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Downtown Sydney

Arida

Like its sister store Attic, this shop caters to a clientele seeking big-name items like Lanvin flats or a Rick Owens jacket. Arida is the original, and larger, of the duo.
61 Macleay St. POTTS POINT 61-2-9357-4788

Blood Orange

With its pressed-tin walls and Balinese tables, this seems like a place you'd stumble across in the Montmartre quarter of Paris, and fittingly, many of the labels, like Lover, have a Gallic sensibility. (There are also a number of authentically French lines represented, including A.P.C. and K. Jacques.)
35 Elizabeth Bay Rd. ELIZABETH BAY 61-2-9357-2424

The Corner Shop

The Downtown branch of this local favorite features slick chrome furniture and cheek décor, but like its Paddington sibling stocks a spot-on mixture of the best from regional and international labels, including Biba, Isabel Marant, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Friedrich Gray.
The Strand, 412-414 George St. SYDNEY 61-2-9221-1788

Country Road

You can always count on digging up classics like cashmere cardigans and voile sundresses at this chain; currently, its old-school canvas duffels are all the rage among the nation's teens.
127 King St. SYDNEY 61-2-9261-2009

Incu

Short for "incubate," Incu cultivates a following for nascent international labels by offering a broad sampling from each collection. Twins Brian and Vincent Wu take as much care in selecting whom to promote as they do choosing the shop's darkly glam decorative elements: charred-wood Maarten Baas chandeliers, ebony railings, and a spooky Nightmare Before Christmas—inspired mural.
The Galeries Victoria, 500 George St. SYDNEY 61-2-9266-0244

Sportsgirl

This beloved chain consistently hits the mark when it comes to cute tops, tunics, and other must-have-now off-the-runway buys.
273 George St. SYDNEY 61-2-9247-1355

Supré

While their cavernous, dimly lit stores—with their turned-up-to-11 dance music—can test your patience, your reward is their ridiculously comprehensive stock.
45 Market St. SYDNEY 61-2-9264-2313