From street markets and independent boutiques to fashionable malls, here’s our locals’ guide to shopping in Parramatta.
Making your way around Parramatta’s many shopping precincts over a weekend is no small feat, with so much to see and do in our lively city. So we’ve done the legwork and gathered a few of the top notes into this jam-packed itinerary.
Start your shopping adventures in the CBD on a Friday morning when the Parramatta Farmers Market rolls into Centenary Square. Along with bountiful fresh produce, free-range eggs, bread, muesli and honey, this weekly market is lush with delicious edibles. BYO reusable cup to enjoy your morning latte with a twist at the Coconut Coffee cart. Fuel up for the day by tucking into handmade dumplings from the Dumpling Pavilion, Sofrito’s Spanish paella or Kalye’s Filipino-style BBQ skewers.
Next, mosey up Church Street to Dot’s Flower Shoppe. This local institution has been arranging blooms into beautiful bouquets for more than 30 years. Admire the seasonal flowers and foliage and dream up the perfect posy for the mantle at home.
A short stroll away is The Bower. This environmental charity breathes new life into secondhand items. Inside this menagerie of recycled goodness, you’ll find furniture, appliances, homewares, building materials, bicycles, secondhand books and more. The Bower is passionately committed to reducing landfill, which is why it also hosts regular Repair Cafés, where people can bring in items in need of a bit of love and the team will teach you how to fix them for free. You can even partake in a workshop on basic carpentry or upholstery.
Continue your deep vintage dive around the corner at Beatdisc Records, uncovering new, used and rare LPs, CDs and even cassettes. This enclave for the turntable-inclined has been peddling local and global vinyl since 1995.
Next, step the retail therapy up a notch by sauntering over to Westfield Parramatta. Refresh your wardrobe for the working week at Cue, SABA and Fossil, before taking in the myriad designers lining the corridors of Myer and David Jones. Lush Cosmetics and Mecca Maxima have all your beauty needs covered, while Kikki.K will ensure your stationery is looking sharp. Keep things casual at General Pants and Glue. Store, or browse the latest in active and outdoor apparel at Bloch and Kathmandu respectively.
Then leave the CBD to explore Harris Park’s boutique shops. This thriving multicultural precinct has a dynamic ‘Little India’ vibe, with Wigram Street home to many eateries traversing the cuisines of regional India. Vibrant colour meets intricate weaving and hand embroidery on the many beautiful sari and salwar kameez at The Saree Shop, Parramatta Indian Fashion, and New Maharaja Fashion & Beauty. The town centre here is also home to some comely public art and pleasant greenery.
If your shopping adventures happen to fall on the first Saturday of the month, be sure to carve out some time for a jaunt to Ermington, where the Market by the River brings together an evolving consortium of producers, growers, bakers, artists and providores. There’s a bike valet for parking the handsome two wheels that brought you there and spiced chai as a post-cycle reward. Pick up carob dog ice-cream for the four-legged friend in your life, and handmade jewellery, skincare, planters and candles for you. There’s often live music and free yoga classes, too.
Parramatta Farmers Market
Centenary Square Parramatta 2150, 02 9806 5315. Visit the Parramatta Farmers Market website.
Dot’s Flower Shoppe
249 Church Street Parramatta 2150, 02 9689 3400. Visit the Dot's Flower Shoppe website.
Shop 1/10 Hunter Street Parramatta 2150, 02 9568 6280. Visit The Bower website.
Shop 11 Queensland Arcade 181 Church Street (Church Street Mall) Parramatta 2150, 02 9891 9330. Visit the Beatdisc Records website.
159-175 Church Street Parramatta 2150, 02 8892 5200. Visit the Westfield Parramatta website.
The Saree Shop
42 Station Street East Harris Park 2150, 02 9687 7123. Visit The Saree Shop website.
Parramatta Indian Fashion
Shop 1/96-98 Wigram Street Harris Park 2150, 02 9687 7866.
New Maharaja Fashion and Beauty
Suite 1/2 Kendall Street Harris Park 2150, 02 9893 8820.
Market by the River at Ermington
40 Seamist Avenue Ermington 2115. Visit the Market by the River website
Break Out Box
57 Macquarie Street Parramatta 2150, 02 8844 8700. Visit the Fitness First website.
49-57 George Street Parramatta 2150, 02 8088 8805. Visit the Crunch Fitness website.
181 Macquarie Street Parramatta 2150, 02 9689 1199. Visit the Plus Fitness website.
Health and Fitness Centres
1/277 Church Street Parramatta 2150, 02 8840 9879. Visit the Xtend Barre website.
Address available on enquiry, 0419 514 154.
15/55-56 George Street Parramatta 2150, 0411 131 817.
Meka Skin Boutique
142 Victoria Road North Parramatta 2150, 02 9683 7000. Visit the Meka Skin Boutique website.
Thai Village Massage & Spa
18/421 Church Street North Parramatta 2150, 02 8626 9248. Visit the Thai Village Massage & Spa website.
Amanda’s Thai Therapy
1/314 Church Street Parramatta 2150, 02 9806 9562. Visit the Amanda's Thai Therapy website.
459-463 Church Street Parramatta 2150, 02 8677 1627. Visit the Nora's Beauty website.