Top ChoiceMarket in Newtown & the Inner West

Carriageworks Farmers Market

Over 70 regular stallholders sell their goodies at Sydney's best farmers market, established to connect small NSW producers with consumers in the big city. It's held in the heritage-listed Carriageworks gallery....

Top ChoiceArt in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst


Step into a world of mesmerising dots and swirls at this small gallery devoted to Aboriginal art, particularly from the central and western deserts. Artery's motto is 'ethical, contemporary, affordable', and...

Top ChoiceShopping Centre in City Centre & Haymarket

Strand Arcade

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 shops will make your shortcut through here considerably...

Top ChoiceAntiques in Newtown & the Inner West

Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre

Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre

This extraordinary vintage and antique market is a warehouse full of retro chic, whether you are after original 1970s Lego, pre-loved rocking horses, a Georgian coronation tea set or Bakelite telephones. For some...

Top ChoiceWine in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Australian Wine Centre

This shop, with multilingual staff, is packed with quality Australian wine, beer and spirits. Smaller producers are well represented, along with a staggering range of prestigious Penfolds Grange wines and other...

Top ChoiceBooks in City Centre & Haymarket


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...

Top ChoiceArt 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,...

Top ChoiceJewellery in Paddington & Centennial Park

Dinosaur Designs

Dinosaur Designs

This tiny shop is a visual treat. Richly coloured, translucent resin bangles and baubles sit among technicoloured vases and bowls, and chunky sterling-silver rings and necklaces. It's all beautiful and handmade...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Craft NSW

This craft association gallery at the quiet end of the Rocks is full of beautiful and original creations. It's the perfect spot to pick up a unique gift for someone special. They also offer regular craft workshops.

Top ChoiceShopping 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 neo-Gothic masterpiece – without doubt Sydney’s most beautiful shopping centre.

Wine in Newtown & the Inner West

Little Bottleshop

One of Sydney's best bottle shops for those interested in Australian wine, this unassuming place features an excellent curated selection of small-vineyard wines from quality regions. Look out for their own 2037...

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...

Books in Newtown & the Inner West


Gleebooks is one of Sydney’s best bookshops, with its aisles full of politics, arts and general fiction titles, and the staff really know their stuff. Check its calendar for author talks and book launches.

Shopping Centre in Sydney

Birkenhead Point

This harbourside former brickworks and factory is now a major shopping complex composed principally of outlet stores. It gets packed at weekends, so visit midweek if you get the chance. There are some decent food...

Market in City Centre & Haymarket

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 – great if you've got an extensive list of friends wanting...

Department Store in City Centre & Haymarket

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 level 7, while a new kids' area and rooftop Champagne bar...

Books in Paddington & Centennial Park

Berkelouw Books

Berkelouw Books

Expecting the dank aroma of second-hand books? Forget it! Follow your nose up to the cafe, then browse through three floors of pre-loved tomes, new releases, antique maps and Australia's largest collection of...

Books in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst


Focusing on distinct pop-cultural streams, seemingly determined at random (but probably at the owner’s whim – very High Fidelity), this offbeat little store is well-stocked with glossy hardbacks (everything from...

Fashion & Accessories in Bondi, Coogee & the Eastern Beaches

Rip Curl

The quintessential Aussie surf shop, Rip Curl began down south in Victoria, but drops in here perfectly overlooking the Bondi shore breaks. Beyond huge posters of surfer icons, you’ll find bikinis, watches, board...

Market in Sydney Harbourside

Kirribilli Markets

Kirribilli's general market (7am to 3pm, 4th Saturday of the month) offers exotic foods and lively harbourside hubbub, and sells everything from vintage clothes to kids gear and all kinds of jewellery. Its other...