World Square has taken decades to eventuate. The development of this location had many setbacks and the city of Sydney watched a half-finished yet promising construction sit lifeless for many years. Around the start of the new millennium, the retail area in Sydney's CBD was largely restricted to Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building.
The original retail area of Sydney is based around Victorian style architecture, and many of the buildings have existed there for centuries. These complexes feature elegance and high-end European style stores. As a contrast, World Square Shopping Centre and the surrounding retail district is more in line with Asian influences, which is not surprising as it spans towards Chinatown and the internationally focused University of Technology. World Square Shopping Centre boasts the latest in edgy, high-end street ware. You can find both Australian and international designers, and although the clothes are often raw in appearance, don't expect a simple price tag to match.
This fashion conscious and politically aware culture is the part of Sydney that keeps the city on the world fashion map. Address: centre is bounded by George, Liverpool, Pitt and Goulburn Streets, Sydney, NSW, 2000.