Our Spanish shopping trip takes us to the antipodes for the latest looks to match its gentle autumn season.
It’s one of the world’s most famous port cities, dominated by Jørn Utzon’s iconic opera house. It boasts beaches like Bondi Beach — a haven for surfers — and a wild landscape. Sydney is an ever-changing city with a cocktail of styles and cultures that has turned it into the southern hemisphere’s hotbed of new trends. Its extensive supply of vintage boutiques, street markets, concept stores and large malls makes it one of the world’s most inviting shopping itineraries. So if you want to wear the best in Spanish design, join us on our tour of essential shopping spots.
Leave the impressive Opera House and set off down major retail artery, George Street. At 412 is the Strand Arcade, an iconic gallery which dates from the late 19th century. Among local designer boutiques and cafés, you’ll find Australia’s leading leather-goods shop, Hunt Leather, with a selection of international brands including Spain’s Ramos and Lupo.
Carry on down the street until you get to the striking Queen Victoria Building (QVB), every bit as remarkable as the Strand Arcade. Though designed as the city’s market in 1980, it is now a fashion epicentre. Its more than 180 shops include Camper, a force to be reckoned with in cutting-edge shoe design.
Heading east, stop off in Pitt Street to check out Hunter Connection, before moving on to Red Beetle Fashion (at 109), where crafted footwear by Kupuri rubs shoulders with ultra-feminine looks by Marian, Unisa and Pura López. A bit further south is a pedestrian precinct with more than 600 brands, making it one of the city’s most cosmopolitan retail zones. Here you’ll find the Zara flagship store (at 188), soon to be joined by a brand new Zara Home. Pretty Ballerinas’s first shop in the city is in the same mall.
Eastward bound, you’ll come to Potts Point, a bohemian neighbourhood where organic shops nestle among bookstores and little fashion boutiques. One example is Booty (111, Macleay Street), which sells Pretty Ballerinas, as well as Spanish espadrilles by Gaimo.
Staying close to this alternative kind of charm, Woollahra lies slightly to the south. Art galleries, antique shops and organic markets are housed in the late 19th and early 20th century buildings in this area. The main street is Queen Street with Rubi & Min at 128, a Parisian style boutique and home to the colourful outfits of Desigual and espadrilles by Mint&Rose. Nearby at 130 is Reads with Spanish footwear brands like Aldo, Audley, Toni Pons and Zinda. At the same address, you’ll find knits by Aldomartins.
Follow the eastern coastline to Double Bay, the perfect spot for a cocktail on one of its outdoor terraces, before venturing into its luxury shops, with global names like Hoss Intropia (30-36, Bay Street).
Next stop is Alexandria, formerly an industrial estate, and now a fashion district. Check out Zamia Homeware, an interesting oriental-style décor shop with ethnic items by Savage Culture.
After a hard day’s shopping, Sydney has plenty of leisure options to choose from. As the sun sets, on come the city lights, bringing to life the big metropolis that lies within it. Board a night cruiser for dinner and you’ll be rewarded with a sight that will stay etched in your memory. Or combine fashion with foods and wines from Spain. There’s no shortage of choices, starting with Bar Tapavino…