Friday, November 16, 2018


By Marie Nieves

The Fashionista’s Travel Guide
to Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Some people visit Sydney for the famous Opera House, others go there to bask on its amazing beaches and some are rushing in to try the best dishes of Australian cuisine. However, a new kind of traveler is quickly emerging—a fashion traveler who is curious to see what Sydneysiders like to wear! So, if you’re a fashionista who likes to discover new styles and trends, get ready for Sydney’s unique mixture of urban, colonial and local fashion! 

Splurge at Paddington

Probably the chicest Sydney suburb, at least when it comes to shopping, is definitely Paddington. If you’re a true fashionista, you’ll be in heaven once you step into this area spackled with designer shops, hipster cafes and Instagram-friendly Victorian houses! All luxury labels you can think of are located at The Intersection, right where Oxford Street meets Glenmore Road. There you can find shops like Willow, Camilla, Marc and many more. All respectable fashion bloggers and shopaholics simply must set foot there at least once in their life! When you get tired and start craving some caffeine, make a stop at Tiger Mottle for a cup of Maple Mottle, their signature drink. 

York Street, Sydney (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Visit QVB

Queen Victoria Building is simply stunning, both from the outside and the inside. This heritage building covers six levels (and an entire city block) and is a home to a seemingly endless list of shops. There you can find many huge names like CK, Victoria’s Secret and Coach, together with some obscure Aussie labels. You can also shop for the fashion and beauty bloggers’ favorites like Lush and The Body Shop!

Pro tip: don’t leave QVB without visiting their swanky powder rooms—they are perfect for an old school bathroom selfie! Finish your shopping spree with a nice lunch, but don’t waste your time on food courts. Instead, have a classy bite at David Jones food hall just a few minutes from QVB. They serve amazing fresh salads and delicious paninis, but they also have a full-on oyster bar!!! How awesome is that! 

Queen Victoria Building (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Walk the High Street 

Make your way around Pitt, Castlereagh and George Street and you’ll experience high street shopping at its best! Once you leave David Jones restaurant (which is in Castlereagh) just take a short walk and you’ll find yourself in Pitt Street where big retailers like beloved Zara, H&M and Uniqlo have their shops. Plenty of Australian brands also take residence there, so don’t miss a chance to see what’s new at the local scene. Pitt Street Mall and Westfield Mall are also quite near with several levels of both local and international brands. 

Sydney (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Check out Chippendale

Chippendale is in the middle of a revival and is seeing a huge rush of young and hip people (two important universities lay just to the west and north of this district). And, as we all know, where fresh blood goes, fashion follows! So, feel free to finish your first day of marathon shopping at Central Park Mall.

Once you really can’t push your credit card any further, get a room at The Old Clare Hotel, one of the most fashionable places in the entire city! Give your new wardrobe a spin at their unique bar or just chill out and rest your feet in their heated rooftop pool! Your Instagram profile will love this place as much as you do! 

The Old Clare, Sydney (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Head to the beach

Let day two start with a bit of beachside shopping! Go all the way to the Bondi beach and look for Gould Street. At first sight, it might not look like a fashion hot-spot, but in recent years it has become a real place to be! Let your money out of your wallet at Tuchuzy, one of Sydney’s chicest boutiques that sells big names like Celine and Chloe as well as all imaginable beachwear. Get a pair of Levi denim cutoffs, some designer beach towels and a fancy pair of sandals. 

Bondi Beach (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Don’t forget the markets 

Finish your Sydney shopping adventure with an evening market haul. Brewery Yard Markets in Chippendale, Sunday Bondi Markets and Glebe Markets are must-see destinations full of trendy finds and vintage and hipster pieces. The best part is that you can find many amazing bargains at markets, which is perfect if you’ve already drained your credit card! 

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, Sydney is definitely a place to go! You will give yourself a good workout, snatch amazing finds and soak up the city’s unique fashion vibe! 

Bondi Beach (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)


Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography and a regular author at She Roams Solo. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

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