Syd­ney

Aus­tralia’s biggest city has plenty go­ing for it: that har­bour, those beaches… It also pulses with en­ergy, pal­pa­ble in vi­brant shop­ping — a smor­gas­bord of in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal brands, cen­tred around the City and Eastern Sub­urbs.

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City

West­field Syd­ney, in Pitt Street Mall, is a la­bel-lovers’ par­adise — Prada, Fendi, Chanel, Givenchy and Gucci, along­side Aus­tralian la­bels such as Carla Zam­patti. Op­tions are slightly more eclec­tic at the his­toric Strand Ar­cade (circa 1891), with wom­enswear at Akira Iso­gawa, Alex Perry and Dion Lee, and great jew­ellery at Rox. The Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing (QVB) has more in­ter­na­tional stars (Bally), but also lo­cal brands such as Coun­try Road and Oro­ton.

Padding­ton

A 15-minute bus ride from the CBD, Padding­ton (‘Paddo’ to lo­cals) has ritzy brands along the length of its shop­ping strip, but is also home to the city’s best­loved mar­kets, which at­tract crowds ev­ery Satur­day (10am to 4pm). On Ox­ford Street, dis­cover the wares that have made Dinosaur De­signs fa­mous, and shop the beau­ti­ful la­bels (Comme des Garçons, Proenza Schouler and JW An­der­son) at Par­lour X. The In­ter­sec­tion, on the cor­ner of Glen­more Road and Ox­ford Street, is an Aus­tralian fash­ion hub, with de­sign­ers such as Camilla and Marc, Zim­mer­mann and Life With Bird.

Bondi Junc­tion & Bondi

West­field at Bondi Junc­tion is a short walk from Padding­ton, or catch a train from the CBD. It has ev­ery­thing from H&M to Jimmy Choo. Hop on a bus to Bondi Beach and wan­der the bou­tiques around Gould Street, and also the great cafes. Pop into jew­ellery de­signer Lucy Folk’s Playa, Tuchuzy fash­ion em­po­rium and the Aus­tralian flag­ship store of Satur­days NYC menswear. Head to Warner Av­enue to swoon over Camilla Franks’ kalei­do­scopic kaf­tans at her beach-side Camilla store.

ABOVE The QVB’s high-style bou­tiques and fa­mous clock. OP­PO­SITE, CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP Syd­ney Rolex Bou­tique; Par­lour X’s edited se­lec­tion; Fendi haute cou­ture; Tag Heuer’s Pitt Street store; a Tu­dor watch.

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