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Sydney's shopping is not as good as Melbourne's, but you'll still find plenty of places to keep your credit cards in action. Most shops of interest to the visitor are located in The Rocks and along George and Pitt streets (including the shops below the AMP Centerpoint Tower and along the Pitt Street Mall). Other shopping precincts worth checking out are Mosman on the North Shore and Double Bay in the eastern suburbs for exclusive boutique shopping, Chatswood for its general shopping centers, the Sydney Fishmarket for the sake of it, and the various weekend markets.

You won't want to miss the Queen Victoria Building (QVB), on the corner of Market and George streets. This Victorian shopping arcade is one of the prettiest in the world and has some 200 boutiques-mostly men's and women's fashion-on four levels. The arcade is open 24 hours, but the shops do business Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm (Thursday to 9pm) and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Regular shopping hours are generally Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 or 9am to 6pm, Thursday from 8:30 or 9am to 9pm, Saturday from 9am to 5 or 5:30pm, and Sunday from 10 or 10:30am to 5pm. Exceptions are noted in the store listings when necessary.

Several other arcades in the city center also offer good shopping potential, including the Royal Arcade under the Hilton Hotel; the Imperial Arcade near the AMP Centerpoint Tower; Sydney Central Plaza, beside the Grace Brothers department store on Pitt Street Mall; and the Skygarden Arcade, which runs from Pitt Street Mall to Castlereagh Street. The Strand Arcade (running between Pitt Street Mall and George Street) was built in 1892 and is interesting for its architecture and small boutiques, food stores and cafes, and the Down Town Duty Free store on the basement level. On Pitt Street Mall you'll find record shops, including HMV; a branch of The Body Shop; and fashion boutiques such as Just Jeans, Jeans West, Katies, and Esprit.

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