William Street Paddington

Small is beautiful.”

William Street in Paddington is considered Sydney’s most enjoyable shopping experience and not generally seen by visitors and tourists (unless you know about it). This little street, running off the main strip of Oxford Street is lined with beautiful little Victorian terraces that are converted into small independent shops of fashion, art, jewellery and antiques. Check out Just William a chocolate shop right at the start of your walk.

Today William Street stands as a monument to independent retailing. No big named stores here, they are all small little boutiques offering bespoke, unusual, one-offs and all things not found in big barn shopping centres.

There is also a terrific little deli (come cafe) at the lower end of the street. It is a little slice if Italy hidden in the heart of Paddington. Originally established as an authentic delicatessen, Paddington Alimentari has become a busy little cafe for locals, resident Italians and visitors lucky enough to stumble across it.

The Strand Arcade – CBD


Built in 1891, the three storied Strand Arcade between Pitt Street and George Street in the CBD is a rare gem of Victorian architecture, and unfortunately the only surviving arcade of its type in Sydney.

This is just a beautiful building to wander through with its ornate stained-glass windows and tiled floors, and full of over 60 small boutiques and and cafes.

Check out the iconic Australian Akubra hat at Strand Hatters, and if you want something unique to take home from Australia, don’t miss Dinosaur Designs on the first floor which stocks handmade jewellery , homewares etc.

Leura Village (Everglades Gardens) Blue Mountains

Leura Village is visited by us on our Blue Mountains and Featherdale Private Tour as it is one of a number of towns you come across as you travel to the Blue Mountains.

Most visitors prefer Leura Village (over Katoomba) to stop off for some shopping or eating as it has a large variety of interesting shops and boutiques as well as some very good cafes/restaurants.

You can also visit Sublime Point close by, which offers beautiful panoramic views over the Jamison Valley.

Leura also hosts the Everglades Gardens, the former home of Belgian-born industrialist Henri van de Velde, which has 5 hectares of landscaped gardens designed by Danish architect Paul Sorensen.

Macleay Street Potts Point

On any private tour of Sydney Macleay Street Potts Point is a must and we cover it on our Essential Sydney Tour. A wonderful inner suburban street (described as Sydney’s Little Manhattan) and a unique shopping experience with some fantastic shops and boutiques.

My Recommendations are as follows:

Potts Point Galleries – fantastic array of antiquities to gaze at and or buy.

Manning on Macleay -(Cnr Manning and Macleay) A unique boutique full of homewares, artwork etc.

Planet – at the lower (city end) of Macleay Street, a beautiful little shop with some wonderful furniture, textiles, pottery and homewares etc.

Minty & Becker in Tasculum Street – a beautiful boutique full of clothing, homewares, jewellery selectively sourced from all over the world.

Antiques.Art.Design – a small antiques boutique located in Orwell Street is worth a visit.

There are also some of Sydney’s best restaurants in Potts Point.

We recommend:

The Fish Shop, Billy Kwong (modern Malaysian inspired Chinese), Fratellis (Italian) Metropole and The Apollo (Greek) and for coffee, a little bolt hole called Coffee Tea and Me.