This is my favourite place to shop when in Sydney
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If you’re keen on shopping and wish to be surrounded by exceedingly beautiful and classy Victorian architecture, with five levels of retailers and boutiques, then this is where you ought to go. Whenever I shop in Sydney, this is always my favourite place to start. You’ll feel like you have stepped back in time once you see the detailed patterned tiles, ornate balustrades’ and industrial style look. The lower level is cleverly extended underground and connects you to Town Hall Train Station as well as other department stores and shopping areas on Pitt Street, so it’s great for a chilly or rainy day.
Though to truly appreciate the QVB in all of its glory, you need to head to the top floor and look over the balustrades to take it all in. From here you can see the beautiful patterned floor tiles featuring stars in red, white and blue. The design reminds me of the Australian flag. It’s really cool.
Several features are worth checking out while shopping here. Starting off outside the building on the corner of George and Druitt Street is a statue of Queen Victoria herself, from her later years. Then there’s the Ivan the Dog statue, which honestly filled me with dread and made me shudder every time I went near it. I lived in Sydney many moons ago and this statue is where I would meet my husband every night after work. The statue actually talks. I don’t mean to sound like a grump, but every night for a year, I would hear, ‘Hi, my name is Ivan. I am Queen Victoria’s dog…’ and it would prattle on for another 30-seconds or so. Once it stopped talking, if anyone went near it, then off it would start again. On my most recent trip, as I stepped closer to take a photo of the elusive Ivan, I was on edge to see if I would set it off! I’m pleased to announce that there’s no annoying voice anymore! Yay!
If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to check out Haigh’s Chocolates at the entrance here. Although pricy, they are worth giving yourself a little treat. The exits that lead you to either George or York Street each have a very pretty staircase with beautiful stained-glass windows in the center. But before you descend the stairs, be sure to check out the interesting mini exhibits behind the glass, almost like a micro museum of artifacts.
The top floor is really cool and not what I expected. It’s carpeted, giving it a much cosier feel, with an airplane hanger style roof and a medieval castle hanging clock – clearly they knew the Queen of Castles (me!) was in the building!
If you are ever here around December, I highly recommend checking out the annual Christmas tree that stretches up to the 5th floor and is the biggest one I have ever seen. It’s amazing!
455 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 | www.qvb.com.au
Thanks for reading my post on the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in Sydney. I really do love shopping here, but sometimes I just go to look around and adore the architecture and the beautiful detail around the building. Also, it’s not a bad place to escape to when the weather is bad too!
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