Even with the huge increase in the popularity of shopping online, some things just don't post well and nothing really replaces trying on a store full of dresses for that big occasion. A day out shopping is a neccessity for some and a pleasure for others. But where to go?
What makes a shopping centre the best? Is it the largest, newest or the one that is easiest to park at? Do you think it's the one that offers the best range of independent stores or one that has all the big chains represented?
Sydney has lots of shopping centres to choose from, spread all around us. Whether you are after somewhere quick to run to for a few groceries or are after a full day of retail therapy, here are a few options to choose from.
Out in the North West is a one-stop shopping mega centre called Castle Hill Towers. It offers a mixture of large chain stores and more specialist retailers with stores such as Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, Bed Bath N' Table and MIMCO.
Or perhaps somewhere such as Roseland Shopping Centre is more your thing. It was Australia's first enclosed Regional Shopping Centre, built back in 1965, and has had many changes and additions over the years but it still offers free parking to its shoppers.
One of the new kids on the block is the World Square Shopping Centre in the Sydney CBD. Spanning three levels of an entire city block, it is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and being surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries, the square is a perfect meeting place.
In the South, in the Sutherland Shire, is the sprawling Westfield Miranda that hopes to be a destination in itself with its collection of eateries, cinemas, a kids club and run way fashion shows, in addition to the hundreds of department stores and specialty shops.
At Bondi Junction you can opt for valet parking and the Handsfree service, where a porter will carry your bags for you, for the ultimate shopping indulgence.
Is there something special about your local shopping centre or have you got a favourite that you are willing to travel to?
Okay, so you basically listed some of the greater shopping centres! Miranda is gigantic, and has a variety of shops. Bondi Junction has many designer and upmarket stores, yet Oxford St Mall has what's likely more suitable for a uni student's budget. I highly recommend checking out Pitt St Mall in the city though, especially when the renovations on it end. Bondi is my favourite of the three I've mentioned because Miranda is ages away from the eastern suburbs, and Pitt St is like I said under renovation. Myer in Pitt St has more variety than Bondi Junction, however they are just a 10 minute train ride away from each other, so why not go to both?
Dnt want to pay to much go to Bankstown or DFO and Hurstville, around Aurburn area for furnishings and parramatta rd for costco and niki warehouse lots of shops to stop and look at at low prices.
By carol295 - reader Tuesday, 6th of September @ 08:59 am
Have you been to the Mandarin Centre in Chatswood lately. There are definitely some good changes happening there. They have the best new store called Daiso from Japan on the ground floor . Everything in the shop is $2.80, and the range is amazing. They also have Strike bowling and Lazer Skirmish and Hoyts. Things are looking a lot better there than they used to. You have to see Daiso!!
By Andre - reader Thursday, 5th of July @ 12:32 am
The new Pitt St Mall food court is alright, it has the luxury feel.
The rest is boring, go to Melbourne.
By Jimmy - senior reviewer Wednesday, 31st of August @ 09:27 am
Eastpoint at Edgecliff
By suem4 - reader Thursday, 8th of September @ 01:09 pm
Penrith Plaza - easy parkin, large but not complicated and away from the up market yuppies!
By Anonymous Saturday, 22nd of October @ 01:00 pm
Cronulla Plaza is an outdoor shopping strip with friendly local service, relaxed atmosphere and a fantastic variety of stores and cafes, many you won't find anywhere else. It's also right next to the beautiful beaches of Cronulla and across from the train station.
By abest - reader Thursday, 28th of June @ 11:27 pm
no prior knowledge
By Anonymous Sunday, 2nd of December @ 09:40 am
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By Anonymous Monday, 14th of January @ 04:39 am
Eastgardens. It is very big and has a large variety and number of stores and doesn't have as many expensive stores as Bondi Junction.
By Anonymous Monday, 14th of January @ 04:44 am
By Anonymous Friday, 15th of March @ 11:19 pm
Sydney city from Elizabeth to York streets bordered by King and Park streets
By Jay - reader Friday, 23rd of August @ 12:58 am
I saw Hurstville mentioned. On the upside you will find a cultural experience, transported China Town. On the down ride gridlock in the streets and in the Centre, boring shops with average prices in the Centre, limited service