How to Shop Sydney Like a Local
If you can peel yourself off Bondi Beach, there’s *really* excellent shopping to be done.
To any Sydney-sider, the act of shopping is sacred. It’s our cardio if you will, and whether it’s rain, hail or shine, we will shop until we drop ,as the saying goes, or until our credit card is well and truly declined. Whichever comes first. Mind you, we do not take defeat lightly—while shopping may not qualify for an Olympic Gold Medal and or earn its place on a televised Tourism Special, it’s certainly no easy feat, and requires real planning. Here, I’ve compiled a refined guide to shopping in Sydney, so you can pack as much shopping in as you can, before you pass the F out.
Credit Cards at the ready, set GO.
261 Oxford Street Paddington
Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s leafiest suburb, Paddington, lays one of Australia’s best boutiques and international fashion exports: Parlour X. Founded by industry pioneer, Eva Galambos, Parlour X offers premium local and international labels such as Acne Studios, Céline and Cecile Copenhagen, all hung between Australia’s own infamous fashion labels: Toni Maticevski and Ellery. If the interior isn’t enough to lure you inside, then we’re sure the fresh smell of Balenciaga or the rotating window displays will.
Glenmore Road Paddington
The Intersection in Paddington is the heart of Sydney Shopping. With a single street blessed by Australia’s top designers; Ginger & Smart, Scanlan Theodore, Jac & Jack, Bassike, Alice McCall, Dion Lee, and Zimmermann, there’s never a doorway not-entered when it comes to shopping here.
Camilla and Marc
217 Glenmore Road Five Ways Paddington
Ideal for the woman who enjoys both fashion, interiors and a leafy, cobble-stone neighborhood—the Camilla and Marc Boutique in Five Ways Paddington is a one-stop store as well as one of Australia’s premium labels. Surrounded by cafes and Italian restaurants on either side, the boutique is just a short walk from Parlour X and the Intersection—making it the ultimate by-pass for a day of retail therapy.
Shop 11 The Beach House 178 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach
In case you wondering where Bondi Beach residents vacate to after their morning dip or jog across the beach side—it has to be the Tuchuzy Boutique at Bondi Beach. With an eclectic array of designers such as Proenza Schouler, Boyy, Alexander Wang and Acne Studios, the boutique possesses that laid-back love that Sydney is famous for. As they boast a refined aesthetic and a mix of accessories, Tuchuzy is a must-visit. Before or after breakfast at Harry’s Café—it’s entirely up to you. However, caffeine-induced shopping may result in an impulse purchase or 5.
The Corner Shop
43 Williams Street Paddington
If bespoke stores and humble terrace boutiques are your poison—then stopping by The Corner Shop is a must. Offering everything from accessories to shoes to handbags and designers like as Alexander Wang—TCS is a hidden gem here in Sydney. Trailing cobble-stone foot paths and bypassing florists aplenty, you’ll eventually find yourself at the doorstop of Paddington’s best boutique.