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Published October 29th 2010
For more than a predictable shopping experience travel to the city for some old world charm, regal quality food, special events, exhibitions and Australia's premium Westfield centre.
From November 2010, stage one of the $1.2 billion Westfield Pitt Street mall will be open. The seven-level mall will fill most of the Sydney Tower block between Pitt Street mall and Castlereagh Street with 250 new shops and a rooftop bar precinct.
You can shop till you drop with retailers such as The Gap, Hugo Boss, Esprit, Carla Zampatti, TAG Heuer and Supre.
Designers will be able to present their full collections in flagship concept stores such as the Zimmermann Designer Gallery and in 2011, the popular European brand Zara - first Australian store will open.
The centre will offer shoppers a higher level of service with hotel and office delivery of purchases, a delivery dry-cleaning service, hail-a-cab, cloakroom and drive-and-dine.
Emerging designers will be able to display their wares with '100 Squared', according to Westfield's website is "a fashion incubator concept allowing clusters of young designers to have a pop-up retail space".
If all that shopping has left you in need of sustenance in style Becasse chef Justin North and chef Michael Moore from the Summit will open new restaurants in the 1000-seat food area.
Glassed-in pedestrian bridges will connect to Myer in Sydney Central and David Jones' Castlereagh Street and Market Street buildings where you will find the David Jones Food Hall.
The highlight in this world of food is the Oyster Bar, complete with modern water feature. If Oysters aren't your thing the Panini and Noodle Bar provides delicious food, good service surrounded by high end local and international gastronomic brands and fresh produce.
The Food Hall is great for window shopping, cup cakes treats and chocolate covered strawberries, however be prepared to pay for the quality.
For a better value lunch, such as sushi and take aways are aplenty in Centrepoint or Market city food hall and for a decadent treat Max Brenner serves everything chocolate in David Jones.
Annual exhibitions and special events are held at the DJ's store such as the Christmas windows, The David Jones Flower Show in Spring and ARTEXPRESS where an outstanding selection of HSC Visual Arts students works are displayed.
The Pitt Street Mall offers a wide boulevard to browse retailers, listen to buskers or watch artists sketch chalk paintings and is a gateway to arcades such as the elegant The Strand.
The Strand offers old world charm with it's art deco design, high end jewellers, designer boutiques including Jayson Brunsdon and traditional cafes.