Top 10 Boutique Shopping Strips in Sydney

Top 10 Boutique Shopping Strips in SydneyAs the warmer weather starts luring people from their homes and back out to parties, picnics and beach barbeques, many people’s minds quickly turn to the thought of finding new clothes for the upcoming season. Whether you’re looking for the latest trending labels or need the perfect classy dress for the Spring Racing Carnival, a visit to one of the many boutique shopping strips in Sydney is sure to yield new clothing options for your next occasion. Select your Sydney hotel today, and then read on for the 10 best boutique shopping strips in Sydney.


One of the most famous suburbs in Sydney, Paddington has long been the haunt of the hip and highbrow, the fashion elite and the indie rockers. The suburb hosts both five-star designer labels and on-trend independent labels on main thoroughfare Oxford Street as well as nearby William and Elizabeth Streets. Popular Paddington boutiques include Parlour X, Incu, Land’s End and The Corner Shop or, if you’re specifically after local Australian designs, head to Sass and Bide, Willow, Ksubi or Scanlan and Theodore.


Home to one of Sydney’s most beautiful villages, Woollahra is a leafy, well-established suburb that houses a collection of antique centres, design stores and art galleries as well as a trendy collection of fashion boutiques. The most popular spot in the suburb for shopping is swanky Queen Street where you’ll not only find a dizzying array of high fashion but also heritage architecture and fine restaurants. Some of the best boutiques to check out on this strip include Attic, Axel Mano, Ruby & Min, Reads and Sacha Drake.

Surry Hills

Home to a quirky collection of off-beat stores, Surry Hills is the place to shop for vintage clothing, designer collectables and emerging Aussie labels. Head to Crown Street in the centre of the suburb for handmade sustainable wares and hard-to-find fashion. While you’re strolling the street, stop for a coffee and enjoy the bohemian, creative atmosphere of the area. Popular fashion stores in Surry Hills include Grandma Takes a Trip, Somedays, Mushu, Paris Texas, Urban Bandit and Nique.


Not only the location of one of the world’s most famous beaches, but also of a vibrant, creative mix of Australian talent and top-end designer wares, Bondi is the suburb for both the young and young at heart. If you’re looking for the perfect bikini for summer then this is the place to shop. Visit either Hall Street or the main drag, Campbell Parade, for a fun array of beach ware from both emerging designers and well-known names. Popular shops in the area include Bikini Island, The Big Swim, Tuchuzy and Brown Sugar.


Top 10 Boutique Shopping Strips in Sydney

Shoppers with a love for vintage style and quirky finds will love browsing the stores in Newtown, especially the main strip on King Street. An inner-city hub full of students and hipster types, Newtown fuses together an interesting mix of second-hand stores, tribal and gothic gift shops and high-end designer stores. Popular boutiques in Newtown are Maple Store, Pretty Dog, Localstore, Oxi Clothing and Mulberry Street Vintage.


With an eclectic range of shops on offer, in particular on popular shopping strip Glebe Point Road, this suburb tends to have something to suit every taste. Although independent bookstores are one of the most common finds in Glebe, there are also plenty of goodies for fashion fanatics. Head to local boutiques such as Lambertus and CrossSection or shop at the well-regarded weekend Glebe markets held every Saturday.


A beautiful, inner-city neighbourhood accessible by ferry from the city, laid-back Balmain provides visitors with not only a fashion field day but also quality cafes and restaurants, independent bookstores and designer home furnishings. Popular boutiques in the area stock a range of local and imported brands and include Art Therapi, Alfie’s Store, Bella Angel, Sofia Londero and DuckEggBlue.

Potts Point

A trendy, inner-city suburb in Sydney that feels a little like New York, Potts Point is a fun destination for up-to-the-minute designer clothes and independent, luxury brands not seen elsewhere. Pick up fresh fashions oozing with elegance at boutiques such as Arida, Mon Petit Chou, Diederic the Cat and Pour Tous by Davidson & Beaumont.


Another uber-cool suburb in the inner-city, Darlinghurst has a hip vibe and hipper clothing stores. The suburb provides indie shoppers with a mix of both high-end street fashion and new concept stores that stock local and international labels. Popular shopping locations in Darlinghurst include Edition, Above the Clouds, Capital L, Desordre, and Perks and Mini (also known as P.A.M.)

Double Bay

A high-end shopping suburb that has a luxurious feel and array of five-star eateries, Double Bay is the place to go for top-of-the-line designer fashion. Popular boutiques include Belinda, Wolford, Olsen, Alex & Harry and Maria Finlay.

Dress image by yewenyi from Flickr’s Creative Commons

Newtown storefront image by variationblogr from Flickr’s Creative Commons


About the Author: Clementine Judd is a stylist, blogger and travel writer who loves to explore Australia’s finest boutiques and shopping centres.


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