Sydney is a fantastic city for shopping of all kinds. Art galleries with every medium imaginable, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and blown glass are just some of the options for art lovers. Book stores both new and used are plentiful. Antique shopping for all kinds of home wares can be found in many corners of the city. Fashion boutiques following and setting trends featuring men’s and women’s apparel are common in the city center. Whether you are looking for a Soho, NY inspired shopping experience or you are the type to go hunting for a rare antique or used book Sydney has options for the treasure hunter in all of us.
With a long wet rainy season books a are a very popular pastime in Australia. Sydney is home to more bookstores per capita than any other city in Australia so if reading is your thing you will be delighted with the treasure trove of titles available both new and used. Buy a box to take with you, or curl up on one of the sofas in your favorite book shop while sipping a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine.
Sappho Books, Cafe, & Wine Bar has a little bit of everything. Come on a Friday or Saturday evening and enjoy live music until well into the evening. Open seven days a week you can find new and used titles, fine wine, and grab a bite to eat. Whether you are looking for a book on the run or have a day or two to kill, Sappho is a great stop for all kinds of readers.
Glee Books is a delightful bookstore set in a Federation cottage. It feels more like a home than a bookstore and any book lover could spend hours browsing their extensive used book collection searching for a rare title, or just absorbing the possibilities.
For antique hunting the Rocks is the place to be. With a long history the Rocks is considered to be the birthplace of Australia. To find something distinctly Australian look no further than the quaint cobble stoned streets of this antique city. You will find shops selling Aboriginal artifacts, maritime antiques can be found at Bottom of the Harbour Antiques, all kinds of home wares, and places like Buttons, Buttons, Buttons, a shop with antique and vintage buttons for sale.
Sydney has a rich heritage steeped in the arts. You will find many galleries featuring up and coming artists and well established artists. You can get prints for under $20 or original works that can cost as much as a house. Keep your eyes open for temporary galleries showcasing art in cafe’s and bookstores. Or check out some of the permanent galleries which can be found all over town. A few suggestions just to get you started are Soho Galleries, Aboriginal & Pacific Art, or the Inner City Clayworkers Gallery.
For the latest in boutique fashion Sydney is home to many emerging and established fashion designers. The Rocks is filled with many labels where you can actually meet the designer in their shop rather than just seeing their name on a sign. Shop for something uniquely you in the city center, or explore the rest of Sydney to find exactly what you are looking for, or perhaps you will find something you didn’t even know existed. Wandering around and being open to what catches your eye could be the best way to go about this endeavor.
Sydney has many unique shopping experiences for all kinds of tastes and budgets. Find your favorite book by Shakespeare or the latest best seller at one of the many bookstores all over Sydney. Go treasure hunting through any number of antique shops, or find the perfect accessory for your home in one of hundreds of art galleries. Update your wardrobe with the latest fashion trends, or just window shop til you drop through any district in Sydney.