Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural BuildingsShopping Malls
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a five-level shopping centre occupying an entire block of George Street in the heart of Sydney's CBD. The historical building is Sydney's most iconic and prestigious shopping destination, attracting millions of local and international visitors each year. Home to leading Australian and international designers, the shopping centre houses over 140 fashion boutiques, jewellery shops, specialty stores, cafes and restaurants. Opened in 1898, the QVB is rich in history and architectural splendour, displaying elaborate Romanesque architectural features, glorious stained glass windows, and magnificent light filled atriums. The dominant feature is the mighty centre dome, which during the Christmas shopping season, is occupied by a giant Christmas tree, a must see for any visitor.
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The area
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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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  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore510 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Iconic building in the CBD
    Reachable by Light rail, the whole QVB, both interior and architecture, are so beautiful. We did not patronise any of the shops as mostly high-end shops and cafes but we did enjoy taking some photos in QVB. Worth to spend about 30 mins of your itinerary here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • centralvic
    Ballarat, Australia1,301 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classic building.
    Like often mentioned, even if you're not there for the high-end shopping, the experience is memorable. The whole building is stunning to see, well worth the visit. Town Hall Station is accessible from the lower floor, so it's easy to get to as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Kaitlyn G
    Mount Gambier, Australia127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building with lots of shopping
    Had to check out this beautiful iconic building , plenty of shops though I be sure to bring your credit card. We window shopped but it was beautiful and the information staff was lovely. Parents room is on the last level and security has to let you in (seems common in Sydney) and was well equipped.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Travelove58
    15,599 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful colonial styled architecture outside but....
    The European colonial styled ( as the name implied) external & internal architectures are very beautiful. However once inside, it is really no different from any modern shopping malls. Lots of high end shops ( retail & dining) on main ground floor & mix of normal range shops on other floors. But worth a visit just for the architecture.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Hugh
    Gold Coast, Australia26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Building and Architecture
    Beautiful building and architecture seemingly lost in the hustle and bustle found inside, though there appears to be a huge variety of busy shops keeping the building alive! Worth a visit to admire the building and enjoy the varied shops. Recommended 8/10
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Mallo_Pahanen
    Helsinki, Finland834 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely atmosphere
    Here you can really feel the age and atmosphere of the house. The floors seem to be slanted and the shapes in general are beautiful in many places. Nice house and great how it has been preserved. Lots of shops and the house is like a long tube. For once there is no fear of getting lost.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Teacake_Taster
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom1,156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice
    Poles apart from the Victoria market at Melbourne. Swish collection of all sorts of shops in a historical galleried building. Expensive. Go into the basement under George Street and there are loads of cafes and takeaways and another mall over the road.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2023
  • CodyDC
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,660 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice historical building and arcade. I'm glad it was never demolished
    First time visit to Sydney must include stop to the QVB. The building is also near the Town Hall. The building arcade is pretty cool and interesting features. It was all decorated for Christmas.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Connie A
    West Fargo, North Dakota102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this amazing building! The inside is well worth the trip!
    We almost skipped this building as we thought 'it's just another old building'. Boy, were we wrong! The outside architecture is beautiful but the inside is spectacular! This building has been wonderfully maintained to preserve historical perspective. Of course, there are many fun shops and coffee shops/restaurants.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Gerry
    Chattanooga, Tennessee2,525 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome building
    What an awesome building having many places to spend your dollar. There’s several options for food and drink as well. You have to check out the huge clock from the top floor, it not only shows the time but the day and date as well. The stained glass is beautiful.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 January 2024
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Elynn O
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Be careful of buying from the so called UGG shops in QVB. They are not the made in Australia originals and they won’t accept refunds (because they know exactly why). Please do your research thoroughly before buying. Otherwise you would realize the “no refunds” printed on the sales invoices (that is if you asked for the invoices).
Written 4 May 2024
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NomTumYum
Singapore, Singapore333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Talk about “shopping at the next level” - this is definitely it! The mix of shops and brands, F&B experience, architecture, history and street performers. QVB is unassuming on the outside but takes the shopping experience to another level altogether
Written 16 April 2024
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C M
Auckland Central, New Zealand811 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I just love this building. Beautiful architecture, some nice food choices and lots of great shops. Definitely explore all the different floors and take in the beautiful architecture, and there are a few cafes where you can sit down to check out the people and the building itself. A must do in Sydney!
Written 8 April 2024
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juliebfromindy
Indianapolis, IN2,514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our hotel was across the street so we ducked in. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to eat, shop, get in out of the rain, or to just wander around. You can find anything in this old historic building. It is clean, handicapped accessible, and fun to walk around in. It has high end brands, middle range things and souvenir type things. We enjoyed it!!
Written 6 April 2024
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Bon Voyage
London, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Fantastic historical building which has been sympathetically restored to an excellent standard. A very good array of shops at all prices to browse and buy in and enough eateries to satisfy most palates. The central clock is worth a visit alone.
Written 24 March 2024
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Bevvers67
Worcestershire, UK395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Outside, this is a very nice building.
Inside, it's simply the nicest shopping centre I've ever been in.

We only ducked in to escape the rain for a bit & were pleasantly surprised at what we found inside - beautiful architecture, wonderful light, so much to look at & take in. These days we tend to build shopping centres that are ultra modern with lots of metal & glass but they have no soul - we really could take a lesson from the QVB.

The shops are quite pricey (the type that have three things in the window & no prices on display) but if you go down to the basement, there's an amazing shop that sells a vast array of all kinds of things at reasonable prices - I challenge anyone to find a shop that stocks as many chopping boards as this one has!

There's a piano on one floor & we were lucky enough to come in while a young man was practicing - he was excellent & made the atmosphere even nicer. What a great accidental find this place was.
Written 21 March 2024
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tonyy419
Canada36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It's a mall in a very nice building with high priced shops. The building is very ornate with several storeys. Nice mall to walk around and admire the architecture and decor. If you want to shop there, be prepared to pay their high prices.
Written 18 March 2024
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Sunlily36
Sydney, Australia90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
This building is a treasure trove of boutique shops, decadent eateries and Victoria’s Basement. The building itself is iconic, a must see if visiting Sydney CBD
Written 6 March 2024
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Anal37
Makati, Philippines166 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Big area and luxury shops. When we went there all the restaurants were full. It was a rainy day and I guess everyone had to be inside.
Written 5 March 2024
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leuveen
United Kingdom1,281 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is now a shopping mall, located in the impressive building. While I do enjoy the architectural side of it, I was missing any mention of the colonialism, why it was built and what it has replaced. Go there if you like shopping, as I guess it may offer a unique experience. Other than that, it's a bitter reminder of colonialism.
Written 1 March 2024
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