There are numerous shopping areas in Sydney, all with their unique flavour. See the title page “Shopping” for more information, as well as the following sub-sections for specific items.
In the city you can find everything. Fashion, electronics, music, bookstores and department stores, to name a few. You can find both high end items and bargains. Pitt Street Mall is the centre of the shopping which stretches up and down Pitt St and George St. Centrepoint and Queen Victoria Building are two large centres.
On Kent Street you will find all the outdoor gear shops such as Paddy Pallin, Kathmandu, Mountain Designs and several others which will cater for all your outdoor needs. Around Martin Place off Pitt St is high-end Hermes, as well as Oroton type labels.
Darling Harbour also has many shops but they are targeted at tourists and you can find better value elsewhere in the CBD. China town has bargain style shopping and this lies very close to Darling Harbour.
Paddington (City Edge)
Stretching up Oxford Street, Paddington is dotted with high-end, designer fashion boutiques. Along the way there are eateries and gourmet chocolate shops and it is a very ambient place to shop. It does not have the high pace of the CBD.
At the end of Oxford Street (away from the CBD) you will arrive at Bondi Junction. This is a shopping mecca with a very new Westfield shopping mall containing several levels of shops, food courts and cinemas. This is great if you live in the Eastern Suburbs and this would be the main shopping precinct for that area.
Similar to Bondi Junction, Chatswood contains a large Westfield shopping mall. In addition there is a super huge, newly renovated mall called Chatswood Chase which is packed with high-end shops and gourmet food courts. Chatswood is also home to a very densely populated Asian community which means there are lots of Asian food courts, shops and grocers in and around this area. The main street is Victoria Street and at the top end of this street is Chatswood Railway Station with a direct train line to the CBD.
The Corso in Manly is a small plaza of shops located at the famous Manly Beach. The shops mainly include beach style shops selling surf wear and clothing. This is a good day out, though, and an interesting shopping plaza.
Military Road in Mosman has a strip of boutique children’s, as well as, adults clothing stores. It is an upmarket area and the shops reflect it. High quality items can be found here.