A shared hobby between my mother and I is (and always has been) travelling to all corners of Sydney to find quaint, undiscovered shopping hubs. When our days off would align, there was never a question as to how we would spend the day – a mother, daughter bonding of sorts.
Throughout the years, our love for eclectic fashion and a good bargain has allowed us to uncover and explore various marketplaces, shopping complexes and outlet centres. As a result, we would love to share our agreed upon ‘ultimate underrated shopping spot’ list.
- Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre
Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre is by far one of my favourite spaces is Sydney. Boasting a picturesque waterfront backdrop in the heart of Drummoyne, the Outlet Centre offers designer high fashion and affordable everyday-wear alike.
This bargain hotspot offers high-profiled designers such as Oroton, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein at a premium price.
On a side note, after a few hours of shopping when you need to refuel, you’ll find plenty of hubs that can accomodate you taking some time out from that busy shopping schedule to indulge in a coffee and some cake, whilst enjoying the inner city view.
2. Direct Factory Outlet (DFO), Homebush
Homebush Direct Factory Outlet hosts near all the same stores as the aforementioned Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, and more. In my opinion, Homebush caters more towards women searching for corporate wear, as there are many mid-range designers. I find when my workwear wardrobe needs more options, Homebush DFO is a great one-stop-shop!
Homebush DFO also houses homeware stores, Swarovski, Lacoste, Fossil and Sass and Bide.
Whilst the view might not be as picturesque and the traffic to and from can be painstaking, Homebush provides a wide range of stores that are jam-packed in one central family-friendly location.
3. Zimmermann Outlet
Located at 2E Hayes Rd, Rosebery, the Zimmermann Outlet is a Godsend.
Zimmermann is notorious for its whimsical and elegant style, as well as for their fine materials and craftsmanship. Whilst their pieces can easily devastate your wallet, the Rosebery outlet store provides on trend pieces at a fraction of the retail cost.
All I’m saying is, if I can leave the outlet with six pieces in my bag at the original retail price of one piece ($500/600), then I’m onto a good thing.
Although the trading hours are limited and finding a park feels like a scene from the Hunger Games – I promise you that the product and price point are worth it.
Thank me later.
4. Fashion Spree Outlet, Liverpool
Located in the heart of South Western Sydney, Fashion Spree Outlet is a new direct factory outlet style facility that boasts a solid mid-range fashion repertoire.
Whilst some of the stores in the complex are lack lustre, the addition of Mimco, Bardot and David Lawrence makes the Fashion Spree a must visit.
Fashion Spree Outlet also has plenty of unregulated all-day parking, meaning this complex is a perfect shopping district during the festive holidays when all other shopping centres are unbearable.
5. Bowral Streets
Bowral is a quaint village located within the Southern Highlands, over an hour out of Sydney.
We adore Bowral for one-off finds, including beautiful silver and leather works. Bowral is traditionally a high socio-economic area that accomodates mostly an aging population. As a result, the fashion pieces and homewares are both eclectic and traditional for local residents.
If you’re seeking individual pieces made of high quality fabrics with fantastic finishes, it’s time to fill up your tank of fuel, pack some snacks for the trip and head down to Bowral.
6. Bondi Streets
Shock horror, we all know Bondi is a fabulous shopping destination.
However, I would recommend that the next time you are in the area, stray away from Westfield’s Bondi Junction to explore the back streets of Bondi!
What I love about Bondi is their ‘op shops’, more commonly known as second-hand store.
As an appreciation of designer fashion, I was incredibly excited to uncover (and to share with you) that there are two luxury consignment stores just off the main street of Bondi.Whilst I haven’t had the opportunity to explore the rest of Bondi’s side streets any further, I hope to sometime soon.
7. The Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
I know, I know – the QVB doesn’t necessarily constitute an ‘undiscovered’ space, however, I honestly think that people overlook the Queen Victoria Building when ‘city’ shopping. Whilst I acknowledge that the structure of the QVB and the decadence and lavish nature of it can be imposing, don’t let that scare you away from more affordable retailers hidden in the building. Yes, the QVB does hold some expensive one-off stores, but I do find that if you are patient, you can find a bargain, or at the very least, a beautiful one off piece.