Sydney has a number of Westfield shopping centres in locations all over the city. One of the newer ones though is the Sydney City Westfield on the corner of Pitt Street and Market Street. Home to high street shops, funky cafes and delightful eateries; you'll be able to spend hours hitting the shops and your wallet while staying within the Sydney CBD.
A number of high end brands
Whenever I walk in to the city Westfield, I feel like I've entered a nightclub. The dark lighting, chrome features and labyrinth-like layout all gives the shopping centre a night-life feel, which can be rather amusing in the middle of the day. And while it is assuredly very trendy, I do find that it also means I get lost in the shopping centre quite a bit. I can never quite seem to find the same shop on a second visit without consulting maps on every level.
Three Beans is a very cute café on the bottom floor
It's the short corridors with lots of twists and turns, as well as the silver and mirrored escalators that give this Westfield such a confusing layout. However, getting lost isn't so bad (as long as you're not pressed for time) because there are so many beautiful window displays to look at as you wander. My favourite belongs to Ted Baker on level four, which always has interesting displays that extend beyond just their clothing and accessories. One Christmas they even had a Santa with his coat blowing up to show a big pair of bloomers.
Extra details are everywhere, even on the signs.
Many of the stores in the CBD Westfield are out of my price range, but they are beautiful to browse. High end labels like Chanel, Michael Kors and Miu Miu can be found on almost every level, and each store has a sumptuous fit out that really adds to the feel of luxury. For more affordable stores I usually head to the bottom floor, which also houses some of my favourite stores like Hart & Heim and Kikki K. The lowest floor is also home to an incredibly cute outdoor-themed indoor cafe called Three Beans.
Chrome and mirrored details make for a bit of a labyrinth
Up on level five you'll find the Westfield food court, which is a good spot to rest your feet and have a bite to eat. This area is also quite high-end feeling, especially with the kinds of food that are on offer, but you won't want to go during the lunchtime rush; otherwise you're not likely to find a seat.
A number of floors to explore
I'll admit that the Sydney city Westfield offers more browsing than actual shopping for me at the moment, as my budget doesn't quite extend to designer handbags and duds. But it's a great place to look for fun gifts and stationery, or wile away some time. Plus, a girl can always dream about affording those beautiful designer items, and there is no better place for indulging that dream in style.
My favourite place in the city to browse
Where: Corner Pitt Street and Market Streets, Sydney City.
Why: For luxe brands
Cost: There are a number of expensive stores, but browsing is free.
When: Westfield Sydney opening hours
Good for kids: There's not many stores that would appeal to the kids here.