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The City Centre, is where Governor Philip first raised the British Flag on Australian soil in January 1788, and is the earliest site of European settlement in Australia. Two hundred and twenty years later, it is now a Manhattan-like skyline of skyscrapers on the harbour. It is the commercial centre of Sydney seeing hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders commute daily, to work, shop, and socialise. The city centre meets and embraces its harbour. The entire foreshore is walkway, and much of it is parkland. The office towers compete with each other for the best view of the harbour, with those in the back row grateful for any glimpse. It is the site of Sydney's grandest structures, from the modern Opera House and Sydney Tower, to the art-deco, the granite facades of the early 20th century, and the colonial sandstone of a convict era. The oldest buildings may be in The Rocks, but those warehouses and residences lack the proportion, scale, and inspiration of the construction in the city centre. Into the evening, there is a stark contrast as many of the crowded footpaths grow quiet, and many of the city eateries and cafes wind down. There are still people around though, the after-work crowd is still around in the city pubs, the opera aficionados and diners are out down at East Circular Quay, and the groups meeting up near Town Hall for a movie, a drink, or a night out. (less...) (more...)

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Landmarks

  •    Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Circular Quay (At the northern end of Macquarie St),  +61 2 9250 7111 (information) or ☎+61 2 9250 7777 (ticket bookings). The Sydney Opera House in the north east of the city is one of Sydney's most beautiful and unusual buildings; its sail shaped structure, designed by Jørn Utzon, is world famous. The Opera House is also host to most of Sydney's major classical music and opera events. You can walk all around the building, and some of the foyer areas free of charge. Guided tours of the inside are available for $28, leave every 30 minutes, and take about an hour. Some tours are run in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Depending on ongoing rehearsal or performances not all parts may be visited.
  •    Circular Quay. Is the hub of the Sydney Harbour and is a vibrant, bustling place home to many buskers, the ferry terminal, overseas passenger terminal, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is pronounced Circular Key, not Circular Kway
  •    Sydney Tower (Centrepoint Tower) (Entry from Westfield Centrepoint, on Pitt St Mall). Towering above the city of Sydney since 1981, when it became the tallest structure in the city, the Sydney Tower reaches a total height of 305 m - great views are available from the 250 m high viewing level. The tower is Australia's tallest free-standing structure and the second highest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere after the Sky Tower in Auckland). The trip up to the observation deck includes a short "4D" movie (3D with effects such as smoke and water) before travelling up in the lift. If looking at the city through windows isn't enough, take the Skywalk tour on the top of the tower. Observation deck: $26, Skywalk: $69.
  •    St. Mary's Cathedral, 2 St Mary's Road, Sydney (across the road from Hyde Park's eastern edge),  +61 2 9220 0400. The Catholic Sydney diocese's cathedral, built in 1868.
  •    Queen Victoria Building (the QVB), 455 George Street, sydney (north of Town Hall and Town Hall station). The site of a market place since 1810, its current Romanesque facade was completed in 1896 and was extensively restored in the late 1980s as a prestigious shopping center. The Christmas tree around Christmas time reaches through all the floors to the full height of the building. admission free.
  • The Strand Arcade. A fine example of Victorian Architecture, and is one of the few remaining Victorian shopping arcades in the world. For the past 20 yrs or so it has been a major shopping destination, well known for the large number of Australian designers it showcases. Many well recognized Australian labels in fashion and jewellery are based here, such as Alannah Hill, Zimmerman, and Victoria Buckley Jewellery.

Museums and Galleries

  •    The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney (Walk from Martin Place 400m directly east across The Domain. Bus 411 goes QVB to Art Gallery, Sydney Explorer bus route, stop 6, nearest train stations are St James and Martin Place. Both are 10 min walk),  Information desk: +61 2 92251744, 1800-NSW-ART, fax: +61 2 92251701, e-mail: artmail@ag.nsw.gov.au. Daily 10AM -5PM, Wednesday until 9PM. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wales and Sydney, and one of Australia's foremost cultural institutions. It holds significant collections of Australian art, and presents nearly forty exhibitions annually. British Victorian art, along with smaller holdings of Dutch, French and Italian painters of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and a collection of modern British masters, European modernists and European classical art. The collection includes work by Reubens, Piccasso, Van Gogh and many others. There is also an impressive collection of Asian, South East Asian, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. The gallery also has an extensive collection of contemporary art. Not all of the collection holdings are on exhibition at any one time and the gallery occasionally rotates significant works on exhibition. The building itself is a much photogaphed sandstone structure with a large formal entrance. There is a popular cafe inside the gallery, with views over Wooloomooloo. Free admission with charges to some 'feature' exhibitions.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), 140 George St., Circular Quay,  +61 2 9252 4033. Housed in a fabulous 1930s art deco building, former location of the Maritime Services Board and facing onto the western side of Circular Quay and Sydney Cove, the MCA has been dedicated - since its opening in 1991 - to showcasing great works of modern and contemporary art in all media. There is a cafe inside the museum.
  • Museum of Sydney (corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets),  +61 2 9251 5988. Daily 9:30AM-5PM (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday). Built on the site of the first Government House, erected in 1788 by Governor Arthur Phillip and demolished in 1846. The remains of the building were excavated after rediscovery in 1983 and the original foundations can now be viewed through glass floor panels in the museum. Fascinating changing exhibitions of art and photography, films and state-of-the-art technology spin stories of colonial life, Aboriginal culture, environment, trade, authority / law and everyday dramas and dreams in early Sydney. The Museum of Sydney Cafe, by the museum entrance is not really part of the museum, and is much more a restaurant than a cheap and casual cafe. admission adult $10, child / concessions $5, family $20, members free (run by the Historic Houses Trust).
  • Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie Street (north eastern corner of Hyde Park). Built 1818-1819. Constructed by convicts and housed by them, the Hyde Park Barracks provided housing for convicts working in government employment around Sydny from 1819 until its closure in 1848. Interior is restored with exhibits depicting the furnishings and life of the time. Adult $10, child/concession $5, family $20. Consider the pass if visiting other historical houses trust properties..
  • State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street. Includes a large exhibition space with changing artistic, historical and cultural exhibits. The Mitchell Reading Room is a historical large open book-lined room, and worth a look inside. The reference library is a modern addition, and really only of interest for research. The library collection includes a copy of every volume published in New South Wales, and many rare texts. There is a cafe on the ground floor near the entrance to the reference library and the bookshop. free.
  • Government House. Open to the public, with the entrance to the house and gardens through the Botanic Gardens free.
  • Museum of Australian Currency Notes, Ground Floor, 65 Martin Place. Open M-F 10AM-5PM (except bank holidays). Hosted by the Reserve Bank of Australia in its city headquarters, this museum displays Australian bank notes and currency from the earliest issues to the present day. Interesting but basic. Drop in for 15 min or so if you are passing by Martin Place. free admission.
  • Justice and Police Museum, Corner Albert and Phillip Streets (Close to Circular Quay). Originally serving as a police station to Court between 1856 and 1886, the museum has now been restored to its 1890s facade displaying its theme of crime and punishment. Adult $8, child/concession $4, family $17.
  • Australian Museum, 6 College Street, East Sydney (Opposite Hyde Park on the corner of William St and College St),  +61 9320 6000. 9.30AM-5PM daily (except Christmas day). Natural history collections, exhibitions, natural science and indigenous cultures. Please see the City East article for more comprehensive details on The Australian Museum.

Historic sites

  • Customs House, 31 Alfred St (Adjacent and south of Circular Quay). A historic building, and imposing building. You can imagine it looking out over the port of Sydney (if you can equally imagine the absence of the Cahill Expressway). A large diorama of the Sydney area which you can walk over is on display in the foyer. Sydney City Library occupies the building, and sometimes has exhibitions. Free.

Parks and gardens

Sydney Botanic Gardens

  • Royal Botanic Gardens (Please walk on the grass, smell the roses, hug the trees, talk to the birds and picnic on the lawns), Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney (Bus: the 441 (Balmain via QVB Building) leaves York Street, Town Hall on weekdays, stopping outside the Art Gallery of NSW. The Sydney Sightseeing Bus also includes the Royal Botanic Gardens on its route, the nearest train stations are St James and Martin Place. Both are 10 minutes walk. There are gates all around the gardens, including at the Opera House, at the corner of Bridge and Macquarie Streets near the Conservatorium of Music, opposite the Mitchell Library on Macquarie Street (Marshead Fountain Gate), or near the Art Gallery.),  +61 2 92318111, Ranger assistance ☎+61 419 270279. The gardens are open from sunrise to sunset. It is fully fenced, so take care not to get locked in at closing time. One of Sydney's greatest assets, from in front of the State Art Gallery, out to Mrs Macquaries chair, across to Farm Cove and onto the Sydney Opera House. The Gardens back onto the historic Sydney Hospital and Parliament House. This is the oldest scientific institution in the country and home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. The Domain surrounds the Royal Botanic Gardens. The walk along the harbour's edge from the Opera House (Queen Elizabeth II gate) to Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Yurong Gate is for many is the epitome of a Sydney experience. The Gardens have an example of the Wollemi Pine, raised from a seed collected from a handful of trees discovered in the wilderness and unchanged since the dinosaurs. A tropical pyramid holds examples of tropical vegetation in a controlled humidity atmosphere. The Gardens have a visitors centre, a restaurant [2] ☎+61 2 92412419, a cafe and a souvenir shop. See the rose garden, herb garden and succulent section. The collection has many varieties of Australian plants and grasses. During the summer months there are often open air night time film screenings inside the Botanic Gardens, entry charges normally apply to those screenings. There are no access charges to enter the Botanic Gardens (except for the tropical pyramid).

Other City Parks

  •    The Domain (Adjacent and south of the Botanical Gardens). In colonial times this land was the Governor’s buffer of privacy between his residence and the penal colony. Roads and paths were constructed through the Domain by 1831 to allow public access. Since that time it has remained a place for the people to breath and relax. The Domain surrounds the Royal Botanic Gardens. In times past has been a site of often quite colorful public oratory and site of public rallies and demonstrations. Home to the popular Opera in the Domain, Jazz in the Domain, and Symphony in the Domain events in summer, as well as the Tropfest short film festival. If attending any of these events, arrive in the early afternoon to secure a picnic spot as upwards of 100,000 people attend. There are no entrance fees to the Domain, however at times the Domain is used for events and the event organisers may charge admission fees or impose other access controls to the specific areas annexed for those events.
  • Hyde Park (East of Elizabeth St, West of College St, next to St James Station). An extensive city centre park of a formal design tradition dissected by Park St, elongated in layout and containing a large fountain (Archibald Fountain) towards the northern end and the Anzac War Memorial at the south - a favorite with city workers at lunchtime, joggers and sunbakers. The park occasionally hosts public and private events and functions. Free.

Architecture

  • Sydney City is home to a large number of outstanding examples of Art Deco architecture, built during the 1920s and 1930s, when Sydney entered a new phase of confidence and investment in urban infrastructure.

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Harbour cruises

Harbour Cruises depart from Darling Harbour and at Circular Quay in the city.

  • Captain Cook Cruises, Circular Quay (Warf 1). have regular cruises from Wharf 1 at the Quay.
  • Sydney Ferries Cruises. Sydney Ferries run regular cruises. Just look on the main timetable boards at the Quay, and buy your tickets from any Sydney Ferries ticket office.

You can create your own harbour cruise, as the normal Sydney Ferries services go everywhere a cruise goes and more. Get a daytripper ticket for $20, and take as many ferries as you like, get on and off where you like, and enjoy a picnic in any of the many harbourside parks next to the ferry wharves. On a Sunday and if traveling with children, a Family Funday Sunday ticket can be bought from all the usual outlets for $2.50 and allows unlimited travel on all public transport for the day. Timetables are available at the Quay, and its hard to catch a ferry somewhere that isn't worthwhile. The Manly ferries even have a cafe on board, where you can grab a pie, and sit out in the sun, taking in the view for a fraction of the cost of a luncheon cruise! Consider dropping in at one of the harbour islands

Theatre

  • Sydney Opera House +61 2 9250 7111. The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic 20th century buildings in the world. Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House also has dedicated theatres for drama including the Drama Theatre, the Playhouse, and The Studio. Student rush tickets are often available for the current day's performances, only at the box office at the Opera House (usually these are single tickets, spread around the theatre).
  • Theatre Royal. Home to many international productions during their stay in Australia.
  • State Theatre, 49 Market Street,  +61 2 9373 6852, fax: +61 2 9373 6537. between Pitt St and George St.. Hosts a range of events and performances, particularly international comedy acts and musicians. The building itself is heritage-listed, and has a lavish interior dating back to 1929.

Other theatres are at Lyric Theate at Star City in Pyrmont, the Capitol Theatre in the south of the city, and the Wharf Theatres at Walsh Bay in Sydney/The Rocks.

Music

  • The Basement, 29 Reiby Place, Sydney. Famous place for small gigs in Sydney. Attracts some leading acts.

Cinema

  • George Street Cinemas, 505 George St (near Town Hall). The three big cinema franchises (Hoyts, Greater Union and Village) merged their neighboring cinemas here into one big complex.
  • Dendy Cinema (Between Circular Quay and the Opera House). Multi-screen cinema specializing in fringe and arthouse films.
  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales (South of the Royal Botanic Gardens). Free cinema on Wednesdays & Sundays, but usually old films.

If you are interested in fringe or arthouse films, you may also like the Chauvel, Verona and Academy Twin cinemas in nearby Oxford Street.

Food

There is much competition, specials, and choice for breakfast and lunchtime eating. Even the classiest restaurants tend to have lunchtime specials, and the competition for breakfast, coffee and lunch at the budget end of the market is fierce. At dinner time many of the cafes and take-aways have closed in the CBD, and the remaining restaurants can be expensive. Doing your food exploration at lunchtime will save you money in the city centre.

Neighbouring Chinatown in the south of the city has large a number of restaurants offering cheap and tasty Asian cuisine, and the food courts in Market City stay open into the evening, when the CBD ones have usually shut.

Budget

  • Food Courts. All through the Sydney CBD there are food halls where the city workers flock to get lunch. A sit down lunch at these food courts will cost between $5 and $10, and there is competition for business. There are many, but to whet your appetite, try one of the following:
    • Westfield in Pitt St Mall, also open weekends and Thursday nights.
    • Under the Gateway Building or the AMP building at Circular Quay (Alfred St, corner of Loftus)
    • Australia Square (the tall but round building) at Wynyard (George St, at the corner of Bond)
    • Under the Westpac Building in Wynyard (between Kent St and Sussex St, by Margaret), courtyard with a nice aspect.
    • In the Metcentre at Wynyard (George St, near the corner of Margaret).
    • Hunter Arcade specialises in SE Asian food. Delicious Thai for $6. (Hunter St, or go down the steps at Wynyard Station and continue on).
    • MLC Centre in Martin Place, corner of Castlereagh.

If you fancy an early dinner (or late lunch) many of the food halls sell off remaining lunch items at discounted prices around 4PM in the afternoon, sometimes for as little as $4-$5 a meal, but commonly for $6.

Mid-range

The CBD is flooded with cafes and pubs doing lunch with mains in the $10-$15 range. Avoid the ones in or immediately next to major tourist attractions to avoid inflated prices. Clarence St, York St, and even Pitt St have many to choose from.

Outside of the cafe scene, mid-range restaurants in Sydney's CBD proper tend to be a little thin on the ground, but you will find plenty clustered around the George St cinemas and World Square, and on Liverpool St.

  • Fix St James, 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney CBD (between King and Market Sts). A restaurant/wine bar open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is Italian-influenced but definitely 'Modern Australian'. Has a very interesting wine list with many available by the glass.
  • Sydney Madang, 371A Pitt St, Sydney (This restaurant is literally in a back alley off Pitt St. The closest cross-street is Liverpool St.),  +61 2 9264 7010. Tasty Korean barbeque, and inexpensive.
  • BBQ City. If you can't find Madang, and you're in the mood for Korean, there's always the Sydney institution, BBQ city, a big brightly-lit upstairs restaurant, with Korean pop stars dancing incessantly on tv screens around the room. It's quick, cheap, delicious, and open late.
  • Peace Harmony, 44 Erskine Street,  +61 2 9262 2247. A quaint and friendly Thai restaurant offering a wide menu to suit many tastes. All ingredients are free from animal products yet will entice the most discerning meat eater.
  • Ash St Cellar, 1 Ash St, Sydney (Behind the Ivy Complex on George St),  +61 2 9240 3000. M-F 12-late. Ash St Cellar is a recently-opened Melbourne-style laneway bar just behind the Ivy complex. The food is (Sydney style) tapas influenced share plates, the wine and beer list is good and the atmosphere is great. No bookings and not open on weekends. Share plates $20-30.
  • Young Alfred, Customs House, Ground Floor, 31 Alfred St,  +61 2 9251 5192. Mo-Sa lunch + dinner. Famous Sydney pizza and pasta joint very conveniently located just next to Circular Quay. The owners used to own a very famous pizza restaurant on Oxford St in Paddington but have relocated here. Pizzas are not traditional Italian but very good nonetheless. Main courses $20-32, pizzas $24-32.
  • Nazimi, Level 1, 141 York St (Opposite the QVB, and down some stairs, but well sign-posted.),  +61 2 9283 2990. Authentic Japanese food, with different options on the menu to a lot of places. Customers are packed in, but the service is very friendly.
  •    Bodhi, College St, Sydney CBD (Cook and Phillip Park),  +61 2 9360 2523. This is an outdoor vegetarian yum cha restaurant located just down the stairs from St Mary’s Cathedral over looking Cook and Phillip Park. It is a vegan restaurant and has a wide range of enticing and tasteful healthy yum cha options (all vegan). Fantastic on a sunny day. Open on weekends too. Kids can run around safely in the park while you linger over coffee.
  • Makoto Sushi Bar, 199 Liverpool St (Cnr Pitt & Liverpool St),  +61 2 9283 6767. Decent sushi bar, higher quality than your standard sushi train. Makoto offers sushi, sashimi, along with a range of small cooked dishes. Open 7 days, with dinner starting from 6PM.
  • Ichi Ban Boshi, Gallerias Victoria Shopping Centre (2/500 George St),  +61 2 9262 7677. Fantastic ramen soup. The Tantanamen (Spicy sesame base pork ramen) is a very large and delicious soup. Restaurant gets very busy at any time past 11:30 till around 14:00. Expect to wait 10-20 minutes for a table in the peak times. $8-$20.

Splurge

Sydney's top-end dining scene is world class, with prices to match. Some of the best restaurants in Australia are listed below, and many of them feature on the San Pellegrino list of the Top 100 restaurants in the world.

  • Cafe Sydney, 31 Alfred St,  +61 2 9251 8683. Tucked away atop the Customs House right next to Circular Quay, Cafe Sydney sneaks under the radar of most casual visitors, but the outdoor seating here has some of the best Sydney Harbour views around and draws plenty of locals as well. The pricy but well-crafted food is Mod Oz, try the Bay Bug salad or the tarragon gnocchi and expect to pay around $100/head for a full meal. There's also a bar area with complicated cocktails but no views. Reserve several weeks in advance, especially on weekends.
  • Est, Establishment, 252 George St,  +61 2 9240 3000. M-F lunch and dinner, Sa dinner only. The chef at Est, Peter Doyle, has had a 30-year stint as one of the top chefs in Australia. French-influenced modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on using the best seasonal produce. Prix fixe menus $140-155.
  • Rockpool Bar and Grill, 66 Hunter St,  +61 2 8078 1900. Part of the Neil Perry empire (which also includes Rockpool at the Rocks, Spice Temple underneath the Bar and Grill and a bar and grill in Melbourne), this restaurant serves superb modern Australian cuisine in a spectacular art deco setting (that reputedly cost $30 million+ to fit out). As you might expect, the steaks are the highlight but the wine list is also one of the best in Australia. For a more budget option, you can eat at the bar (no reservations) where the $22 wagyu beef burger is about as close to a bargain as you will get for food of this quality. $400+ for two with wine.


  • Tetsuya's, 529 Kent Street,  +61 2 9267 2900, fax: +61 2 9262 7099. Tetsuya's, which serves fusion Japanese and French style food, is one of Sydney's most famous and highly regarded restaurants, generally named in the top three year after year. You should be able to get a weeknight booking (excluding Fridays) three or four weeks in advance, for weekends you may need to book a month or more in advance. Set menu for $190, wine list from $90 upwards.

Drinks

Bars

  • Orbit Bar, Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George Street. 5PM-Midnight. Spectaular views over Sydney from this revolving bar at the top of the 1970s iconic Australia Square office tower, a stylish makeover of the old Summit Restaurant. Designer cocktails while the entire level revolves slowly over 90 minutes. Floor to ceiling windows means that you can gaze from your Kubrick-2001-inspired seating and decor to the city below. Consistently highly reviewed. Cocktails average $15 a glass.
  • Gilt Lounge Bar, 49 Market Street,  +61 2 9262 0000. In QT Sydney Hotel, 5PM New bar opened September 2013. Extensive wine and cocktail list in modern eames-style setting. Located next to State Theatre.

Sydney has recently relaxed its licencing legislation, leading to a few experimental style small bars. Time will tell if they succeed against the Sydney beer halls.

Try the Shirt Bar in Sussex Lane (off Kent St just south of Erskine) to have nice wine, beer, coffee and cake amongst antique sewing machines, or in Wynyard Lane, just outside the entrance to Wynyard station, where you can have a Lord Nelson Brew or a Margaret River Sav Blanc on a recycled milk crate next to the garbage bins in the back lane.

Pubs

  • Red Oak, Clarence St. The only pub with onsite brewery in the City Centre, and the brewing is well refined here, with a wide choice. Modern decor, popular with the office crowd on Friday lunchtime and Friday night. A variety of ways to taste the beers, with combined food and beer tasting plates available
  • 3 Wise Monkeys Pub, 555 George Street,  +61 2 9283 5855. The 3 Wise Monkeys is a very popular pub with a younger crowd, only a block south of Town Hall station in the cinema district. It has live music seven nights a week.

Nightclubs

  • The Basement, 7 Macquarie Pl (Laneway by the Quay, behind Gateway),  +61 2 9251-2797. The Basement is a music club specialising in jazz, a restaurant and a pub. Open 12PM - 3PM for lunch and 7:30PM until late on weekdays; and 7PM until late on Saturday and Sunday nights. General admissions tickets (standing only) range between $20 and $40 depending on the night and the performer.
  • Metro Theatre, 624 George Street,  +61 2 9550 3666. (box office). The metro, in the cinema district near Town Hall, is a live music venue for Australian and overseas acts. Usually standing room only, and active mosh pit at the front, with a active vibe.

Gig guides

  • The Drum Media. Is a free, weekly music publication. You can find a copy at most music stores around the city and the inner suburbs.
  • Metro is the Sydney Morning Herald's entertainment lift-out, published every Friday.

Shopping

The CBD of Sydney is also the retail centre of the city, having the largest range of shops and outlets in a variety of settings. Sydney's shopping is frequently concentrated within large city malls and arcades (heavily interconnected mid-town through a number of underground walkways). There are also a number of recognised shopping strips.

If you are shopping for supplies, the convenience stores, and even the city fruit stores can have up to three times mark-up over supermarkets. If you need to stock up on the basics, try Woolworths opposite Town Hall on George St or underground north of Wynyard Station, or Coles above Wynyard Station, or on the corner of King and George.

George Street

George St is the closest thing to Sydney's main street. It has a shopping strip between the Town Hall (Park St) and Wynyard (Hunter St), about 10 minutes brisk walk. Along this section of road there are numerous fashion, technology and gift stores and malls like the Queen Victoria Building, Galleries Victoria, Myer, Westfield, the Strand Arcade and the Apple Store.

  • Queen Victoria Building (the QVB), George Street (corner of York and Market, just north of Town Hall. Underground link to Town Hall Station). The building is an attraction in itself. The site of a market place since 1810, its current Romanesque facade was completed in 1896 and was extensively restored in the late 1980s as a prestigious shopping center. 5 Floors of shopping. Don't miss the Christmas tree to Christmas, going through all the levels. Fashion, books, cafes, and a range of specialty and gift shops.
  • Galleries Victoria, 500 George Street (opposide the QVB. Underground link to Town Hall Station). The modern answer to the historic QVB opposite. Some fashion and food, but also electronics, computer games, and gifts.
  • Strand Arcade. The last of the Victorian arcades to be completed in Sydney, home to a number of shopping levels featuring design, fashion, antiques and jewellery (the arcade links George Street with the Pitt Street Mall).

Pitt Street Mall

  • Westfield City Centre, Pitt St Mall (corner of Market St). 7 stories of Myer department store and a food court on the western side of the mall, and hundreds of specialty and fashion stores on the eastern side. Connects underground to the Queen Victoria Building.
  • Mid-City Centre, Pitt St Mall.

St James

  • David Jones, 86-108 Castlereagh Street,  +61 2 9266 5544, fax: +61 2 9267 7326. The city stores of this illustrious department store are on Elizabeth Street (main store, women's fashion) and Market Street (men's fashion, homewares). In operation since 1838, David Jones is not only Australia's oldest department store, but also the oldest department store anywhere in the world still trading under its original name.

Castlereagh Street and Martin Place

Castlereagh Street is north from Market St and Martin Place between Castlereagh and George Sts. Home to a large concentration of fashion houses and big names including DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Ferragamo, Gucci, Bvlgari, Stefano Canturi and Chanel.

  • MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney (between Castlereagh and Pitt Sts). A shopping arcade, primarily focused on luxury clothes and accessories, and a food court downstairs. Belinda in the MLC Centre stocks European designers that don't have standalone stores in Australia. Has some reasonable cafes in the courtyard facing Martin Place.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Sydney/City Centre on Wikivoyage.

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