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The Strand Arcade, Sydney

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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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  • Built in the late 1800's, this building offers upmarket retail shops, cafes and dining options. Stop for lunch and marvel at the beauty of grand old building. Simply stunning.  more »
  • My wife and I stopped here during our visit to Sydney in July 2017. The Strand Arcade is a neat place. There were many shops and small cafes. We had lunch here.  more »
  • I keep forgetting what an amazing place The Strand is for fashion. All my favourite designer plus amazing coffee shops. The perfect way to shop!  more »
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  • The Strand has something for everyone. Tourists and locals will find something they need or want if they browse the entire arcade. There's a great buzz in this wonderfully maintained Victorian retail arcade. You'll find everything from jewelry to coffee to clothing on the ground floor. If you need a shoeshine, this is one of only 2 places in Sydney I am aware of that offer a proper shoe service. The 1st level offers all kinds of Australian women's designer clothes. The 2nd level, anchored by a nice restaurant at each end, offers custom men's tailoring and the best men's shoes in Sydney, Double Monk. It's hard to leave the Strand without something in your hands.
  • Lots of history within this building. This is another must visit in Sydney CBD. They kept this building well from the tile floors, to interesting staircases, to the roofs and ceilings. Not joking, go and visit the restroom in here, just to appreciate this building. Upper levels appears to be quiet which is very relaxing for shoppers. Downstairs cafes are great catch up places with friends. Atmosphere is good in here around Christmas time.
  • The wonderfully iconic strand arcade hasn't lost any of its old world charm. Small stores line either side of the indoor arcade where owner operator businesses rule the roost. Antiques, handmade jewellery and interesting homewares make up the many stores on the various levels within this old building. Spend some time browsing the stores and then stop for a pot of tea and cake in one of the quaint little cafes.
  • This is a very special arcade with old architecture and specialty stores not found elsewhere. In its narrow confines you can relax with a Great Coffee or even have your shoes shined by personal attendants who rub by hand that luster you thought was long gone. Then enter the Barber Shop a have an old fashioned shave complete with hot towel and Straight Razor. Its a must visit if only for a cuppa.
  • Oh my God. I am in love with this place. The architecture the ambiance the atmosphere, everything about this place is just beyond amazing. I had it on my list of places to visit before I left for Sydney and I am glad I made it to here. This is a must visit and do sit down to try a latte and some baked delights at one of the. Cafes here. Totally worth a visit.

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