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Shopping in Sydney - Shopping paradise in the heart of Sydney.

Shopping in Sydney is exciting and exhilarating as the city is a haven for shoppers.

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For a new visitor to Sydney, one of the best ways to visit the Sydney main shopping district is through the use of the Metro Monorail. This single loop monorail runs on 3.6km of track and it connects the major attractions, business district and it makes shopping in Sydney city centre easy and convenient. There are 8 monorail stations and the following are the prominent stops for maximum shopping delight.   

City Centre station

The pedestrian only street in Sydney is flanked with several high street chain stores in shopping centres. There are many well known Australia high street boutiques such as Sports Girl, Dolly, Eight and other specialty shops. A visit toDavid Jones( which is very much like John Lewis) is a must especially in the start of spring when the store is decorated with an array of fantastic floral arrangements. 

Darling Harbour Exhibition and Convention Centre station 

If Pitt Street Mall is too busy for you, then Darling Harbour would be a tranquil choice. Darling Harbour is located beside the convention centre of Sydney and sits at the water edge. The sea view can be easily appreciated from within the glass panelled shopping complex. Explore aboriginal art, photography by Ken Done and marvel at the glistening sparkle of opal shell made into rings, pendant and watch face.

Step outside the building to enjoy the sea breeze and watch boats sail by. Do a little sightseeing by visiting the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a garden modelled after the private gardens of the Ming Dynasty.

Haymarket station

Paddy market comes alive with pedlars of fruit and vegetables in the weekend which start from Thursday to Monday. Here, you get your pick on the seasonal fruits such as mango, lychee, berries, apricot and oranges, usually sold in wholesale price. Be prepared for some pushing and squeezing through the crowds looking for bargains. Saunders down to another section and you will be able to find some cheap Australian souvenirs like koala bear stuff toy, kangaroo bag and the usual type of tourist souvenirs.

When the heat gets unbearable especially in summer, (there is no air-condition in paddy market) , take refuge in Market City Shopping Centre which is above paddy market. Most of the shops in Market City are factory outlets for high street stores like Witchery, Phase Eight and Espirit. Rummage through the piles of clothes, shoes and jeans, it is easy to find something nice and less expensive than the usual retail price.

Park Plaza station 

Stop here for the unmissable Queen Victoria Building or QVB as it is called. The majestic building is as iconic to the Sydney landmark as the Opera House. Build in 1898, there 3 level of shops above ground and 2 level lower ground. If you are lucky to get a table in the cafe on the ground level, take time to enjoy the marvel of this Romanesque architectural starting from the centre glass dome at the top to the glorious stained glass windows.

There are huge selections of shop offering products from international brands to local home grown retailers. I enjoyed browsing the lower ground shops as it comprises mainly of fashion boutiques and shoes.

You could stay indoor all day shopping in the city as some of the buildings are connected by underground passage and the good news is, it is air conditioned and it has loads of shops.

If you are in Sydney over the weekend, make it a point to visit Paddingtion market. This is an open air Saturday market where artists and craftsmen set up stalls to sell their painting, handmade jewellery, aboriginal art and more. Paddington market is not within the city centre but can be easily accessible by bus or train.

Tired of the city, try Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre, located in Drummoyne. The shopping centre is set in a marina and you can enjoy spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and shopping at the same time. Birkenhead Point is a place where you can get designer labels at up to 70% off regular retail prices.

 

 

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