The Strand Arcade, along with The Queen Victoria Building in, is one of Sydney's most elite retail locations. This ornate arcade hosts the highest-end stores in the area. Shopping in the Strand Arcade is like taking a trip back in time to the glamorous 1920s.
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Tim in Sydney
There are fashion and accessory stores, boutique coffee
and chocolate shops, and an atmosphere than cannot be matched by any other arcade in the county. If you want to locate Australia's finest and most expensive fashion designers, take a ride in the ancient hydraulic elevator then stroll through the three levels of impressive, and sometimes a little quirky, clothing stores. Later you can treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Strand Arcade.
The Stand Arcade was built in 1891 and opened in 1892, unveiled by its architect, John Spencer. At the time, Spencer received a standing ovation in recognition of his efforts in creating a Victorian-style shopping arcade that took the harsh Australian climate into consideration. The arcade has been completely restored and well-maintained over time, which confirms its value to Sydney residents.
Although other similar arcades were built in its time, The Strand Arcade is the only Victorian-style establishment still standing; it is a feature the city cannot replace. Any person wishing to visit the Strand Arcade can easily do so during retail opening hours. Address: 412-414 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.