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The Strand Arcade

#5 of 128 Shopping in Sydney
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Central Business District
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Address: 412-414 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9232 4199
09:00 - 16:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Wed 09:00 - 17:30
Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:30
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Window shopping is elevated to a graceful art when walking through the...

Window shopping is elevated to a graceful art when walking through the floors of the Strand Arcade, a Victorian shopping center established in 1891.

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Great Shopping and People Watching

Beautiful heritage arcade with stunning architectural features. Lovely unique shops and a great place for a coffee, so you can take in the height of the ceiling.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 December 2016
Sandy T
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful heritage arcade with stunning architectural features. Lovely unique shops and a great place for a coffee, so you can take in the height of the ceiling.

Thank Sandy T
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A throwback to old skool European style shopping, I enjoy visiting arcades like this. The architecture and general vibe are just cool. Love all of the glass and the old elevator. A great place.

Thank axs666
Rockdale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Walked around THE STRAND ARCADE on Monday 14/11/16, I have been through this Arcade numerous times with some excellent quality shops, great place to relax inside with a couple of cafes to choose from, some unusual small shops selling high end merchandise. With 3 levels to explore either using the stairwell or into the old fashioned lift there's lots to... More 

Thank Stephen N
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This arcade has retained the appearance and feel of yesteryear. If you go the 3 Rd floor, you can still find a cobler and suit maker. There are a couple of coffee shops which are are well patronised.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful building that has been preserved well. Modern day shops make it the perfect place while away a few hours.

Thank Fiona B
Country New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

What a pleasure to walk into this amazing arcade. The Strand Arcade is a Victorian-style shopping arcade in Sydney, New South Wales. The Strand Arcade is located in the heart of the Sydney central business district, between Pitt Street Mall and George Street. What a delight as one is transported back in time to Victorian times. There is a variety... More 

Thank ChrisyMay
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

One of my favourite places to visit when I arrive in Sydney- love the history and architecture of the arcade, reeks of quality and love the stores and cafes here. One of Sydney's better Italian restaurants, Pendolinos, is also located here. So much better than the nearby newer shopping complexes like Westfields.

Thank RonWamberal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I first visited The Strand Arcade in 1986; this was my second visit after 3 decades. The interior and facade have been diligently preserved and maintained. It is always a pleasant walk through the arcade even if one is not shopping.

Thank Edmund K
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

If you like the old this is a fine example of restoring the old to create a beautiful shopping experience. We happened to be there over a weekend where they had specialist speakers talk for half an hour about their crafts. We enjoyed listening to Alan Tomkins an Australian guitar maker who shared his skills with a small audiance while... More 

Thank Alison S
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The best thing about The Strand Arcade is that within my lifetime it has barely changed. It maintains the old style feel and suits the modern day part of Sydney. Don't forget to visit Haighs B

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