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The Strand Arcade, Sydney
(4.4/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Find fantastic shopping with a touch of history at The Strand Arcade. Completed in 1891, the Victorian arcade was the fifth of its kind in Sydney and now stands as the last one remaining in its original form. Named for the London city street that joins the old center of London with Westminster, the building's rich red facade with columns and golden embellishments juxtaposes with the sparkling glass of the surrounding Central Business District. After admiring the architectural beauty outside, head inside to shop for top Australian designer labels such as Alannah Hill, Alex Perry, and Jayson Brunsdon. Make The Strand Arcade part of your personalized Sydney itinerary using our Sydney family vacation planner.
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  • Great shops and decos at Xmas. Lovely options for food at all levels. La Rossa was a great Italian restaurant recommended by one of the shops. 
  • Beautiful heritage arcade with stunning architectural features. Lovely unique shops and a great place for a coffee, so you can take in the height of the ceiling. 
  • A throwback to old skool European style shopping, I enjoy visiting arcades like this. The architecture and general vibe are just cool. Love all of the glass and the old elevator. A great place. 
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  • This is a beautiful arcade and the stores are much more interesting than the QVB. Go to the first and second floor for interesting designers, tailors and jewellers. (The jewellers [shops and workshops alike] are very special here, true craftspeople and designers that actually represent good value in comparison to Castlereagh street set). If you don't like shopping, you can walk the arcade in the evening (as there are two restaurants that open late so the entire arcade remains open) and enjoy a stroll along the walkways, view the architecture and window-shop. There's even a JB Hifi in the basement!
  • Classic ambiance with great stores. Love Leona Edmiston and Haighs.
  • Four levels of shopping with each level getting a little more exclusive. The top level has a number of custom suit and dress makers - appointments only type of place. Then in the basement you've got JBHiFi - so something for everyone :)
  • Great old style arcade from the 1800's with a lot of beautiful stores and restaurants. One of my favourite places to explore while in Sydney CBD.
  • Victorian arcade opening in 1892. Survived fire and demolition. Thankfully as it is a beautiful place. Climb the stairs and look down on the shameless beauty of the architecture. Posh shops of that's your thing but I like to enjoy a coffee in the arcade and watch people go about their business. I remember coming here as a child and be in awe of the building and its wonder.