A stunning harbour, picturesque beaches and outdoor pools, outdoorsy nature, dynamic arts and culture landscape, an innovative fashion scene, and a mecca for brilliant gastronomy – there is little wonder why Sydney is one of the best holiday destinations in the world. Sitting on the south-east coast of Australia, Sydney offers the best of fashion, food, culture and everything in between.
From the elaborate malls to emerging and well-known Australian brands, this mighty urban also boasts best local shopping in the New South Wales capital. We guide you through the stand-out shopping precincts in Sydney.
Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) is also rife with shopping opportunities with well-known spots like Pitt Street Mall, Westfield Sydney, Queen Victoria Building and The Strand Arcade offering a jumble of international retail giants, department stores and of course plenty of local fashion labels.
The Eastern Suburbs are regarded as the most desirable part of the suburban sprawl. The area is blessed with some of the largest and picturesque shopping hot spots in the city – set between the magnificent harbour and the spectacular coastline. It’s the ultimate urban idyll.
Northern Sydney is a vast suburban area. Shopping is found in pockets in the inland suburbs of the lower North Shore all the way up the coast. The laid-back Northern Beaches from Manly to Palm Beach offer plenty of shopping options.
LOWER NORTH SHORE
Exciting shopping adventures await on both sides of Parramatta Road – Sydney’s Inner West. Brace yourself to discover a plethora of second-hand stores and up-and-coming Australian labels as well as vintage shops, independent bookstores, weekend markets and uber cool warehouses filled with some of the country’s most talented homewares curators.
Within an hour or two by car, you can find some of NSW’s most creative talent. Further afield soak up the true blue Aussie lifestyle while discovering an endless stream of designers and retailers.
Bronte is a quiet suburb that lies between Waverley, Bondi and Clovelly. It has come a long way since its days with one local milk bar, a fish’n’chip shop and a glorious beach. You can now spend a leisurely afternoon shopping for fashion, gifts and homewares along Bronte Road. Let’s take a peek at what shopping in Bronte to offer.
Quirky gift shop
Not the best at buying gifts? A trip to Jo & I is all you’ll need. This quaint boutique carries everything from thoughtful gifts and greeting cards, to women’s jewellery, accessories and homewares. You’ll be surprised at the variety and rest assured, won’t leave this shop empty-handed.
Your answer to stunning and unique flowers is right here. Whether it is for your home, wedding, events, or for someone special, Samambaia provides you with gorgeous blooms in contemporary arrangements.
Contemporary home and lifestyle emporium
The Design Hunter is a design retail experience housing a selection of bespoke pieces sourced from makers, artists and designers locally and from around the world. Have a chat with one of their friendly in-store interior designers for tips on how to decorate your living space, using select pieces from within the store. You’ll also discover a range of bath accessories, art collections, candles, scents, gifts and books – apart from the usual suspects like contemporary furniture and home accessories.
Uses gorgeous natural cotton and silk fibres
Venetia Elaine began in a terrace house in Paddington, Sydney, producing hand-made and individually hand-dyed garments to sell at Paddington Market. Today, the label continues to design and produce womenswear at their Bronte outlet. Using gorgeous natural cotton and silk fibres, the pieces evoke a dreamy bohemian feel throughout their designs.
Très Chic Women’s Fashion
Want to know how to be Parisian chic? You’ll find all your answers at Volange Paris. Created by two French sisters, one in Paris, the other in Sydney, Volange Paris is a fashion boutique concept that introduces Australian women to the chic, effortless and trendy Parisians’ style. The selection, renewed each month, mixes French designer clothes, accessories and footwear chosen by the founders.
Guide to Shopping in Bronte
With the stunning Sydney Harbour as its backdrop, Double Bay exudes all that is affluent and lavish. Double Bay has recently received somewhat of an overhaul with a new shopping complex and InterContinental Hotel. The streets – Knox, Cross and Bay – of the sophisticated shopping village are again lined with galleries, fashion boutiques and home decor emporiums. Here are some of the stand-out stores and why we love shopping in Double Bay.
Spoil your little prince, princess and yourself
Known as one of the finest stores in Sydney, the Double Bay outlet carries an exquisite range of goods for newborns to 6 year olds. With a focus on Australian made and imported brands, Adrianne & The Misses Bonny is also known for its women’ apparel. You will find brands such as Mela Purdie and their own Adrienne nightwear.
Australian design with an Italian heritage
Carla Zampatti has been dressing women since 1965. Today the label is a distinctive part of the modern Australian lifestyle and has over 32 boutiques and concept store across the country. The Double Bay boutique would stand at being one of the oldest, drawing a loyal local following. A must visit for anyone wanting to add the collectors piece of Australian fashion to their wardrobe.
Statement jewellery with a European flair
Created by Yannick and Patrick Bellaiche, a French couple passionate about jewellery, Duo is a jewellery label that uniquely fuses Australian effortlessness with European flair. Each piece is classic yet sophisticated. In other words, whether you are looking for a gift for a loved one, statement accessories for a special occasion or a treat for yourself, Duo is sure to have the perfect piece.
Timeless and glamorous jewellery
Three words come to mind when you enter this shop. Glamorous, timeless and oh-so-classy. With over 25 years in the jewellery business, it is no wonder Jan Logan has become one of the leading jewellery brands in the world. Fine jewellery of precious and semi-precious stones, lustrous South Sea pearls and antique jewellery are some highlights. Having opened her first shop at the age of 50, Jan Logan is, without a doubt, an inspiration to all emerging local designers.
Tropical home decor and resortwear
Step into a tropical island of your dreams at My Island Home. This emporium is full of island-style homewares, gifts and resortwear – enough to make you feel like you’re already on holiday. All items are handmade of natural materials by craftsmen and artisans from around the world. You’d be mad not to drop in.
Chic stationery boutique
This is no ordinary stationery shop. With over 10 years of experience, there’s no doubt that owner and head designer Phoebe Gazal produces the most beautiful stationery as well as curates unique products. You’ll find everything from bespoke stationery, journals, luxury leather items to photo albums, desk and office accessories and more. You’ll leave wondering how long you were in there.
A wonderland for kids
This is wooden toy heaven and so much more. This toy shop offers the finest European toys and children’s clothes for babies to toddlers. This mini wonderland is brimming with adorable to educational goodies for the kids. Leave the kids at home if you don’t want to leave with the whole shop!
Guide to Shopping in Double Bay
Woollahra not only houses some of Sydney’s most exquisite contemporary and heritage architecture, but it is also the home of one of the most picture-perfect shopping villages.
Starting at Edgecliff Road (the Bondi Junction end) you will find a handful of local brands. Further towards Paddington is Queen Street a tree lined street with ample of shopping. Boasting some of Australia’s most iconic brands, the area is also renowned for its local designers.
Interior decorating institution
If you are looking for a standout item for your living space, look no further. AP Design House is home to bespoke furniture, vintage collectables and collectables for your living space. Apart from boasting a stunning collection of curated home accessories, interior design services and also available to help your dream home come to life.
Reinterpreted vintage designs
Passionate about slow clothing, Brigid Mclaughlin offers craftsmanship of a well-cut pattern and quality, natural fabrics that last a lifetime. Sourcing inspiration from Australian and international vintage stores, fairs and markets, the garments are contemporary yet vintage-inspired – reinterpreted vintage designs for the modern woman.
Luxury hand knits
Danielle Chiel is an Australian high-end fashion label specialising in artisan hand knitwear. The ranges include exquisite summer and winter luxury knits. You’ll leave the store with visually stunning, sensuously indulgent pieces for every season. Simply divine!
Feminine and casual styles
Joanie Loves Chachi is a women’s fashion boutique offering feminine casual styles that are perfect for any occasion. Swoon over the irresistible designs and the use of fabrics, prints and patterns, and silhouettes for the stylish fashionista.
From French embroidered quilts, beautifully decorated ceramics, glazed dinnerware to Madagascan raffia bags, baskets and hats, Anduze garden pots and Kashmiri scarves, most homewares at Maison en Provence are exclusive. Other than French-inspired homewares, you can also treat yourselves to lush body care products by Lothantique and Amelie & Melanie.
Homewares of timeless elegance
Shoppers on a hunt for classic and timeless furnishings will love Pigott’s Store. Discover a huge range of lampshades, ginger jars, upholstered chairs, soft furnishings, bedding, towels, washbags, nightgowns, and so much more – all made in Australia!
Quintessential shoe and bag boutique
Quincy provides women with more than a luxury boutique, it is a place to belong, enjoy and experience the finest leather accessories. Set in a heritage-listed terrace, The Quincy abode brings a unique mix of fashion and art to the heart of Woollahra.
Multi-label boutique for versatile items
Since 1976 Reads of Woollahra Reads has been the go-to boutique for quality, versatile fashion. Housing a great mix of local and international brands such as Aero, Arche, Caroline Sills, Verge, and Banana Blue you can also shop online shopping. Not sure where to start? Try their concierge service.
For him, her and your home
Robert Burton is a mini department store in the heart of quaint Woollahra. Instead of ten of everything, Robert puts the best of the best forward. From brands like Cire Trudon, Petit Bateau, Transit, Carriere Frere, Dibbern, Mavi and Bensimon, there’s something for everyone.
Signature ballet flats and more
Signature ballet flats and the blue façade store in Woollahra is where it all began for Sambag. Known for its large range of shoes including sandals, wedges and boots, Sambag also offers a gorgeous range of bags, knitwear jewellery, swimwear, and more.
Guide to Shopping in Woollahra
Amidst the world-famous Bondi Beach emerges some of Sydney’s most unexpected shopping. The laid-back streets of Bondi Beach and North Bondi are sprawling with beach-inspired homewares stores, fashion boutiques, and gift shops.There are too many to list here – you may want to check out our brand listings for more – here are a few stand-out stores that we think are must visits.
One of the most sought-after menswear labels
Gents, we’ve set our eyes on one of the coolest menswear labels in town. Annex offers a mix of classic styles with a contemporary twist. All pieces are tailored to perfection and compliment one’s personal style. Their latest Spring-Summer 16/17 collection boasts a range of edgy and sleek street styles – including a small range of footwear.
Stunning aerial shots of Bondi’s best
The idea behind Aquabumps came about in 1999 when its founder, Eugene Tan, combined his three passions – photography, surfing and the web. His photographs were an instant hit and soon after he opened his first gallery in 2004. Known for aerial shots of the beach, Eugene also explores unique angles, whether it is shooting from underwater, in helicopters or from a cliff in South Bondi. Be wowed by the stunning artworks in the gallery – all of which are signed by the artist himself.
Local artisans and designers
Bondi Markets are a local designers haven – and a breeding ground for many aspiring designers and artisans. Decked with surprises at every corner, you’ll find a great medley of art, jewellery, books, fashion, furniture and homewares – all in a chilled and fun setting. This is no ordinary market and you are sure to find something to take home with you.
The iconic Beach House
Back to where Australia’s fashion darling Camilla started out, The Beach House is where the Camilla Kaftan calls home. Each Camilla piece is infused with a story: the destination and adventure are yours to fill with vibrant colour, digital print, bohemian detailing and intricate craftsmanship. All pieces are luxurious, individualistic and timeless, creating a sentimental place in your wardrobe and life. You’ll find it hard to leave this boutique without a Camilla of your own.
Effortless chic women’s fashion
This mother-daughter duo is a breath of fresh air in the beachwear scene. Offering the most simple, elegant and relaxed shopping experience, Me and Moo is the place to go for timeless, trans-seasonal classic fashion. Racks are filled with effortless chic and casual women’s apparel from over 25 homebred and international brands.
Oh so chic French-inspired gifts
A treasure trove awaits you at this iconic boutique shop. So Gorgeous offers a chockfull of jewellery, homewares, crystals, trinkets and French inspired furniture – all the girly goodies you’ll need. If you’re stumped on what to get for your special someone, step right in and you’ll be amazed at what this boutique offers.
Men’s lifestyle & apparel
Is your man allergic to shopping and will only buy original fashion made easy? We’ve found the store for you, and him. The Academy Brand is a men’s premium lifestyle & apparel company that is focused on clean and classic clothing with attention to craftsmanship and quality pieces. The store covers everything you need – right down to sleepwear – balances timeless vintage aesthetic with contemporary design.
Bondi Beach fashion institution
Cult Bondi boutique, Tuchuzy is home to all things stylish, unique and cutting edge. Born in Bondi Beach, the boutique showcases an expertly selected curation of emerging talent and premier brands. International heavyweights like Chloe, Helmut Lang, Kenzo, Acne, Rag & Bone, Missoni and Alexander Wang sit alongside the best of Australian designers with Bassike and Dion Lee. A mecca for the latest ready to wear, footwear and accessories, Tuchuzy is an essential stop or click.
Shopping Guide to Bondi Beach
Just south of Bronte is the quaint beach-side suburb of Clovelly and the bustling retail strip of Clovelly Road.
You probably know Clovelly for its child-friendly park and beach, and not for its shopping. So we are here to tell you – The shopping in Clovelly Road is focused on babies & children and homewares. It is of quality, affordable and unique products, and well worth the visit. Presenting our guide to shopping in Clovelly.
A hidden gem for mums
Formally known as Nest Child, this gorgeous boutique offers a wonderful range of local and international fashion, homewares and accessories for infants to toddlers. There is also a select range of apparel from notable brands for mums.
A party and toy shop for kids
At Kidoodle, owner and early childhood specialist, Chelsea Slade selects only the best toys, craft, puzzles and games to entertain and challenge young minds. They also have a play area that keeps children busy while parents shop, a craft workshop centre and birthday party venue complete with party supplies. Your little one’s next birthday party… sorted!
One-stop destination for kids
Established in 2005 by owners Luke Reichinger and Lauren Walsh, Kido Store is an independent design led children’s store with a locally and internationally sourced collection of everything you need for your baby and children. From clothes, accessories and shoes to furniture, décor and bedding – everything is available right here. Shopping for kids just got a lot more fun and hassle free.
Retro or vintage furniture
This local shop will take you to places you’ve only ever dreamed of going. In this loft-like space, you will find homewares from Amsterdam, clothing and accessories from France, furniture from Italy and much more from Morocco, Tunisia, India. You know where to go if you’re looking for retro or vintage furniture.
This multi-label boutique is nothing short of perfect, offering well-priced and quality brands that are hard to find anywhere else. Some notable brands include Moda Immagine, Lounge clothing, Loobies Story, Caroline Sills, Marilyn Seyb, Rabens Saloner, Liam, Stella Forest, Bella Dahl, Banana Blue, Raw and more.
Shopping Guide to Clovelly