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Strand Arcade, Sydney: 5 reviews and 21 photos

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by iandsmith

This is such a splendid arcade, reeking of yesteryear but decidedly set up for trading in the 21st century. I always stop and stroll through its precincts when shopping in Sydney. It has a grace and style that modern shops just don't have.
When the Strand Arcade opened in 1892 it was the fifth and the last of the arcades built in Victorian Sydney. Today it is the only one remaining in its original form.
Sydney was a Victorian city in 1892. Grandeur and elegance was the style of the day as the city's architects created landmarks that echoed the familiar traditions of hometown London.
In the earlier period of its construction the Arcade was referred to as the City Arcade and sometimes known as Arcade Street. In 1981 it was finally named after the famous London Street that links the city of London and the city of Westminster. The Strand was London's smartest theatre, hotel and shopping street in the early 1900's.
By renaming it The Strand, the grand new promenade became synonymous with the famous Strand in London and its elegant tradition of fashionable shopping. This image has endured. Today it remains a stylish city landmark and is home to some of Sydney's most fashionable and original stores.
Sydney's Strand Arcade has survived two depressions (one in the 1890's and the other in the 1930's) and withstood the threat of two major fires.
The Strand has traded as a unique shopping centre for over 100 years and continues to shine with all its glory in the 21st century.
The Strand arcade is Sydney's epicentre of style and design, housing many of Australia's top designer labels, manufacturing Jewellers, unique shops and beauty salons.

Address: runs from Pitt St to George St
Directions: It runs between Pitt and George Streets at the shopping mall
Phone: +61 2 9232 4199

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  • Written Sep 30, 2007
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