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Top five shopping spots in Sydney this holiday season

Sydney is known for its food and coffee culture, but it is also a top shopping destination brimming with luxury international brands, local artisan finds, and standout Aussie fashion.

If you are heading out early on Christmas shopping, here are top five shopping spots in Sydney, Australia:

1. Birkenhead Point
Levels of discounted shopping at Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, Drummoyne.Credits: Destination NSW

This is Sydney’s answer to Los Angeles premium shopping outlets. Birkenhead Point has a classic, shopping mall feel with loads of top brands under one roof.

To top it all, it offers a free nanny service, Visitor Passport, bus tour drop offs and a direct ferry service.

The Shopper Hopper ferry is a great way to see the harbor and get to Birkenhead. Just jump on board for the 20-minute ride to Sydney’s largest outlet centre for $13 one-way or $22 return.

Once inside, both domestic or international travellers can present their IDs to the customer service desk to receive a complimentary Visitor Passport with over 35 discount offers.

There are plenty of to shop from luxury goods, fitness gear, shoes and children’s clothing.

End your shopping trip by enjoying crispy squid with soft polenta, tomato and herbs with a glass of bubbles at Café Birkenhead.

2.Mosman
Boutique and designer brands lining Military Road, Mosman in Sydney’s lower north shore. Credits: Destination NSW

Located on Sydney’s north shore, Mosman had a bustling village feel with many sophisticated multi-concept retailers.

Walk its pretty streets where you can find cafes, florists and beautiful boutiques. Then, make a stop to fuel up at The Mews, tucked into a laneway in Mosman Square. There you can give the Poke Bowl and a Green Peace Smoothie with kale and coconut water.

At the newly opened Moya, visitors can find a carefully curated collection of Equipment shirts, AG Jeans and Max Mara.

Or you can to Fox and Dove where you can pick a stylish sunglasses, a Zulu and Zephyr swimwear and an Oganised Life Zodiac notebooks.

3. Pyrmont
Women enjoying a day of shopping for Australian designs at Urban Oasis, Pyrmont. Credits: Destination NSW

With luxury shopping at The Star Casino and unique retailers popping up a round Union Street, innercity village Pyrmont is having something of a shopping renaissance.

The luxe arcade in The Star has high-end brands Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Gucci, Moda Emporio along with G-Star Raw and IM Lingerie.

For unique finds, Urban Oasis has cute gifts such as S ’Well water bottles and quirky stationery.

Meanwhile, go to St Frock as it is popular for its Aussie-designed, floral-print midi dresses.

For lunch, just head to The Star’s top eateries—sample Asian street food at Fat Noodle, a burger at Fuel or coffee from Antidote.

Then, what better way to end your shopping trip than perusing the bookshelves and sipping a martini at Edition BookBar.

4.The Intersection, Paddington
The Intersection shopping precinct, Paddington. Credits: Destination NSW

The Intersection is the tree-lined point where Glenmore Road meets Oxford Street,Paddington.

The Chic enclave is the home of high-end Australian designer boutiques; niche art galleries and hole-in-the-wall cafes.

Start at Jackie’s Café with a lazy sunlit brunch in their leafy courtyard. After that, head to Lee Mathews for sophisticated blouses, skirts and dress.

There are plenty to shop at this part of Syndey, from a cashmere-blend shawl from Jac+Jack or a standout accessory from Sass and Bide.

Then, enjoy a vegan coffee with almond milk at Orchard street or a crisp rosé at historic Village Inn.

5.Surry Hills
French antiques, accessories and furniture on sale at ici et la in Surry Hills. Credits: James Horan, Destination NSW.

If vintage is your style, this is the shopping spot for you in Sydney. In this vibrant inner-city suburb of working-class origins, you will find one-off vintage finds and seriously cool collectibles.

Start with a taste of Surry Hills at Kawa Café with a Chai Latte and Generous ‘Best Breakfast’.

From here, you can find some of the best vintage clothing in Sydney. Zoo Emporium is a treasure trove of vintage dresses and accessories.

It offers treasures throughout the eras, from 1920s art deco sequined numbers to faux-furc apes, 1940s suits and delicate jewellery.

Or go to Cream on Crown which is a busy secondhand den overflowing with seventies shirts, vintage denim and coats.

Across the road is Oscar and Friends Booksellers, with an interesting collection of non-fiction novels, teen tales and sweet giftcards.

For lunch, have a healthy buffet at About Life or settle into The Winery for their signature ‘Picnic’, $45pp and a glass of Bilpinapple cider.

This article is based on the press release provided by Destination New South Wales, the official tourism board for the state of Australia. 

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.
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