Pitt Street Mall Shopping: Sydney’s Answer to Retail Therapy
Home to the world-famous Opera House and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney is a bustling cosmopolitan city and South Australia’s commercial capital. Once occupied by Australian Aboriginal tribes, today Sydney’s residential population has swelled to 4.8 million and welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Equipped with hotels, Sydney ServisedApartments, restaurants, shopping districts and a thriving arts culture, Sydney has much to offer its visitors.
Following an extensive 10 million Australian Dollar renovation in 2010, Pitt Street Mall has joined the league of the world’s best shopping districts. Situated between Market Street and King Street in downtown Sydney’s Central Business District and minutes from Oaks On Castlereagh, Pitt Street Mall is fronted by malls including Westfield Sydney, The Strand Arcade, Mid City Centre, Glasshouse and Sydney Arcade with the one block-long Pitt Street Mall running through several of these malls. Designed to resemble a pedestrian street, Pitt Street Mall houses a large collection of up-market retail shops, coffee shops and restaurants and daily street-style entertainment making it the ideal place to spend a relaxing afternoon and watch people pass by on the overhead footbridge.
Home to over 500 retail stores selling everything from designer clothing to sport wear and electronics, Pitt Street Mall welcomes over 65,000 visitors each day during business hours from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm making it the busiest retail pedestrian area in Sydney. Recent upgrades and the influx of international brand boutiques including Zara and Uniqlo has raised the competitive bar for Pitt Street Mall which was named one of five most expensive retail spaces in the world. With a three kilometre-long underground tunnel lined with stores linking Pitt Street Mall to neighbouring malls including The Galeries Victoria, the QVB and Sydney Central Plaza, Pitt Street Mall is the ultimate shopping destination. The addition of greenery, drinking fountains, expanded seating capacity and live entertainment creates a relaxing, yet lively ambiance for a well-spent afternoon treating yourself to the city’s best retail offers.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.