In the heart of Sydney’s CBD, is the Queen Victoria Building. Known to locals simply as QVB, and with grand Romanesque architecture, this beautiful building is worth visiting even if only to appreciate the intricately carved walls, colourful stained-glass windows and mosaic-tiled walkways. Built during a severe recession, this building was completed in 1898 and employed many of the city’s out of work craftsmen and thus represents the optimism of the city determined to move forward into better times. Originally built as a concert hall, this beautiful grand build is now a wonderful shopping destination and a spectacular showcase for some of Australia’s best fashion designers.
Just across the road from Sydney’s Town Hall station, QVB is easily accessible and is a must-see for anyone visiting this lovely city. And with the lower ground level tunnelling under the road and connecting the nearby Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Tower Westfield, this is a fantastic place to start a day of shopping in Sydney.
With over 170 different boutiques in QVB, there is no shortage to the temptations on offer here. Featuring international designer handbags, quality jewellers, beautiful homewares, decadent beauty stores and of course an impressive array of mens and womens fashion, you are bound to find inspiration here.
If the shopping gets tiring, never fear – there are cafes to get a caffeine fix, high tea for those with a sweet tooth, cheap and cheerful snack options, and an beautiful assortment of more elevated restaurants for a more decadent meal as well. For something truly unique, head to Esquire Drink + Dine on level 2. This classy restaurant offers impeccable food and an incredible array of the world’s best spirits and cocktails and will have you floating from day into night in style.