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A Guide to Shopping in Sydney, Australia


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Shopping in Sydney is as diverse as diverse can get. From techno-looking buildings to those with rustic charm carrying anything from home ware to sports-ware, what more could an avid shopper ask for? Yes, Sydney has its main ‘shopping centre’ all within few streets apart! Just 3 street names to remember, George, King and Pitt.

Considered as one of Sydney's favorite buildings and built on a 19th century market place, this quintessential shopping doesn't give you a claustrophobic feel that big malls have. Standing gracefully at George Street its Romanesque architecture on its façade as well as inside, you'll be sure to find shopping pleasurable. Whether window shopping or serious shopping, the art galleries or antique shops will not intimidate you. Shops selling unique jewellery and fashion are a must visit. So special is this unique mall, it has guided tours to give you an insight on its history. Just visit the concierge desk for more information.

Whilst still along George Street, drop by The Strand, a Sydney landmark dating from the late 19th Century. Visit shops specialized in Australia's natural gemstone, Opal and be truly mesmerized by the cleverness of its craftsmanship. Craving for some chocolate, head for Haigh's Chocolates store and better yet, they make excellent gifts. Blending old and new, you will find contemporary fashion housed in many shops here. Budding Australian fashion designers get a chance to display their labels at The Graduate Store. Drop by this store for some local support and there may be something there for you too.

Fancy shopping with a difference? Visit The Galleries Victoria for a unique shopping experience. Housing four floors of shopping area, you will mesmerized by beautifully displayed works of work. Incorporating the Sydney School of the Arts, the Arthouse Hotel boasts a bohemian feel for those interested in something unusual. Browse through the vast selection of books at the Kinokuniya Book Store or step into the shops of modern street-wear or formal wear, the offerings are aplenty. If you are here during lunch, why not stop by the Verge & Gallery Bars for lunch and ask for their specials.

For the ultimate fashion conscious but non-monetary conscious, visit the MLC Centre which is located at the corner of King and Castlereagh Streets. Whether looking for Gucci handbags, Ferragamo shoes or Lanvin ties, shopping cant be more luxurious anywhere else in Sydney. What more can a true-blue shopper desire than modern day shopping with a craving for both old and new. This is truly Sydney.

Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Sydney accommodation and World vacation Rentals


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