Sydney is a city rich in art, history and culture. As a result there are many options for shopping. Due to the artist culture surrounding Sydney for two centuries there are many designers that make Sydney their home. Sydney is one of the few cities where you can walk into a designers shop and have a chance to meet the designer. There are all levels of designers to be found, both established and up and coming.
Australia is becoming known for sustainable living and using farmers markets. Restaurants and catering services brag about the freshness of their ingredients and Australia has a very solid organic food movement. As a result of this culture Sydney has a very established Farmers Market schedule with markets all over the city on different days of the week.
Shopping is available for home wares, antiques, designer fashion, shoes, groceries, wine, craft beer, fine chocolates, second hand treasures, and artwork.
Custom Shopping Tours by Minibus are available to any of the below venues, or choose your own.
The Victoria Building, dubbed, “The most beautiful shopping centre in the world,” by Pierre Cardin. This iconic building was built in 1898. The original purpose for the building was to give a permanent location for the Sydney Markets. The gorgeous building is filled with stained glass windows and wood panelling with dome ceilings indicative of the time period in which it was built.
There are over 200 shops in the current configuration. The building was remodelled in 1984. It was updated but the designers retained the charm from the original building while giving it all the conveniences of a modern building.
The ground floor is filled with old world shops. This is where you will find some of the most interesting and eclectic shopping in all of Sydney. The shopping is fabulous, but the building itself draws visitors from all over who appreciate grand architecture. Old world charm meets modern convenience. The Victoria Building is not to be missed by anyone who enjoys shopping.
The birthplace of Australia is a section of Sydney referred to as “The Rocks”. This part of the city is the oldest section and is heritage protected. The streets are cobblestone and the shop fronts are classic. You can find antiques and homewares throughout The Rocks that are distinctly Australian. The Rocks is one of the best places to go hunting for your favorite designer or for up and coming designers. The Rocks is a mecca for designers and they flock here for inspiration and because Sydneysiders already know they where to go to find the latest in fashions for both men and women. In addition to clothing designers you will also discover jewelers that make one of a kind pieces using Australia’s famous black opals.
Before colonial times Aborigines settled in the area for thousands of years. Aboriginal artefacts are among the unique items that can be found for sale in The Rocks.
From art galleries, chocolates, wine cellars, cafes, fashion designers, and antique sellers there is something for everyone to be found by visiting The Rocks.
Farmers Markets are so prevalent and popular in Sydney that there is a comprehensive website as your guide to the location, days, and times of markets all over Sydney. Farmers Markets provide Sydneysiders with organic and locally grown produce. These markets give all consumers the opportunity to buy directly from the farmer. Ingredients that are fresh have more nutrients and taste better. If you have not been to a farmers market before there is no better place to begin than Sydney, you will become a fan for life. If you are accustomed to using farmers markets to shop you must check out the ones available in Sydney as they are a leader in this arena.
You can find markets every weekend, and some during the week, while others are held at night. You will find markets available on nearby beaches, at The Rocks, the CBD, and in outlying suburbs. See the Local Market Guide for the market nearest you, or the one that looks the most appealing. Each one is a little different.
The Rozelle Markets started in 1991 and is now known as Sydney’s favourite second hand market. Heritage protected Rozelle Public School hosts the market every weekend and the market currently draws over 100 stalls with goods ranging from clothing, jewelry, art, crafts, housewares, antiques, electronics and more stuff.
The Rozelle Markets draw people from the filmmaking industry because of the immense variety of goods that pops up at the Rozelle Markets. Props for TV and movies can range from ancient telephones, to robotic looking toys that are supposed to be futuristic. Serious collectors love going through the piles and piles of odd things on display looking for the ideal bargain. Keep your eyes open, and you ears sharp for bargains of a lifetime. You never know what you may find. One man’s trash is another mans treasure.
Sydney has so many possibilities for shopping. We didn’t even talk about the number of shopping malls that can be found around the city. Not to mention the famous areas like Paddington, Bondi Junction, King Street in Newton, and Crown Street in Surry Hills. There are so many options depending on what you are searching for.
Designing a custom shopping tour is fun and easy. An enquiry form can be sent to one of our logistics staff and we can help you create the ultimate shopping excursion for you and your group. We have created shopping tours for new homes, bridal registries, bridal gown selections, shoe shopping, find a designer and many more. Tell us what you want to accomplish and we will do everything we can to make this shopping tour the best you have ever had. Sit back, relax, and shop til you drop while your friendly driver and take you to all the best shops in your private minibus. If you would like to take it up a notch, ask about our bar service available for passengers of legal age to drink.