Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

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Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Shopping Malls
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Visit for the beautiful architecture, stay for the shops. Window shop through the atrium's five levels for high fashion brands, enjoy coffee at the cafes, and listen to the Royal Clock strike.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Town Hall • 4 min walk
  • St James • 7 min walk
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6,103 reviews
Very good

Edithvale, Australia8 contributions
Dec 2021
A great venue but very sad to see how it has been impacted by the COVID restrictions. From a personal viewpoint the lack of shoppers meant it was easy to get around but there were many shops closed which gave what is usally a bustling venue a weird atmospher
Written 25 December 2021
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Margot P
Korora, Australia1,051 contributions
Nov 2021
Its almost as if time has stood still, lovely to walk through. Couldn't afford to buy or eat in the shops!!
Written 11 December 2021
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Greater Sydney, Australia11,940 contributions
Sep 2021
Architecturally a beautiful building, originally a market place serving the city, now a very popular mall with tourists and locals alike, the outside is an Architectural marvel, the inside is simply stunning, a must for any visitor to Sydney.
Written 20 November 2021
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Kiama, Australia2,046 contributions
Jun 2021

WARNING – slight hyperbole above.
Nevertheless. when it comes to shopping, the QVB is VERY comprehensive – apparel and accessories covering all budgets but with an emphasis on upmarket female stuff; you-name-it eating options; bookstores; map stores ; an aborigine art gallery, hobby store; pen stop; homewares ….and more. Some very high end – COACH, CAMILLA, COUNTRY CLASSIC, CALVIN KLEIN. LONGINES etc. while others are more every-day, every-person types eg several small convenience stores and news-stands. Not to mention stores where the visiting office worker will find apparel more tn their price range - particularly in the basement arcade area which sees a concentration of people because of the many modestly priced eats options and the exits from the rail station and underground tunnels

But the QVB isn’t only for shoppers:

- It’s great for those who enjoy PEOPLE WATCHING. For a start, check out the LADIES WHO SHOP /TOP END. This is the demographic with pockets as deep as the Mariana Trench, who wears designer athletic gear to shop for dog food at the local mall. If that’s good enough for pet-food shopping, imagine the great stuff they wear on a shopping expedition to one of the better concentrations of top end retailing in the city. And the older generation of this cohort are not left behind in the sartorial stakes – they look fabulous.
Next we have the everyday office workers – it is 13.15 and the place is crowded with lunchers, particularly In the busy basement level with its numerous eats/drinks options. Post-eats many choose to browse the stores, including upmarket for a bit of aspirational shopping. Will Sharon blow a fortnight’s salary on that neat little STELLA CARAKASI number?
Here comes a bunch of athletic lycra-louts who have been lapping one of the nearby parks and are in search of one of several juice bars for a protein shake or similar.
Maybe the stylish thing applies ro all passers-thru. A gang of young lady school students heads for the rail station in their neat calf-length uniforms – so much classier than the alternative micro-minnies. Their backpacks are the usual jumbo sized monsters – if the 8th army had this size at UTAH BEACH, WW2 would have been way shorter. LADY B mentions all kids carry laptops these days. More like IBM MAINFRAMES by pack size, No wonder our schoolkids are falling behind – their technology weighs too much.
Schoolies heading home at 13.15​ ? Many schools these days have flexible timetables.
Oh yeah, and every now and then there’s an unmistakable TOURIST just like you checking the scene.

- ARCHITECTURE NERDS-BUIDLING FIENDS-DESIGNOPHILES wiil also love this place. See this is an excellent example of how to upgrade an old building for modern use. I’m not sure how old the QVB is – there is no truth in the rumour the original design brief was in sanskrit - but it is pretty old, - well over 100 years, and built in classical style making it look even older. By the 1ate 1950s I remember its appearance was pretty sad (a thing about Sydney’s old stone buildings – keep up ext exterior maintenance and cleaning and they look a million bucks, otherwise….50c. ) so the govt. announced a design competition for conversion to a park, parking beneath. But a Malaysian developer had a better idea and submitted a plan for refurbishment and upgrading for retail (mainly old offices and store-rooms at the time) which won. I’m a fan of shiny-new over restored-old and was opposed at the time – but I think the outcome is excellent. Unlike many old building refurbishments which have a restored exterior and a gutted- rebuilt modern interior, the QVB looks original both outside and in – the latter has the original floors, balustrades, arches, skylights, copper domes yada. Only shopfronts and escalators look new.
I’m not a building-nerd but workmanship and appearance seem excellent. The result is well worth seeing.

- the QVB is city central, right next to TOWN HALL STATION which you can access by an entrance at the southern end of the basement arcade. Many buses run past and the building has a parking station. There are similar nearby, but curbside parking is scarce and a lucky dip.
- the building has 4 levels – most food and convenience options are at basement level. The flashest stores seem at street level and one up.
- Other tourist attractions** like DARLING HARBOUR, CHINATOWN, PADDY’S MARKET, the ART GALLERY, WAR MEMORIAL, AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM are within a short walk. As is a bunch of other retail therapy and dining opportunities, made easier to reach by a number of pedestrian tunnels branching away from the QVB which keep pedestrians off busy streets. The CIRCULAR QUAY/ROCKS/OPERA HOUSE precinct is only two subway stops north, CENTRAL RAIL STATION one south.
- Lotsa tourist hotels in the CBD and nearby.

SUM UP – this is a good one, well worth visiting even if you aren’t up for shopping or grazing. Make room on your dance card.
Written 4 July 2021
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Sans Souci, Australia1,782 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
Located on George Street the Queen Victoria Building is one of the recognisable buildings in the CBD. This is a shopping and dining experience with high end retailers and fancy places to eat. There is an entrance to the Sydney Metro on the lower ground level.
Written 10 June 2021
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Mary M
Sydney, Australia235 contributions
May 2021
Just to walk through it is just amazing to see what was done before 1900's .
The shops are different little expensive but plenty of food shops.
Written 31 May 2021
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Port Macquarie, Australia59 contributions
May 2021
Just love the grandeur of this building. Had an amazing afternoon tea. Bought some yummy chocolates. Lots of big name shops to browse or buy.
Written 16 May 2021
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Adalina M
Gold Coast, Australia139 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
I love the QVB, it's the closest feeling I get to when I'm overseas in Europe or UK. The building is such a historical monument and the selection of boutiques are of equal class .
A classy place for high Tea that creates the perfect ambience suitable for opulent taste.
I love this centre. 💖
Written 9 May 2021
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia888 contributions
Mar 2021
The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) was built 1893-1898 and is on the State heritage Register. It is a Romanesque Revival Building and is 98 feet wide and 620 feet long. It fills a whole city block. It has been restored as suffered decay and has five levels of shops and beautiful architecture. On level 2 is the Art of Dr Suess. There is also a statue of Islay Queen Victoria's dog outside the building. It is owned by Sydney City council.
Written 25 April 2021
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Melbourne, Australia226 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
A really historical looking building with modern shops within it’s walls but still has an old arcade type feel. Great space!
Written 10 April 2021
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