Shopping

Top Choice Wine in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Australian Wine Centre

This multilingual basement store is packed with quality Australian wine, beer and spirits. Despite its location, it's no tourist trap: smaller producers are well represented, along with a staggering range of prestig…
Top Choice Market in Newtown & the Inner West

Carriageworks Farmers Market

Over 70 regular stallholders sell their goodies at Sydney's best farmers market, held in a heritage-listed railway workshop. Food and coffee stands do a brisk business and vegetables, fruit, meat and seafood from al…
Top Choice Shopping Centre in City Centre & Haymarket

Strand Arcade

Constructed in 1891, the Strand rivals the QVB in the ornateness stakes. The three floors of designer fashions, Australiana and old-world coffee shops will make your short-cut through here considerably longer. Some …
Top Choice Books in City Centre & Haymarket

Abbey's

Easily central Sydney's best bookshop, Abbey's has many strengths. It's good on social sciences and has excellent resources for language learning, including a great selection of foreign films on DVD. There's also a …
Top Choice Shopping Centre in City Centre & Haymarket

Queen Victoria Building

The magnificent QVB takes up a whole block and boasts nearly 200 shops on five levels. It’s a High Victorian Gothic masterpiece – without doubt Sydney’s most beautiful shopping centre.
Art in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Gannon House Gallery

Specialising in contemporary Australian and Aboriginal art, Gannon House purchases works directly from artists and Aboriginal communities. You'll find the work of prominent artists such as Gloria Petyarre here, alon…
Art in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Artery

Step into a world of mesmerising dots and swirls at this small gallery devoted to Aboriginal art. Artery's motto is 'ethical, contemporary, affordable', and while large canvases by more established artists cost in t…
Market in Paddington & Centennial Park

Paddington Markets

Originating in the 1970s, when they were drenched in the scent of patchouli oil, these markets are considerably more mainstream these days. They're still worth exploring for their new and vintage clothing, crafts an…
Books in Newtown & the Inner West

Gleebooks

One of Sydney’s best bookshops, Gleebooks' aisles are full of politics, arts and general fiction, and staff really know their stuff. Check its calendar for author talks and book launches.
Mall in City Centre & Haymarket

Westfield Sydney

The city's most glamorous shopping mall is a bafflingly large complex gobbling up Sydney Tower and a fair chunk of Pitt St Mall. The 5th-floor food court is close to Sydney's best.