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Shopping in Sydney

Paddington's Oxford Street is one long stretch of fashion and home wares selling up-and-coming street gear to designer-label evening wear. It is also home to the famous Saturday market. Department stores like David Jones are in the city centre. Pick up a practical - and typically Australian - Akubra hat from Strand Hatters in the historic Strand Arcade. Most shops open daily 10am-6pm (until 8pm Thursday), except Sunday which is generally 11am-5pm.

Strand Hatters, Sydney. Courtesy of Strand Hatters
Sass & Bide, Sydney. Courtesy of Sass & Bide
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Sass & Bide

Designer casuals

Famous Aussie design team Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton are celebrated by international and local fashion experts alike. Their flagship Sass & Bide store in Paddington is as cool as their legendary figure-hugging trousers, summery frocks, smart jackets and laid-back tops.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (until 8pm Thu); Sun 11am-5pm

Address

132, Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney 2021

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9360 3900

Transport

Bus 380 to Oxford Street

Website

Sass & Bide Website

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David Jones

Sydney's premier department store

An oasis of style and calm, Sydney's foremost department store takes up opposing corners in the city centre. Head to the Elizabeth Street David Jones for ladies' fashion and cosmetics. Market Street is for menswear and the gourmet food hall.



Opening Hours

Mon-Wed 9.30am-6pm; Thu 9.30am-9pm; Fri 9.30pm-7pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-6pm

Address

86-108, Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9266 5544

Transport

St James Train Station

Website

David Jones Website

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Rozelle Markets

Trash and treasure

West of the city centre, Rozelle Markets are perhaps the best for second-hand goods. Those with a passion for retro clothing, curios, collectables or antique jewellery are bound to find something interesting. The atmosphere is great and there are food stalls.



Opening Hours

Sat & Sun 9am-4pm

Address

Rozelle Public School, Darling Street, Rozelle, Sydney 2039

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9818 5373

Transport

Bus 440 to Darling Street

Website

Rozelle Markets Website

Paddington Market, Sydney. Courtesy of Paddington Markets
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Paddington Market

Trend-setting market

Paddington Market is a Sydney institution and the city's oldest. Every Saturday 250 stalls fill the grounds of the heritage-listed Uniting Church on Oxford Street. Jewellery and crafts are popular but cutting-edge fashion from up-and-coming designers is the highlight.



Opening Hours

Sat 10am-4pm

Address

395, Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney 2021

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9331 2923

Transport

Bus 380 to Oxford Street

Website

Paddington Market Website

Paddy's Markets, Sydney. Photo by Hamilton Lund, courtesy of New South Wales Online Image Library, © Tourism New South Wales and Hamilton Lund
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Paddy's Markets

Traditional market experience

Paddy's Markets is a mixed market selling everything from wigs and watches to watermelon. With a brilliant location right in the city centre, it's the place for a general browse, fruit and vegetables or all manner of Australiana souvenirs.



Opening Hours

Wed-Sun 9am-5pm

Address

Corner Hay and Thomas Streets, Haymarket, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 1300 361 589

Transport

Haymarket Monorail Station

Website

Paddy's Markets Website

Strand Hatters, Sydney. Courtesy of Strand Hatters
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Strand Hatters

Men's hats and caps

Strand Hatters, in central Sydney's historic Strand Arcade, is the place in town to buy a traditional Akubra cattleman's hat before heading to the Outback. They also sell sunhats, fedoras, panamas, berets and every other hat under the sun.



Opening Hours

Daily 8.30am-6pm (until 8pm Thu); Sat 9.30am-4.30pm; Sun 11am-4pm

Address

412, George Street, Shop 8, Strand Arcade, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9231 6884

Transport

St James Train Station

Website

Strand Hatters Website

Dinosaur Designs, Sydney. Courtesy of Dinosaur Designs
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Dinosaur Designs

Richly-coloured resin jewellery

Dinosaur Designs' store in Paddington glows with richly coloured jewellery, accessories, vases and home wares. The chunky designs are made from resin, which glows seductively when backlit. They have a distinctively Australian character, as do the luminous ochre, orange and eucalypt colours.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm

Address

339, Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney 2021

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9361 3776

Transport

Bus 380 to Oxford Street

Website

Dinosaur Designs Website

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The Family Jewels

Precious pearls

The Family Jewels has two shops in trendy Paddington and another in Westfield Sydney Central Plaza. The shops' unique silver creations often incorporate Australian pearls and nautilus shell together with crystal. The stores also showcase other international designers.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (until 7.30pm Thu); Sun 11am-6pm

Address

46-48 & 393a, Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney 2021

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9331 6647/3888

Transport

Bus 380 to Oxford Street

Website

The Family Jewels Website

Puppet Shop at the Rocks, Sydney. Courtesy of Puppet Shop at the Rocks
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Puppet Shop at the Rocks

Marionettes galore

Visiting the Puppet Shop at the Rocks in Sydney is like stepping into Geppetto's fairytale workshop. Dangling from ceiling to floor are colourful, intricately carved marionettes from across the world, both antique and contemporary.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-5pm

Address

77, George Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9247 9137

Transport

By Train: to Circular Quay

Website

Puppet Shop at the Rocks Website

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