Must see shopping in City Centre & Haymarket

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    Strand Arcade

    Constructed in 1891, the beautiful Strand rivals the QVB in the ornateness stakes. The three floors of designer fashions, Australiana and old-world coffee…

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    Easily central Sydney's best bookshop, Abbey's has many strengths. It's good on social sciences and has excellent resources for language learning,…

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    Queen Victoria Building

    The magnificent QVB takes up a whole block and boasts nearly 200 shops on five levels. It’s a High Victorian neo-Gothic masterpiece – without doubt Sydney…

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    Paddy’s Markets

    Cavernous, thousand-stall Paddy’s is a covered market of mostly low-quality mass-produced tat, including stall after stall flogging cheap souvenirs –…

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    David Jones

    DJs is Sydney’s premier department store, with high-quality clothing and a highbrow food court. A revamp has added a flashy new designer shoe floor on…

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    Red Eye Records

    Partners of music freaks beware: don't let them descend the stairs into this shop unless you are prepared for a lengthy delay. The shelves are stocked…

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    Strand Hatters

    Got a cold or wet head, or a serious case of the Crocodile Dundees? Strand Hatters will cover your crown with a classically Australian Akubra bush hat …

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    Westfield Sydney

    The centre's behemoth shopping centre is a bafflingly large complex gobbling up Sydney Tower and a fair chunk of Pitt St Mall. The 5th-floor food court is…

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    This shell-shaped shop sells lustrous pearls farmed along uninhabited coastline, from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Dampier in Western Australia…

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    Heavy on the bestsellers, this mammoth, mainstream bookshop has more than 250,000 titles spread over three floors (including a helluva lot of Lonely…

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    Utopia Records

    This long-established spot is Sydney's best music store for metal of all genres and hard rock. Horns up! The entrance is on Bathurst St.

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    Akira Isogawa

    Japanese-born Australian designer Isogawa produces meticulously tailored women's ensembles, featuring gorgeous fabrics.

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    RM Williams

    Urban cowboys and country folk can’t get enough of this hard-wearing outback gear. It’s the kind of stuff politicians don when they want to seem ‘fair…

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    Run by hobbyists for people who take toys seriously, Hobbyco's aisles fill with excited kids (big and small) effusing over slot cars, Meccano sets, train…

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    At seven storeys, Myer (formerly Grace Bros) is one of Sydney’s largest stores and a prime venue for after-Christmas sales. It’s marginally less swanky…

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    World Square

    The old Anthony Horden & Sons department store on this site was demolished in the '80s, and it took 20 years for World Square to emerge in its place. City…

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    Oroton's wallets, handbags, belts, shoes, cufflinks and Jackie O–style sunglasses all have the air of instant classics. There are other branches at…

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    Peter Nathan Toy Soldiers

    Among all the posh chocolate and glitzy threads of the over-the-top Queen Victoria Building, it's refreshing to find this upstairs hobby shop dedicated to…

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    This outpost of the Japanese chain is the largest bookshop in Sydney, with over 300,000 titles. There's an excellent comics and magazine section and a…

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    Alannah Hill

    Step into this fun, fruity palace of fancy, where flirty, frilly, flimsy fabrics are made into floaty dresses and bordello-style boudoir ornaments. Loud…