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“Go there for the architecture, not the shops!”
Review of The Strand Arcade

The Strand Arcade
Ranked #7 of 184 Shopping in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Window shopping is elevated to a graceful art when walking through the floors of the Strand Arcade, a Victorian shopping center established in 1891.
Reviewed 27 May 2014

I have to say that I love this little historical arcade. There are so few really old buildings left in Sydney, and this is a little ge. I have to say, however that I would never waste my time even looking in the shops there, they're overpriced and very ordinary. So, if you're in the city & would like to see a very cute & detailed old arcade, then go for sure. But if you're shopping, there are so many better places to go.

If you really want to appreciate the architecture then take one of the cute little old lifts up for a better view of the interior of the building (and you can wonder at how expensive the shops are for the very ordinary products they offer whilst you're there), then walk down one of the old stair wells and appreciate the old, original tiling.

Thank Dromomaniac
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"pitt street mall"
in 17 reviews
"queen victoria building"
in 14 reviews
"victorian style"
in 8 reviews
"step back in time"
in 9 reviews
"shops and cafes"
in 8 reviews
"window shopping"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 13 reviews
"architectural features"
in 3 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 11 reviews
"chocolate shop"
in 3 reviews
"great shopping"
in 4 reviews
"hifi"
in 4 reviews
"shoes"
in 8 reviews
"jewellers"
in 3 reviews
"upmarket"
in 5 reviews
"grandeur"
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Passing through the Strand Arcade, Pitt Street Mall and the Westfield fashion district in one afternoon, this place had to be the best with its beautiful interior designs and prime shopping.

Thank BajouriO
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

One of Melbourne's attractions is the proliferation of beautiful historic old arcades and alleyways - they are everywhere and have so much charm. Sydney does not have the same and relies more on the newer and bigger brash centres like Westfield which may be great for shopping but lack charm. The Strand is probably Sydney's closest to the Block Arcade in Melbourne lots of old world charm with beautiful shops and cafes

Thank RonWamberal
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

I adore the Strand Arcade , the precursor to the modern shopping mall the Strand Arcade had it all when it was first built. Now an upmarket arcade with boutique shops selling all kinds of glamorous stuff. The shops keep changing , and a few stay the same . Little cafes, bespoke jewellers , designer frock shops , hand made bags , a wonderful hat shop . To name a few . Take the time to go above the ground floor to the upper levels where the really interesting shops are , I love the dress shops up there , the quieter cafes , the interesting jewellery shops. If you need a loo when in the city , on the top floor is a quiet haven of a loo that is clean and well maintained ...just a tip .

1  Thank Saskiagrav
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

really beautiful old mall, but if you don't appreciate older style buildings you will only come here for the shopping.

Thank eureekaa
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