If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal tour down under has inspired your wanderlust, here's our guide to the best shopping spots in Sydney, Australia.
Sydney’s answer to Los Angeles’ premium shopping outlets, Birkenhead Point has a classic, shopping mall feel with plenty of top brands under one roof, plus a free nanny service, bus tour drop off and a direct ferry service. International travellers can present their ID to the customer service desk to receive a complimentary Visitor Passport with over 35 discount offers. Once you’re all shopped out, we recommend soaking up the views at Café Birkenhead where you can enjoy a plate of crispy squid with soft polenta, tomato and herbs.
The well-heeled precinct of Mosman on Sydney’s North Shore has a bustling village feel with many multi-concept retailers. The streets are lined with cafes, florists and beautiful boutiques. Stop to fuel up at The Mews where you can enjoy a poke bowl and a Green Peace Smoothie with kale and coconut water. Next, head to Fox and Dove where you can find a range of sunglasses, designer womenswear, Zulu and Zephyr swimwear and notebooks from an Organised Life.
With luxury shopping at The Star Casino and unique retailers popping up around Union Street, the inner-city village of Pyrmont is experiencing a shopping renaissance. The arcade in The Star offers brands such as Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Gucci and Moda Emporio. For unique finds, Urban Oasis has a range of cute gifts and quirky stationery. You can sample Asian street food at Fat Noodle, enjoy a burger at Fuel or sip on a coffee from Antidote.
The Intersection, Paddington
The Intersection is the tree-lined point where Glenmore Road meets Oxford Street, Paddington. The chic enclave is home to high-end Australian designers, niche art galleries and hole-in-the-wall cafes. Start at Jackie’s Café with a lazy sunlit brunch in their leafy courtyard before stopping by Mecca Maxima where you can stock up on all the best beauty products. Next, swing by Ginger & Smart, Alice McCall, Sass and Bide and Zimmermann to see what these luxury Australian designers have to offer.
In this vibrant inner-city suburb you’ll find one-off vintage treasures and seriously cool collectibles. Start with a taste of Surry Hills at Kawa Café with a chai latte and a generous Best Breakfast. At Zoo Emporium you’ll find a range of vintage dresses and accessories including sequinned capes, faux-fur jackets, and delicate jewellery. Across the road is Oscar and Friends, which offers a range of books and sweet gift cards. For lunch, we recommend the green smoothie bowls or healthy buffet at About Life.