Shopping at Sydney CBD
The city of Sydney in Australia offers a shopping experience that can be relatively delightful. Huge department stores and shopping centers in Sydney are closely built within only a few blocks from one another. Sydney shopping stores are by and large open between 9 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon on weekdays. Some of the well-known shopping centers in Sydney CBD are:
The Queen Victoria Building Shopping Center was opened in 1898 as purpose built shopping center in celebration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. There were some years that this building was neglected and ignored and eventually came to a shabby status. But during the 1980s, major restoration were done to this old building that restored its magnificence. These days, QVB is regarded as a striking illustration of Victorian architecture in the city. Inside the building are 190 collection of designer labels, specialty stores and diners. This immense mall is located along George Street just between Town Hall and Market Street.
The Strand Arcade is a trendier and more modern version of the Queen Victoria Building. It opened in 1892 but was almost brought down by a 1976 fire. The Shopkeepers in the mall brought it to restoration and is nowadays a perfect mall to find the top designer labels in Australia together with some jewelers, boutiques and beauty salons. The Strand can be found in the heart of Pitt Street.
The Skygarden is a shopping center with a stunning and classy ambiance that opens 7 days a week. Inside the mall there can be found a superb collection of international and Australian fashion labels. This mall is located between Pitt Street Mall and Castlereagh Street at the heart of Sydney's central business district.
The Piccadilly is a shopping center where some of the high end fashion retailers in Sydney can be found. More than 40 specialty stores and boutiques selling various items from footwear to home wares are housed in the mall thereby making it an ideal shopping place to find the best gift for any occasion. This mall is located in Pitt Street opposite the Hilton Hotel.
The Grace Brothers department store is composed of seven levels or floors. Its mezzanine floors make the place seem like an exhibition space instead of a shopping store. This mall has the largest collection of cosmetic range all over Australia in addition to showcasing the most recent models of appliances and computer equipments. This mall, which is a landmark in itself, is located in the Market and George Street corner.
The David Jones holds the title for being the oldest department store in Sydney. It is also among the department stores in the world which still operates using its original name. This mall is also the first mall in the city of Sydney to have a hydraulic lift and presently sells furniture and furnishings. As it still operates in its original trade name, so does it operates on a primary motto or commitment which entails offering the best and most exclusive of all goods. This mall can be found in Market Street and Castlereagh Street.