If your holiday isn’t complete without shopping for designer brands and luxury fashions, you can’t go past a spree in Sydney’s CBD. Sydney Westfield, one of the city’s newest and most upscale shopping centres, is the ideal place to start. Fronting three streets in the centre of the city, it features numerous flagship stores, and with brands such as Harrolds, Christian Louboutin, and Chanel, you have very little reason to go anywhere else.
You wander in from Pitt Street Mall and are immediately struck by the opulent white and grey marble floor, and gleaming chrome finishes. This Westfield feels unlike many others. It has an open, uncluttered feeling, and everything is pristine and sleek. You glide between stores, admiring the stunning swim wear of iconic Australian brand Zimmermann, the eclectic playsuits, and flirty fashions of Alice McCall. You can’t go past Sass & Bide without trying on a pair of signature jeans, which feel so comfortable you want to buy them without taking them off.
Also on level 4 is the Harrolds Women (Harrolds Men is on level 3), a mini department store featuring the best of international design, all meticulously curated. You enter the store and are surprised by how many top designers are showcased. In one corner is Tom Ford’s latest collection: sky high stilettos, plush leather jackets, and heavenly smelling perfumes.
You walk further into the labyrinth of fashion and can’t take your eyes off a Saint Laurent Paris handbag. You imagine the looks of envy from your friends if you took it to your next party! At the end of the store are racks of dresses, skirts, and shirts from designer brands such as Alexander McQueen, Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, and more, all ready for you to peruse at your leisure. If you feel overwhelmed with choice, a Harrolds buyer can help you find the perfect purchase.
After your epic shopping adventure, you stroll out into Pitt Street Mall and admire some of the high street stores before wandering a few blocks west to the Queen Victoria Building (affectionately coined the QVB by locals). This towering building exudes opulence and you amble through the levels, admiring the elaborate Romanesque architecture and glorious stain glass windows.
Each shop’s striking window display adds to the artistic beauty of the venue and you find yourself drawn to them, admiring fine leather shoes, and sparkling jewels. You enter the Camilla store and browse through her bohemian, distinctly Sydney frocks, and swimwear. You imagine yourself strolling on the white sandy beach in one of her flirty kaftans and decide it’s the perfect souvenir that you can’t resist purchasing.
If you’re feeling weary and peckish at this point, delicious sustenance is at hand. The QVB is home to The Tea Room, which offers a traditional afternoon tea served on classic Royal Albert china. You sip on your tea and sample the sweet and savoury morsels, admiring the soaring ceilings and Baccarat crystal chandeliers. You feel totally refreshed and ready to shop away your afternoon!