The Strand Arcade

The Strand Arcade, Sydney: Hours, Address, The Strand Arcade Reviews: 4.5/5

The Strand Arcade
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Window shopping is elevated to a graceful art when walking through the floors of the Strand Arcade, a Victorian shopping center established in 1891.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
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
  • St James • 5 min walk
  • Martin Place • 5 min walk
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,821 contributions
Small.......but perfectly formed.
Sep 2021
This is by far my favourite arcade within the CBD, reminiscent, of the covered passages of Paris, connecting, Pitt street mall with george street we always find and excuse to walk through, another thing we like is the unique boutique shops, focusing on single products such as the hat shop, with a very personalised service, definitely worth a visit, allow plenty of time for browsing.
Written 21 November 2021
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia1,726 contributions
Boutique shopping
May 2021 • Solo
Located in the Pitt Street Mall, the Strand Arcade is the epitome of boutique shopping. Lots of little shops and a variety of places to grab a bite to eat. A visual sight to see.
Written 10 June 2021
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia888 contributions
The Strand Arcade
Mar 2021
This is also listed as 193 Pitt Street. It was built in 1890 and opened in April 1892. It is the last remaining example of a retail shopping centre once common in Sydney. It is the oldest and and only surviving Victorian arcade. It is a five storey Queen Anne Revival building connecting Pitt and George Streets.
Written 2 May 2021
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S4nnyBunny
Melbourne1,863 contributions
Lovely historical arcade
Apr 2021 • Friends
Gorgeous historical arcade building. Definitely worth checking out when you’re in the area. Only gripe I have is that most of the stores here are the types you wouldn’t go in and shop, because they are specialty shops and that it caters to the top end of people (in my opinion). Only wished the store were more diversified and catered to everyday people. That said, there’s a JB HI-FI and some lovely cafes.
Written 12 April 2021
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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia4,390 contributions
The Strand Arcade
Feb 2021
What are great trip down memory lane. With interesting shops and eateries. Where will you find a cigar and hat shop today except here.
A Harry Potter type area with its narrow walk areas and the bustle of people. A piece of the 19th Century.
Written 3 March 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia33,935 contributions
Enjoyable shopping with a cup of coffee and cake!
Feb 2021
The Strand Arcade is a beautiful, 19th century building complex. A shopping Arcade where you would love to go any time. It is a Victorian style shopping mall, established in 1891, and it is heritage listed. Inside there are some of the loveliest stores in the city, including amongst others fashion, jewellery and cafes. We have been there several times and keep going back. Worth a stop for an hour or two!
Written 18 February 2021
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TravellerXYZ333
29 contributions
Beautiful to walk through
Nov 2020 • Solo
There's something just charming about walking through The Strand. Olden day architecture and decor. It has a cafe with excellent coffee, boutique shops. Best seen in daylight. The Italian restaurant upstairs has good pasta.
Written 1 January 2021
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Bronte_129
Sydney, Australia506 contributions
Where time's stood still
Dec 2020 • Solo
Whenever I'm in the city, I always make a point of walking through the Strand Arcade for a dose of old-world charm.  In a city that's changing way too fast, it's here that I'm transported back to the 1890s.  This grand old dame is still looking magnificent despite having endured two devastating fires, two world wars and two depressions.

There's so much to take in:  beautifully presented stores with large front windows, a glass ceiling that allows natural light to filter through, original elevators, staircases lined with lead light windows, elegant light fittings throughout, and you can even sit in comfort while having your shoes polished by hand at the shoe shine bay.

There are two cafes on the ground floor.  Both have seating in the main thoroughfare, so you can sit and take in the atmosphere.  There's also a high-end Italian restaurant on Level 2.   

There are no bathrooms on the ground floor, but hey, it gives you an opportunity to visit the upper levels where there's bathrooms on levels 1 & 2.  You'll be rewarded with great views over the arcade along with beautiful bygone restrooms.  They're a little hard to find (they're all located at the Pitt Street Mall end of the arcade) but that means you'll probably have the bathroom to yourself!  Tip:  If you continue up to the level 3 bathrooms, there's two windows on the landing that will give you a bird's-eye view of the arcade from as high as the glass ceiling.

Despite being a Sydneysider, I still continue to walk through the Strand Arcade in awe as if it was the first time I ever saw it.  A must for any visitor to Sydney.  A well-deserved five stars, easily.

Written 14 December 2020
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Alison S
Sydney, Australia2,019 contributions
Good central place to stop and eat.
Jul 2020
Alwyas a lovely grand Arcade through which one walks.

Many specialty shops to browse or even shop.

Not too many people at this COVID time. Good distancing.
Written 25 July 2020
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Tam K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,585 contributions
Must a visit detonation
Apr 2020 • Solo
Very clean, and still the shops inside looks so elegant. I couldn’t believe it stands there from 1891.
Written 10 May 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Wed 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thu - Thu 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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