Westfield Sydney is huge. It is a sprawling labyrinth of upmarket stores and tasty food stalls, and it also connects the two department store giants, Myer and David Jones. The complex has bought some big international designers to Australian stores for the first time, and showcases some of the top Australian names in design. You could spend all day wandering past all these stores, and still not have explored it all.
A highlight of Westfield Sydney would be the large amount of Australian designers who have set up shop. Leona Edmiston, Sass & Bide, and Lisa Ho are among the names of those with independent stores. There was big news when international name Zara announced they would be opening a store in the complex, the first Zara store in Sydney. You'll also find Armarni, Gucci, and some of the biggest names in international design.
Westfield Sydney really shines when it comes to their food court. Sure they should be commended on their classy stores, but the food court offers delicious food that is accessible to all. Some of Sydney's most legendary dumplings can be found at Ding Tai Fung in the food court. Outside of the regular food court sits another gem, The Victoria Room Tea Salon, a classy place to catch up with friends with a cup of tea and some delicious sweets.
With a host of big name brands calling Westfield home, and delicious food around every corner, Westfield should be a pretty great place to shop. Unfortunately this isn't always the case, something about the centre feels a little cold and heartless. In an attempt to deliver the height of luxury, comfort got lost somewhere along the way. The centre can be difficult to navigate, and when the majority of stores are all in a certain price point, this can get frustrating.
This isn't really a bad thing. Westfield Sydney delivers something that can't be found elsewhere in Australia. For a lighter, brighter, shopping experience there are other Westfield complexes outside of the city centre, but without Westfield Sydney Australians would be left in the dark, and wouldn't have access to many brands without online shopping.
Westfield Sydney isn't going to be the superstore for everyone, but it has certainly been embraced by many. The hours The centre is open 9:30am-6:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and open till 9pm on Thursday. On Sundays you can shop between 10am-6pm. Different stores and restaurants within the complex may have different hours.