Sydney North, Chatswood Chase, Chatswood Westfield.
The very name conjures images of High End Fashion therapy. Oh yes… Alannah Hill, Ben Sherman, Carla Zampatti & David Lawrence. This centre definitely has the ABC & D of Designer boutiques; if you are looking for a centre that is easy on the eye… this place is for you.
From the very first moment you step through the doors you are overcome by a feeling of luxury, yet strangely you don’t feel uncomfortable or uneasy at all… there is a sense of comfortable organisation about this centre.
A handful of lovely inviting coffee shops will have you well rested and hydrated for your favourite brands and labels. Whilst this centre does cater for the more label conscious, it also offers alternative chain stores, such as, Baku Jewellery, Cue, Esprit Collection & Jigsaw, just to name a few.
A Stroll down Victoria Avenue (home of So Good Accessories, a great must-do Pitt stop), finds you at Chatswood Westfield… yes a large chain store epicentre, though I do find that this particular Westfield does offer many more exclusive stores than most other Westfield Shopping Centres. Aldo Shoes, AKA Cosmetics, Asakaze, Calla Fashion & Iconic. Also offering a sprinkling of great rest stops to rest and rejuvenate.
I have become rather fond of this end of town and the retail therapy it has to offer. I would definitely recommend a visit to both of these eclectic centres. I rate these centres collectively a 5/5 they have it all, and although a little bit further than a stones throw from my local area… I do not mind the trip at all.
Make a day of it and visit both centres, have some lunch and just cruise through the shops at a leisurely pace, why rush something that brings so much pleasure? I cannot really put an age appropriate category on these centres as they are so vast with their offerings… lets just say anyone whom enjoys a good retail therapy session these centres are a must!
Sydney East, Crowne Street, Surry Hills & King Street, Newtown.
A favourite little hotspot of mine, Crowne Street, Surry Hills… home to the infamous line of vintage clothing outlets.
First Stop… Grandma Takes A Trip, Zoo Emporium…. & Cream on Crown… and this is just in ONE of the many streets in Surry Hills and the surrounding area that is absolutely littered with fabulously eccentric and retrospective vintage stores, featuring both apparel and lifestyle fashions. I have rather fond feelings for this place as it holds very dear memories of shopping foray’s with my closest friend and will always be a very inviting area for me to visit due to my penchant for all things vintage.
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Home of Newtown Festival, Newtown definitely offers a vivid and exciting range of funky fashion and accessories and everything you could ever think of. In particular, King Street, Newtown offers a large variety of vintage shops (especially down the St Peters end of King Street), however, it also provides a smorgasbord of unique designer shops… a niche market if you will… Sassafrass Fashion, Crazy Horse Clothing Co, Just Feathers, One Honey Boutique, Pretty Dog, Elvis 4 Cleo and oh boy there are so so many I get excited and inspired just thinking about them all… sheesh. In short… this Long Long Road of alternative lifestyle is certainly an eye opener culturally and fashion wise.
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Stimulating your senses along the way all sorts of delicious cuisines capture your appetite and I will not even go into the numerous cultural food offerings that are scattered all the way along King Street… lets just say… it’s a FEAST!!!!!!
OK so I know that I am biased especially with these two fabulous outdoor shopping hot spots but… I do have to take a mark off for the exposure to the elements… on a overcast miserable day like we have today… I would say its not as enjoyable as a warm summers Sunday stroll… far too cold to be outside but alas the brave do still venture out. The age group again is way to difficult to determine but I would have to put it down to say 15-35 maybe even further stretched to 40 due to the vintage feel to the market.
Sydney South, Miranda Fair – WESTFIELD
This has to be one of my very favourite shopping spots in Sydney
A gathering of bohemian, laid back shoppers in a splattering of fantastic designer and top end shopfronts. Miranda, being one of the many coastal fringe areas of the popular South Sydney beaches, it dedicates itself to sun, surf and a wonderful holiday type feel.
Miranda Fair is like a well-balanced outfit.
It showcases a large number of unique stores such as Tigerlilly, Code Orange and Inspired Tribe (just to name a few), accenting these unique stores with the wonderful and classic designer/top end stores of David Lawrence (a personal favourite), Country Road, Cue & of course Guess. Miranda, also offers a large number of chain stores such as Just Jeans, Glue, General Pants, Bloch, Bardot and many many more.
The laid back environment of this fantastically large (but not too large) shopping centres adds to the wonderful bonus of being just a stones throw from the beautiful beaches of Cronulla… beach, shopping PERFECT!!!!!!!
I find it hard to be unbiased about this particular shopping centre but I do believe that you always go back to where you feel comfortable and where you know you will find a large variety of quality stores under the one roof, therefore I give Miranda a 4 star rating. I take one star off for not being in my local area:O) I also have to add, that this centre is mainly in my opinion directed toward a younger age bracket purely due to size I would say it would appeal mostly to the ages of 18- 65.
Macarthur Square, Ahhh the local shopping centre…
And to me quite a regular hot spot for fashion spotting. A little bit out of the way to some, but a whole lot of fun for those that have not ventured out this way before. Home to David Jones, Diana Ferrari, Bardot, Cue, Jacquie E, Queenspark, Ally, Collette Accessories & La Senza Lingerie… Sportsgirl, Portmans, Sheridan Shoes & of course Brooklyn Boutique. Macarthur Square showcases a broad range of both middle market- high-end fashion to the modest Cotton On, Rubi Shoes, Valley Girl and other more chain-store variety retail outlets.
Campbelltown also is a winner due to the number of personal stylist hot spots.
First up we have Macarthur Square (as aforementioned), Campbelltown Mall, Queen Street, Campbelltown (a fabulous treasure of hidden jewels waiting to be discovered & highly underestimated), Brands on Sale (our very own DFO) and Trade Secrets… what’s not to love about Trade Secrets, another regular Pitt stop of mine. Mix in some vintage shops such as Mission Australia,
(Woodbine), Salvos, (Queen St, Campbelltown), Vinnies (Warby St, Campbelltown) & further out Treasures on Argyle (Argyle Street, Camden), Anglicare (Narellan Town Centre) & Lifeline (Queen St, Narellan), most being my most visited shops ever. Although Campbelltown’s Fashion hot spots are more widely spread then most areas… this makes for very interesting shopping escapades that are really a great treat. As a rating I would have to give Campbelltown a 4/5 purely due to the fact that there is a shortage of high end fashion labels available and also on the upside its local, and there is variety. I really cannot put an age on this one due to the variety but on a push I would have to say a younger audience 25-35 as this is an age where I find most people come into there own fashionably and find there own style. With that said though, it is definitely worth a trip out to the “so called” “sticks”.
SO, there you are, the North,South, East & West of Sydney Shopping spots, I do hope that you take some time to visit these unique shopping venues.