian and international designers at this department store opposite the Queen Victoria Building.

Oxford Street

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Nicknamed the "Style Mile," Paddington's main artery, from South Dowling Street east to Queen Street, Woollahra, is dressed to thrill.

Paddington Markets

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About 200 stalls crammed with clothing, plants, crafts, jewelry, and souvenirs fill this busy churchyard market (sometimes called Paddington...


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