ALDI is originally a German discount grocery store chain, but now have stores in many countries world-wide. The first ALDI store in Australia opened in 2001, and is quite a new concept for grocery-shoppers here and definitely a fierce competitor for the over-priced supermarkets! YEAH!
What to buy: ALDI is especially good for every-day groceries. The prices are considerably better than supermarket prices. Apart from groceries, there will also be some random special items, for example, a computer or washing machine. You can be lucky with these special items, but generally, I stick with the every-day items.
What to pay: How much you spend depends on how much you eat! What ever you buy, it's a good deal. This weeks special is a washing machine for $349 - not bad!
I'm a big fan of Sanrio so I visited all the shops I could find.
We don't have them in Argentina, so perhaps that's why I'm mentioning it.
Lots of Hello Kitty, My Melody and Snoopy items. As well as other characters I'm not very much familiar with.
Great place to shop for girls (from 1 to 99 years of age!)
Most of you have probably heard of Chinatown in New York and other big cities but yes, we also have one in Sydney. In fact, it is a rather major focal point for the Chinese Australian Community (which, by the way, is large).
From backpackers to cashed-up diners seeking the ultimate in Chinese food, this Chinatown is good fun and great experience for all.
Chinatown is centered around Dixon Street, a pedestrian-only street mall, and is not far from Central Station & Darling Harbour. Once I start at the top of Dixon Street, I like to close my eyes, breathe in the chinese medicine type smells, open my eyes and then pretend that I am in Hong Kong for a while...
What to buy: Dixon Street hosts many Chinese restaurants that are mostly just a tourist magnet and over-priced. If you want the good stuff (ie the expensive but worth it) then you're best heading to: Marigold located at Level 4 & 5, 683-689 George ST, Sydney Chinatown,
02-9281 3388. This is good if you have 4+ people and be prepared to spend $40-$100 per person. Also a great restaurant for Chinese New Year, but book well in advance!
Attention HUNGRY BUDGET TRAVELLERS. Check out Chinatown for good quality, delicious, authentic Chinese food. There are many food halls that host many Asian (but especially Chinese) takeout places. For those of you who are a little adventurous, I recommend the Coconut Pearl Milk Ball drink. It's like a liquid coconut milk with a fat straw that can suck up the gummi-like balls at the bottom of the drink. A great way to finish off a Chinese meal.
Paddy's markets are also located in Chinatown and have an array of bargains... plants, sunglasses, jewellery, souvenirs, clothing, toys, perfumes, make-up... the list is endless. It gets crowded on weekends, so if you go there, just make sure you are in no rush and happy to "go with the flow" of people.
For more info on Chinatown, go to www.chinatownsydney.com
What to pay: $0 - $1000
You will find little flower stalls all over the Sydney CBD. They offer a fantastic variety of seasonal flowers at very reasonable prices. Either buy them by the bunch or ask the florist to make up a bouquet or box for you.
What to buy: Beautiful, colourful flowers - either for yourself or for that special someone.
Paddy's Market at Haymarket consists of stalls that sell clothes, shoes, accessories, lingerie, pets, small electronics to fruits and vegies. It is in the heart of Chinatown so most of the vendors are of Asian background. The market is divided into 2 sides, one side being the 'dry' merchandise with clothes etc while the other side sells vegies and fruits.
Some prices are negotiable but I haven't had much success in this area.
What to buy: I love buying jewellery here. There is one stall that sells unique jewellery. I purchased the earrings in the picture for A$25. The same stalls sells hair pins as well using the same jewels.
Also I'd bought a red bag for A$20 at another stall and it has lasted me for almost 2 years now.
Both purchases are so unique.
What to pay: Earrings $10 and above. Hair pins much more.
I didn't shop there.... don't do that... :-)
However there were various stores and the gear seemed half decent; I'm afraid shopping is just not my thing.
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