Wine in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Australian Wine Centre

This multilingual basement store is packed with quality Australian wine, beer and spirits. Smaller producers are well represented, along with a staggering range of prestigious Penfolds Grange wines. International sh…
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 masterpiece – without doubt Sydney’s most beautiful shopping centre.
Top Choice Mall in Bondi & Coogee

Westfield Bondi Junction

Vast. That’s the only word to describe this upmarket shopping mall. Expect to get lost; the space-time continuum does funny things as you explore the 400-plus stores set over six levels. It’s even worse in the under…
Top Choice Market in City Centre & Haymarket

Paddy’s Markets

Cavernous, 1000-stall Paddy’s is the Sydney equivalent of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, but swap the hookahs and carpets for mobile-phone covers, Eminem T-shirts and cheap sneakers. Pick up a VB singlet for Uncle Bruce o…
Top Choice 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 excellent.
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.
Books in Newtown & the Inner West


Generally regarded as Sydney’s best bookshop, Gleebooks aisles are full of politics, arts and general fiction, and staff really know their stuff. Check their calendar for author talks and book launches. There's a se…
Fashion & Accessories in Paddington & Centennial Park

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 music helps browsers forget about their credit card bills.
Fashion & Accessories in City Centre & Haymarket

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 dinkum’ about something. Prime-ministerial favourites include Dr…
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…