Sydney’s CBD hosts a range of streets and alleys that evolved with the arrival of the first settlers. As Sydney grew so did our shopping districts, our arcades, street frontage and major shopping centres. Like any sophisticated centre, Sydney offers a huge range of products and services, but the core of this is finding the best antiques in and throughout the Sydney metro area.
Hidden in the heart of Sydney are a number of treasure troves where you will find the most wonderful antiques and collectibles. From The Rocks, to the Strand Arcade, QVB and the numerous sidestreets, Sydney and surrounds offers a wide range of jewelry, object d’art, collectibles and rare finds that are certain to suit all searchers.
One of the oldest areas of Sydney is The Rocks, literally formed with the appearance of the 1st fleet in 1788 where our settlers assembled the first open air prison, transforming into a flourishing harbour community. With such an exciting past, this forms the backdrop for numerous estabished antique stores, including Bottom of the Harbor and Margo Richards where you can source nautical collectibles and a large range of vintage presents.
Heading away from the harbour of Circular Quay into the town you arrive into the historic Strand Arcade. Built in 1892, the Strand Arcade is the last one still in its original form of the 5 arcades that were built in the mid-to-late 19th Century. Spread over three stories, accessible via Pitt and George Streets, this historic building is home to countless offering gifts and collectables. On the Ground floor, sitting right in the center, is one of the oldest antique dealers in the arcade, Victoria & Albert Antiques whose wide collection spans from antiques through vintage and retro. Also neighbouring are Tresors and SVW Fredman. In but a small distance you can purchase some of Sydney’s most sort after jewelry, offering watches, clocks, albert chains, fobs, and more spanning the 18 th 19th and twentieth Centuries.
A neighbouring building, Queen Victoria Building was finished in 1898. Originally the Sydney markets it was made as a tribute to Queen Victoria and is now simply referred to as the QVB. If searching for modern jewellery, this is home to some of Sydney’s leading designers and retailers including Georg Jensen, Bunda boutique and lots more. QVB is also home to Martin & Stein and Kalmar Antiques, both renowned for their delightful jewelry.
With many more stores littered across the city streets, Sydney offers our local and international visitors a massive range of collectables from maritime to prints and rare books, jewellery to watches, silver, gold and much more. If you’re hunting for a unique find, for a unique gift, anniversary present, then pop by Sydney’s historic streets and arcades and pick up something special.