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    Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
    by cal6060
  • Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
    Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
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  • Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
    Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
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    Queen Victoria Building.: QVB

    by RedEaredPanda Written Jun 29, 2004

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    The Queen Victoria Building has been described by Pierre Cardin as "the most beautiful shopping centre in the world". It was built in 1898 to replace the original Sydney Markets. Its a shopping centre, with more than 200 shops.
    The building has a series of domes and domelets with exquisite stained glass windows and extensive wood panelling throughout.

    The building accomodates a series of royal paintings.

    The building is a major attraction for both visitors and residents and is open every day. Shops with Old-Worlde shopfronts are located on three levels and here you will find some of the most interesting shopping in Sydney, shops such as New Guinea Arts, which has a remarkable array of native artefacts from New Guinea

    What to buy: You can buy almost anything from QVB. Some stores are relatively expensive and some are not. There are all the major Brand name clothing stores and coffee shops.

    What to pay: Depends what you want to buy

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    Queen Victoria Building: Out for some luxury shopping?

    by bijo69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Queen Victoria Building is certainly the most beautiful mall in Sydney. It was completed in 1898 and covers a whole block in CBD.
    Even if you don't plan to shop here, it's worth to have a look around!

    What to buy: Jewelery, Fashion, Shoes, Arts, Gifts...

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    • Luxury Travel

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    Queen Victoria Building: The Grand Old Dame of Shopping

    by xuessium Written Jun 19, 2005

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    Constructed in 1898 and renovated in 1986, this grand old dame of Sydney found new life as one of Sydney's most famous shopping mall. You get 6 floors (including the basements) of shopping and dining bliss in a mall of such spectacular architectural history and splendour. Worth a trip just to gawk at the majestic structure BOTH exterior and interior.

    GUIDED TOURS
    Take a walk through the centre on a QVB Guided Tour and you will be provided with historical facts and figures on Sydney's favourite building. Tours run twice daily and leave from the Information Desk.

    For bookings and enquiries contact 9264 9209 or email infodesk@qvb.com.au

    TRADING HOURS
    Monday 9am - 6pm Tuesday 9am - 6pm Wednesday 9am - 6pm Thursday 9am - 9pm Friday 9am - 6pm Saturday 9am - 6pm Sunday and public holidays I I am - 5pm
    Certain stores including cafes and restaurants remain open for longer hours.
    Stores located on LI and L2 open at I0am.

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    Queen Victoria Building.: The one, the only...

    by dracko Written Dec 11, 2003

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    QVB, or Queen Victoria Building is perhaps Sidney's most well known shopping center. Located in the very center of town, right next to Town Hall, on the corner of George & Druitt Sts, it is a huge old victorian building, that is a memorable landmark in and of itself, regardless of the endless floors of shopping space inside and below it. Combined with the Queen Victoria Gallery, a shopping annex across George St. and accessible via an underground passageway that contains numerous shops of its own as well as access to the subway station, the giant complex will probably satisfy even the most avid shopper among you.

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    Queen Victoria Building: The Finest Shopping

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    For exclusive shooping, come to the Queen Victoria Building where you find an array of shop selling beautiful (and expensive) things, ranging from food to fashion. Come not only for the shopping & dining but also the building itself is a beautiful piece of architecture.

    Special attractions include the Royal Clock, a unique, 6-metre long timepiece built in the shape of Balmoral Castle by the Queen's clockmaker and the keeper of 'Big Ben' in London. Replicas of the crown jewels created by the crown jeweller's craftsmen, can also be seen on the top gallery.

    What to buy: Some stores sell very nice italian suits in the Gianni Versace store for prices less than in South East Asia. On sale, a suit would start from AUD500 (not a GV suit but still Italian). I found a number of designer stores here e.g Feragammo, Guess & local designers. There are also some nice outlets selling Australian arts & crafts where you can get a special something for your loved ones

    What to pay: A lot

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    Queen Victoria Building.: QVB - A marvellous hanging clock.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 10, 2004

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    The marvellous hanging clock inside the QVB.

    There is a marvellous hanging clock that displays a series of mechanically moving tableaux of British Kings and Queens every hour on the hour. This "exibition" is heralded by loud trumpeters and ends with the beheading of Charles I.

    Permanent and temporary exhibitions have a home at different points on each level and include replicas of the British Crown Jewels and a highly ornamental, full-scale oriental coach. The building accomodates a series of royal paintings.

    What to buy: Trading Hours:
    Monday 9am - 6pm
    Tuesday 9am - 6pm
    Wednesday 9am - 6pm
    Thursday 9am - 9pm
    Friday 9am - 6pm
    Saturday 9am - 6pm
    Sunday and public holidays I I am - 5pm
    Certain stores including cafes and restaurants remain open for longer hours.
    Stores located on LI and L2 open at I0am.

    What to pay: Above average!

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    Peter Lik Gallery: QVB

    by martin_nl Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    Peter Lik is among the best photographers in Australia and maybe even of the whole world. His specialty is panoramic photography and is truly amazing. Have a look in his gallery at the top floor of the QVB and admire his work.

    What to buy: If you want to purchase some of his work but think it's a tad too expensive you might want to consider buying some souvenir books, that are hardcover and pretty cheap too. But filled with loads of memories of your trip.

    What to pay: A small photo 50 cm wide is about 500 AUD. His books are about 12 AUD.

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    Queen Victoria Building.: QVB - Most beautiful shopping centre in the world?

    by Jerelis Written Feb 10, 2004

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    Statue of Queen Victoria just outside the building

    The building is a major attraction for both visitors and residents and is open every day! Shops with Old-Worlde shopfronts are located on three levels and here you will find some of the most interesting shopping in Sydney, shops such as New Guinea Arts, which has a remarkable array of native artefacts from New Guinea.

    The people in Sydney like to call it "the most beautiful shopping centre in the world". Maybe we have to agree...

    What to buy: Trading Hours:
    Monday 9am - 6pm
    Tuesday 9am - 6pm
    Wednesday 9am - 6pm
    Thursday 9am - 9pm
    Friday 9am - 6pm
    Saturday 9am - 6pm
    Sunday and public holidays I I am - 5pm
    Certain stores including cafes and restaurants remain open for longer hours.
    Stores located on LI and L2 open at I0am.

    What to pay: Above average!

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    • Luxury Travel
    • Historical Travel

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    Queen Victoria Building: UPMARKET SHOPPING & LOTS OF FOOD CHOICES

    by AusPinay Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    Inside stately Queen Victoria Building
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    This grand building is fabulous! I love coming here, not really to do a lot of shopping but to enjoy its unique interiors and sophisticated ambience. It is the epitome of high end shopping in Sydney and there are also lots of eating options for all types of budget so don't be worried. It is a perfect place for good "window shopping" though we also come here for the sales during June to August and late December to early January.

    The building's dominant feature is the huge central dome, consisting of an interior glass dome and a copper-sheathed exterior, topped by a domed cupola. Many smaller domes in a range of sizes dot the roofline, most notably a pair overtopping each end of the rectangular building.

    Inside, the building consists of four main shopping floors, the top three pierced by voids protected by decorated cast-iron railings.At the southern end of the building is the Bicentennial Plaza, facing the Sydney Town Hall across Druitt Street.
    The nice thing about this building is that it is also easily accessible through the underground passageways, to and from the Town Hall train station.

    While the building was modernized with the installation of escalators and air conditioning, its historical restoration is exemplary. The tiled floors, stained glass windows, balustrades and arches are all restored with an eye for detail. i love visiting this place!

    There are four shopping floors in the building with in total about 200 shops and boutiques, including retail covering fashion, jewelry, antiques and Australian crafts.

    There's also a nice foodcourt at the end of the building at t he bottom level so your tastebuds are well taken cared of. I had my first taste of beef kebabs there too in my first trip to Sydney!

    What to buy: Lots of special items to buy here or oggle at - from Aboriginal Art and artefacts to Australian souvenirs and also antiques. There are jewelries, clothing,fashion and accessories boutiques for all ages plus lots of high end and upmarket labels, too many to mention!

    I usually shop for quality goods for my kitchen and for my blue and white ceramic collection. I also got my husband's favourite Swiss Army knives here. They are all original brands and the products are really authentic and exquisite! I go during sale season when the prices really drop sometimes more than 50%!

    While the building was modernized with the installation of escalators and air conditioning, its historical restoration is exemplary. The tiled floors, stained glass windows, balustrades and arches are all restored with an eye for detail.

    What to pay: Expect to pay a high price for shopping here, but a lot of satisfaction if you get the really authentic products- like the really genuine ones made in Australia!

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    Queen Victoria Building: Expensive but classy

    by Joseph69 Updated Jan 24, 2007

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    The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) has some beautiful stores although on the pricier side. There are numerous types of stores catering for men's fashion, women's fashion, arts, souveniers, jewellery, etc.

    It's all under one roof but the building is so grand and old, it has to be a must thing to do, even if you will just walk around and browse at the stores.

    The elaborate "Romanesque" building was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898. Although Sydney was in the grip of a major recession, the Government decided to employ out of work personnel to build it, such as craftsmen, plasterers, stonemasons, stained window artists and tilers.

    What to buy: Particular good for fashion and arts.

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    Queen Victoria Building: Luxury Shopping Classical Architecture

    by cal6060 Written Jul 19, 2011

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    Well, the reason I like Queen Victoria Building is not the expensive luxury shops, but the old classical building is restored as a luxury upscale shopping mall.

    Please check out its website to know their shops..

    Even you don't enjoy shopping, you should still visit inside the mall, cause the interior is combination of old classical structural design with contemporary shops.

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    Queen Victoria Building.: QVB - When it comes to shopping, Sydney has it all

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 10, 2004

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    An old picture of the Queen Victoria Building.

    When it comes to shopping, Sydney has it all, like you can expect in such a metropolis. In the Central Business District (CBD) you'll find department stores like David Jones and arcades like Strand Arcade.

    The Queen Victoria Building is an outstanding example of Byzantine architecture, which occupies an entire city block, was built in 1898 to replace the original Sydney Markets. Later it accommodated a concert hall and the City Library. In 1984 it was completely refurbished as a shopping centre, with more than 200 shops, a few bars and eateries. With its series of domes and domelets with exquisite stained glass windows and extensive wood panelling throughout it is a curiosity and therefore worth a visit.

    What to buy: Trading Hours:
    Monday 9am - 6pm
    Tuesday 9am - 6pm
    Wednesday 9am - 6pm
    Thursday 9am - 9pm
    Friday 9am - 6pm
    Saturday 9am - 6pm
    Sunday and public holidays I I am - 5pm
    Certain stores including cafes and restaurants remain open for longer hours.
    Stores located on LI and L2 open at I0am.

    What to pay: Above average!

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Luxury Travel
    • Business Travel

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  • Queen Victoria Building: Gift shop at QVB

    by dutchguy001 Written Sep 8, 2006

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    The Queen Victoria Building dates back a long, long time. It was constructed in 1898 and some remodeling of course has been done to keep it up to date. It is a victorian style building with lots of shops, many of which are too expensive anyway but it's nice to walk around.

    Take the time and enjoy a nice lunch in the center area of one of the aisles or up on the 2nd floor with a nice view of all the stories below you.

    What it is all about, the QVB has a really nice, extensive, Australian gift shop. If you have to buy something for everyone you left behind whilst traveling to Sydney, this is the place to be. It's not over expensive, in fact you can get some cheap things there.

    What to buy: Try to find the leather book mark in the shape of a crocodile or a kangaroo. They're only 7 dollars but they are really cute and a great gift for everyone. Or surprise everyone with canned kangaroo or canned koala.

    What to pay: Not too much, depending of course on what you buy. They have watches for around 20 dollars or less, caps for 10 dollars, canned koala's and kangaroo's.

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    Queen Victoria Building.: Queen Victoria Building

    by CandS Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    The Queen Victoria Building is an old building on George Street with lots of shops inside...mostly expensive/boutique shops... ;) It's great to look around in, and if you've got the money, you can also buy lots of things...

    What to buy: They have clothing, food, art, jewellery, antiques, gifts etc.

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  • Queen Victoria Building: More than just a shopping centre

    by thescene Written Nov 3, 2010

    Built in the late 1800's the Queen Victoria Building is a beautiful mall in the heart of Sydney. The first thing you will notice about the building are it's green domes. The old style architecture is a a sight to see. Near the main door you see a statue of the Victoria, the former Queen of Great Britain. Inside you see beautifully tiled floors, stained glass windows and ornate arches. At the center of the building is the Royal Clock which portrays various kings and queens. Also you can see the Australian Clock which portrays various scenes from the country's history. After you had your fill of the sights of the QVB, you have a chance to shop in the high end street shops inside the mall.

    What to buy: A wide selection of shopping alternatives

    What to pay: A little above average

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