Shopping in the heart of Sydney is a pleasure compared to the haggling in south east asia and hustle and the bustle of other cosmopolitan cities. Most of the large department stores and shopping centers are within a few blocks of each other and if it's raining you can make your way around under cover using the intricate system of malls, arcades, interconnected department stores, tunnels and overhead walkways that link four blocks of local and international outlets. Most of the shops of the city are located in the Paddington, City Center, Darlinghurst, Double Bay and Newtown. Pitt Street is a popular street, which is filled with a large number of departmental stores and shopping arcades
Melbourne is widely considered as Australia's shopping capital and shopping in Melbourne is a highlight for many tourists and visitors to the Melbourne area. With a number of impressive shopping strips in central Melbourne, comparable to some of the best shopping districts in the world, Melbourne is home to numerous major high-street names, department stores and independent Melbourne shops. With a large number of shopping malls and pedestrianised shopping districts, Melbourne has a truly world-class selection of shops, located throughout Melbourne city centre and the inner suburbs of Melbourne, such as Fitzroy, Southgate, Collingwood and Richmond. Ranging from antiques stores to gift shops, designer labels to Aboriginal art galleries, shops in the Melbourne and Victoria area can be extremely varied and extremely popular. Shopping has become a major pastime with locals in Melbourne and many of Melbourne's residents are passionate about shopping in the city.