Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport is home to two domestic terminals - T2 (Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tiger Airways) as well as T3 (Qantas).
Must I say, Sydney Airport (domestic terminals) are also home to some hip, classy and trendy shops - fashion, stationery or otherwise.
T2 is where all the buzz is. Forget about the airline lounges when you can enjoy some pre (or post) flight shopping in the departures area of both domestic terminals. In T2, as soon as you leave the security screening area, you have a real shopping centre like food court on your right with many great places to eat - yet to your left there are a few trendy shops.
Near the entrance to Virgin Australia's lounge, you will find a small, abundantly lovely toy shop called Kaboom. Plush toys and books (to name) of all time favourite kids characters can be found here. Have never seen anything like it before until recently. Then again, T2 is also home to a classic tapas bar called Movida - funky.
You're welcomed into shopping paradise with shops such as Victoria's Secret, Mimco, Witchery and Blue Illusion to name. The luxe has come back into airport terminals in that sense. T2 has received a small facelift post-Ansett.
Meanwhile at the Qantas Domestic Terminal (T3), you will also get the opportunity to enjoy shopping at Witchery and Victoria's Secret again. T3 is also home to beautiful brands such as L'Occitane and kikki.K. There is a popular adults book store in this terminal as well.
Out of both domestic terminals, the Qantas Domestic Terminal (T3 - when it comes to shopping) is targeted towards the busy adult business and leisure traveller - keeping them abreast on the latest fashion and beauty products; while on the other hand T2 has a real fun, shopping centre vibe, and is definitely kid-friendly in comparison.
With a bit of prior planning, you can save a few shopping pennies for the airport, instead of sitting down in not so comfortable chairs waiting for your flight to depart to it's interstate destination. Enjoy.
Where: Sydney Airport
Why: Shopping at the domestic terminals. You're given insights into the differences between shopping at T2 and T3.
Cost: Depends on you and your budget, and what you want to buy.
When: When in the need to travel. Most shops open at 6am. If you're on an early morning flight, bear this in mind - the shop/s you want to shop at might not be open - especially on weekends.
Good for kids: Shopping at T2 is. Not so much at the Qantas Domestic Terminal.