Lonely Planet review for Strand Arcade
With its stained-glass windows and iron-lacework balconies, this quirky centre makes for a truly atmospheric shopping trip. Built in 1892, this is the city's only Victorian arcade to survive in its original form and it rivals the QVB in the ornateness stakes. Three floors of designer fashions, Australiana and old-world coffee shops will make your short cut through here considerably longer. Top Australian designers commune and collude on level one: Leona Edmiston, low-cut, butt-hugger jeans from Bettina Liano, devilishly daring gear from Wayne Cooper, Sydney’s best swimwear from Zimmermann and fishnets and flounce from Alannah Hill. Jeweller Love & Hatred is also here.